I’m really a tandem rider but my new wife is not a cyclist. However I’d like to try taking her on a tandem along the sea front one day while we’re in Tenerife. Are tandems available for hire in Playa do you know, or for hire in Tenerife generally? When I’ve been over in Tenerife with my late wife we took our folding Tandem Two’sDay with us but I no longer have this tandem and in any event it wouldn’t be worth it just for one day!
We are coming to Tenerife for a couple of months – possible Jan / Feb and I would like to hire a tandem (non – racing). I am aware from your web site that this may not be part of your stock but could you advise us on this. My partner is quite small in stature and she has not learnt to cycle – hence the tandem.
Well I’ve now had three enquiries regarding Tandems in the last month or so, so I’m starting to sit up & take notice!
I don’t have any tandems for rent, and I’m almost certain that no one else on the island does either. I’m not even aware of any shops on Tenerife that sell tandems. You might find it to pretty darn tough going with all the hills about. Although going downhill would certainly be a blast an a half!!! If I get more enquires I’ll look into it for late 2009, but at this stage I’m still augmenting the normal road bike fleet.
Tandem rentals were never something I would have thought of previously, but I think it could be a definite future possibility. I’ve noticed that I get a lot of couples enquiring about two bikes who obviously want to ride together… often very mis-matched sizes (latest example: man needs 60cm frame, women goes with 49cm). I suppose it’s not something they might have thought of ever trying out. And I’d certainly like to have a go with my fiancÃ© who is a bit on the clumsy side. hahaha
Folks, I don’t want to get your hopes up for summer 2009, but I’d like to get your feedback on a few things regarding tandems:
1) What sort of price would you be willing to pay for a day’s rental of a quality tandem? I have to ask that, because a ~$3000 tandem eventually has to pay for itself, otherwise it isn’t economical. I can say that it would be at least double the price of an individual bike, because it would be a specialist item, probably around 50-80â‚¬/day.
2) With that sort of premium, do you think people would prefer to rent two seperate bikes, or is it really all about being together?
3) Can anyone explain to me how hard it is to ride a tandem uphill for extended periods of time? Would any of you use it to tackle the 35km 2000m Mt Teide climb + descent?! Most of the gradients here are between 3.something & up to about 10%. Or would you just intend to use it for a cruise around the local resorts…
I checked out a few production tandem websites including cannondale, trek, co-motion and Mrazek, and I like the looks of the latter two best…
Really, I suppose it’s only a matter of time before we grow even more, and I can afford to invest more money in the business. Our bike rental service is not quite 2.5 years old. I started with two road rental bikes in late 2006 and now we have about 25 quality bikes to rent out, with 2 or 3 more on the way.
I think the tandem idea is very cool, but I’d like your experience and opinions about tandeming in mountainous terrain first, then I can evaluate the plan and only then think about getting one in future when I can afford to add one to my fleet of rental bikes.
Thanks & hope to hear your opinions.