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Oh My Gosh! I saw a killer tandem at a bike shop today. It's a old Schwinn: nice and rusty. The bike owner asked the bike shop to restore the bike. They plan to sell it for $600. But the rust and dents are beautiful! It made me sad to know that the owners thought it would be a better bike if it looked new. Oh well!

BTW: it weighted so much!!!!!! Over 60 pounds!

Why didn't i take a picture of it??

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11/13/12 10:12 A

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welcome, we have a tandum mt bike, but is is just hanging up at our RV site and get little use. i guess we need to fill the tires with air, oil up the chain and get it out for a few laps around the area.

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11/7/12 10:06 P

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Welcome. Love your tandem, I have always wanted to try one of those. Don't think DH would let me captain, but that would be ok.

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Hi all,
I just joined this team. My husband and I ride an unusual tandem with the stoker in front. You can see from the picture of us on my Sparkpage. We can swap up between stoker and captain with the bike because it's very adjustable. We are thinking of doing a self-supported tour next summer on it....either the Pacific coast or Transam. We haven't quite decided yet.

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9/30/12 10:44 P

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My husband rode a tandem when the boys were young so we could continue riding. I can tell you on grades our method is a stronger start but will admit it is harder to master at first. My husband also has a bad back and there is no reason to burden the captain. We have two tandems set up for my as captain so I appreciate the sychonrized start for the obvious weight differences.

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9/30/12 9:21 P

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The advice we got from an experienced tandem bike shop was that the stoker always stays clipped in. The stoker also back-pedals to present the pedal to the captain. By that I mean if the captain uses his left foot for take off, the stoker presents the left pedal to the captain and holds it there.

I saw this in action a few weeks ago when I observed a tandem team stopped at a light. The captain had both feet on the ground holding up the bike. The stoker was clipped in, balanced on the back of the bike. Pretty cool. Wish I could have seen them take off!

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9/24/12 10:45 A

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Not necessary, as experienced cyclists, the stoker doesnt cleat in more than one side. Keep in mind the captain isnt always male and the stoker isnt always female.

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Not necessary, as experienced cyclists, the stoker doesnt cleat in more than one side. Keep in mind the captain isnt always male and the stoker isnt always female.

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Not necessary, as experienced cyclists, the stoker doesnt cleat in more than one side. Keep in mind the captain isnt always male and the stoker isnt always female.

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Captain hold the bike up. Stoker gets in position and clips in. Captain kicks off and stoker keeps it moving until the captain clips in. It's no problem once you get the hand of it.

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9/23/12 4:46 P

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Thanks for your input! Good point about trying to rent anything. . .

I hadn't even thought about trying to "cleat out" on this fictitious tandem. . . I have barely mastered that on my road bike. Can't we just stick with old-fashioned platform pedals ;-) ???

What kind of touring bikes have you ridden/enjoyed ? I'm just dreaming here, but what I've always enjoyed about running and biking is the longer distances, so I just assume in the next year or so I'll be wanting to take off on a bike equipped to stop overnight some place - - -and that I'll be riding in a more upright position, with less weight and strain on lumbar and neck regions.
OOPS ! Never mind !! Just found the thread about touring bikes. This is separate from my tandem question, so I'll read everything I can find and try to digest it all. Thank you!

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9/23/12 3:57 P

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If you have riders of unequal strength and experience but want to enjoy time together then a tandem is a great choice. My experience is that it is tough to find a "quality" single bike to rent let alone a "quality" tandem. If you have a good tandem bike shop within driving distance of your location then they can probably can hook you up someone with a "quality" used tandem who wants to sell in order to upgrade.

I'm riding touring bikes now but when the boys were younger my husband and both captained tandems so we could ride with our children (now grown and in college). Communication is the key to working well on the tandem. When we got our first tandem, we learned at the very first stop sign that we cleat out on opposite sides, We didn't fall over and were able to get restarted but I'm sure all the cars behind us were laughing their socks off...

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9/23/12 2:51 P

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I'm posting here for the first time in AGES, as the way to REactivate myself in Spark People at every level - so here goes :
(1)I finally got myself a "real" road bike over a year ago - a TREK 2.1 that I really love. Shortly after that, I had knee replacement. Recovered, got back on the bike. Then I had a lumbar laminectomy in March, recovered, got back on the bike , though not much because of many, many days of excessive heat when I was free to ride, and the need for very gradually returning to that activity. So now I've got cervical spine issues- stenosis, nerve impingment, etc -- going to find out treatment options this week. I'm thinking a road bike is NOT my best option for the future. So I'm turning mentally to thoughts of a touring bike. Does this make sense ?,
(2) My partner has never ridden a bike, and we are thinking it might be fun to add some tandem riding into our next vacation. Does it seem reasonable to you that we might try-then-buy a tandem (maybe try renting first ), and that she would become comfortable on the back of a "bicycle built for two" ? I used to ride one with a blind friend as a teenager, and we had a great time!

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9/1/12 11:00 P

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9/1/12 3:07 P

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Bev:
You make a good point: sometimes it's great to just jump on the bike and pedal!
No looking out for traffic
No steering
No braking
No avoiding obstacles
No shifting

This stoker role is sounding better every day! Bring on that tandem!

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9/1/12 8:16 A

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You are right about that. DH knew if he ever scared me, that would be the end of the tandem. He has done an excellent job of keeping us safe (even in some very difficult places), and upright. In 7 years we have had some small falls (mostly cornering in mud on the mt bike) but only one serious one on the road bike.

Now I am transitioning onto my single more. It has taken some getting used to. I have to watch the road, steer, shift, balance, watch traffic ... Sometimes being the stoker is a great thing.

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9/1/12 2:00 A

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I will keep you all informed.

Bev: you and your husband are the tandem ambassadors! I did have an opportunity to captain the tandem during our test ride, but I knew I was doing it for the wrong reason! I wanted to show my husband how to ride the bike the right way: meaning I wanted to show off. Oops! Not a good thing if you want harmony with your spouse.

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Sounds like an experienced shop owner. I think every captain should sit in the back from time to time.

My DH is much taller than I am, my view is the center of his back, and sometimes that is a good thing. Like when he says "um" I know I'm glad I can't see what is in front. But the good thing is I can take lots of pictures on rides. He says he gets to see what he missed while trying to keep us alive.

We bought our first tandem on E-bay for a steal. It was way to big for me, very heavy, and I loved it. We have a Santana Sovereign road bike, but if we were getting another would probably get a Cannondale. At our tandem rallies CoMotion is the most popular, but the steering was a bit quick for DH's liking.

Our first mountain bike is an old Nashbar that also came from E-bay. It is a bit small for DH, but it was an experiment. We kept it because I can captain with our grandson, and it is a great beater bike. Our new(er) mountain bike is a Tsunami frame he got from a shop going out of business. He ordered parts and built it to suit us.

We have had some really great rides and met some wonderful friends at tandem rallies. Cyclists are a really great bunch. Must be the endorphins.

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Check ebay for an Otis Guy Mountain bike tandem with a soft ride beam. It was at a LBS the owner had it and it. They have many other types of tandems, just sold a recumbent, it's year end and they might have deals on those as well as rentals.

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You mention not being able to see anything from the back seat. I have often joked with the couple I know that the wife (stoker) should strap a portable DVD player to her husband's back so she can watch it. He's a good bit taller than her, so that just makes it worse.

Good luck on finding a tandem for your and the husband. Keep us posted.

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We're back from our test ride!
Bev: you are so right about the trust! My hubby and I are very different cyclists. I am much more aggressive on the bike than he. That's because I have put in more miles in the saddle and because that's just who I am. If you have never sat on the back of the tandem, let me paint a picture for you: you cannot see anything except your pilot's back. The pilot sees everything. You cannot steer, gear and brake the bike. The pilot decides when and how fast you will pedal.

So here's what happened at the shop:
step one: The owner took me out on a tandem. He was the pilot and I was the stoker. He taught me what to do. My job, every time we stop is to back-peddle until the take-off peddle is in the correct position for the pilot.
step two: The owner took my husband out on the tandem. The owner was the pilot and my husband was the stoker.
step three. The owner sent my husband out on the tandem alone so he could get a feel for the bike: how it handled, the shifting the breaking the cornering.
step four. My husband and I went out together: my husband was the pilot and I was the stoker. It was a successful ride.

We tried two tandems: a road bike and a mountain bike. Hubby did much better with mountain bike. Since he was more confident with the mountain bike I was also more at ease on that model.

We plan to keep an eye on Craig List to find a tandem and give this grand experiment a try.

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8/30/12 8:53 P

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Hubby and I ride ours all the time. We have a road tandem and 2 mountain bike tandems. They take some getting used to, especially for the stoker (person in back). You must have great confidence in your captain. I'll be glad to help any way I can.

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I have a custom made Otis Guy Tandem for sale! Hydraulic Brakes.

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Tandems are a lot of fun. You will probably find you can ride faster on a tandem than on a single bike. You have double the power but about the same frontal area. Climbing can be a challenge; especially if you and your husband have differing climbing styles.
At first you and your husband will seem to be fighting each other but with a little practice the two of you will seem to communicate as if by telepathy. Until then you should tell each other what you are doing. "Let's go" when starting, "whoa!" when stopping, etc.
Stopping a tandem can be a challenge. Start slowing before you normally would. Because a tandem has twice the weight as a single but the same frontal area they can get away from you on steep descents if you don't keep the speed in check. On long descents your rims can overheat leading to a blowout. While it may be counter-intuitive you are better off alternating between braking hard and coasting rather than lightly dragging your brakes for long periods. Some tandems have a hub brake (disk or drum) controlled by the stoker. This isn't to let the stoker stop when they get tired but a brake that can be used on descents to slow the bike without overheating the rims.

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I have no useful advice (sorry) but there is a husband and wife in our group who ride a tandem, and they easily keep up with everyone. They don't seem to have any trouble staying in sync and they ride very smoothly and make it look easy. But I don't know how long it took them to get to that point! Best of luck to you.

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They had a slightly used Tandem Recumbent at the LBS. It was gold and similar to an Easy Racer.

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I've ridden on my son's recumbent tandem when I had a knee injury, which was a blast, but not a traditional tandem, which is probably the one that you want to know about.

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My husband and I are going on vacation Tuesday. We have made an appointment at a bike shop near where we a vacationing, to test ride a tandem bike. We're both very excited.

Have you ridden a tandem? What advice can you offer us?

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