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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

This section has been moved to our Members' Area.


The FAQs pages contain several articles and pictures which help people to get more enjoyment out of using their tandems.

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The following gives an idea of the articles involved...
Buggies for Children
 

Buggies for Children

Many cyclists simply give up riding together when the firstborn arrives. However as many of us have found this needn’t be the case.

Buggies have been available for a very long time, however, in the last 10 years they have improved dramatically in comfort, safety and user friendliness. So, what do you look for when deciding which buggy to purchase?

The following information should allow you to make an informed decision, and decide between the numerous models that are available...

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Carrying Kids on Tandems
 

Carrying Kids on Tandems

 


In the Members' Area, we have pictures of many examples of different ways to carry children on a tandem including the use of Buggies, Child Seats, Kiddy Cranks, Tag-alongs, Triplets, Quads, Trikes, Child-Backs etc., etc.








 
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How to Ride a Tandem

 

The following step by step guide aims to help you become confident tandem riders. (Assumes left hand traffic and a sighted adult stoker)

The front rider (the 'Pilot' or 'Captain') must step through the tandem by lowering the tandem away from your body and step over the top tube. Once astride, place your feet on the ground far enough apart for the pedals to clear your legs. Hold the tandem upright and hold onto a brake lever to steady the tandem. The Captain looks forward in the direction of travel...

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Tools to Carry when Cycling a Tandem

 

Multi-tool

There are a number of multi-tools available containing a selection of allen keys, screwdriver and spanners together, quite often, with a chain splitter tool, tyre levers and a spoke key. Most bicycles nowadays are mainly held together with allen bolts and these tools are excellent for making adjustments to handlebars, saddles, gears, brakes and loose nuts and bolts.

  • Items to carry:
  • Multi-tool (ensure beforehand that it contains the tools you are likely to need and use it at home to make sure that they are really usable).

Open Ended Spanners

Check what nuts and bolts you have on the machine...
 
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Transporting Tandems by Car


 

This article was written in 2003 by John Swanson and prices shown were correct at that time.

In writing this article, John drew on his own experience and on the many contributions to the Tandem Club Discussion Board. Therefore, the Information Sheet is strongly based on actual member experience.

The full version of the document is available as a PDF file and it must be said that The Information Sheet isn’t actually a sheet, it’s twenty pages long and that’s because it tries to cover every different method of carrying a tandem on a car and for each method it details the commercial products available and also suggests DIY methods. Following below, is a summary of the full document:

Inside your car

If you have a long car...

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