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Tandem Bikes
 

Youth leads age! 
This Grandson-Grandmother team will take 
some practice!
What is a tandem bike?

A tandem bike is a bicycle built for two just as in the song "Daisy Daisy". The tandems of old (1960's and before) were bulky and very heavy and not intended for much long distance travel. These tandems were primarily for shows or just cruising across the town or beach. 
Todays tandems are lightweight and built for speed. There are many different classes of tandem bikes. The mountain tandem is for off road and trail riding. The road tandem is built for speed. The cruiser style tandem is for uneven road surfaces and gravel roads. Today there is a tandem for any type of cycling needs. 
A tandem is the ultimate bike for a friendly ride while carrying on a conversation.
 


Age leads youth.
Grandmother-Granddaughter team!
Daisy Daisy
Daisy, Daisy
Give me your answer do,
I'm half crazy all for the love of you
It won't be a stylish marriage
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet
Upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two

Michael, Michael
Here is my answer true,
You're half crazy if you think that will do
If you can't afford a carriage
There won't be any marriage
For I'll be switched
If I'll get hitched
On a bicycle built for two
 

Links:
Learning to tandem
Duties of Captain
Duties of Stoker
Definations
Tandem Pricing
If you are not familiar with tandems you would be quite suprised to know how much they cost. The average tandem on the market today would cost between $900 and $5000! 
The cost difference is largely due to the different metals that are different weights. A frame can be of average weight or it can be really light by using materials like titanium. 
Another reason that the price can be so high is the quality of the parts on it. Some parts will wear out sooner than others, while some won't need maintenance for hundreds of miles. The cost also has to do with the bikes intended use.
If you plan on touring with your tandem you would need certain geometry that would not be necessary in a racing
bike. For touring you would probably need to add an extra brake to accomadate the extra weight of the gear. You also would want a wide range of gears for being able to climb hills. In spite of the advantages tandems have on the downhill, there is little to no advantage for the uphills. 
If you are an extreme person you can even have a custom built tandem for an extra fee. If you don't like the traditional geometries that are available there are several unusual
designs that add up to a much higher cost than the usual stock tandems. These are available as recumbents(a
recumbent is a recliner style bike with the pedals commonly out in front of the rider who sits back in a real seat) or as half upright and half recumbent as well as ordinary styles. 
There are many different options available to you if you have the means to pay for it as well as the time to research what you want.
This captain is having a blast!

What is riding a tandem like?
Riding a tandem is like having your best friend never further away from you than two feet. Riding a tandem is like riding the king of all bikes, besides a triple or a quad bike. Riding a tandem is like working together to accomplish a mutual goal. Riding a tandem is the most fun I've ever had!
   

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