Scott and I have been seriously considering changing gear and purchasing a tandem bicycle. Our current setup has a number of inefficiencies. A tandem bike would provide a few improvements. Chiefly, it would combine our physical efforts so we would move faster, allowing us to be done riding earlier in the day. We would also convert to a BOB trailer, reducing the air resistance currently caused by the panniers, hopefully making the headwinds more bearable. It would be a big investment and logistically difficult to coordinate from the road. There’s also the issue that neither Scott nor I have ever ridden a tandem.
It felt a bit awkward at first but we got the hang of it after a couple of loops around the parking lot. Two things we’re still thinking about:
- Do we want a tandem with an independent drivetrain? An independent drivetrain, offered with Da Vinci tandems, allows each person to pedal at their own cadence. Otherwise, like with the typical tandem, our pedal strokes have to be in sync with each other. If one of us stops pedaling to rest or adjust seat position, the other must stop pedaling as well.
- And more importantly, does a tandem bike require too much together time?
Regardless, now I can’t get the Bicycle Built For Two song out of my head…
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do,
I’m half crazy all for the love of you.
It won’t be a stylish marriage,
I can’t afford a carriage,
But you’d look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two…