Hi I am an Englishman retired to France with my wife. We have recently returned to recreational cycling with a brand new tandem built buy the Dutch manufacturer Multicycle. We have owned tandems before, but were last 'active' 19 years ago! We now have a combined 'team' age of 124! (with the dog in his basket - 133!!)
The reason for my introduction title is that I have always liked the books of Jerome K Jerome especially 'Three Men on the Bummel' which, for those that don't know it, is about a cycle tour in Germany at the end of the 18th century. It is Jerome's humour that I like of course, but also his outlook on what cycling should be about, just a healthy means of transport and a great way to see the country. It seems a million years away from today's billions of dollar industry of bikes, clothes and equipment!
Of course I am only a hypocritic dreamer as I have bought a new tandem, with latest hub gears, computer, hydraulic brakes, Alloy frame.. but in my mind, as we coast down those sweeping hills - I am wearing a top hat, sports jacket and my wife has bonnet and long dress!
Anyway found 'Bike Forums' when I was trying to decide what tandem to go for - and ended up buying one that doesn't seem to get a mention!
300 kilometres down the road I don't regret it and welcome any discussions about it. Is a link allowed? : http://www.multicycle.nl/productgrou...1=111&group=10