Why so few tandems?
I am having trouble finding someone to share a tandem with me, a Hase Pino Steps. i have seen the same problems, once in France seeing a pair of riders, the faster complaining over coffee that the slower one was holding him back while the slower one, once he arrived, complained that the faster one would not wait - he had the luggage trailer! A tandem seems the perfect solution, particularly on the wide, well-surfaced bike trails of Europe. Peter West
We see lots of tandems here in Suffolk. They are well suited to our gentle terrain but for 'real cylistts' they struggle with big hills. Whereabouts are you based? We are always encouraging people to get a tandem!
Most of our tandem riding is done on dedicated cycle paths in Germany or France (Alsace), and we, almost without exception pass tandems arriving in the opposite direction. So we are meeting them head-on and often it is only in the last second or 2 that the captain realises its a tandem before they whizz by at a combined speed of 50 kph. We see on average about 1 tandem per day on popular cycling routes. We have never caught up another tandem nor have we been overtaken by another. We have met a few tandem crews at rest.
Before the 1960's and certainly before the WW2 most people could not afford to own a car, so the only way for a couple to do a trip together apart from public transport was on a tandem or solo bikes.