Tandems are twice as much fun!!!
Why would I want a tandem?
What different types of tandems are available?
Upright style trail or ATB: $800 - $2,000
Full touring: $4000 & up
High performance & racing: $4,000 & up
High performance ATB: $3000 & up
There are many fine production tandems available from Co-Motion, Raleigh (cruiser type only), Trek (cruiser type only). We would like to explore your needs to help find the most suitable model for you.
What are the most important features?
It is important to pick a frame that has ample rear length. This is important to correctly position the stoker's body for comfort on longer rides.
It is usually necessary for a tandem to have a greater range of low gears to offset the difficulty on hills. A triple crankset is standard on most models.
Good brakes are a necessity! A set of cantilever brakes are generally adequate for most riding conditions. A rear wheel drum brake may be necessary for heavy loads on mountainous terrain.
Index shifting is especially important for a smooth shift because of the difficulty in hearing chain misalignment. Hyperglide type gear tooth profile is very important when down shifting under power.
Integrated shift & brake levers like Shimano's STI or Sachs Ergo Power levers are convenient. They allow the captain to keep his hands on the bars for better control. This
Wide handlebars (44 to 46 cm.) are preferred for the front (to help the handling and balance), and for the rear (to allow room for the captain's thighs).
Any style of pedal will work fine, but clipless pedals allow the convenience of quick placement and release. Toe straps and clips will tend to occasionally drag on the road.
Strong wheels are "wheely" important! It is common for 48 spoked wheels for heavy loads and extreme durability. Other choices would be 36 or 40 spoked wheels for faster
Tires are generally wider than singles and need to be inflated 10-20 psi. higher. We recommend at least 28C or 1 1/8" for general road applications.
Greater stoker comfort can be added with a suspension seat post or get the ultimate ride with a Softride beam.
How can we involve our kids?
Tandems are a great way to share the task of pulling a child's trailer.
It is even possible to custom order a triple bike for three riders.
How do I transport a tandem?
Roof racks are available with a tandem adapter mount from Thule, Graber, and Yakima.
Pickup trucks and small trailers can be adapted for a secure fit.
It's even possible to remove both wheels and fasten a tandem to a rear car carrier.
Are there tandem clubs?
The Tandem Club of America publishes a newsletter with articles, up-coming events, and classified ads. Ask us for a membership form.
Tandem rallies are a great time. A tandem club in the Midwest will host the Midwest Tandem Rally yearly over Labor Day weekend. Ask about this year's rally.
Is there a market for a used tandem?
Used tandems are hard to find, because both riders have to be sized to the bike. Both front & rear frame size is important. Don't put money into a bike that doesn't fit!
Why does Europa have tandem consultants?
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