Physical & Mental Fitness is Elusive
Cresting a Hill

It took us more than four years to get to the top of the hill. Each of us, in our own way, had turned back numerous times before. But that Saturday and Sunday we hung in there and crested that mental hill. Saturday’s ride was two hours of push. The whole way we floated at …

Tandem Teams and Long COVID

I had Covid this past January while we were tandeming in Tucson for the winter. The initial mild irritating COVID symptoms gave way rather quickly to a debilitating bout of pneumonia. One week I was intuitively balancing our tandem as I captained us on rides and the next, I was using a walker as I …

Gifts for Tandem Bicycle Riders & All Cyclists

Gifts for Tandem Bicycle Riders for any occasion, or no occasion, from Jay and Szifra for your cyclist friends: Gifts forTandem bike riders that don’t suck. We really do use these products. Yes, we include our book because it is contains practical tandem information, plus tandem relationship insights for all partnerships. See what others are …

Double Your Pleasure

Double your pleasure – from The Boston Globe For some couples, a Tandem bicycle is the ultimate relationship-builder. By Nancy Shohet West Globe Correspondent, Updated November 10, 2022 There’s an oft-cited maxim among couples who ride tandem bicycles: “Wherever your relationship is going, a tandem bike will get you there faster.” In other words, a …

In Tandem Book Reading

Jay and Szifra read from their new book, and talk about the relationship benefits of tandem living, learning, and riding. “Thinking back on that walk, the tandem bike metaphor captures our roles. On a tandem, the captain shifts gears, applies the brakes, and steers. The stoker pedals and trusts life and limb to the captain’s …

Jay and Szifra on Chelmsford Tonight

Can Tandem bicycle riding help relationships? Are you pedaling together? How do you handle the hills, traffic, safety, and intersections in your relationship? Jay and Szifra are both master’s level couples therapists/coaches and they decided it would be interesting to to look at their tandem bicycle riding and see more deeply into what that was …

Tandem Bike Captain & Stoker | Collaborators

Tandem Bike Captain & Stoker Collaborators, From the book In Tandem Jay writes: “Thinking back on that walk, the tandem bike metaphor captures my role. On a tandem, the captain shifts gears, applies the brakes, and steers. The stoker pedals and trusts life and limb to the captain’s decisions. If Szifra wanted to be captain …

Riding and Writing Together!

Riding and writing together, couple finds wheel love, Published in the Lowell Sun, written by Scott Shurtleff sshurtleff@lowellsun. com LOWELL  Szifra Birke and Jay Livingston will be reading from their newly published book, “ In Tandem: Pedaling Through Midlife on a Bicycle Built for Two,” Sunday October 23rd. The launch event at Lala Books at 189 …