tandem bicycle


: a bicycle for usually two people sitting one behind the other

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web How a tandem bicycle is built? Wyna Liu, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2022 Two people who have a better knowledge than most of global cycling culture are British couple Laura Massey-Pugh and Stevie Massey, who last year became the fastest cyclists to circumnavigate the world on a tandem bicycle. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 25 Feb. 2023 Due to their significant difference in height and build, swapping positions on the tandem bicycle was not an option. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 16 Dec. 2022 But there’s one place where the Riggott family can escape the limitations in their lives: the tandem bicycle. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2021 Blind triathletes travel the race course with a guide, who swims 750 meters and runs 5 kilometers beside them on a flexible tether, and also takes the front seat of a tandem bicycle for a 20-kilometer ride. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 July 2021 Jeremy is blind and was pedaling on the back seat of a tandem bicycle. Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2020 Neighbors sitting in lawn chairs, parents pushing strollers, dog-walkers and a couple on a tandem bicycle – all arrange themselves, safely spaced six feet apart, and excitedly await the show in the waterfront community of Ballard. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2020 Expand your domestic staff by employing a chauffeur for your tandem bicycle. WSJ, 26 Oct. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tandem bicycle was circa 1890

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“Tandem bicycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tandem%20bicycle. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

tandem bicycle

: a bicycle for two or more persons sitting tandem
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