The side-by-side tandem is one of the most interesting bicycle frame variations, introduced originally (and patented) by Punnett Cycle Mfg Co in America in 1896 (see illustration below). A similar machine was designed and sold by Wolff-American the following year. Rudge-Whitworth made a similar machine in England, though very few were sold.
This was the heyday of the ‘courting tandem’ when, for the first time, young men and women were able to go off together socially, leaving their chaperone behind. Other tandems of the era required the woman to sit at the front, with the steering controlled by the man seated behind; so the side-by-side concept was seen as a very practical novelty.
The idea died out after the turn of the century, as passenger trailers, and then sidecars, were introduced, for the motorcycles (‘motor-bicycles’) that came onto the market. But the idea was resurrected in Australia in the 1930s by the innovative cycle builder Bruce Small, of Malvern Star. And a few builders since have made a similar side-by-side style of tandem as a tricycle, with two wheels behind for added stability.
1920s English Side-by-Side ‘Sociable’ Tandem
WIDTH: 26″ Rear Axle
WIDTH: 41″ Handlebars
This 1920s Side-by-Side ‘Sociable’ tandem is in excellent restored condition. It has been very well constructed and is ready to ride.
The method of delivery will depend on the location of the buyer, but I am offering worldwide shipping with set delivery prices; if it costs more to deliver, I will stand that cost myself. It’s impossible to calculate the cost of packing and shipping in advance, so I always provide free packing and subsidise delivery costs. I have been restoring, selling and delivering vintage cars, motorcycles and bicycles worldwide as my profession since the early 1980s so you’re always assured of a professionally expedited service.
If you consider yourself a cyclist with individual style, setting the fashion rather than following the pack, is there a self-motivated method of travel more suitable than this? One rider is in charge of the brakes (front and rear cable/Bowden type); the other rings the bell; either side of the tandem is suitable for a female rider. If you agree with my synopsis, may I suggest the earliest disposition of your finger towards the buy-it-now button in order to ensure receipt of this exclusive and unique Xmas present, before the day itself?
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1930s MALVERN STAR SIDE-BY-SIDE TANDEM
SIDE BY SIDE SOCIABLE TANDEMS (BICYCLES & TRICYCLES)
1889 NOTTINGHAM SOCIABLE TRICYCLE
1895 DUPLEX CYCLE MFG Co SOCIABLE TRICYCLE
1896 WOLFF-AMERICAN SOCIABLE TANDEM TRICYCLE
1899 ROULETTE SOCIABLE TANDEM BICYCLE