[CR] Why are tandems relatively unpopular?

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Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 09:30:00 +0000 (GMT)
From: alex m <alexpianos@yahoo.fr>
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR] Why are tandems relatively unpopular?

Looking through period photos and magazines, and as a Rene Herse Alex Singer etc collector, I notice that tandems were really popular in the 50s and 60s in France. Always husband in front, wife behind. Sometimes a little trailer behind for the offspring.

Why is it you never see a tandem on the road nowadays?

Something to do with people being more individualistic? Or women's liberation? The radical decrease in the number of tandems produced and ridden must say something about the history of social relations.

Are there any tandem riders on the CR list? Peter (Weigle), have you ever made a tandem?

Alexander March