Tandem Review: the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo
As a feature of Cycle & Style magazine, we periodically will review bicycles, accessories, or types of biking. In this case, one of our favorite local bike shops, Bingham Cyclery introduced us to the Co-Motion tandem. The owner of the store had mentioned how much fun he had riding it with his 6-year old son around the park. We thought we’d like to take it for a spin as well.
We had an opportunity to test the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem bicycle one Saturday afternoon. It was an especially fun bicycle to ride and it was very easy to get the hang of riding a tandem bicycle. We had two sets of mothers and daughters, and two pairs of sisters to try out the Periscope Tandem. The adjustments to fit the littlest girl to our 5’10” girl were easily made in seconds. The tandem was much lighter than we expected. It was an enjoyable, sweet ride! I was impressed with this tandem’s ability to be an incredibly versatile family bicycle. The bikes are also adaptable in that bicycle trailers can easily be added on as could a trailer bike, sometimes known as tag-along bicycles.
Most organized rides have a tandem classification and for those of you who are competitive, Co-Motion offers tandems that are ready for a race—some with a light aluminum frame and carbon forks to dampen road vibration as well as high-end componetry. If you want to enjoy true teamwork in your next fun ride or race then do it on a tandem!
Tandem cycling is a popular sport and pastime for the visually impaired who can be paired with a fully sighted rider and fully compete in all types of races from long road rides to track races, ride on off-road courses, and of course, enjoy rides with family and friends.
Co-Motion Cycles is located in Eugene, Oregon where they make high-end tandem bicycles as well as single bicycles. They build standard geometry bicycles and custom-made bicycles—most of them are made of cro-moly steel or aluminum. Co-Motion can make tandems to order: a bicycle for three (a triple) or four (a quad) can be seen in their website’s photos.