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Tandem Brakes For those who want to stop, as well as go

How to select and adjust your tandem's braking system(s) for safety even at high speeds.

Tandems For beginner/intermediate tandemists

Work in progress.
There is a good deal of technique required to get the most out of riding a tandem. While anybody who can ride a single bicycle can manage a tandem, there are a few tricks and pitfalls that you should know about.

Tandems and Kids For parents

Life is not easy for the family with young children that is serious about cycling. There are several awkward years, when the children are to big for baby seats or even trailers, but too little to keep up with the adults on their own bikes. The ownership of a suitable tandem can make all the difference, and allow the family to maintain a continuous cycling tradition.

Fat-Tire Tandems For potential tandem buyers

The mountain bike has revolutionized the solo bicycle market, but what are the implications of mountain-bike technology for the tandem market? Do mountain tandems make sense, and if so, for whom?

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Adjusting Synch Chains For home and shop mechanics

The synchronizing chain on a tandem is usually adjusted by an eccentric-mounted bottom bracket at one end or the other. When you service a tandem, or, especially, when you set up a new one, you may notice that the tension on the synchronizing chain varies as the cranks turn. It may be quite tight when the cranks are in one position, and rather droopy after the cranks have rotated a bit. This is not good.

new gifNow with more tips on eccentrics and chainwheel selection. (August 8, 1997)

Home Built Tandems For hard-core tinkerers

This article describes one way of building a tandem by grafting two solos together. The resulting tandem will not have the ride quality nor the reliability of a multi-thousand-dollar tandem from a tandem specialist builder. It will, however, be superior to many "serious" tandems of the 1970's and earlier.

Tandem Fiction by Tom Shaddox Tandem Whimsy

Short fiction and satire by Tom Shaddox, from the The [email protected] email list email list.

2 Wheels, 2 Years, & 3 Continents By Ralph Galen

Former L.A.W. President Ralph Galen loaded his Globetrotter tandem with camping gear where a stoker would normally fit, and spent two years on the road.

Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Glossary For all cyclists

An encyclopedic listing of bicycle lore, technical data and opinions.

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Tandem Links:

John Allen on Tandem Drivetrains

ATOC Tandem Topper

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Tandem Magazine

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da Vinci Designs

Green Gear

Livingood Tandem Clubs

Livingood Tandem Links

Livingood Tandem Stuff


The Love Bike

Meridian Tandems

Santana Tandems

Swallow Tandems (U.K.)

S & S Machine

Tandem Club (U.K.)

Tandemania (U.K.)

Ultimate Tandem Links

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