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Daisy, Daisy - Tandem Bikes and Old Song Memories
Songs and Memories
My family did a lot of singing together when my brothers and I were growing up and even after we were older. It makes me smile just thinking about those good old days!
One of the songs we often sang was just the chorus of the song “Daisy Bell” commonly known as the bicycle built for two. It was written by an English composer by the name of Harry Dacre in 1892.
Tandem bikes were also known to have first been patented in the late 1890s.
The chorus of the song goes like this:
“Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do.
I'm half crazy all for the love of you.
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage.
But you'll look sweet,
Upon the seat,
Of a bicycle built for two.”
Below you can hear the original lyrics of the old song of which we as a family regularly sang some of the chorus lyrics.
After World War II automobiles were in short supply for a while because prior to the war ending, much of the manufacturing of items was directed towards the war effort. It took a while for companies to go back to peacetime manufacturing.
In actuality my dad did some of his courting of my mother on a bicycle. It was not a bicycle built for two but bicycles were a good mode of transportation for reasonably short distances in Okauchee, Wisconsin where my mother’s parents had a summer cottage on the lake.
He would borrow his mother’s car to drive into Milwaukee to see her at their primary residence. This was after he had come home from participating in WWII as a paratrooper in Europe.
Of course he eventually was able to purchase his own car, get married and the rest of this story became part of our family history.
See how this family bicycles together on this specially made tandem bike.
Origin of Tandem Bikes
Curious as to when tandem bikes were originated I learned quite a bit from reading a Wikipedia link. I learned that the first patent was issued around the same decade as some of my grandparents were born in the late 1890s.
Did you know that tandem bikes can have more than two riders and are built in a number of designs including that of tricycles?
That was news to me as I always associated them with just the two riders, one in front of the other. Some are fashioned in a recumbent design so there are plenty of variables as to the design of tandem bikes.
It must be fun riding a tandem bicycle and it makes sense that with two people (or more in the case of those accompanying more passengers) all pedaling, the bicycle would travel more easily having more people powering it.
People power takes on the same meaning as horse power used in this sense of energy derived from the exertion.
Of course the person steering the bicycle plays double duty and has the responsibility of paying attention to where the bicycle is headed so as to avoid mishaps along the way. This is particularly important in the case of racing such as is done in Paralympics.
Tandem bike riding
Manufacturing Tandem Bikes
For those people interested in owning some type of tandem bike it is nice to know that many manufacturers still make a good number of them. In doing a preliminary price check online it appears that newly minted tandem bikes can vary in price from around $700 all the way up to $5,500 for some mountain tandem bikes.
A quick eBay search showed pricing as of today varying from around $250 to over $700.
Some creative people even fashion their own tandem bikes!
See this person's homemade tandem bike.
Seeing the Sites on a Tandem Bike
If I was only younger and had good knees, seeing the countryside using tandem bikes would appear to be so enjoyable. The fresh breezes and sights and sounds that could be enjoyed with another person sharing the experience would make for some fantastic memories!
See a video below of a couple doing just that in the country of Greece. How nice is that!
See the fun this couple had in touring Greece using a tandem bike!
Have you ever ridden on a tandem bike?
Racing on a tandem bike.
© 2016 Peggy Woods