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Old 10-29-09, 06:43 PM   #1
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It is interesting to do searches for tandem on Flickr, as several pics per day will be posted of tandems that you otherwise might not ever (you'll also see a lot of skydiving pics, done tandem).

For example, this pic, from Germany. I've not seen this type of tandem, with separate tubes for the stoker's handlebar and captain's saddle. It makes me wonder whether it has rear steering, such as vintage lady first tandems, however, I don't see a mechanism by which to do so.

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Here's a couple American custom built tandems with the same idea.
These are usually built for a taller stoker or folks that don't want to ride too close TWOgether( No ifs, ands or Butts). Frameset is a c/f Zona and full tandem is a Bohemian (both are AZ based builders).
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Old 10-30-09, 10:32 AM   #3
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The darndest tandems get pics posted at Flickr. Today this innovative and comprehensive paint job. Hard to discern whether this is inspiration or vandalism.

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Now that's a tandem that's practically screaming to be ridden by clowns in full regalia!!!!


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Old 11-01-09, 02:14 PM   #5
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As I've noted, interesting tandems get posted on Flickr. Here we have a back-to-back tandem, from a Belgium frame maker Dejonckheere, included in a set from the Bike Motion Benelux show going on this weekend.

I imagine stoker confidence in hurtling backward might be enhanced by the addition of brakes. Maybe this is a track bike, as neither is there a shifter. We can only guess, as the website is devoid of information, and Google searches reveal nothing.

Traveling backwards would certainly improve the view enjoyed by the stoker, obstructed as it is in the conventional arrangement by the captain.

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I guess this would be the other extreme:
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more . . .
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more . . .
There are plenty of back-to-back recumbent tandems, but not so many B2B uprights. There is a video of a Swedish upright here, and a Thorn tandem here.
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As I've noted, interesting tandems get posted on Flickr. Here we have a back-to-back tandem, from a Belgium frame maker Dejonckheere, included in a set from the Bike Motion Benelux show going on this weekend.

I imagine stoker confidence in hurtling backward might be enhanced by the addition of brakes. Maybe this is a track bike, as neither is there a shifter. We can only guess, as the website is devoid of information, and Google searches reveal nothing.

Traveling backwards would certainly improve the view enjoyed by the stoker, obstructed as it is in the conventional arrangement by the captain.

I'm a bit worried about how close the butts of the two riders of that tandem would be. You'd better know the person you're riding with pretty well for that level of intimacy. Or, maybe it would be better if both of them dropped their saddles a bit. They certainly wouldn't both be able to raise them!
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Finally a fast looking Aussie tandem:

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Today on Flickr another upright back-to-back tandem photo. Looks like they've modified a standard tandem, and I'm not sure the stoker isn't having to pedal backwards.

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Veteran's Day Tandem salute.


Twee Amerikaanse soldaten op de tandem voor de Stadsschouwburg, Leidseplein, 6 september 1951
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Shouldn't there be an 88 mounted on the handlebars?
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Finally a fast looking Aussie tandem:
Do you mean?,
FINALLY.....a fast looking Aussie tandem, as in, "Most Aussie tandems are really slow"

It's the Aussie riders who are slow, (brain wise)...not the bike.
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Shouldn't there be an 88 mounted on the handlebars?
The 88 was the signature weapon of the Wehrmacht in WWII, so these American soldiers would be unlikely to be mounting one on their tandem.



"I'll let ya know if I find th' one wot invented th' 88."
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A Rene Herse tandem. The drive chain extends from the Captain's, not the Stoker's crank. There might have been an advantage to this arrangement, but I can't think of any.



Aha, I see why. The Rene Herse featured one of those new-fangled front derailleurs, which was actuated by a lever. The captain had to reach down to change gears, and the stoker might not have liked it if he had to reach back to her seat tube to do it.



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Ritterview: Translation under the photo of 2 GIs on tandem in Holland:
"Two American soldiers on a tandem in front of city show center, Leideplein, Sept. 6, 1951"
88s were formidable weapons/cannons used as anti-aircraft or as field guns or mounted on tracked vehicles like tanks. Feared by all who faced them.
I happened to be one of them that saw/heard them in action w-a-y back during WWII as a kid in Belgium.
Loved the old Willie and Joe cartoons!
Americans would likely have had a 3.5 bazooka mounted or maybe quad-fifities!
Above comments a bit off-topic, but some nice/unique tandems to look ar anyway!
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A triple Viewpoint tandem from Bilenky Cycle Works.


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Child up front, adult in rear does steering/control, etc.
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It's called a 'Waltz', as in "one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three". Like the Bilenkly Viewpoint which is based on the original James Weaver Counterpoint Opus I - IV semi-recumbents, the Waltz was also originally designed by Weaver and the bikes were fabricated by Dennis Bushnell many moons ago. Bilenky established some type of licensing arrangement with Weaver under which the Viewpoints (and apparently the Waltz) have been produced for quite a long time now. Angletech also licensed and marketed a version of the Counterpoint called the Harmony. Weaver is a professional musican, hence the musically-inspired names for his designs.

A little more info here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=1#post8455780
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Ritterview: Translation under the photo of 2 GIs on tandem in Holland:
"Two American soldiers on a tandem in front of city show center, Leideplein, Sept. 6, 1951"
88s were formidable weapons/cannons used as anti-aircraft or as field guns or mounted on tracked vehicles like tanks. Feared by all who faced them.
I happened to be one of them that saw/heard them in action w-a-y back during WWII as a kid in Belgium.
Loved the old Willie and Joe cartoons!
Americans would likely have had a 3.5 bazooka mounted or maybe quad-fifities!
Above comments a bit off-topic, but some nice/unique tandems to look ar anyway!
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Maybe he really meant say a captured German 88mm gun!


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A triple tandem caught on Google Street View.

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Here's a video about the classic Eroica ride in Italy last year. Amongst several riders profiled, there are two Belgian guys who found out about the new rules requiring all bikes used to be made before 1987 just two weeks before the event. The only bike they could find that fitted the criteria was an old tandem in one of their Dad's basement. It sounded like they struggled with the bike quite a bit, not the best advert for tandem riding, but fun to watch anyway. Here's the YouTube link, the tandem guys start appearing at around the 4:15 mark, and a couple more times afterwards.
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Here's a video about the classic Eroica ride in Italy last year.
Thanks for posting this interesting video.

I note that video is supported on the Your Message box, so I wanted to give it a try.

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An awesome find! Unless you object, it's definitely going on the blog.
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