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.