Is this a tandem?

Discussion in 'Tandem and Other Bikes' started by TVC, 23 Sep 2017.

  1. TVC

    TVC Guest

    Built by a cycling buddy, we can't decide if this counts as a tandem. It is certainly unstable, corners horribly and is fairly lousy going straight, but at least it's more sociable than the standard configuration.

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  2. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    East Devon
    No. It's a sociable.

    Tandem means one behind another.
  3. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    The correct name is quadrocepticycle.

    Made up name.
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  4. OP

    TVC Guest

    Just googled it, I never knew there was such a term. Thanks

    Absolute coincidence that I used the word in the OP.

    In truth its a death trap, I had one go and that was enough.
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  5. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Try a ZEM 2 or ZEM 4!
  6. burntoutbanger

    burntoutbanger Senior Member

    Used to have similar things in the seaside town where I grew up (Ilfracombe, Devon). Great fun but heavy and the brakes were awful.

    I reckon with modern brakes and a lighter frame they would be lots more fun than they were back in the late eighties/early nineties.
  7. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    East Devon
    Often made with two wheels, sometimes three.
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  8. TheCyclingRooster

    TheCyclingRooster Über Member

    How about the more likely name of A Side by Side ? I suppose like the Side by Side double barreled shotgun it could be lethal in the wrong hands.
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  9. OP

    TVC Guest

    I remember the seaside versions too, normally with a canopy over the top, a tarmac pedallo basically.
  10. OP

    TVC Guest

    Looking through google images there are some interesting looking contraptions, the two wheeler looks like a pig to master, the trike makes most sense as you get stability and good steering. The problem with 4 wheels - as in this suicide machine - is that without proper ball jointed track rods you don't get differential turn in on the wheels and the whole thing crabs around corners.
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  11. Hugh Manatee

    Hugh Manatee Veteran

    I was just thinking exactly the same thing about my childhood in South Devon. They always had a roof made from the same material as deck chairs. You could hire one and pootle up and down the front. A shame that they're gone. I could afford a go now. Couldn't back then.
    Last edited: 24 Sep 2017
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  12. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    East Devon
    Apparently not. I read an account of a fellow who went around the world on one, meeting local folk and inviting them to ride with him. He claimed it was as easy as a solo bike, even when ridden solo. I can't remember his name—it was a few years ago.
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  13. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    Through the channel tunnel, turn left and you're on the Belgian Riviera in about 40 minutes in a car or a few hours on a bike. Plenty of them available to hire over there.
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  14. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    The drawbacks are obvious. Compared to a tandem two extra wheels have been added plus a lot of extra ironwork and you can't lean through corners.
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  15. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    Plus the stoker doesn't get to ogle the captain's arse.

    Whether or not this is a drawback will largely depend on who is the captain.
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