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Benefits of Tandem Club Membership
About Our Club
  • Organised events here in the UK and elsewhere
  • Great social riding for couples and families at all levels: 
    • Regionally
    • Nationally
    • Internationally
  • Bi-monthly Journal
  • Members' Only website pages containing information on, for example:
    • Where to purchase a tandem in the UK
    • How to ride a tandem
    • Transporting tandems by car
    • Tools to carry when riding a tandem
    • Buggies for children
    • Carrying kids on tandems
  • Tandem merchandise
  • Valuable advice on tandeming
  • Competition events
  • Retailer Discount (Member's area)
  • Advice on using trains to transport your tandem

All this and more for just £10:00 per annum 
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23/04/2018

I am a 68 year old male, fairly fit, who would like to try tandem touring, shorter or longer trip

21/04/2018

Has anyone any history of Ron Thomas tandem. Where they were made etc. We have had one for 1

TandemClub News

16/04/2018
23 - 24 June. Early Bird prices end on 1st. May. A number of Tandem Couples have already booked and if you would like to camp tigether please let the organisers know by 1st. June. As usual a tandem specific ride is planned. Details.
01/03/2018
You can now get an email sent to you with a link to the journal in audio MP3 form sent to you once Eifion has done his magic. Email webgroup@tandem-club.org.uk to set this up for you or you can set it up the next time you renew, there is a checkbox on the membership form.
31/01/2018
We have implemented a new For Sale system. This allows members and non members to post adverts on the TC website. This is free for items under £100 and there is a small credit/debit card charge for items above this. Why not have a clear out of some of those old tandem bits lying around ?
See the system and more information at: /forSale.
31/01/2018
We have created a new forum system. The old one was outdated and probably had some security flaws. We have copied all of the old forum information into the new system To post messages to it you will need a website account and login. See here for more information on how to use it. The website's top menu provides access to the discussions and wanted items under the "Boards" heading.

Regions News

Group News

26/10/2017

John and Judy organised the October ride with the Taunton Group starting from the Bocabar Café in Glastonbury. A beautiful autumnal Sunday drew a record-breaking 16 tandems and 3 solos out to cycle the Somerset levels on a 30 mile circular route from Glastonbury to Castle Cary, riding twice past (but not up) iconic local landmark Glastonbury Tor.

A delicious lunch in Castle Cary was followed by an impressive group photo outside the historic Market House.

24/08/2017

Nigel and Mercedes organised the August ride where 10 tandems and 2 solos met at Barnstaple railway station.

Some members of the Tandem Club might be familiar with the Tarka Trail in North Devon where much of the route is on old disused railway lines. It is flat, with a good surface and is popular with cyclists and walkers. The problem is that it usually follows deep wooded valleys and consequently it's difficult to do a 'round trip ride' that avoids tandem 'unfriendly' hills. The August ride for the Taunton Group tried to achieve this.

The Old Bideford Road was the route out of town which led us via unclassified roads over the hill with a couple of long steady climbs and back down to sea level at Bideford. The sky was blue and it was perfect cycling weather. We then had to climb again out of Bideford with another steady hill to Gammaton Cross. If there was any muttering of discontent about the hills, I didn't hear it and I didn't quite think it was necessary to hide in the bushes whenever the group stopped. We joined the Tarka Trail at Weare Giffard in the Torridge Valley and this was a very steep descent. Lunch at The Cyder Presse at Wear Giffard and then it was the Tarka Trail all the way back to Barnstaple but stopping for tea and cakes at the Fremington Quay cafe. En route there are a few gates etc which require a little more care to negotiate than on a solo bike but the tandems can be wheeled and no heavy lifting is required . So in total it was 29 miles and 1130 ft of climbing which was all in the first half of the ride.

21/01/2018

James and Liz organised the January ride where ten tandems and 5 solos met at Combwich just outside Bridgwater.

It’s rather fitting that the attached photo is taken in the pub - it was only a short ride and the weather wasn’t really on our side, but the majority of the ride was spent in the pub as the food took for ever to arrive!  Lovely people, as always, and an interesting part of Somerset to explore but maybe the constant inhalation of fumes from Hinkley Point Power Station slows the cooking somehow.  And they ran out of peas!

01/03/2018
Taunton Tandem Group has become so successful that even in the middle of February 13½ tandems turned up for this months ride organised by Richard and Michelle.  The newly adopted policy of splitting into two groups, following the same route but with staggered start times, worked well.  We met at the Willow & Wetlands Centre at Stoke St Gregory before heading to Langport for lunch, following quiet lanes through the pretty villages of North Curry, Barrington and Kingsbury Episcopi.  The ‘A Team’, ably led by Nick and Rachel, arrived for lunch intact and without incident.  The ‘B Team’ was less successful suffering a broken gear cable (which Steve managed to fix with a cable tie, although he and Maggie then had to complete the ride in one gear) and, more seriously, a broken bottom bracket on Mark and Liz’s tandem.  Fortunately, some friendly locals took pity on them and gave them a lift to Langport.  Mark then teamed up with John to go and fetch the van, whilst the ladies enjoyed more coffee and cake!  The Bow Wharf Café did a great job in serving 27 pre-ordered lunches.  A brief rain shower failed to dampen spirits on the short ride back to Stoke St Gregory.