" A brilliant day out. A great way to explore Bristol and Bath in the sunshine." Toby, Bristol
What do I need to wear?
It’s important that you feel comfortable; layers and waterproof clothing are especially useful. It is advisable to wear bright, highly visible clothing that is not loose enough to catch on the bikes moving parts. We can provide high-visibility tabards on request. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU WEAR A HELMET.
We recommend that you DO wear a helmet. Please bring your own if possible. We do have a limited number available if you do not have access to one. Let us know, when you make your booking, if you would like a helmet, which we provide free of charge.
We have 4 pick up and drop off central locations chosen for their ease of access to cycle-paths away from traffic.
1. CyclelifeBristol Bike Shop, Straight Street, BS2 0JP.
2. The Lodge, Victoria Park, BS3 4QF
3. Temple Meads Railway Station.
4. Queen Square, B.S.1
We offer a delivery service up to a 15mile radius from Queen Square, Bristol. There is a charge for this service.
Riding a tandem is no more tiring than riding a solo bike, and, as on a solo bike, you can ride to suit your fitness level. You will find that cycling on a tandem is a good way of balancing out peoples differing fitness levels, confidence and abilities.
In order to reserve your tandem bike hire we take a £10 reservation deposit. We suggest you book and pay up to 24 hours before the date of your tandem bike hire*. Please fill out our enquiry form on the ‘contact us’ page or telephone 07470 311592 . We do take a payment on the day of the hire, but this is subject to availability, and you may be disappointed if you have not previously reserved your tandem bike.
A security/damage deposit is always required plus proof of identity. This will be returned when the tandem and equipment is safely returned undamaged.
*Group and weekend/week bookings should be paid 7 days before the agreed hire date.
In addition to the security/damage deposit, we will need to see either your current passport or UK driving licence. A recent utility bill with the corresponding address is required for proof of identity.
Any combination of adults and children, within the size and weight recommendations, will work perfectly. These are Front rider: 5’2 – 6’ 5”Rear rider: 4’ – 6’ Weight limit total…170.kg -26 stone. Within this limitation, we recommend that the front rider should not exceed 100kg and the rear, 80kg
Yes . We need to know if you require a child seat at the time of booking, Our child seat is suitable for babies/children, approx. 9 months up to 5years. All children must wear helmets. We will fit a smaller saddle and crank shorteners if required, with advance notice.
Bristol and Bath are exciting, bustling cities. We endeavour to cycle on routes away from traffic as much as possible. However, there can be sections on quiet roads on certain routes. These have been VERY carefully chosen, are away from heavy traffic and draw on our knowledge of the area from a cycling perspective. Importantly, our routes feature our favourite cycling friendly pubs and cafes.
Our hire package includes a basic repair kit and pump. We will try and help where we can.
If you make an advance booking, you are able to cancel or amend this online (using the enquiry form) or by phone up to 7 days from the pick -up date. There is a £4 cancellation fee. If you cancel within 7days and up to 24 hours of the pick-up date you will receive 75% refund of the hire fee. No fee will be returned if cancelled within 24 hours from the date of hire . However, bookings can be rescheduled ( up to 6months ) without incurring a fee so long as we have 24 hours notice from the original hire date.
The security deposit is immediately returned on the safe and undamaged return of the tandem and all equipment hired from Bristol Tandem Hire.
Yes. We have 1 folding bike, in case there is an odd number in your group.
The front rider ( Captain/Pilot) is usually the heavier/ taller of the two. The person on the back (Stoker) is smaller or lighter. It's a question of balance.
As part of your hire package we provide locks and lights. It is important that you lock your tandem to an immovable fixed point. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THE TANDEM OUTSIDE OVERNIGHT EVEN IF LOCKED. Also, remember to remove the lights if your tandem is left unsupervised.
Yes, we have panniers and some baskets to use with our tandems. This is the most comfortable way to carry gear.
Yes. You can pre - order a hamper. This is in addition to the hire of your tandem. The hamper basket is carried on the rear of the tandem. Inside is a range of tasty goodies, savoury and sweet, sourced from our favourite local, independent traders to give you a flavour of the West Country... ·