Saddle Slang is sponsored by Rehook. Check out our tools, bike care and apparel

Tahn-dum bee-sy-kuhl


A bicycle made for two people to ride simultaneously

Example usage: We had a great time touring the city on our tandem-bicycle.

Most used in: Areas with bicycle-friendly paths or trails.

Most used by: Couples or families who enjoy cycling together.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: Tandem, Tandem Bike, Two-Seater, Double Bicycle,


What is a Tandem-Bicycle?

A tandem bicycle, also known as a “twin” or “double” bicycle, is a bicycle designed for two people to ride at the same time. It has two seats, two sets of pedals, and two sets of handlebars. The front rider steers and controls the brakes while the back rider provides power to the pedals. As a result, it allows two people to ride together, and can be a great way to socialize or even provide a challenge for more experienced riders.

Tandem bicycles are popular among groups of friends, couples, and families. They are also popular among competitive cyclists, as the back rider can help provide extra power for the front rider, making it easier for them to keep up with the pack. In fact, according to a survey by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, tandem bicycles account for about 7% of all bicycle sales in the United States.

Tandem bicycles can come in a variety of sizes and styles, from mountain bikes to racing bikes. They can also come in a variety of configurations, including traditional and recumbent styles. While tandem bicycles can be expensive, they can also be great fun for those who want to ride together and can be a great way to get some exercise.


The Origin of the Term 'Tandem-Bicycle'

The term 'tandem-bicycle' was first used in 1887 in England to describe a bicycle with two sets of pedals, one in front and one in back. The two riders sat one behind the other and used their combined power to move the bike forward. The tandem-bicycle was introduced as a way to share the effort of cycling, making the activity more enjoyable and accessible for all levels of cyclists.

The idea of a tandem-bicycle was not new, as the concept had been used in France and Germany in the late 1800s. However, the term 'tandem-bicycle' was a British invention. The earliest known use of the term was in an 1887 edition of The Field magazine, in which the writer described a bicycle with two sets of pedals as a 'tandem-bicycle'.

Since its debut in the late 1800s, the tandem-bicycle has become a popular form of cycling. Today, tandem-bicycles are used for a variety of activities, from leisurely rides to competitive races. The tandem-bicycle is a great way for two people to enjoy the sport of cycling together.

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

Saddle Slang

Find definitions for all of the technical terms, slang, and acronyms used in cycling. From the different types of bikes and their components, to training techniques, racing terminology and put downs, this dictionary has it all.

Talk the Talk
1 of 3