By Ron Richings
Ah, love. and the “love issue” of this magazine. But what if you want to be close to and maybe cuddle with your sweetie while you ride?
Well, a tandem bicycle could be more bikeish-loving than a pair of single bikes. More togetherness, for better or for worse.
Of course it is hard to “feel the love” when your butt aches, your crotch burns, and other important bits you just don’t feel at all. Not to mention a stoker’s nose mere inches from your butt.
What to do, what to do? A recumbent tandem could deal with some of the pain issues, but you are not going to be able to cuddle. Perhaps a solution to this loving dilemma is at hand.
The “sociable recumbent” could save the day (and perhaps the night). With slightly reclined, relaxed, side-by-side seating this sort of bike makes possible activities that you may never have imagined possible on a bike. Or perhaps your imagination is better than mine. As with most recumbents, body issues of pain and numbness are notably absent. They’re stable, so you needn’t worry about balance. And, of course, the view is better.
cons: Generally heavy, usually restricted gearing choices, may be slow. Of course sometimes, when it comes to love, slow can be good.
pros: Perfect “attitude” for perambulating around the neighbourhood. No issue about taking the lane. You will, and everyone knows it. Usually separate drivetrains and gearing for each pedaller. The effort and cadence that you want. Easier to cuddle with your partner than on any other type of bike. No balance concerns to interrupt your canoodling.
Sociable recumbents have been produced by many manufacturers over the years.
Leading brands are Worksman, 2can, Gem, and the Kyoto Trike – available as plans from www.atomiczombie.com