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Jamie asked in SportsCycling · 4 months ago

Why is a tandem bike called a tandem bike?

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  • Sandy
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    4 months ago
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    "Tandem describes an arrangement where people or animals are in formation, one behind the other.

    In 1785, tandem first came into existence as a noun meaning “carriage pulled by horses harnessed one behind the other.” About a hundred years later, people started to use tandem to refer to bicycles with two seats. This type of bicycle has two sets of pedals and two seats, but only one set of wheels. To transform tandem into an adverb, just stick in in front of it. "In tandem" can just mean "together" — like two departments working in tandem on a project."

  • 4 months ago

    It shouldn't.  It should be called a bi-bicycle.

  • 4 months ago

    Because it's for two people working closely together.

  • 4 months ago

    Who ever stated "There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers" NEVER logged onto Yahoo Answers.  

    Definition of tandem - https://www.dictionary.com/browse/tandem

    Definition of tandem bicycle - https://www.dictionary.com/browse/tandem-bicycle

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  • 4 months ago

    Duh ... Because it has 2 wheels .... Duh

  • 4 months ago

    Probably the same reason why a mountain bike is called a mountain bike.

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