“But you’ll look sweet,Upon the seat, Of a bicycle made for two.”
Welcome to Matilda’s Musings!
Matildas Musings is a fun award winning blog about two crazy 50-somethings who happened to fall in love – after going on a tandem ride on a first date – and bought a tandem to have a “something different” hobby for their new life together in Auchterarder in Perthshire.
You can read the fun “sliding doors moment” story of how my dynamic crew got together on a blind first date on a tandem in this article from the new digital The Perthshire Magazine.
Read more about my dynamic crew’s joy of doubling up in this article from the Strathallan Times – when Matildas Musings became a finalist in the innovation category of the UK Blog Awards 2016.
The innovative blog is actually “written” by Matilda – the “old lady” classic tandem – and features her Musings about her adventures, trials and tribulations with her “dynamic crew” on a bicycle made for two, and features amusing tales of her adventures on the road focusing on tourism and food & drink experiences en route in Scotland and abroad!
The whole ethos of Matildas Musings is to show that tandeming is “twice the fun” than riding solo bikes. At its heart is two mottos which her riders live by – namely that “It’s always better when we’re tandeming together” and “It’s the smiles not the miles that count!”
Matildas Musings featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme on the joys of tandeming – click below to take a listen to find out more…
The blog has also picked up a couple of gongs or commendations. It is listed on the ’50 Best Pro Cycling Blogs Beginners Should Follow‘ by ApexBikes and also on the ‘Top 100 Cycling Blogs Every Bike Fan Must Read‘ by Feedspot.
Back in 2014, during a bout of madness (or an alcohol induced moment of bravado) Team Matilda decided to book a tandem cycling holiday to France to indulge their new hobby and combine it with their pre-existing indulgence for enjoying nice wines! In September that year they set off on Le Tour de Vineyards and Villages of Burgundy – a route covering 150 miles of French countryside (with plenty of stops to sample the local wine!)
It was such fun that there has been an annual pilgrimage since with 2015 being Le Tour de Vineyards and Beaches of Bordeaux and 2016 saw Le Tour de Vineyards and Chateaux of the Loire Valley.
2017 saw a mini Euro tour – taking in three routes, firstly in North Holland and then Le Tour de Alsace et Champagne – covering 300 miles.
Quite a coincidence how often the tours seem to tandem through some of the world’s top vineyards!
However the 2018 tour is a bit closer to home with an attempt at the Hebridean Way!
The main characters in the blog are:
Matilda – aka the “old lady”, the classic Jack Taylor British-built tandem, who is also a 50-something and also somewhat overweight as she sports her original steel (not light aluminium) frame and some sexy matching panniers. But once she is wound up, she is a real goer and loves nothing more than being a racy lady feeling the wind whizzing between her spokes!
Chief Stoker – aka Diane Lockhart, the other “old gal” on the team who combines her duties of using her youthful energy to faithfully stoke the power to the pedals with her patience and good humour required to be Chief Engineer. Often heard saying: “Of course I’m pedalling” and “Can we move down a gear, this is supposed to be fun!”
Chief Pilot – aka Colin Calder, the “old git” on the team who refuses to let long distance, a big hill, or wet weather get in the way of a good tandem ride and who combines his duties of route planning with a meticulous (and often annoying) attention to fine detail. Often heard saying: “Di – are you pedalling?” and “Di, can you fix this!”
We hope you enjoy and have a good laugh at Matilda’s Musings – it is certainly not meant to be taken seriously!
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Colin and Diane