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Is it difficult for one person to ride a tandem bike?

I have a 1990 steel racing tandem, and sadly it gets more miles solo than with a stoker. The main differences between tandems and solo bikes apply when riding a tandem on your own (rear wheel cuts ...
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Why are tandem pedals mounted with the same position?

Sheldon goes into some detail on this. Having the pedals 180° out of sync would lead to a couple of problems: Starting off, as most people have one foot on the pedal and lean towards the other ...
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Do both riders on a tandem need to know how to ride a bike?

Sheldon Brown (of course) has a good page on riding tandem. He doesn't get into details, but since the stoker's main job is to keep upright it doesn't demand a lot of bike handling skill. Riding as ...
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Is it difficult for one person to ride a tandem bike?

Doesn't seem like too big a deal. It should be similar to having someone on the back who's not pedaling, only lighter and faster.
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How to mount clipless pedals on a tandem?

Tandem cranks are special. The pedal thread directions on each arm are oriented correctly to prevent loosening from precession, as on any other bike. You just need two sets of normal pedals. If ...
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tandem and stoker with autism

My wife and I are learning to ride a tandem right now. It's considerably different from riding a single bike. I've been captaining (normally the captain is the more experienced rider). One big ...
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Is it difficult for one person to ride a tandem bike?

I have a tandem and I have ridden it solo. It's not hard from a handling point of view, and at least with mine it's easier than riding tandem – it's just riding a bike with an exceptionally ...
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Can anyone identify this elderly tandem from the badge (pictured)

That's the remnants of a Raleigh headbadge.
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A two successive wheel trailer ; would it work? (followme-tandem)

The follow-me tandem lifts the front wheel of the child's cycle off the ground because that's the only way to have stable handling on corners. I made some primitive drawings to explain. Note that ...
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Why are tandem pedals mounted with the same position?

My wife and I have ridden a tandem for 2 years. Shortly after buying it we wanted to ride High Pass Challenge, a ride up to an observation point on Mt. St. Helens. As newbies, we were not very good at ...
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Road tyres vs "Street" tyres for charity ride on MTB Tandem

It's not the weight of knobblies that's the issue, but how much effort you have to put into deforming them with every rotation - the rolling resistance. The tyres you've got are certainly going to be ...
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tandem and stoker with autism

I think it sounds like a great idea. Adam Rice covers much of what is different about riding a tandem vs. riding alone (need for constant communication primary among them). I'll focus more on your ...
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Is it difficult for one person to ride a tandem bike?

Riding a tandem solo isn't a big deal. It's just a big long heavy bike; as others have said easier than riding a tandem with a stoker if they're not putting much power in. Apart from the "funny" ...
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Converting tandem to cargo bike

If you want to have a real cargo bike, e.g. an "inverse Bullit-style" the challenge will be structural integrity of your frame: you can't easily cut the 2nd diamond of your frame without risking to ...
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I want a bolt on crank, but dunno what terminology to use to find one

TL;DR: The search terms to use may be "kidback adapter," "child stoker adapter," or "child stoker kit." Googling for "tandem child bicycle crank" produced a ...
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Footrests for stoker

I solved a similar issue on my tandem. Measure the frame tubes. If you are lucky you may find one of them is the same size as a handlebar stem. In my case I bolted a 1 1/8" x 1 1/8" stem in ...
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Who's the manufacturer and what year was this tandem bike manufactured?

It's a Schwinn Twinn. The serial number will be located on one of the rear dropouts, if it's not on either side of the head tube. There are a couple websites that will help you determine the date of ...
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Independent drivetrains on tandem bicycle

As Chris H points out in his comment, this could mean two different things. The half-recumbent/half-upright design does have separate gearing for each rider. There's a different system that some ...
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Independent drivetrains on tandem bicycle

Here's a picture of a half recumbent tandem from https://www.ucycle.com/merchant/2856/images/zoom/hase-pino-allround.jpg Here is a link to a video of people riding a recumbent tandem. https://binged....
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Do both riders on a tandem need to know how to ride a bike?

I've ridden stoker, and its probably easier for a non-rider than for someone who rides. The instinctive thought for the experienced rider is to move their body weight around to balance. That would ...
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How old is this rear steer skip tooth tandem?

This looks like a prototype or maybe even a home-made version due to the way the horizontal cross tube for the second rider looks unevenly cut off just before reaching the first rider's seat post. ...
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Looking for bike trailer with pedals for a disabled, older adult

Disabled cyclists are cyclists and so they would like some control over steering, braking, or pedaling. It's tough to design a strong singlewheeled adult-sized pedaled trailer because of the weight ...
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Baby seat for stoker's seat post on tandem

I don't know of a child seat which replaces the seat-post and I think it's unlikely that it exists as a product as this would be such an unusual case. The normal Hamax seats which attach to the seat ...
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Independent drivetrains on tandem bicycle

I know of two solutions to your question - I'll post two brands, however they are not meant as an advertisement, rather as a starting point for further search. One is used by Onderwater Fiets from ...
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Do both riders on a tandem need to know how to ride a bike?

In short, no: One doesn't have to be an experienced cyclist to be a stoker but... I would strongly suggest an aspiring stoker (and captain for that matter) to do some spin classes or workouts on ...
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Do both riders on a tandem need to know how to ride a bike?

The short answer is no, the stoker does not need to know how to ride a bike. I've taken out an inexperienced stoker in her 70s who has been blind since birth. However perhaps blind people make better ...
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Freewheel replacement for a touring tandem bike

I think in this situation, to avoid an "upgrade spiral", you will be better off changing your chainrings. Chainrings are not overly expensive and probably won't require new derailleurs or ...
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Tandem drum (drag) brake levers and ergonomics - typical setup/options

The typical setup for a drum brake is that it is operated by a bar-end shift lever (friction lever, not indexed) controlled by the stoker to act as a check on an over-exuberant captain. The barcon ...
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Is it difficult for one person to ride a tandem bike?

It will certainly be more difficult than riding a standard bicycle. Although I don't feel like it would be impossible by any means. The factors to consider are: Weight - the Tandem weighs a lot more ...
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What is the common "vocabulary" for the captain and stoker to communicate?

One important simple communication from stoker to captain: Stop. I tell my stoker that if she says "stop" I will follow that command immediately. Explanations can follow later. This is especially ...
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