Tandems - the joy of two!

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Tandems - the joy of two!

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1reading_fox
jul. 8, 2007, 11:15am

Anyone ridden one?

I've just come back from a week with my first tandem experiance. What fun!
Takes a bit to get used to, and you need to communicate well and trust your partner, but once you get the hang of it, it isn't any harder than a normal bike, a lot more social.

I'm not sure if it is harder or easier, it was a lot heavier and less responsive than my dedicated road bike, but also lighter and faster than using a mountain bike on the roads.

Anybody know of any books on the subject?

2thorold
jul. 8, 2007, 5:48pm

Three men on the bummel :-)

...not strictly speaking a book about tandems, and a little dated, but it does have the most famous tandem anecdote.

I only tried tandem riding once, and came to similar conclusions to yours. It felt faster than riding solo, but that might have been because my riding partner was stronger than me. The big advantage was the social one, I think - if you and your partner tend to ride at different speeds, it makes for a good deal less irritation. One big disadvantage seems to be that you have less luggage space than two solos for touring. Another is that it doesn't fit into a standard bike shed and it's a pain trying to take it on trains.

A colleague has a back-to-back (couldn't just find a photo of his, but it's essentially the same as the one in the picture). I haven't ridden it, but those who have claim that going backwards isn't as disconcerting as it looks.

3andyl
jul. 9, 2007, 4:27am

I am not sure that I would be happy facing backwards.

I would like to have a go with a Hase Pino however but without someone to share the use I probably wouldn't buy one.

4thorold
jul. 9, 2007, 11:48am

You could always buy a Hase Kettwiesel instead, and ride around until you find someone else who has one. Or in fact several other people... I don't know how many you can link before it becomes uncontrollable.

I had a ride on an early version of the Conference Bike once - great fun, but probably not much practical use.

5reading_fox
jul. 11, 2007, 5:17pm

I like the look of that Hase Pino - it would also reduce the biggest problem of the traditional tandem which was the sail area, the slightest wind was magnified by catching both riders.

6JimThomson
maig 29, 2010, 10:38pm

I was driving in north Baltimore the other day and saw something I had never seen before, a young man riding a three-seat tandem! There is a lot of new enthusiasm for cycling here and the city government has installed new guiding signs and marked bike lanes throughout the city for cyclists, despite it being distinctly hilly in much of the city. Our tandem lovers tend to like cycling on the coastal plain and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware.