It was around 2:00pm on Saturday when the temperatures finally reached the 60’s so we could head out on the tandem for a 14-mile “spin” just to test our legs, remembering it had been a month since we’d last ridden the big bike together.
It felt cool, to be sure but it also felt good to be back on the tandem. As usual, we had more than our fair share of motorists passing far too closely than need be or at the wrong time and forcing on-coming traffic to slow to a near stop. In fact, we had one motorist who did both and in a very aggressive manner which prompted me to create a video of the encounter that I reported to the Cobb County Police. We’ll see if anything comes of that; I’m not holding my breath.
Debbie declined my offer of an afternoon tandem ride on Sunday, but she encouraged me to go ahead and get out on one of my single bikes. I did just that and decided I’d give the Erickson its first shake down ride after changing out the stem and saddle.
I had a bit of a false start in that, as I was riding out of our community, the back tire felt like it had a bulge in it. Sure enough, when I stopped and checked I discovered the very old rear tire’s casing was so dried-out from age that it was coming apart and had a huge deformity. I was able to ride back to the house without further incident, changed the rear tire with a spare and then got on my way again.
It was a good ride and the bike feels very comfortable now with the bars raised, etc. It’s still not as comfortable to ride as the titanium or composite frames, but that’s OK too. It’s good to be reminded how nice those other materials are.
As far as any more tandem rides in the coming week, I’m not seeing it in the cards. Today would have been a good day for a ride, but Debbie had to take care of some family business that had her away from the house from 8:00am until 2:30pm and she was worn-out when she arrived at home. Tomorrow’s high will only be 52°F with cloudy skies so that’s not promising. While Wednesday is looking OK with sunny skies and temps in the mid-50’s, Debbie will be getting a new crown in the afternoon which means she’ll have to spend the morning preparing appetizers and such for Thanksgiving Day. Thursday, Thanksgiving brunch at Debbie’s mother’s home at 10:30am will have us tied up until 3:30pm, so that’s not looking all that great. And then the temperatures drop and the rain comes in on Friday, with rain again on Saturday. Of course, the chances that these day-by-day forecasts will hold up as the week goes along is pretty much a 50/50 bet. So, we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.