It’s Like Riding a Bike

We snap on our helmets. We secure our water bottles in their cages. We move into position, gripping the padded handlebars and hovering over the raised, metal pedals.

“Okay, on three,” my husband says, looking over his lean frame at me, “One, two, three!”

We push off, teetering for a brief moment, then balanced as we continue to pedal. My husband guides us. He chooses a way he knows well. We pass through our neighborhood and then a few others, riding towards our destination: brunch. A cool breeze tickles my nose as we complete mile after mile.

The movement of wheels over road powered by nothing but our muscles elates me. I enjoy the soft whir of the tires on pavement as we climb up and glide down hills and go around turns. I watch the white line blur under our tires. I glance out at the scenes we whiz past, glimpsing gardens and fields and horses and trees.

The sweat of our labors dries in the wind before it reaches my nose. From the backseat, I catch the faintest touches of fragrances as we ride: pine, mulch, grass, honeysuckle, mint. They mark the passage of time on our route.

“Alright,” my husband says from the front seat, “Ease up. Lean slightly to the left on this turn.” We turn into the complex where the restaurant sits. We coast over speed bumps and roll up to the curb.

Together, we dismount and park the tandem near our sidewalk table. One of us is tired, and one of us is not. We smile and slide into chairs, eager to fill our hungry stomachs. More work will greet us on the way home to complete our 25 miles; I still need to master cadence. Until then, we celebrate our first spin together.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Stacey Knosky says:

    I can guess who is tired and who is not! To the seasoned veteran, I can imagine, this is just a short run. How wonderful for you to be guided yet still contribute engine power to the ride… and feel the freedom from the tandem seat. Soon you will be leaning and speeding as one 🙂

    1. Hi Stacey! Thanks for stopping by. The tandem is great for us. I can’t wait to get more miles in. 🙂

  2. Such a nice description of your new project together! I have ridden a tandem a couple of times, but these days enjoy long walks with my husband and dog so that all 3 of us can benefit. Enjoy your next ride with your supportive husband!

  3. ptat says:

    this is the part where you’re suppose to post the pic of you passed out on the floor afterwards 😉

    1. Ptat: Only if I could arrange an audio overlay with the dramatic announcer from VH1’s Behind The Music–“After the ride, things almost took a tragic turn…”

      1. Anonymous says:

        Ha! I can see the black and white imagery now.

  4. Congratulations! I am so happy for you and hope one of these days we can ride together .. wouldn’t that be fun! Well, both of us on the back of our tandems :). Look forward to following your journey!

    1. Thanks, Becky! I’m sure there will be tons of great memories the more we use our tandems. If I ever find myself out your way, I will let you know.

  5. How fun. Love a tandem bike and what a ride. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the like 🙂 like your blog too.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like fun and good exercise!

    1. Riding the tandem is a blast. I love it.

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