Are you fed up of cycling 50 yards behind your partner and want to see if tandem riding is for you? Then Discover Tandeming with a day's hire from our shop in Gargrave, North Yorkshire.
We will provide you with all the techniques and skills necessary to learn to tandem ride, including instruction on gear changing, effective braking and essential “lingo” for communication between riders. By the end of the day we'll have you starting, stopping, and hopping on and off the tandem like the pros!
A day’s tandem hire costs just £75 per couple, and we provide the tandem, route guides and a rack pack to carry your personal belongs. Should you subsequently purchase a tandem from us then we will reduce the price of the tandem by £75.
Tandem hire is available any day that we are open, but booking is advised as we do get fully booked. Our opening times vary according to the time of the year, so please check Opening Times for further details.
If you are wanting to hire a tandem for a touring holiday, or for a charity event or for a group then contact Trevor at TimesTwoTandems, a tandem hire company based locally who have a fleet of Orbit Unicorn tandems available. Visit www.timestwotandems.co.uk for more information.
Do I have to wear a helmet for my discover tandeming day?
It’s is entirely up to the individual person, helmets are not law in the UK. Our advice is that you should and we have helmets available to borrow, should you wish to borrow a helmet please advise us at the time of booking.
I don’t have any cycle specific clothing, what should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in, avoid jeans or anything tight with bulky seams. We do stock a great range of clothing, so you would be able to make a purchase if you wish before your ride.
Do I need to bring along a pump and spare tube etc?
No we provide a rack pack with tools, a lock and a map; there is also space for you to put a phone, waterproof etc in the pack.
What pedals will be fitted to the tandem/s we are going to ride?
Our tandems are fitted with flat pedals on the front, on the rear we also fit strapless toe clips which are useful to stop your feet coming off the pedals. If you use Shimano SPD’s we have plenty available just bring your cycling shoes. If you use anything else it would be wise to bring them along.
Should I bring my own saddle?
It shouldn’t be necessary our tandems are fitted with comfortable saddles, but if you have a specific preference feel free to bring your saddle along.
I can’t ride a bike at all; will I be able to ride on the back of a tandem?
Absolutely, all the control and balance is the responsibility of the front rider.
Do we both have to pedal at the same time?
On most tandem yes, it is very unusual to need independent pedalling, but we do have tandems that allow that to happen.
My partner is a lot fitter than me, how does this affect riding a tandem?
It doesn’t, that’s the beauty of tandem riding. For example if you have a rider who normally averages 20 mph and the other rider normally averages 10 mph, then the chances are as a combined team you’ll be riding at 15 mph."