Mountain Mama: How to Ride Tandem Without Getting Divorced

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,I’m an avid road biker and I’m also recently married. My spouse is a novice rider, and I’d like to buy a tandem bike with our wedding gift money.I’ve often heard them referred to as divorce bikes. How do I avoid tandem divorce court and ensure our first ride is a success?Thanks, Eager to Please————————————————————————————Dear Eager to Please,It’s often said that “Whichever way your relationship is going, a tandem will get you there faster.” Successful tandem riding requires the same cornerstone of any good relationship — communication. When in doubt, err on the said of more disclosure, especially in the beginning.The front rider, or the captain, should make it a point to give the rear rider, or the stoker, advance notice about everything she’s doing. Give your stoker updates such as “I’m shifting,” “coasting now,” “bump ahead,” “turning left,” or “standing.” Also, check in with your stoker from time to time. You might ask “Was the speed okay on the downhill?” Or “Is this gear comfortable?” Be proactive about apologizing if you don’t see a bump in time or otherwise cause your stoker discomfort.Eager to Please, take note that the turning radius is much wider and the stopping distance much longer than on a single bike. Plan accordingly.Tandems are a great equalizer, and provide a great opportunity for couples to ride together. Rent one before you buy, so that if you don’t gel well riding together you won’t creating fighting fodder by a senseless purchase. And if you do eventually buy a tandem, worse case scenario ditch the bike and hang onto your spouse.Give it a whirl!Mountain MamaGOT A QUESTION FOR MOUNTAIN MAMA? SEND IT HERElast_img read more

Main Street Greensburg Farmers Market relocates

first_imgGreensburg, IN— Main Street Greensburg is pleased to announce that this year’s Farmers Market will be happening! However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are instituting a few changes to keep both our vendors and customers safe.The Market will be moved to the Decatur County Fairgrounds, and it will begin on Friday, June 5. It will be a drive-thru only event. While this was a difficult decision, the Decatur County Commissioners support the effort because they say it, “[complies] with state and local guidelines related to social distance,” and it, “still [provides] opportunity for vendors and their customers access to locally grown fruit and vegetables that are considered essential products during this pandemic.”This is only a temporary move, and MSG hopes to be back Downtown soon when the state and local officials feel that it is safe to proceed as normal. More than anyone, MSG understands the potential economic and social impacts this could have on our Downtown District, as well as to the Farmers Market vendors and customers. Mayor Josh Marsh adds, “Supporting the local economy continues to be an important part of our recovery, and I hope you will visit the drive-thru Farmers Market at the Decatur County Fairgrounds this spring.”In the coming weeks, MSG will be working hard to navigate the logistics of the new location and will provide information as it is made available. In the meantime, it encourages you to contact your favorite vendor to place a pre-order to help expedite the drive-thru process. Mark your calendars for the grand opening of our market on Friday, June 5th, 2 pm-6 pm. For more information on this topic, please contact Executive Director, Susan Burkhart, at (812) 614-2039 or at [email protected]last_img read more