How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

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How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby katesmum » 17 Nov 2009, 3:52pm

We're getting married in May and the current plan is for me to arrive at the wedding on our tandem (as stoker). Trouble is, I'm not prepared to compromise on the wedding dress, but want to ride the bike so need to keep it out of the wheel, chain etc. I did once see a contraption on ebay that someone had built for their tandem ages ago (before the W word was mentioned in our house) so ignored it. Are you that person? Do you remember seeing it? Have you any ideas we could poach? Any suggestions gratefully received! Many thanks!

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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby james01 » 17 Nov 2009, 4:07pm

http://chiccyclist.blogspot.com/2009/10 ... guard.html

You might be able to make one of these. BTW, congratulations.

Later edit: I hope your bridal shoes are SPD compatible.

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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby braz » 17 Nov 2009, 4:25pm

More congrats - you back-seat driver, you!

Try one of these - then you can look back on your past life and fondly remember, before getting down to polishing his sprockets for the rest of your life!

kind regards, Braz.
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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby thirdcrank » 17 Nov 2009, 4:40pm

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=5137&p

None of those will be any good if you are going to ride your own machine. We did have a thread on here a while ago about dress guards AKA skirt protectors, but they will only keep things out of the back wheel, not away from the chains, so you are going to have to devise some way of hitching it up while remaining bridal.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=28095&start=0

Good luck on your big day. I hope you'll post a pic.

PS I thought it was bad news for the groom to see his bride in her dress before she appeared behind him in the aisle? Is somebody else going to be captain for the journey?

Edited to add the link to the skirt protector thread which I forgot to include originally :oops:
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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby iandriver » 17 Nov 2009, 5:31pm

Cant offer a solution, but please post a pic after :D Contgatulations...
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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby Mick F » 17 Nov 2009, 6:37pm

iandriver wrote:Cant offer a solution, but please post a pic after :D Contgatulations...

Ditto!

Perhaps let the pilot (Chief Bridesmaid - surely not your Groom!) do all the pedalling and you ride side-saddle?
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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby danfoto » 17 Nov 2009, 7:56pm

thirdcrank wrote: I thought it was bad news for the groom to see his bride in her dress before she appeared behind him in the aisle?


Speaking as a professional wedding photographer, I can assure you that's wrong. It's actually bad news to be superstitious on your wedding day 8)
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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby reohn2 » 17 Nov 2009, 8:47pm

I don't think I could add anything to whats already been said other than Have a lovely day and all the best! :D
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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby thirdcrank » 17 Nov 2009, 9:05pm

It has occurred to me that you could do the same as my wife and wear a short dress. (Although I should point out that by the time we tied the knot I had given up on my attempts to train her as a stoker, either of tandems or boilers.)

I've just measured her dress and from a high neckline to the hem at the back it is 30". She is 5'10" so you will appreciate it would not have got caught in a bike wheel. Those were the 1960's. 8)

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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby katesmum » 17 Nov 2009, 9:15pm

Brilliant - thank you!

The skirt guards look like they'll do the bulk of the job and I can gather up any excess and sling it over my shoulder for the ride to keep it off the chains or altenatively pack it all in a pannier! Will take my SPD pedals off and go back to clips for the day...
The groom's mate will be riding me there (depending on how our practice sessions go!) to keep the traditionalists happy. i will definitely be posting a photo.

And for our honeymoon - we're going to watch the Giro!!

Thanks again

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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby james01 » 18 Nov 2009, 9:29am

Another possibility: try to borrow a tandem trike. Easier to keep away from the wheels, and it can't fall over, so no embarrassing tumbles from a 2 wheeler in front of all the guests.

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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby byegad » 18 Nov 2009, 9:38am

I'm sure I've seen it done, so maybe a post in a weddings magazine's website will attract advice too. I'd like to add my congratulations too. :D
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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby Si » 18 Nov 2009, 10:42am

I suspect that the answer is similar to the one for "How do hedgehogs mate?" :wink:

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Re: How to ride a tandem in a wedding dress?

Postby AndyB » 18 Nov 2009, 10:54am

I saw an old (last year?) edition of the Tandem Club newsletter that had a wedding photo on the front cover. The bride was sitting side-saddle, and had hitched her dress up with one hand. I presume she wasn't contributing any effort!