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Travel by Tandem

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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 the River Valley: A Nice Day of Cycling along the Hudson


Looking to get out of the city on your bike? Check out the Bike the River Valley touring event. Here’s the “skinny” and the rest of the details are below:

Date: Sunday, July 17, 2011

Location: Highland, NY

Type of Event: Touring

Routes for beginners and experts (40 miles, 70 miles, 100 miles)

Optional transportation available from New York City

The best rest stops, superb support, marked routes, free hot showers at the finish line, free post-ride meal, free massage, all ages welcome and kids ride free!

This is a lovely ride with great scenery, fun people, wonderful volunteers, and lots of food. Almost 1,500 people are expected to register and participate, and the support for this event is huge.

Everyone starts at the Highland start/finish line. From there, the ride heads east over the Hudson, then turns north to visit FDR’s home, the Vanderbilt Mansion, and the Mills Mansion.

At this point, the routes split:

  • The 40-mile rider ends at Bard College.  From there the race sponsors will transport your bike and you back to the start/finish line.  (Why not have you do a loop?  Because there’s just not that much difference on the way home AND because you would miss Bard College, which is lovely.)
  • After the 70s and 100s visit Bard college, they split.  The 70s head straight over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and then back to the start/finish line in Highland by riding along the west side of the Hudson.
  • The 100-mile riders head north to the beautiful towns of Tivoli and Germantown, before heading over the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge and joining up with the 70-mile riders.  The 70s and the 100s ride back along the west side of the Hudson to the start/finish line.

The details are too many to post here so we’re going to refer you over to the event site for much more additional reading, photos, and registration information.

Don’t have a bike but want to participate in this event? Bike and Roll New York City can absolutely help. Call us at 212.260.0400 for information about the types of bikes we offer that would be suitable for this event.