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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
07/01/2022Catherine Barnaby
Bookings for the 2022 National rally at Corsham are now open. See 2022 National Rally Page
21/12/2021Phil Harmer2022 Easter rally - bookings open

I have just opened the online booking system for the 2022 Easter rally, which is being held at Greenhill Leisure park in Bletchingdon, north of Oxford.  It is a lovely site with excellent facilities.

Book early to secure the type of pitch that you prefer.

Full information at the rally webpage:   2022 Easter rally

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.

24/01/2022
Our Santos Double Travel came fitted with Magura HS31 hydraulic rim brakes for straight handlebars (same fitting points as vee and canti brakes) - inho they are excellent stoppers and we've been well loaded (camping) and done some step down-hills and have rarely if ever needed to use a third brake. more ...
23/01/2022
Hi Philip - thanks for getting in touch. Email reply just sent. :-) Chris
23/01/2022
We always opt for a lock through back wheel and guy rope tied to the bike. However i would agree with above, even though we know how expensive they are, i don't think they are very appealing to the opportunist!
17/01/2022
Evening Drewery, Many thanks for your contact. In truth I haven't taken and pictures of the bike, but I will. Please give me a couple of days (a full day tomorrow) and I will reply with a good set of pictures so you can fully assess the bike. Like you, we are not Tandem experts, but enjoy riding tog more ...
23/01/2022
Next Ride 13/2/2022 starting Billingshurst. Tim 07843 864746. See whats ON
23/01/2022
Next Ride 13/2/2022 starting Billingshurst. Tim 07843 864746. See whats ON
17/01/2022January 2022 Report
January 2022 ReportWe had a superb time on the January tandem ride. This should have been the shortest ever Taunton ride designed for winter in uncertain times. 15 of us met at Hestercombe. Within a ride distance of just 13 miles, we climbed 1300 feet up onto the Quantocks , stopped for coffee and cake at Fyne Court , more ...
16/01/2022Saturday 5th. March
Saturday 5th March 2022 - please contact organisers Megan and Mark Whittaker at meganb1985@gmail.com if you would like to join them for this ride. Megan writes: Meet us from 10 am at the Pavillion Caf? in the middle of Stamford Park, Stalybridge for hot drinks, then set off at 10.30am. Toilets avail more ...
11/01/2022
Sunday 23rd January Dai and Lucy will be leading the ride from Faversham.
10/01/2022january Club ride
january Club rideJust four units braving the cold this month, Colin and Rosy Gray, Richard and Jane Fuller and my wife and I, Martin and Alison Purser met us at Kneesal. Although it turned out to be not as cold as we thought, with some welcome sunshine. Nice stop for coffee at the New Field Dairy Cafe, near Hockerto more ...