I fell in love with tandem bicycle riding shortly after I married my wife.
We both enjoyed riding bikes and looking at the beautiful scenery offered along the bluffs of the Mississippi River here in Iowa. But there was a problem. We were of greatly different skill and fitness levels.
I had been riding for many years and my wife hadn’t been on a bike for quite some time. The furthest she had ridden was 5 miles to town and back and that was quite an adventure for her.
Some of our friends, like Paul and Deb in the first photo below, enjoy getting together once a month for tandem bicycle rides. What better way to go out and spend time together! Go for a bike ride with your friends, eat dinner at a nice place and hang out. We made the decision and ordered a new tandem bike.
What a wonderful journey it has been!
Tandem bicycle stories aren’t exactly in the headlines of the paper everyday.
But they are very popular
In fact, if you don’t ride one, you probably don’t even see them. But when you do get one, they seem to be everywhere.This is like when you buy a new car, all of a sudden there are lots of them on the road.
You’ll find there is a great deal of information out on the internet about bicycles, but comparatively little information about tandems. I decided to set out and create a site where those of us interested in tandems, triples and quads along with the adventures available on them can come to find out more.
For everyone from newbies to the seasoned teams, tandem-bicycle-central.com wants to be your stop for tandem related stuff.
Find answers to things like traveling with your tandem, good choices for transporting your tandem, clothing for this weather or that and goodies for captain and stoker alike along with links to places where you can find tandem related goods and services. There is even a section on painting your bicycle.
Just choose a section on the left to find out what you need to know about tandems.
If you would like a picture of your tandem posted in the online photos, please send it via the link on the Tandem Photos page.
Table of Contents
How to ride a tandem information
Get some basic tips on learning to ride a tandem bicycle before you buy one.
Looking for that special bicycle gift for the favorite cyclist in your life? See the collection of great bicycle gifts here.
Bicycle maintenance for your tandem and single bikes
Keeping your bicycle in top shape is important. Your diligent bicycle maintenance will keep easily preventable breakdowns to a minimum. Don’t skimp, learn how to do it here and save money in the long run.
Great information on bicycle bags
Check out the information about selecting the right bicycle bags for your bike. Panniers and rack trunks as well as handlebar bags are discussed
The correct tandem bicycle wheels can be a big decision
Tandem bicycle wheels aren’t just any wheel. Learn what you need to know
Modern bicycle brakes demystified
Bicycle brakes explained. Learn about the major types of brakes on a modern bike.
A tandem recumbent bicycle is really a breed apart.
Learn about a tandem recumbent bicycle here
The bicycle seat post might be overlooked, don’t!
A bicycle seat post with a suspension could really smooth out the ride. Telescoping, thudbuster, softride all reviewed.
Suggestions for new content
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A trailer cycle could be the perfect alternative
A trailer cycle offers the stability of a trailer with the pedaling of a bicycle
Good bicycle lights will show you the way.
Having the right bicycle lights can help you find your way. Be safe, be seen with good bicycle lighting
Used Tandem Bicycles
Find useful information on buying used tandem bicycles. See bikes currently offered for sale.
The best bicycle disc brakes are available for your single bike or tandem right now.
Bicycle disc brakes have come a long way in 30 years. See what is out there for your single bike or tandem!
Travel with your bike, it opens a whole new world!
Travel with your bike can be easy and fun. Take your tandem or your single bike with you. It really beats a bus or car.
Bicycle Search Page
Bicycle Search Page
A comfortable bicycle seat can make your riding much more fun.
A comfortable bicycle seat doesn’t mean the same to everyone. See the differences and types explained as well as how to adjust your seat for maximum comfort.
Bicycle shoes get the power to the pedals
Without good bicycle shoes you could be just spinning your wheels.
bicycle luggage rack
A bicycle luggage rack will help you safely carry things on your tandem. Attach your rack trunk to the best rack for the job
Beautiful bicycle prints to decorate your home
Beautiful bicycle prints are a great way to show off your love of cycling.
The best bicycle ornament to dress up your tree is right here.
Pick the perfect bicycle ornament to give your holiday tree that special something
A bicycle necklace will show your distinctive love of cycling
Find the perfect bicycle necklace for your favorite cyclist
Bicycle Bracelet. Cycling Jewely
Find the perfect bicycle bracelet for your favorite cyclist
Bicycle earrings are fun and fashionable
Find the perfect bicycle earrings for your favorite cyclist
About the Captain and Stoker
Here’s a page about the Captain and Stoker of this site
The proper bicycle mirror can elimiate dangerous blind spots beside and behind your bicycle. Find out which mirror is right for you.
A bicycle helmet can save your life, choose the right one. Learn about the laws regarding bicycle helmets.
Bicycle Tires explained
A comprehensive look at bicycle tires for all kinds of bikes. Tandems, mountain, road and more.
Stylish bicycle bracelets and cycling jewelry for every cyclist.
Find the perfect bicycle bracelets for your favorite cyclist
Child bicycle trailer. Take you younger kids who aren’t old enough to ride on their own. See detailed photos of a bicycle trailer up close.
Use a bicycle travel case to travel with your tandem.
Want to take your bike with you on your trip. A bicycle travel case can be the answer.
Bicycle Built for Two
Looking for a bicycle built for two? The standard tandem may be in your future. Find out here.
A bicycle rack can get your tandem there and back
A bicycle rack that is designed for a tandem can make things much easier. Choose the best one for your needs.
Looking for a four wheel bicycle or quadricycle, try this for your short hops around town. Easy on gas for sure!
Proper bicycle storage is key! Learn about bicycle covers, storage devices
Correct bicycle storage can prevent damage and keep your investment in top shape
Keep your core warm while biking this winter
Protect your core with proper layering this winter cycling season
Leg warmers or knee warmers make a difference
Leg warmers and knee warmers can help keep you comfortable. Don’t under estimate their value.
Cycling Headwear can make you feel great
Use cycling headwear to keep you comfortable
What does a tandem captain do?
Pick up on the do’s and don’t of being a tandem captain
A tandem roof rack will make loading your bike easy
A great tandem roof rack makes loading your bike so much easier. One person can do it easily
Tandem stoker, what are you doing back there?
Take a look and see what is expected of you as the tandem stoker.
Tandem Bicycle Accessories
Great place to find tandem bicycle accessories. Outfit your tandem with the accessories you need.
Tandem Photos – show off your tandem
Show the world your tandem photos
Recumbent Tandem Bicycle
Post a photo of your recumbent tandem bicycle. Browse for cycling products, get advice on good outerwear, tires and more at Tandem Bicycle Central.com
A hitch rack can be a good way to carry your tandem if you don’t want to use a roof rack.
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