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Bicycle Built For Two - cellophane
the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Bicycle Built For Two
Daisy, Daisy
Give me your answer do
I'm half crazy
All for the love of you
It won't be a stylish marriage
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet
Upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two


This morning I dragged my sleepy butt out of bed at 7:30, in order to go bike-riding! How is this possible, one may wonder, since I don't currently own a bike? Well, I rode a tandem bicycle. I have been talking to a friend of mine who speedskates with me. He is an avid bicyclist, and he has been giving me advice on what to buy. He suggested I join the cycling group for their usual standard saturday-morning ride. I rode with him on the back of his tandem.

It was initially disturbing. You have to give up control when you're on the back of a tandem. Not only did I have to go where he went, stop and turn when he did, but our pedals were even connected together. This meant that I had to pedal at the same speed he did the entire time. It was very disconcerting to begin with.

After the first few miles though, I started to get a feel for things. I came to understand how I could actually help with the pedaling, providing extra pressure and muscle, instead of just being some dead weight for him to drag along. I stopped being nervous about the turns and such. I relaxed and had a good time.

We rode around 40 miles, and we averaged about 20 MPH. It was a fun ride! There were around 20 really good bikers riding along with us, and they were all friendly. They did a lot of trash-talking among the group, everyone clearly knew one another and were having a good time, and everybody seemed pretty cool. I enjoyed myself. It was really neat riding in a pack like that.

Unfortunately by about mile 20, my butt was pretty darn sore. My legs are in shape, but my butt-bones are not!! I haven't ridden a bike in about a year, since it was over a year ago that mine was stolen. We stopped half-way and had coffee, which was a welcome relief. Of course, putting my sore butt back on that saddle afterwards was a challenge. By the time we were through, I was very relieved. My muscles were tired but feeling good....but my butt felt very tenderized ...ouchey!

It was a good workout though, and a beautiful day; I'm glad I went. I also got some additional bike-buying advice, and we wandered around a store comparing equipment afterwards. Hopefully soon I'll buy my own bike, so I can enjoy it a little bit more this season before the snow comes!
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drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: September 14th, 2003 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never rode on one of those tandem bikes, but it sounds like fun.

The only thing that's a bit more disturbing (at least for males) is riding on the back of a camel, something I did whilst in Israel. I won't elaborate any further...but let's just say hitting bumps was more of a problem for the guys in the tour group than it was for the gals. No need to tell you why. ;)

renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 15th, 2003 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
A camel!! Wow, that would be neat. I guess you learn with practice though, since they were common forms of transporation once.
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: September 15th, 2003 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess you do learn with experience--the problem was when I rode on the back of one, I think I only had done so once before (at the Toronto Zoo). So I was a bit "saddle sore" to say the least. On the other hand, I can say I've done it, and quite frankly, I'd like more experience doing it, if anything, to save me the money on gas...:)
thinggtwoo From: thinggtwoo Date: September 14th, 2003 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Tandem bikes are SO cool...glad you got to ride one! This entry caught my eye because we sing this song to my daughter, changing the name Daisy to "Bridey", of course. :-)

Enjoy your bike-riding!!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 15th, 2003 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, that is so cute!
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: September 26th, 2003 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Who says you have to stop just because it's winter?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 29th, 2003 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha!! I kinda thought you might have an opinion about that!

I totally admire you for riding your bike year-round, and I think it's amazing. I don't think it's for me though. Even if the cold didn't bother me too much, any slipperiness makes me really nervous on a bicycle. Gosh, I'm sorry, but those poor souls in the picture just look miserable to me!!!
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: September 30th, 2003 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I hate the icy part. But it's not icy EVERY day. Let's hope for another dry winter. I sure am!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 1st, 2003 09:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya. (:
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