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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

If you would like Lodge accommodation at Avon Tyrrell then remember that you must book by Christmas.
Easter Rally details and booking form
The Club Shop has a special offer on cottered bottom bracket axles. Useful if you are restoring on older tandem.
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.
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.

The Tandem Club is moving to a new membership management system. This operates in conjunction with the Club's website and should make it easier for the TC officers to manage the membership and payments and for the members to join and renew.

The system provides for automatic email renewal reminders and on-line membership form filling in and editing for joining and renewals. Postal renewal forms and reminders will also be sent, but if you can supply us with an email address and allow us to email you this will save the Club time and postage costs. The joining and renewal forms provide a field to fill in your email address. For existing members not yet renewing from emailed renewal requests, please let the membership renewals secretary know your email address if you have not supplied one previously or suspect that the email address we have is out of date. Please email your email address to: with your full name and if possible your membership number.

The system supports payments by Credit/Debit cards, Standing Orders, BACS and cheques. Credit/Debit cards is the best for us as it simplifies our administration.

As well as providing membership joining or renewing, the system offers you the option of adding a TC website login account. This login account will allow you personal access to the members-only areas of the website and simplify filling in forms for events etc. Later on more website features may be provided (as our time permits !).
During the change over you may receive renewal emails and/or forms even if you have already renewed. Please be patient - it will take us some time...

There may be issues during the change over, please let us know of any problems and possible improvements and please bear with us during the change.

Regions News

Group News


Nick and Rachel organised the June ride which started at Hestercombe Gardens, just North of Taunton, and covered 33 miles. 6 tandems set off with cheerful optimism into the rain which we soon left behind as we headed West. The route took us along narrow country lanes (see Photo) and followed the River Tone upstream crossing it 4 times.  We headed through Wellington where we attracted attention from the local Paparazzi then, just to work up an appetite, took on a couple of climbs. The Martlet Inn Langford Budville happened to be at the top of the final hill, and the sun came out as we enjoyed a refreshing lunch in the pub garden.  Then it was downhill all the way, apart from when it wasn’t the wind behind us and the sun on our backs.


The North East Group will be hosting the 2016 National Rally at Kirkley Hall in Northumberland. Offers of help welcome.


Paul and Nina organised the August ride which started at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury. The previous day was wet (really wet) but joy of joys, the sun shone, the wind blew in helpful directions and two tandems from the Taunton Group, two tandems from the West Country Group, two tandems from the Wessex group AND a tandem from Kent (Graham and Sally) arrived at the rendezvous and all set off for the Polden Hills and beyond.

The ride was advertised as flat, but going out over the Moors would have meant a ride into the wind and despite their name The Poldens aren't really too hilly, as one member said  " just lumpy" and once we had reached Cossington it was all downhill and then level until we reached Burnham. We picnicked in a recently renovated park called Marine Cove where numerous self-timed photos were taken, the best of which is published here!  Then 6 tandems took the flat and wind assisted route home across the levels, while the seventh tandem couple continued up the coast to their home, having cycled that morning to the ride start.

No one got lost, no one fell off, (despite a good attempt by a white pick-up driver on one of the narrow sections) and we had a very enjoyable and social time. And the couple from Kent? - for their first ride out with a Tandem Club section, they had cycled to our ride from their campsite in Cheddar, and they rode back to Glastonbury with us all despite the fact that they could have shortened their journey home considerably.


Richard and Michelle led this month’s ride which started from Wiveliscombe where 7 tandems and riders met at the White Hart for coffee before heading south towards Langford Budville.  This section held the first mechanical problem of the ride.  Richard was trying to identify a strange whistling bird when we realised that it was Carl trying to attract our attention. They had a broken chain. 6 men then looked on, offering advice and parts, until eventually the chain was repaired. The ladies of the party dutifully held the tandems and had a good chat!

Problem solved, our route joined the Sustran's route towards Bampton and it wasn’t long before problem number 2 occurred. While descending a narrow lane a loud bang was heard and Nigel and Mercedes suffered a blow out - hopefully this will not be a regular occurrence as they had also punctured on the previous ride!

Aware that things happen in 3's, we tentatively continued towards Bampton enjoying quiet lanes with lovely autumnal colours and views. Lunch was at The Swan, where we arrived about an hour late, but they were very understanding and we enjoyed an excellent lunch. Here we discovered the third problem - a lost phone, but fortunately it was found where it had been left at the White Hart!

The return along the B3227 had a few hills but we also enjoyed some long and fast descents.