A tandem bicycle rental is a terrific way for a couple to explore a travel destination. While bikes in general are more efficient than walking and much more fun than being confined in a motor vehicle, the tandem adds a special dynamic.
The tandem experience eliminates the worry of separating or losing your partner. Also, ongoing conversation is much easier than if attempting to travel together on separate bicycles. You can share the workload as well but beware, tandems are a little more challenging when navigating hills.
There has been some discussion about tandem bikes and relationships. According to Angela Hill of the Oakland Tribune, “They’ve been called everything from love machines to divorce accelerators”. As a rental operator, I recall the first tandem rental I ever facilitated was to a newlywed couple in San Francisco. Upon return from their ride I was apprised of some conflict along the way relating to the pecking order of operator management. The biggest issue seemed to be the lack of advance warning to the rider in back about forthcoming bumps. In the end, we all had a good laugh and the relationship did not seem any worse for the wear.
Tandems are a great product to rent as they tend to be more economical than renting two separate bikes. Additionally, most people do not own a tandem, so renting one is a means to try something new. They are not difficult to ride, but a few important rules apply. The rider in front always mounts the bike first and the first one on is always the last one off. The front rider always stabilizes the bike for the back rider when mounting and dismounting the bike. Communication is also very important. Advising when brakes will be applied or when shifting greatly improves riding efficiency. Advising on forthcoming points of interest also makes for a better experience for the rider in back. And yes, the front rider should alway advise when there are bumps in the road.
Bike and Roll NYC recommends a tandem bicycle rental experience for those who enjoy adventurous travel and sharing experiences with others. See bikeandrollnyc.com/rental/tandem-bike/ for more information on renting a tandem in New York City.
Byline: Darryll White
Photo by: kohlmann.sascha via flickr
Bike and Roll celebrates the completion of its 6th season as a supporter and integral member of the NYC Summer Streets program. Serving as a bicycle outfitter for the event, Bike and Roll NYC has provided free 1 hour rentals to Summer Streets participants at each annual program since the first Summer Streets in 2008. This past season Bike and Roll provided between 800 and 900 free rentals over the 3 day event period.
“Summer Streets has become a part of the fabric of NYC and is a highly anticipated event by residents and visitors alike”, says Bike and Roll New York City President, Chris Wogas. “As a leader in our community, Bike and Roll is pleased to promote cycling as a fun and healthy activity, as well as a means of transportation. Over the past several years, our donation of free bike usage for each Summer Streets event has allowed Bike and Roll to connect with the community and is one of the reasons why we are New York City’s largest bike tour and rental company. From my standpoint, giving back to the community is simply a must for any company actively involved in their community and I will ensure that Bike and Roll continues to create memories and smiles every chance we get.”
According to NYC.Gov, “Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2013, more than 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets”. The 2014 event saw over 400,000 participants, continuing the growth trend since the inaugural program in 2008. For more information on Summer Streets, please go to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/about/about.shtml
As a follow up to Summer Streets and continuing its theme of bicycle promotion and free incentives, Bike and Roll just launched a 2014 end of summer and fall program for free bicycle rentals on Governors Island. If you purchase a Bike and Roll bicycle or Segway tour, you will receive a separate free rental of a bicycle, helmet and lock for use on the island. For more information on this program please follow this link http://bit.ly/BNRGIPass
“Bicycle culture” with BikeSnobNYC, a Portland biking maven, and Bicycling Magazine.
Here’s the link. Listen to the discussion aired yesterday on On Point from WBUR in Boston.
The comments following the article are interesting reading in themselves. Then click the links to the guests’ sites for some apres-interview reactions.
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We’re talking this hour with New York’s famous “Bike Snob” blogger and a biking maven from Portland, Oregon.
Loren Mooney is editor-in-chief of Bicycling Magazine. Their May issue ranks America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities.
Eben Weiss blogs at BikeSnobNYC.blogspot.com. He’s a racer, daily commuter, and former bike messenger. His new book is “Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling.”
Heidi Swift is a freelance writer. She writes the “Everyday Cyclist” column for The Oregonian. She blogs atGritandGlimmer.com.