Terminology[ edit ] The term tandem refers to the seating arrangement fore to aft, not side by side , not the number of riders. A bike with two riders side by side is called a sociable. Tandem bicycles are sometimes called "Daisy Bells". On conventional tandems, the front rider steers as well as pedals the bicycle and is known as the captain, pilot, or steersman; the rear rider only pedals and is known as the stoker, navigator or rear admiral. On most tandems the two sets of cranks are mechanically linked by a timing chain and turn at the same rate.
This is your chain wheel, you havethree chain rings that allows you to go niceand slow up the hill. As I said on a Tandemyou kind of start dragging on the hills, soit's nice to have that small chain ring downthere so you can really spin on those hillsand get up to the top without being too outof breath and feeling like you're going todie. The derailleur is on the back here andyou have a pretty good gear range on this. This Tandem is fitted with a rack so thatwe can do solo or independent tours like forone or two days. We don't carry a lot of stuffback here but it's a nice way to take a nicelittle hotel tour every now and then. Thetires you run on the Tandem are much the sameas the tires you run on a Touring road bike. As you can see, I use clipless pedals andmy wife just uses a pedal that's very basicand you can kind of walk around in the shoesthat you're wearing, whatever street shoes,or running shoes, or skateboarding type shoesthat you have, these work very nicely.