2 Motors are Better than One
Where does a tandem’s speed come from? Because tandems cut per-rider wind and rolling resistance virtually in half—even a fat-tired mountain tandem is more efficient than the sleekest disc-wheeled single bike.
Further, when two cyclists ride together on singles, they are limited by the speed and range of the slower rider. Tandem partners, however, automatically attain or exceed the speed and range of the faster rider. This near-doubling of horsepower allows tandem partners to enjoy longer tours and faster training rides. Many tandem couples, even seniors, are delighted to find themselves routinely pulling long pacelines of young riders.