Each year, I make a list of new things I want to try. Some are hard, some are easy, some will make you want to stop reading my blog and question my ability to function as an adult because they’re so mundane. You can read about previous shenanigans here.
Question: How does one elicit stares/grins/waves from just about everyone, ever?
Answer: Ride around on a tandem bike with your cute friend (Or ride a Segway. Anywhere.)
Tandem bikes are so sweetly old fashioned (and, well, weird) that everyone who saw us got that same “I’m pretending not to look at you but I can’t NOT look at you and now I’m trying to stifle a grin” look on their face.
I’m sure this was exacerbated by my insistence on making eye contact with everyone while smiling in a way that said “Try not to be jealous that we’re so deeply awesome, okay?”While I’m no stranger to cycling, I was a little bit leary about riding an old tandem around the pot-holed streets of Uptown, Minneapolis. Thankfully, my friend Hayley has been introducing people to the wonders of tandem cycling for ages and talked me through the whole process. She gave running commentary of what she was doing as we rode, “Okay, we’re going to coast now.” “I’m going to brake and then we’re going to turn to the right.” “We’re going to hang out at this stop sign so Joe can take a cute photo of us looking all sporty.”
In summary, she did everything and I just didn’t screw it up or make us fall over.
And it was super fun! It takes a bit of getting used to and I’d certainly recommend doing it with an experienced tandem-er, but it was lovely and easy and completely hilarious. If we’d worn vintage dresses and added a wicker basket with a puppy, we’d have been the Modcloth website, come to life.Have you ever ridden a tandem bike? How’d it go? Bonus question: what’s the most embarrassing thing to ride? My vote goes for Razor Scooter. Auuuuugggghh! They look so fun but you’d have to pay me $10 to ride one in public!
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