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Benefits of Tandem Club Membership
About Our Club
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  • Organised events here in the UK and elsewhere
  • Great social riding for couples and families at all levels: 
    • Regionally
    • Nationally
    • Internationally
  • Bi-monthly Journal
  • Members' Only website pages containing information on, for example:
    • Where to purchase a tandem in the UK
    • How to ride a tandem
    • Transporting tandems by car
    • Tools to carry when riding a tandem
    • Buggies for children
    • Carrying kids on tandems
  • Beneficial insurance schemes including personal third party cycling insurance throughout the UK
  • Tandem merchandise
  • Valuable advice on tandeming
  • Competition events
  • Retailer Discount (Member's area)
  • Advice on using trains to transport your tandem

All this and more for just £10:00 per annum 
For details, click on Join the Club

To renew your membership: Membership Renewal

TandemClub News

04/04/2016

Thanks to Eifion Francis, we now have audio versions of the more recent Tandem Club Journals available on-line. These are in the members only area of the website so you will need to log in to access them. Once logged in they are available from the home page link Journals or directly at: https://tandem-club.org.uk/files/members/journals/. They are in MP3 format can be listened to directly or downloaded as a whole or by chapter.

07/11/2015
2016 International Rally bookings are open

Closing date for bookings has been extended to 15th. May.

2016 National Rally bookings are open.
National Rally details and booking form
Note: If you have a website account and login first, some of the booking form information will be pre-filled to make it easier.
07/11/2015
The Club Shop has a special offer on cottered bottom bracket axles. Useful if you are restoring on older tandem.
20/10/2015
28th. May - 4th. June 2016. You can take advantage of an early booking discount for RCN chalets. There is also a discount for people over 50. By special arrangement UK participants can pay for their chalets on arrival avoiding the €25 per person bank transfer charge.
Full rally details and booking arrangements are in the December Journal.
On-line bookings are open.
08/05/2015
Yesterday Dominic Irvine and Charlie Mitchell smashed the 50 years old tandem record of cycling non stop from Lands End to John O'Groats, setting a time of 45 hrs 11 mins and 2 seconds. Beating the original record by 5 hours. They completed this amazing achievement on an Orbit tandem supplied by JD Tandems.

Regions News

Group News

20/01/2016

We have a new venue for our quarterly meetings. They will now be @ The Cliff Inn in Crich.  The next one will be on the 16 th March @ 7:30 pm

28/03/2016

Peter and Rowena led the Taunton Group Tandem Club ‘Fairtrade Ride’ on Saturday 19 March 2016.

6½ Tandems set out from Procters Farm, West Monkton on a chilly but dry March morning to ride to Monks Yard, Horton, near Ilminster. Fortified by some excellent fairtrade coffee we negotiated round a couple of road closures and across the busy A358 without incident and enjoyed fine scenery and views below the Blackdown Hills. We were served very tasty locally sourced food at Monks yard and were somewhat reluctant to leave the warmth of The Sanctuary room which we had been allocated.
After a brief photo call we set off again, crossing the A358 to Ilton and thence to the Community Café at North Curry, where we were served fairtrade tea and coffee and delicious home-made cakes, before returning to Procters farm after an enjoyable 30 miles with no breakdowns.

Thanks to all for entering the spirit of this ride, taking place just after the end of Fairtrade Fortnight.

25/01/2016

The Ordnance Survey maps of Devon are often very pink. This is because of the density of the contour lines which means the roads, if they cross them tend to be very steep. When selecting the route for the ride on Saturday 16th January care was taken to ensure the route was on ‘white bits’ rather than ‘pink bits.’ The Taunton Group from Somerset were able to venture down the M5 with the tandems in/on their cars to the ‘bandit’ country of East Devon and start the ride from the National Trust House of Killerton. Free parking and a café is a prerequisite. Five and a half tandems present and we headed south towards Broadclyst. The weather had been very wet, but the preceding couple of nights had been clear and not surprisingly ,there was some standing water which had frozen. Nevertheless this was minimal and disappeared during the morning. Unclassified roads were then followed to the small villages of Talaton, Dulford, Mutterton and Clyst Hydon. These villages are not exactly household names (unless you live in one of them). For Devon lanes they are reasonably wide (ie just about the width of a car) but there were good views because there were not too many steep Devon banks. Traffic was pretty minimal, just a few cars and horses. It was decided to deviate from normal protocol and instead of having lunch en-route. The whole ride was completed without a lunch stop and return to Killerton for luncheon. This was because of the limited daylight hours. There had been a minor debate about the final leg of the ride back to Killerton. It had been planned to take the old A38 (now B3181). This is a straight road which no longer carries much traffic however the cars that use it frequently fly past quicker than the cars on the adjacent M5. For this reason the lanes through the Ashclyst Forest were chosen. This was decidedly more lumpy and traffic free and there were times when the wisdom of this choice may have been questioned. However when reminded that the lunch stop and destination were literally just round the next bend – any mutiny was averted! It was about 25 miles in total on easy to follow Devon lanes, which although it was not a fast route, itwas scenic and with little traffic.

24/04/2016

The wheels on the bike go round and round etc.

James and Andy organised and led the nice varied ride on 16th April with six and a half tandems, two walkers and two dogs.  Probably like everyone else, I researched this ride in January when the weather was awful and all the paths were muddy.  At that time three miles was exhausting, so a 25 mile ride seemed almost unachievable.  However come the day, it was sunny and dry and we all shot round the route in no time.  However…..at the end was an optional hill from hell!  Being as we’d all had a nice time till then, the hill from hell became obligatory.  Amazingly most people cycled all the way up.  Not me - I felt the leader had a responsibility to make sure everyone at the back was OK, so I walked.
 
I should add the walkers joined us at the pub with dogs for lunch.  Not dogs for lunch, at lunchtime with dogs - sounds better I think.  They walked the lovely if rather pointless Tiverton Canal which goes from Tiverton east to…..well nowhere really.