How to Handle Equestrian Encounters

How to Handle Equestrian Encounters
Dealing with bike vs equestrian encounters is, for the most part, a settled issue in many jurisdictions around the United States. Back in the 90’s when mountain bike riding took off there were a number of legal and territorial fights taking place between pro-equestrian and pro-cycling groups. As...

Riding on the Road – Some Tips

Riding on the Road – Some Tips
For the majority of tandem teams their favorite rides occur on the same roads occupied by cars. This brings up a series of serious considerations that must be addressed for safe travels. The following tips are intended to help keep your rides safe: Take as much of the lane as necessary to safely ride....

Picking a Ride – Things to Consider

Picking a Ride – Things to Consider
On a recent vacation to Glacier National Park we were presented with a pressing dilemma on whether or not to attempt to ride a certain route. The signature road through the center of the National Park is a 60 mile two lane highway named Going-to-the-Sun Road. The highway traverses lush river valleys,...

Riding a Mountain Bike Tandem in Mud

Riding a Mountain Bike Tandem in Mud
Riding after rain storms have left the trails rutted, wet, and muddy adds a new dynamic to the tandem mountain bike odyssey. For tandem mountain bike teams the mud presents a unique challenge for keeping the rubber side down and the tandem running in a straight line. While best practice calls for trail...

Riding a Tandem – The Captain

Riding a Tandem – The Captain
The captain (sometimes called “pilot”) of a tandem is the rider in the front. Generally the captain should be an experienced solo bicyclist and, for new teams, requires good upper body physical strength. The first time captain There is a first time for everything and being a tandem captain...

Mountain Bike Tandem Riding Tips

Mountain Bike Tandem Riding Tips
Most tandem teams spend the majority of their time fighting one another on the bike. This fighting is not physical in nature rather it is a hidden fight that works to impeded the smooth operation of their machine. Examples of this fight include: The stoker and captain pedaling out of sync The riders...

How to Negotiate Switchbacks on a Tandem Mountain Bike

How to Negotiate Switchbacks on a Tandem Mountain Bike
Riding a Tandem Mountain Bike inevitably brings up the question of “how does that thing handle the turns”? For novice tandem teams the answer usually depends on how steep the angle of the turn is but with a few pointers and a little practice most tandem teams can ride through most every switchback...

Braking Tips for Long or Steep Descents

Braking Tips for Long or Steep Descents
Q: On a recent outing our ride took us down a descent with grades in excess of 15% on a hill that was over 4 miles long. We have disc brakes but the rotors and pads must have over-heated because by the end of the downhill it took all of my strength just to stop us. How do I prevent this in the future? A:...

Tandem Riding With Others – Choosing the Proper Group Ride

Tandem Riding With Others – Choosing the Proper Group Ride
Cycling can be a very social activity allowing riders to meet-up with groups and enjoy a spin along roads or trails together. Often times it is a natural progression for tandem bike teams to do the same and partake in an organized group ride with solo-bicycle riders. For tandem teams the decision to...

Avoiding the Inevitable Conflict: 6 Steps to Becoming a Safer Tandem Team

Avoiding the Inevitable Conflict: 6 Steps to Becoming a Safer Tandem Team
As cyclists on a roadway tandem teams interact with many different people utilizing various competing transportation forms. From passenger cars to big rig trucks the other road users, in general, are operating larger and heavier equipment. To add a layer of safety into the regular tandem routine the...

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