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More than fifteen adults have been trained as captains. Only two (besides the group leader) have qualified to captain a triplet. We use Bill McCready's "The Proper Method" for the procedure used by the captain (the first rider) and stokers (all the rest). In September of 2007 we began a program for younger captains, training them to take
the helm of a tandem--six have qualified, and in 2014 one of them handled a four-day trip. The captain steers, balances, and brakes the tandem,
and is responsible for the safety of the accompanying stokers. Riding a tandem involves a lot more than
two people simply clambering onto a bike together.
After a break-in period of riding the tandem alone, usually from 10 to 20 miles, each
trainee gets a chance to ride a similar distance with a carefully selected stoker. If
the ride goes well, the new captain has qualified. Experienced stokers
usually make very good captains, since they
are thoroughly familiar with the procedures. Special thanks to tandem@hobbes
member Bill Connors of Philadelphia, who facilitated the acquisition of our first 20-inch tandem
--it is a critical piece in the program. We've also acquired a
second 20-inch tandem.
Our newest trail mom on a training ride in 2018, who qualified as captain on April 22, 2019
Our second new captain of the year, with his stoker, on his qualifying ride, June 28, 2019
Our new captains for 2018: adult (in the green shirt) and youth (his daughter, on his right) with other riders, qualifying day, September 2, 2018
Our then-newest trail mom (2015), qualifying day, August 7, 2015
Our first new trail mom of the year, qualifying day, May 24, 2015
Fourth trail mom and riders, qualifying day, June 27, 2009, West Newton
Our second trail mom, captaining an articulated triplet at West Newton, Yough Trail
Our other triplet captain, qualifying day, September 24, 2006, Eliza Furnace Trail
Only the group leader captains quads and quints.
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The Allegheny Trail Alliance Web site has maps
and many links
to information on trails in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia.
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