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Gormully & Jeffery's Rambler Tandem

In the late nineteenth century, manufacturers began producing various bicycle models designed for two or more riders. The Tandem bicycle was designed for two riders sitting one in back of another. Variations on this highly popular model included bicycles for a male rider and a female rider, for two male riders or two female riders, and even for a larger number of riders.

Bicycles in which two riders sat beside one another rather than one in back of another were known as Sociables, Buddy Bikes, or side-by-side Bicycles. A Tandem bicycle cost $150 - more than a single bicycle or even two separate bicycles. They were mostly used by young couples for romantic rides through parks, and were the only vehicle other than a horse that allowed for two or more people to ride together. The popularity of the Tandem bicycle declined after the Second World War. The Tandem made a comeback in the 1970s, when it became popular as a sports bicycle and was used in biking competitions.


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