Hi! I’m Wendy Rubin, and most of you know me as the “Stoker” on the purple tandem bike. As a child I was not very athletic. I tried all kinds of sports, but was always picked last. I decided to get a pink Schwinn stingray and cruise around in style (a way to combine my love of style and sport). In high school I got my first love. My Gitane 10 speed, which I rode to school till I could drive. As an adult I gave up biking due to an issue with Vertigo, resulting from a concussion. I missed cycling, but was worried I might loose control.
Fast forward 20 years and I discovered spinning!! I could pedal away and not worry about moving! I remember telling my husband Bruce how much I loved being back on a bike (even though it does not move) and he suggested we try riding the old tandem that sat in our garage. I was really nervous to be on the road again, but that feeling of loving riding was back… And I had scenery and fresh air! Bruce and I now had a hobby we could do together. We eventually graduated to a bike that was light enough to get some speed. Bruce found the purple Bilenky tandem on Craig’s list. It was available because the riders divorced! We have learned that in riding tandem we are a team. It is definitely an exercise in trust and communication.
We saw Team Evesham on the road a few years ago. We chatted with them at Indian Spring and asked if a tandem could join them. Sandy and Dave were so nice and gave us the website info. I was really nervous our first ride, because I never rode in a group. Bruce has before, but I felt so safe being part of a team and it was great to learn cycling etiquette.
Last year we rode with Team Evesham in The American Cancer Society ride to the shore. Between Bruce and I we raised over $1500. It was such a cool experience to ride the bike-a-thon with the team. We made a lot of new friends that day.
This past fall we treated ourselves to a new bike and you all will meet her soon. Her name is Cali, and she is 36 lbs. and comes apart for travel. We are looking forward to warmer weather to ride with everyone soon!
Hey Everybody, I’m Bruce Rubin the Captain of the purple Bilenky tandem. It’s great to be the captain because that’s really the only time I get to be in charge.
I began my love affair with bikes at the tender age of five. While I didn’t have a bike of my own, my sister had a shiny turquoise blue Schwinn “girl’s” bike with beefy fenders on it. Biking looked like fun so when nobody was around, I took that Schwinn out onto the sidewalk and contemplated. The seat was definitely too high to feel safe so I hopped onto the rear fender where I could not only reach the pedals, but I could put my feet on the ground. Within a few tries I was riding a two-wheeler and loving it.
Eventually my sister got a bigger bike and I inherited that girly Schwinn. Concerned for my self-esteem, my parents bought a bolt on top bar so it looked like a “boy’s” bike. In third grade my dad took me to JC Penney and surprised me by saying “go ahead, pick out your new bike”. Well I got me a metallic orange bike with a metallic orange banana seat.
Next I bought my first 10-speed bike with $42.00 worth of dimes that I had saved and matching donations from the parents and grandparents. My folks bought me a new Raleigh 10 speed that again was short lived due to a bike thief that was smarter than me.
At this point, I’m 18 years old with no driver’s license and no bike. I enlisted in the US Air Force. It was there I got my start in the optical field. The day after I arrived at my permanent assignment at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi Mississippi, I headed over to the Pass Road Bike Shop and purchased a blue Fuji Sports 12. That bike was my sole source of transportation for the next two years.
Finally at he age of twenty, I got myself a Mississippi driver’s license and bought my first car. After that I got a little lazy and my bike started collecting dust for the first time. This went on for years. I’d ride casually maybe 5 or 10 miles once in a while, but never with any real consistency.
Fast forward to 1998. I was close to 220 pounds and I put my first patent on the market, Rubin’s Ruler that was designed for opticians. When I got my first big order, I decided to upgrade that old Fuji and I bought my first high end road bike, a 1998 Trek Y-Foil 66 in inkwell blue which I still ride today.
It was late in 1998 when my wife introduced me to one of her colleagues on the kid’s soccer board. He was a mountain biker and turned me on to a whole new way to have fun on two wheels. I rode mountain bikes for years. Over the next 15 plus years I accumulated a vast collection of bicycles, each treasured for its own unique personality. Then I bought my first tandem.
Wendy rode around the block once or twice with me on it and the kids begrudgingly volunteered to do a handful of rides with me but that tandem sat in the garage for a very long time begging to be ridden. So I went back to the mountain bikes.
My better half started spinning and since you’ve already heard the rest of that story, let me just say this. Our tandeming has renewed my passion for riding on the road. I don’t know that I would have ever considered joining a bicycling club by myself, but on that fateful Sunday almost two years ago, Wendy and I were passing by Indian Spring.
We were both curious when we saw like 100 bikes and their riders in the parking lot. We rode up and talked with Sandy and Dave who were both so welcoming and kind. We joined the team and did our first ride the following week. Being part of Team Evesham has been a wonderful experience so far. We have met some truly awesome people and hope to continue building new relationships as we ride on into the future. So that brings us to present day. No more new bikes, for a little while anyway.