March 18, 2011

Tandems, who knew?

By Anna | 7 Comments »


I made another trip to Portland, Oregon recently and stumbled into a new shop called West End Bikes. Nice place, load of great stuff, great atmosphere, and then I saw a titanium and carbon tandem. Wait what?!

I went up and asked one of the sales guys for more info; I just really didn’t get exactly why such a thing would exist. Turns out there’s tandem racing! Mountain, road, velodrome…I was blown away. It’s hard enough to race in the first place, adding the complex interaction between two riders on a tandem; all I know is there is no way in hell I would be able to do it. I imagine a TOTAL melt down complete with yelling and screaming at my partner. What do you say Elisa??

But hey the bikes look amazing!

This mountain bike was fully titanium, single speed with a belt drive. So amazing!

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  1. On March 18th, 2011 Elisa said:

    I’m totally in! Let’s do it. We can lose our minds and still be friends, I know it!

  2. On March 19th, 2011 Julia said:

    I can’t speak for racing but my husband and I have a tandem and I can tell you that the stoker (the person on the back) has no control (can’t steer, can’t change gears, can’t brake). Because of that, as the stoker, I decided I was just going to pedal back there and not make any decisions whatsoever. In fact, when he makes a maneuver with which I disagree, and people are watching, I hold up my hands in the air and say, “I have no authority here whatsoever”. (I got that line from “A Few Good Men”.) It actually works and he always makes sure I know when a bump is coming so I can brace myself and he drives the tandem quite differently from when we are on two separate bikes.

  3. On March 19th, 2011 Brian said:

    You missed your chance with the intergalactic tandem cyclocross championships this past cross season.

  4. On March 25th, 2011 coco said:

    hi, here, today i got my jersey, it’s nice, perfect quality and cheap price, i give my friend as a gift, my friends very satisfaction, it’s really worth, if anyone want to buy cycling jersey, i suggest could go

  5. On March 25th, 2011 Lovely Bicycle! said:

    Tandem bicycles can go much faster than single person bicycles, so there’s always been tandem racing. Not my cup of tea as I really like the independence of an individual bike, but rest assured that tandems are speed demons.

  6. On March 29th, 2011 Walter Stevens said:

    Tandems are cool I’ve ridden them alot, sit at the back so the guy up front can do some serious peddling!!

  7. On April 30th, 2011 Grody said:

    It has long been said, “No matter what direction your relationship is going, it will get there faster on a tandem.”

    As in my last cycle ride with my ahem, ex-wife, was on our tandem. I still ride and she does not.

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