Re: [CR] Why are tandems relatively unpopular?


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Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 01:56:30 -0700
From: mrrabbit@mrrabbit.net
To: alex m <alexpianos@yahoo.fr>
References: <4987.37741.qm@web26607.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>
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Subject: Re: [CR] Why are tandems relatively unpopular?


1. Girlfriend is easily distracted by the scenery - can't blame her! 2. Hard to store in the apartment/dorm when in college. 3. Hard to store in house or garage when you have a family. 4. Wife can't bear to leave the kids behind when you wanna ride. 5. Cutting in half doesn't do any good when getting a divorce.

6. Can't exactly toss on top of the car when you have to move out.

7. Can't exactly ride it up to the property manager's office - else they'll think you lied about your post-divorce income and cancel the rental.

8. So it's back up for sale at the LBS you hang out at - where you first started as a youngster 20 years before.

=8-)

Robert Shackelford San Jose, CA USA

Quoting alex m <alexpianos@yahoo.fr>:
> 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

> Bordeaux

> France