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We are THE club for all tandemists and would-be tandemists - 

  • Bi-monthly 48-page magazine on everything to do with tandems (spoken-word version for VI members)
  • Three rallies a year; two in the UK and an International rally
  • Local groups for day and weekend group rides
  • For Sale and Wanted boards
  • Database of GPS and route sheet rides
  • Advice and help
22/06/2022Robert Bending
Articles and content are needed for the next edition of the Tandem Club Journal. It could be an account of a day ride, or a long tour, preferably with good quality photos. Any technical notes, queries, solutions or customisation would also be of interest I'm sure. Send content to editor@tandem-club.org.uk
27/02/2022Terry Carpenter
We had a great morning ride out and coffee stop at Roadwater with Janet and Mike on solo bikes along with two other ladies sorry didn’t get their names. Weather was lovely, company and riding was great
28/10/2021Peter WeeksChair's piece in full - cut off in Journal!
Oct-Nov Journal - Chair's piece in full

FROM THE CHAIR

It was a great rally at Nottingham wasn’t it?   A wide choice of routes through lovely countryside; an interesting city to explore; the mass start of 90+ tandems around the National Watersports lake in the sunshine; cream teas and prosecco.  Even the local BBC and Radio Nottingham came along to find out about the magic appeal of tandems.  And how nice to meet up with friends again and ride together after what seems like a long two years.  Phil and Julie Harmer and Colin and Rosy Gray organised it all.  Thanks for a wonderful week.

As I mentioned last time, plans are under way for a full programme of rallies in 2022 including of course the National Rally at Corsham, Wilts, 28 May – 4 June, when we will celebrate the Club’s 50th anniversary.  Please keep Wed 1 June 2022 free.  All Members of the Club will be invited to the Club birthday party that afternoon when we hope to have a large turnout to mark the occasion.   

If you have been following the history of the Club in recent issues you will be aware of the wide variety of activities that Club Members get up to.  Many of these have been organised by Members rather than official Club activities.  I sometimes think of the Club as being a kind of umbrella group covering all tandemists whatever their interests.  An example is the Club birthday ride that Jonathan and Tessa Cox organised recently at Charlbury, 50 years since 9 Oct 1971, starting and finishing where it all began.

If you are a longstanding Member and you have any old tandem stories or photos, do please send them in to the Editor and/or post them on the website.  We all enjoy looking back and learning about the history of the Club.

With the easing of the Covid restrictions, it’s great to see local Group rides going on again in many areas of the country.  Few cycling clubs have a strong regional structure as we do, and local Groups in my view are an important benefit of membership.  If your tandem is pining for a ride in company then check to see what your local Group is up to!   

Looking ahead, at the Club AGM at Easter next year we will need some new people to fill positions coming vacant on the Committee:

- Club Secretary

- Regional Officer Co-Ordinator

- Technical Adviser

- Sales Officer (Technical and Non-technical Sales)

- Web Content Editor

 

If you can do one of these roles and you care about the Club please contact me. A younger Member comfortable with the web and social media?  Looking to build your CV in marketing?  Coming up to or recently retired?  None of these roles are demanding or time-consuming. They all have a job description and I can help you learn the ropes.  Please do give this some thought.  We need more volunteers to help run the Club and in particular I would love to see some newer Members on the Committee.  

You may remember that, about a year ago, the Club sought the views of Members for a submission to a government consultation on the Highway Code on behalf of all tandemists.   In July the government published its response setting out a number of proposed changes.  Important ones for us are:

  •  introducing a hierarchy of road users so those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others
  • guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists
  • Ensuring that cyclists have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead.

There are several other changes proposed to the “Rules for cyclists” chapter in the Highway Code, and also some changes for other road users when they meet or pass cyclists. (For example, the so-called “Dutch Reach” to look behind when opening a car door.)  We made a few tandem-specific suggestions but these have not been taken up in the response. Nevertheless I believe the Club should support the changes and encourage the government to implement them.  

Finally, as always, a warm welcome to all new Members of the Club.  Contact your local Regional Organiser and suggest your favourite local ride.  Stories and photos are welcome on the Club website and Facebook Group and here in the Journal.  Experts or beginners, whatever kind of tandeming you do or wherever you live, we want to hear from you.

If you have questions, suggestions or comments on any aspect of the Club you can reach me at  chair@tandem-club.org.uk 

Stay safe and happy tandeming.

Peter Weeks, Chair

03/09/2021Peter WeeksTandem Club in the news
Tandem Club in the news

The local papers in Witney have picked up that we are coming to Charlbury on 9 October for the 50th birthday ride:

https://www.witneygazette.co.uk/news/19553338.50th-birthday-group-ride-charlbury-home-tandem-club/

For more info What's On: https://tandem-club.org.uk/whatsOn?cmd=view&id=3308 and the event page at: https://tandem-club.org.uk/events/tcb2021/index.html

01/09/2021Peter WeeksSubscriptions

Thanks to all who have paid the right amount for your annual or your 5-year subscription for Club membership.

Rates for a Full Member plus 1 Joint Member (+ children under 18 at home) are £15 pa or £60 for 5 years.

Please pay the correct amount as the Club will only accept correct payments from 1 Sept 2021. Thanks.

08/08/2022
Forgot to add, drop bar bike using Shimano STI 'brifters'
07/08/2022
We run a small 6 pitch campsite in the rural Haute Vienne in France www.campinglepeux.fr The site is in a beautiful setting with large pitches very well spaced apart. Early in July we were visited by a great friend and his partner who had cycled from the UK on their tandem. One evening, over a bottl more ...
05/08/2022
Thanks Stephen, a C17 seems a good one to try, especially with all weather capabilities in mind
25/07/2022
Thanks Michael but the Ecosmo wont be suitable for what we want Cheers Alan and John, ive seen cranks on thorn tandems with the extra hole but wasnt sure wether or not that could be a mod made to other cranks, once ive finally got a tandem if need be i will be in touch with JB tandems thank you more ...
08/08/2022
Saying hi to fellow tandem enthusiasts in Norfolk or close, and hoping to see two, four or six of you perhaps on a ride in the autumn (2022). Not quite sure yet how this group website works, but no doubt all will become clear as I experiment, and get things wrong...
28/07/2022
We have arrived on site. Please note the bar does not accept card payment so please bring cash. The on site ATM charges for cash withdrawals. In Germany cash is king!!
24/06/2022
Only a week to the Sutton's BBQ at Mudeford on Saturday 2nd July, preceded by a ride led by Stephen and Jill Gray from Mudeford to Burley for coffee, where some tandems may join direct from home. If you have not already received details, please contact sheila.lymington@gmail.com
15/06/2022Lancashire and Cumbria Group - Lisa and Matt's LEJOG Challenge
Lancashire and Cumbria Group - Lisa and Matt's LEJOG ChallengeTwo of our group, Lisa and her son Matt, are cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for 2 charities, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Motor Neurone Disease (MNDA). Here is a press release issued by North Lancashire's Beyond Radio. https://www.beyondradio.co.uk/news/local-news/lancaster- more ...
16/05/2022May 2022 Report
May 2022 ReportEight tandems met in Cocklemoor car park in Langport on Sunday 15th May, 8 couples but the numbers were increased by one with Anita and Andy's grandson George looking very comfortable in a rather stylish child seat. We were all set for a 30mile ride with a cafe stop followed by a pleasant post ride more ...
08/05/2022
New group addition Ian and Joe with Colin and Rosy