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A bicycle built for two
Posted on February 27 2017 at 9:27:22
A Cofton Hackett resident who cycles regularly despite being totally blind is seeking new partners to ride with him on his tandem.
Roger Green has a number of sighted steersmen who accompany him every so often; some every couple of weeks and some less frequently. However, many of them are now in their sixties and seventies, and as time passes they are inevitably finding it harder to continue riding.
Roger is therefore looking to recruit new partners to join him on his much-loved Longstaff tandem. The bike was made to measure, including an adjustable front seat to accommodate different sizes of steersman.
Roger is a member of Beacon RCC, and his current partners include several other Beacon cyclists, plus members of other Midland clubs and riders with no club affiliation.
In the past, he has ridden the End-to End and many Audax long-distance events from 200–600 km, twice securing a Super Randonneur medal.
Nowadays, Roger’s ambitions are more modest: he tries to cycle twice a week, typically for 30 or 40 miles, with or without a café stop, at a sociable pace.
George Barker, who cycles with him regularly, says: “Roger is good company and he knows his way around the back lanes of Worcestershire and Warwickshire better than many sighted cyclists.”
“Piloting a tandem takes a little getting used to, and riding with a stoker who can’t easily anticipate what’s coming up is a little more challenging than riding with a sighted stoker,” says Roger.
“However, the challenges are nothing that any reasonably fit and sensible cyclist can’t master after a handful of rides.”
Above: Roger (right) with fellow Beacon RCC member Mick Cullinan, a riding partner for 20 years.