You’d look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle made for two. Ever thought about it? Maybe you don’t have the access or the desire to own a tandem bike of your own, but I think you owe it to yourself to mosey on down to your local bike rental shop and give one of these babies a go. It’s even better than you would think.
Once you get going, it’s easy to keep going, but it takes some teamwork and trust to start the bike. When you’re in the back of the tandem, it is also a little harder to see where you’re going, and you sometimes have no control over when you stop or your navigation. Just like a relationship, it can be a little awkward at first, but once you figure out how you and your tandem partner work together, it gets more comfortable every time.
Love the conversation
Have you ever wanted to say something to someone you’re biking with, but they just can’t hear you? Or you want to say something private to someone you’re on a date with, like how cute their butt is while they ride a bike, but you don’t want everyone around you including the little kids with their parents, to hear it? Well say no more, the tandem bike is perfect for that. You’re close enough to the person you’re riding with to say pretty much whatever you want and really share your riding experience.
Share the work
Unless you’re a masochist, hills suck on a bike. But on a tandem bike, the work is shared between two people. Have you dreamed of singing up hills and barely breaking a sweat on your commute? Tandem biking is for you.
Safety first! Birds of a feather stick together! Keep a buddy! …All that jazz. It’s impossible (try to prove me wrong) to lose your group while you’re on a tandem bike. This can be really useful for families with young children who like to go on bike rides. If you’re worried about getting separated, tandem is the perfect solution.
Ride in style
Have I mentioned the endless compliments you get while riding a tandem? Some people smile, some people laugh, but really, it’s all in good nature. And if people DO make fun of you, it’s out of jealousy. Tandem biking is by nature, awesome. It IS hilarious, funny, and fun. Give it a shot and I’m sure you will love it and want to share it with your friends too.
If you’re scratching your head at this point and wondering where to even start or what brand to get, Co-Motion and Santana tandems are really the bees knees. They’re going to cost you a pretty penny, but they are seriously quality machines. Cannondale and Trek also manufacture some of these beauties, but it is never a bad idea to look for one used. Or even, just borrow one for the day to see if you like it; check out your local bike rental directory: and don’t forget to wear a helmet!