Charles Gregoire & Heidi Brault

Tandem Cyclists







Oct. 17, 2016 Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, ON

We've been tandem cycling since the fall of 2013.

After having gotten back into cycling on our single road backs in the summer of 2013, we started thinking about touring. Although we had completed a number of day trips on our single bikes, we had never attempted any multi-day tours. We started reading blogs and articles on bicycle touring and ultimately ended up reading about tandem touring. We were both curious and intrigued by the concept.

We started by renting a tandem in central Ottawa and spending a couple of hours riding along the paths by the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River. After that first ride, we knew that tandem cycling could work for us and that this could be the beginning of a new set of experiences and adventures in our lives. Not long afterwards, we were fortunate to find a second-hand Santana Arriva. We were thrilled that it hadn’t taken us very long to find a good tandem plus the price was right!

We haven’t looked back since and, except for the odd short ride around our neighbourhood, now rarely use our single bikes. Like other tandem cyclists, we have found that for long rides and touring, this is the way to go. We can truly enjoy the ride together and can converse while riding (as opposed to trying to talk to someone who’s riding on another bike and might be ahead of you!). We can pass water bottles to one another. Another big plus is that both of us can keep an eye on our surroundings, something we have improved even more by adding a mirror to Heidi’s handle bars. On occasion, Heidi can take a few photographs while pedalling (something we did when we rented a tandem in Spain).

Tandem cycling has opened the way for us to be able to go on long distance rides and tours.

We recently completed a tandem cycling tour from Kanata, Ontario to Fredericton, New Brunswick, a route which took us through Montreal, towards Quebec City, Riviere-du-loup, Edmundston, Grand Falls, and Woodstock. Our ride distances varied from day to day since we wanted to be able to enjoy some of the attractions along the way. See our Tandem Tour Journals for more info about our Kanata to Fredericton tour in 2017. Tandem Tour Journals