It is not every man you would want to share a tandem bicycle with. The front and rear riders have to be in tune, with no battles of the will, no bullying. The person in front, usually the man, steers, sets the pace, makes the decisions. "You do have to be exactly in sync," said Karen Reilly, who rode behind her husband, Ronald Tartaro.
They climbed and coasted well together. Not that he was predictable, she said, but he was logical and reasonable. "He always did the thing that made the most sense," she said.
The couple worked hard to get their children — two girls, ages 7 and 5, and a boy, 3 — out bicycling. When there were just two girls, the parents would tow them in a trailer behind the tandem bike. After their son arrived, he took his place in the trailer, and the oldest girl rode in a one-wheeled bicycle attached to Ms. Reilly's.
Mr. Tartaro, 38, an executive vice president at Fred Alger Management, harbored big dreams of wider-ranging travel. "He wanted to buy a boat and sail around the world," with family and friends joining in for different legs of the trip, his wife said. "He had it practically funded, not that we were going to do it anytime soon."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on February 24, 2002.