Bike Buddies Shift From Tandem Bike To Spin Class After 22 Years

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MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – Two friends from the North Shore are selling their bikes after a recent accident impacted their biking career.

A couple times a week, 83-year-old Susan Livingston and 82-year-old John Harkness bike together in a spinning class at the Marblehead JJC. Prior to, the duo rode all over the place while sharing a tandem bike.

“We were bicycle riders,” Harkness said. “We decided because we rode at different speeds that we needed a tandem.”

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Harkness met Livingston after fixing her car at his garage in Marblehead more than two decades ago. For over 22 years, the duo rode all over the place and racked up an estimated 32,000 miles of biking.

Their journey unfortunately ended after an accident in May sent both bikers to the hospital. However, Harkness said if he and Livingston had not made their decision, they would have not been able to explore so much of the world.

“In hindsight we made the right decisions and had fun to boot,” Harkness said.

WBZ’s Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) has their story:

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