The thought of sharing a bike with another person is both intriguing and disturbing to me. I am intrigued mainly because I have never done it. I am disturbed because the thought of not being in total control scares me. Driving a car is far more dangerous than riding in a plane, but I feel safer when driving because I am in control of the car. In a plane, the pilot is in control and I have no impact on what is going on.
The more tandems I see, the more intrigued I become and I know I am destined to try one some day. Reader Eric's interest in tandem's led to the creation of a very stylish tandem. Eric sent along the following text and picture.
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During the summer of 2010, I acquired two cruiser style bicycles from the 1960's and used them to build a tandem bicycle.
The bikes were made by Sportmaster and had what I thought were beautiful curves in the top tube and seat stays.
The bikes were left outside and un-sheltered for a number of years so they needed some serious TLC. In the end, they cleaned up really well and now make one heck of a tandem bike!
Eric did a project write-up for the DIY website Instructables.com and you can find a link to the tandem build here.