Tandem Bikes

Tandems are bicycles built for two. The front rider (captain) controls the steering, braking, and shifting. The back rider (stoker) sometimes has limited access to brakes. The pedals on a tandem are connected so that they revolve around the hub in unison. Tandems come in four subcategories: mountain, road, hybrid, and recumbent. These bikes feature the same characteristics as their namesake, but they’re built for two riders.

Pro: Great for leisurely or competitive rides and for those who want to ride together but would otherwise do so at different levels.

Con: Limits riding spontaneity.