Hi! My wife and I bought a tandem last summer. We love it. We ride around Southern California, mostly with the Orange County Wheelmen and sometimes with the MASCOTS (Moving Around Southern California On TandemS). We had single bikes before - nothing fancy and, of course, could never keep up with each other. So, we found the solution: a bike for two people (pretty smart, huh!). Now I can't get rid of her :-) Our tandem has a special feature, however: Independent Pedalling. She can stop pedalling at any time and I can keep on cranking and vice versa. It works great for us. It makes us - well - more "Independent".