Riding in tandem is risky



Corzhens

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I had read a newspaper column about road accidents and 1 point was the bikers who are riding in tandem. The statement was probably referring to bikers on the main road. I agree that it is risky to ride in tandem because of the vehicles which are usually speeding when there is no traffic. As cited by the columnist, there were many cases where a biker with a rider at the back figured in an accident because of the difficulty in pushing the pedals. For me, I don't think I would ride in tandem on a bike in the main road.
 

Chuckabutty

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I take it you are talking about two people on one tandem bike? I can't remember the last time I saw one, and never heard of them being in accidents. The ones who scare me are the fast road bike riders when they are drafting. I was doing motorcycle escort duty for a Century ride. We were told that there will probably be accidents near the end of the run because the riders are tired. I was right beside a group where a rider's front wheel touched the back wheel of the one in front of him, and he went down with a sickening thud on the road. His helmet came off and his head hit the road. I'm with you about riding tandem on a main road.
 

Mr. Beanz

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Tandems are like single bikes. If the captain has good control and skill, it's not any more dangerous than a single bike.

Problem is there are too many cyclists that lack skill and safety awareness. In other words, too many idiots on bikes.

Yes, we've done several centuries without issue. Ride day and night.

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baker3

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I had read a newspaper column about road accidents and 1 point was the bikers who are riding in tandem. The statement was probably referring to bikers on the main road. I agree that it is risky to ride in tandem because of the vehicles which are usually speeding when there is no traffic. As cited by the columnist, there were many cases where a biker with a rider at the back figured in an accident because of the difficulty in pushing the pedals. For me, I don't think I would ride in tandem on a bike in the main road.

I respectfully disagree with the statement that riding in tandem is inherently risky on main roads. While it is true that there can be more potential hazards on main roads such as speeding vehicles, it is not fair to make a blanket statement about the practice being risky without considering the many factors involved.

Riding in tandem can be a fun and enjoyable experience when done safely and responsibly. It is important to note that proper training, communication, and technique can help mitigate any potential difficulties in pushing the pedals. In addition, it is important to choose the right route, avoiding busy main roads and finding quieter roads or bike paths to ride on.

It's worth to mention that the statics cited by the columnist are not conclusive as it may not be clear if the accidents were caused by riding in tandem itself or other factors such as lack of proper training or equipment.

In conclusion, while it is important to be aware of the potential risks involved in riding in tandem, it is not fair to say that it is inherently risky on main roads. It's important to remember that each person has their own preferences and what may work for one person may not work for another. It's always best to be well-informed and make a decision based on personal experience and research.