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The Benefits of Tandem Cycling

By regularly taking part in tandem cycling you may notice:

  • Improved basic fitness levels
  • Increased positive thoughts
  • weight loss
  • increased self confidence and independence     
  • increased strength 

Riding a tandem is slightly harder than riding a solo bike. It's heavier, longer and less easily maneuvered! There is also a need to ensure that the Pilot and Stoker communicate when starting and stopping etc. New Pilots are given training with an experienced Pilot before cycling with a visually impaired Stoker. It can seem quite daunting at first but most people pick up tandem group cycling quite quickly.

Tandem cycling is also great fun once you get going! Two people working well together can produce a lot of power, and a tandem going well with two people working hard on a flat straight road can go much faster than a solo rider. Our visually impaired friends tell us that this experience of speed is something they cannot experience in any other way, and is one of the great pleasures of tandem cycling!

Although Talking Tandems has one member who competed for Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, we are focused on leisure cycling, mostly on cycle routes and quiet country roads with an average speed of 10 MPH.

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