Our tandem is a bargain basement 1980’s Peugeot, which we bought for £100 on eBay.
It came from Wensleydale, and had been standing under a tree for six months before we rescued it. The owners used to regularly ride it as far as Spain, but the day we picked it up it looked so rusty they ended up offering us a £20
refund. On the up side, it had fast wheels, and a sticker that said TEAM VELO SPORT, and after an afternoon of TLC and polishing by my partner, it emerged as a retro beauty.
Also tandems are quite cumbersome both to transport and store, so when people are clearing out, they’re often the first thing to go. Add in the enthusiastic tandem riders who are upgrading to better models, and there are lots of bargains
to be had.
Tandems are harder to ride than you’d think, but hang on in there.
In my latest book, High heels& Bicycle Wheels, I send the world’s most unsporty heroine, Bryony, off on a tandem with smoking hot pro cyclist, Jackson. She hates going downhill, feels travel sick, and does a lot of screaming – all based
on my own experiences.
If you’re on the back of a tandem, it’s the ultimate in trust and submisssion. You need a lot of trust in the person in front, and you may need to make adjustments to the seat and handlebars to make sure you get a view forwards. I will admit there are still times when I have to close my eyes, and every second person you pass will
shout something out about the person on the back not pedalling. But after that it’s fun all the way.
Meet Bryony: She's a fun-loving, very single TV production assistant whose idea of sport is the
Jimmy Choo sales scrum.
Meet Jackson: Cycling's bad boy superstar. Injured and out of racing this summer, without his training he's looking for another distraction.
Bryony's facing a triple whammy – her last single friend just named the day, her mother's offering to have her eggs frozen, and the guy she's loved from afar, forever, just got hitched. So she's more than happy to accept the offer of a totally out of character but seriously steamy one night of no-strings fun. Especially when the guy in question is so attractive he even looks good in Lycra!
Jackson's on the look out for a new career but if the opportunity to work on TV means a fortnight with the most uptight woman in the world, he'd rather not bother. He never goes in for seconds – and who in their right mind would head off in a
camper van with a woman who irons her knickers?
Add in a tandem (yes, a tandem) and fast forward to double trouble for a summer neither of them will ever forget!
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Bio: Jane Linfoot writes fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and a bit of an edge. She lives with her family and pets in Derbyshire, and
loves hearts, flowers, happy endings and all things vintage.
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