alpaca princess (renniekins) wrote,
alpaca princess

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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