Buying a Used Tandem

Buying a Used Tandem
One of the biggest question we get here at TandemBicycling.com is “what should I look for in buying a used tandem”. To simplify the process we have outlined some of the important factors to consider during your shopping for a used tandem. What type of riding do you plan on doing? Let’s...

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...

Forest Service Recreation Access Fees Ruled Illegal

Forest Service Recreation Access Fees Ruled Illegal
For most tandem teams a day or weekend trip into the local forest can be a wonderful way to escape into the wilds. For a majority of forest lands managed by the US Forest Service near major metropolitan areas these trips have cost a little extra. Under a law passed in 1994 the USFS has required a “use...

Those Crazy Streets – Implications of Driver Distractions

Those Crazy Streets – Implications of Driver Distractions
As of recently most of our ride time has been spent on designated bike trails and mountain bike trails. These designated routes are generally traffic free, absolutely car free, and fun. This shift in preferred routes came after the realization that the majority of car drivers today are more busy paying...

Stoker Comfort: Seat Post on a Tandem

Stoker Comfort: Seat Post on a Tandem
For first time tandem riders it is often most difficult to fathom the extreme vibrations transmitted to the stoker via their seatpost. On a single seat bike the frame geometry allows for a balance between front and back end vibrations. Tandems on the other hand, with the long wheelbase, focus a majority...

Staying Safe When Riding a Tandem

Staying Safe When Riding a Tandem
For some the idea of safety on a bicycle is making sure their shoelaces are tied to avoid tangling the laces in the pedal. For others, with a keener eye towards self-preservation, a few safety tips can go a long way to making rides on a tandem bicycle safer and more enjoyable. The options available to...

Hanging on for Dear Life as a Stoker

Hanging on for Dear Life as a Stoker
The stoker, rider on the back seat of a tandem bicycle, has a precarious role in the operation of a tandem bike. Under normal circumstances he or she is asked to pedal in unison, with power, and at the pace set by the captain (rider on the front seat of a tandem bike) all while not being able to see...

Those Unique Stories

Those Unique Stories
One of the true pleasures of riding a tandem bike is the unique nature of the experience. Not a ride goes by when someone does not look at a tandem team and smile. Sure the normal jokes get thrown your way “hey she is not pedaling” but the jest is based upon fun and happiness which a tandem...

The Real Doping Problem

The Real Doping Problem
No this article does not refer to the recent doping allegations against another Tour de France winner. On the same day news broke of Alberto Contador’s positive test the LA Times ran a story chronicling the increasing problem of marijuana farms on public lands. The Santa Monica Mountains of Southern...

Late Night Jimmy Fallon on a Tandem Again

Late Night Jimmy Fallon on a Tandem Again
Last week Jimmy Fallon pedaled a tandem bike on stage again. You may remember that Fallon rode another tandem a few months ago with then guest Jessica Biel (here). This time as stoker behind Pee-Wee Herman the two road around the Late Night stage to the applause of the audience. So have tandems suddenly...

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