KENT DUAL TANDEM BIKE REVIEW
Should i get a tandem bike or a bike trailer?
WHY BUY A TANDEM BIKE?
I became interested in tandem bikes when I was watching shark tank with my wife and the Kid’s Bike without pedals. At the time, we had a son that was four years old and was yet to get onto a bike. He was not necessarily scared, but he is a lot more cautious than my other children. The only time he would ride a bike is sitting in the bike stroller with me pedaling:
TANDEM BIKE OR BIKE TRAILER?
I’m not Totally against Bike Trailers. In fact, we have had many fun bike rides with them as a family. However, have you tried going up a hill with two kids in the bike trailer? To me, the trailer acts as a parachute to the bike, pulling the bike backwards and making it very difficult to make any traction. I liked the exercise, but I wanted something a little easier. Our children can ride the tandem safely at about 3 years old. Younger than three and you should probably stick with the bike trailer. Older than three and the child will learn balance on the tandem. It is also much easier on the captain.
SO, WHY A TANDEM BIKE?
1). ENJOYABLE RIDE WITH CHILDREN
I got my Tandem bike on my birthday. I bought it so that I could enjoy what I like to do (ride bikes) with my children. I would say that I love riding bikes. I am NOT a professional/amateur/or any other type of bike racer. You will not find me riding my bike with little black skin shorts and a helmet that points in the back. I like to take 5 mile or less rides and I like to take evening rides when the weather is nice. I prefer it over most forms of exercise. I am surprised at how much my bike riding has changed since the tandem bike. Every night before bed, all three of my kids over 3 years old ask to ride the bike with me. They prefer it over a bedtime story or ice cream snack. I enjoy it too.
2). ENJOYABLE RIDE WITH MY WIFE
With four kids it is tough to find alone time with my wife. When we do get a babysitter, we usually end up going to the movie or some other form of lazy entertainment. Now, we just call over the neighbor and take a short ride on our tandem bike:
3). IT’S FUNNY TO RIDE A TANDEM BIKE
If you have moved into a new neighborhood and want to make immediate friends, get a tandem bike. People will stare at you like you are a celebrity. You will get plenty of comments, laughs and smiles.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A TANDEM BIKE?
Maybe I’m cheap. Or, maybe it’s because I have four kids. I must find a good deal before I make a purchase. Before looking into the cost of double bikes, I had assumed that they would be close to $1000.00. I was surprised when I learned that I could get a good one for less than $500 and even less than $300. So, as I review some of the tandem bikes (double bikes) that are available on Amazon, we will first consider price and value.
2). EASE OF ASSEMBLY
Fortunately, I have a next door neighbor who is a good friend of mine that happened to be a former bike mechanic. I paid him to assemble my tandem bike for me. It took him less than 30 minutes. After watching the process I am certain that I could do the next one on my own. You need to understand that I am not mechanically inclined. My toolbox consists of a flashlight and a pair of gloves. The flashlight for camping and the gloves for weed whacking. I did not have the tools or patience to attempt the assembly on my own.
3). RIDER AND DRIVER EXPERIENCE
One thing I will say about my tandem bike. It rides great. I don’t have a lot to compare it against. I have never owned a racing bike or a Tour De France bike. My other bike is a mountain bike with 15 gears and large tires. It rides well, but it doesn’t glide along the pavement as quickly and seamlessly as my tandem does. You will be riding the tandem with a co-pilot. You want to make sure that the ride is safe and comfortable for both of you. How smoothly do the gears shift? How many speeds? Is it safe? Will it tip over? Shock absorbing seats? Smooth operation? Tire size? All considerations…..
4). ABILITY TO BE TRANSPORTED/STORED
No question that tandem bikes are long. Really long. Want to put one into your suv? Not going to happen. You will end up riding it down the road like Tom Hanks did with his dog on Butch. You will need to have pretty good garage space to keep it stored properly. So really, you are looking at how heavy the bike is and how easily the wheels can come off and be transported. As far as storage in our garage, we bought a
It works great for our tandem bike. I just park the front tire in between the stand and the stand is sturdy enough to hold up the bike.
HOW TO TRANSPORT A TANDEM BIKE?
Very Carefully…….This Yakima Sidewinder Tandem Bike Mount sold on Amazon is a rooftop carrier that is designed to carrier tandems safely. Designed with a swing out arm to make it easier to load and unload. It is possible and even described in the listing and user reviewers that this is a one person job. A very well engineered rack and is the best mount for tandem bikes that I have found.
5). LOOK AND DURABILITY
You want a tandem bike that looks good, BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT IT. If you don’t like the attention, you may want to get a mountain bike. You need a bike that is going to last a long time and not need expensive or inexpensive repairs. This is definitely a factor in choosing the best tandem bike for you.
KENT DUAL DRIVE TANDEM COMFORT REVIEWANDEM BIKE
The Kent Dual Drive Tandem bike is the first bike that came up in the Amazon search engine when I typed in “Tandem Bike”. It was somewhat late at night and I titled the screen over to my wife, “Hey I think I want this bike for my birthday.” She looked at the price and the close to 5 star rating on Amazon and we bought it. Our family has thoroughly enjoyed it. I must make one disclosure however, we are not a hardcore biking family. We don’t have a bike rack or trailer for our SUV and I don’t own skin shorts, a yellow silk shirt or a helmet with a backwards point on it. For our occasional family use, it has been great. I USE IT FOR SHORT, PLEASURE RIDES WITH MY CHILDREN AND WIFE. I don’t know how it would work on a long trek.
I don’t know if they are good or bad, but they don’t seem great. My back tire popped after a while and I had to carry the back home. Not a Huge deal, but I will be upgrading the tires. However, to be fair we live in an area with an unusual amount of goat-heads. I’m sure that is what did it.
UPDATE ON THE TIRES:
I took off the Front and Back tires and took them into the shop. By the way, the process of taking off the tires was easy, even for me. The shop said that the tires are fine but for the area that I live in, it is better to get tires that are treated so the goatheads don’t have as much effect. Whatever. Cost $40 bucks and I now have a lifetime warranty on my bike’s tires and it rides even better.
An Overall 5 Star beginner’s Tandem bike. First of all you can’t beat the price. Secondly, assembly is not too bad (even though I cheated with my bike mechanic neighbor). We have thoroughly enjoyed this bike as a family. I get home from work and the first question from my kids is “Dad can we ride the big bike together?” And it is not a chore to me. I enjoy it as much as they do.