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TAN-dem RYE-ding


The practice of two people riding a single bicycle.

Example usage: We decided to try out tandem riding on our family bike ride.

Most used in: European countries, such as the Netherlands, where cycling is a popular form of transportation.

Most used by: Couples who want to ride a bicycle together.

Popularity: 7/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Double, Tag-Team, Tandeming, Paired Cycling,


What is Tandem Riding?

Tandem riding is a type of cycling where two people ride a single bike - one person in the front, and one in the back. Tandem riders are connected by the bike, and the front rider (captain) steers the bike while the back rider (stoker) powers the bike. It is an enjoyable way to share the experience of cycling with someone else.

Tandem riding is popular with couples, friends, and family members. It also has a competitive angle, with tandem racing becoming increasingly popular in the cycling world. According to the International Human Powered Vehicle Association, there are an estimated 60,000 tandem riders worldwide, and the number is growing.

Tandem riding is a great way to get started in cycling, as it makes it easier to build up strength and confidence when riding with someone else. It also helps riders to get used to riding in a group, which is important for safety. For those who are already experienced cyclists, tandem riding can be a great way to add a new dimension to their cycling experience.


The History of Tandem Cycling

Tandem cycling has been around since the early 19th century when it was first used as a recreational activity in Britain. The term “tandem riding” was first used in the late 1800s to describe a bicycle designed to be ridden by two people.

The tandem bicycle was a popular mode of transportation for couples and families during the Victorian era, as it allowed them to travel together in the same vehicle. The tandem bicycle was also used in races and cycling competitions, as it was more maneuverable than a single-rider bike.

Tandem riding has evolved over the years to become a popular sport for cyclists of all ages. The modern tandem bicycle is designed to be lightweight and aerodynamic, allowing two people to ride together with ease. Today, tandem cycling is a popular recreational activity and is often used in races and long-distance riding.

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