Whilst there are many great things about riding tandem bikes on roads, it’s important to remember that it can be quite a dangerous activity. Some of the best reasons for tandem cycling is that it enables slow cyclists to enjoy faster speeds, it is a sociable group activity and means faster cyclists don’t have to stop and wait for slower ones to catch up. However, it is essential to consider the dangers of tandem cycling too before you take up the activity.
The dangers of riding tandem bikes on roads
Things can go wrong in tandem cycling if stokers – the people sat behind the captain, the lead cyclist – attempt to steer. This can lead to a dangerous distribution of weight and result in crashes. It’s essential that the captain has the experience and strength for the role. They should have travelled using tandem bikes on a high number of occasions and should have excellent judgement and bike handling skills. They should also have great upper body strength.
Quality communication is also essential. The captain should slow down or stop if the stoker wants them to, and they should warn them about oncoming hazards that they cannot see due to being sat behind them, such as bumps in the road. Stokers could lose balance and face significant injuries if they are not warned about such dangers, and they should also be told in advance when the captain is about to shift gears so they can adjust themselves. Riding tandem bikes can be incredibly exciting, but stokers and captains need to communicate effectively, and captains must have the experience needed to perform their role efficiently and prevent accidents from occurring. In any case, tandem bikes have become an increasingly common sight over recent years, and growing numbers of people are showing an interest in riding tandems on roads.
Making a cycling claim
Have you been hurt due to no fault of your own whilst riding tandems on roads? If the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, there is a good chance we will be able to help you. Why not give us a call or take the 30-second test today to find out where you stand and if you’re likely to be eligible for a claim? Call 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) to find out more.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice