Reader Question: Just Bought a Used Tandem Now What

Reader Question: Just Bought a Used Tandem Now What
Question: I just purchased a used tandem from a family friend. The tandem bike is a bit old, has seen its better days, and I am unsure of my next step. What is your advise for someone who has just purchased a used tandem? Answer: Used tandems present a unique opportunity for tandem teams to enter into...

Tips to Climb Just About Anything

Tips to Climb Just About Anything
Aside from the standard jokes we receive about “she is not pedaling”, “that looks easy”, and “are you kidding” a tandem team really can exceed anything imaginable by a solo-bicyclist. The best example of the advantages a tandem bike has over the solo counterpart is...

Riding Tips – How to Ride in a Paceline on a Tandem

Riding Tips – How to Ride in a Paceline on a Tandem
For any tandem team with even a few miles of road riding under their belt a quick realization will occur that pacelines naturally form around you. Solo cyclists view you as a great wind-blocker and even better flat road pace setter. With this it is inevitable that you will be called upon to operate your...

Riding in National Parks and National Monuments

Riding in National Parks and National Monuments
With spring finally showing some signs of life it is time to look forward to summer vacations. For many tandem teams those vacations will include a trip to a National Park or National Monument with the hope of being able to enjoy the location on tandem. Cycling inside these parks can be a tricky proposition...

Rider Etiquette and “That Guy”

Rider Etiquette and “That Guy”
Riding a tandem in itself makes you unique on the roads and trails. There is not a ride that passes without someone shouting a compliment or joke (the standby is usually “he/ she isn’t pedaling!”). Given the high visibility of tandem riding, etiquette is very important. When passing...

Riding in the Heat

Riding in the Heat
With summer in full swing and temperatures well into the 90’s across the country it is a great time to discuss riding in the heat. Tandems pose unique hazards as the combination of two different riders of unique body type and composition can wreak havoc on the completion of a ride. Ride Planning If...

5 Tips for Safer Road Rides

5 Tips for Safer Road Rides
The vast majority of tandem teams utilize paved roadways for cycling routes. For many this is a choice that places the two riders into immediate harms way. Here are five tips to being safe while riding the roads. Tip 1 – Pick a line Whether the roadway has a bike lane, wide shoulder, or no shoulder...

Google Maps Added Bicycling Routes to Maps

Google Maps Added Bicycling Routes to Maps
In a move to better the use of Google Maps by cyclists nationwide Google has added bike routing ability to Google Maps. This addition required significant programming by Google to account for bike friendly streets, grades, and traffic patterns. Until now tandem teams were forced to use “walking”...

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