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Are Tandems the “Better” Way to Bike? I Can Make a Compelling Case…

My wife and I rolled out on the tandem for an easy ride Tuesday after work. We decided to skip the Tuesday Night ride with the club as I was absolutely beat after riding from Lansing, MI to Mackinaw City a few days prior. Three centuries in a row will put a hurting on a fella who isn’t quite ready for it.

We cruised and talked the whole way, not worrying the least about the day past. I looked up at the driver of a pickup truck in a driveway as we passed… a grizzled fellow, unshaven, in a tank t-shirt that was white at some point early in its life. These are the pickup truck drivers who generally make a game of messing with cyclists in one obnoxious (and illegal) way or another. As my wife and I rolled by on the tandem, his eyebrows raised and a smile stretched across his face and he raised a hand to wave. I smiled and waved back.

Folks, I’m here to tell you, even the most obnoxious of drivers will cut a tandem a little more slack than they normally would. I’ve seen it too many times. I don’t know why, necessarily, but I’d imagine it has something to do with the assumption (correct in our case) that there’s a husband and wife on that bicycle… take them out and you take out a family – and they’re likely just out to justify a decent dinner with some exercise. I don’t know, I could be wrong. Having put more than 90,000 miles on bicycles in the last eleven years, I can tell you without hesitation, my wife and I are treated better in traffic on our tandem.

Just something to chew on for a Sunday morning.