/ Cyclist comment du jour

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Chris Harris - on 14 May 2017
Sitting at a T junction with another cyclist next to me, both of us waiting to pull out onto the main road.

A tandem went past on the main road.

Other cyclist, to me: "It's amazing how they do that, isn't it?"

Me: "What?"

Other cyclist: "The way they manage to pedal at exactly the same speed - it must take loads of practice".

Oh dear.
girlymonkey - on 14 May 2017
In reply to Chris Harris:

Excellent
Dave the Rave on 14 May 2017
In reply to Chris Harris:

Was it a two abreast one or in line?
Chris Harris - on 14 May 2017
In reply to Dave the Rave:

In line.

Definitely not one of these:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/5164868803
GrahamD - on 15 May 2017
In reply to Chris Harris:

I only tried riding stoker on a tandem once and I hated it ! great for on the flat, heads down and go fast but when you get to a little rise where you would normally stand on the pedals and carry speed or knock down the gears and spin up it, you realise that you just don't have the choice.
Chris Harris - on 15 May 2017
In reply to GrahamD:

Lack of control over steering & brakes was what I hated.

That & the farts from the driver.
gethin_allen on 15 May 2017
In reply to Chris Harris:

Are the cranks usually in phase ie. both at 12 oclock position at the same time? just wondering if having them offset by 90 degrees would make things smoother by reducing dead spots.
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cb294 - on 15 May 2017
In reply to gethin_allen:

In phase, offset makes it wobbly and horrible to ride. Many moons ago we tried this for fun with a tandem built from a couple of old steel frames. Suprisingly, the whole thing even held for a 300km weekend trip, better than expected for some school boys' first attempts playing with an arc welder!

CB
dabble on 15 May 2017
In reply to Dave the Rave:

Two abreast? Like the Chucklemobile?

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