Are you looking for tips for riding a tandem bike? Tandem bikes are bicycles that are ridden by more than one person, though the riders do not sit side by side. There are many great reasons for riding tandem bikes. Let’s take a look at some of the main advantages of cycling and some tips for riding a tandem bike.
Top tips for riding a tandem bike
- Riding a tandem can change the cycling experience completely. It means cyclists can ride together even if strength and ability levels vary. Slower riders don’t have to struggle to catch up with faster riders. Faster cyclists don’t need to stop and wait for slower ones.
- The tandem bike turns cycling into a more sociable experience.
- A tandem can help disabled people who wouldn’t normally be able to ride a cycle get around on a bike
- Tandems are also ideal for parents and children.
- They allow cyclists to enjoy faster speeds that they may not be able to reach alone.
- The front rider should be the most experienced cyclist. They are often called the “captain”, “steersmen” or “pilot”. The captain will need a great deal of strength at first until the other people on the tandem have found a way to work together.
- The people riding behind the captain are sometimes called “stokers”. The stokers don’t have the same view of the road as the captain, so it’s important that the captain is able to put the other cyclists at ease and win their trust.
- The captain should warn the stokers about gear shifts, which could cause accidents if they are not prepared for the changes.
- Stokers are also known as “rear admirals”, “tailgunners” and “navigators”.
- Stokers should not try to steer. Attempts at steering from stokers can be dangerous, sometimes resulting in crashes.
Making a cycling claim
If you have had an accident whilst riding a tandem bike which was not your fault, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to assist you. We have dealt with scores of bike-related accident claims over the years and can help you gather together the evidence you need to make a claim. We work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and are ready to hear from you now if you’ve read our tips for riding a tandem bike and have been hurt whilst cycling due to no fault of your own. You can get in touch with us today by calling 0800 689 0500 on your landline or 0333 500 0993 if you’re using your mobile.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice