My Grandparents' Tandem and Sidecar

Posts: 3550
Joined: 18 Aug 2015, 7:05pm

My Grandparents' Tandem and Sidecar

Postby roubaixtuesday » 21 Feb 2021, 6:37pm

We own a Tandem, and had a trailer for the kids. But I never knew my Grandparents did, and have just acquired some photos.

Here you have

- Tandem and Sidecar
- my mum or one of her siblings
- offroad touring in mid Wales (!!)

Photos are late 30s or early 40s

Screenshot_20210221-172815_Video Player.jpg

Screenshot_20210221-172939_Video Player.jpg
Image Attachments
Screenshot_20210221-172849_Video Player.jpg

User avatar
fausto copy
Posts: 2738
Joined: 14 Dec 2008, 6:51pm
Location: Pembrokeshire

Re: My Grandparents' Tandem and Sidecar

Postby fausto copy » 23 Feb 2021, 10:31am

Great pics.
It's surprising how many folks had them, back in the day.

Posts: 5131
Joined: 5 Jan 2007, 10:01pm
Location: North Hertfordshire

Re: My Grandparents' Tandem and Sidecar

Postby drossall » 23 Feb 2021, 5:56pm

Taken I assume by my grandmother, this is my grandfather with their tandem. They weren't club riders or anything; it's just that, in those days, so many people rode. I wish I knew where it was taken; they lived in south London, but it could have been anywhere.
Image Attachments

User avatar
Posts: 5730
Joined: 2 Feb 2014, 1:03pm
Location: 24 Hours from Lands End

Re: My Grandparents' Tandem and Sidecar

Postby Paulatic » 23 Feb 2021, 7:29pm

Admiring the child asleep in the sidecar. I apparently woke up every time my parents stopped an incentive to keep on pedalling. :D
Whatever I am, wherever I am, this is me. This is my life
E2E info

Posts: 41
Joined: 2 Dec 2018, 8:04pm

Re: My Grandparents' Tandem and Sidecar

Postby Campag » 23 Feb 2021, 8:10pm

We had a tandem and sidecar in the 1990's. Then a child seat on the back of the tandem. Then 'kiddy cranks'. Then her own bike and/or a Rann trailer.

The bairn would regularly fall asleep within minutes of setting off, I assume because of the travelling motion and comfort of being strapped in to a secure seat or sidecar. Once happened while on the kiddy cranks on a very hot day at the FFCT rally in Mer (Loire valley). Fortunately I had installed a rectangular safety frame around the handlebars and back seat.

Another bonus was after slogging uphill carrying the extra weight on the child seat. We would stop at the top for a breather. And a little voice would ask why we had stopped ....

Happy days.