Bike Friday Family Tandem Travel Bike

Family Tandem

This remarkably size-adjustable tandem fits your family and friends. It also disassembles and packs into two suitcases for Airline travel. It does not fold for car travel however, that’s the Bike Friday Two’sDay.

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Three ways to order your bike:

1. Choose bike menu options below and “Add to Cart”

2. Contact us for Free Consultation with a Bike Expert – Full Custom

3. Choose “Advanced Bike Builder” for bike geeks who love research

 

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$2,595.00

Description

Seeing the world as a pair, sharing the experiences and conversations together is truly the best aspect of tandem biking.  Our Family Tandem is highly adjustable so you can use the same tandem as a couple and later with a young child, through to adulthood. One tandem, for the whole family!

The Family Tandem is great for cruising your town or exploring a continent with your touring companion. It disassembles, rather than folds, so it fits in the back of almost any vehicle and packs into two Travelcases for airline travel as checked luggage.  If you need to fold your tandem quickly or often to fit in small spaces, the Two’sday will fit your needs well.

Features:

  • Custom sized to fit your body for both the Captain and the Stoker
  • Disassembles for easy storage and transport into a space 33x37x17” (84x94x43 cm)
  • Highly adjustable to allow different sized friends to ride with you, including kids
  • Low step-over height easier for smaller riders to get on and off
  • Industry Standard Parts for ease of repair in case of emergency

Select Options for Your Bike:

 

Choose your frame color: 

 

 

There are many more colors available if you order your bike ‘Full Custom’ when working with a Bike Friday Expert. The ‘Color Viewer’ below shows our whole color palette, regular and full custom, together.

 


 

Sizing Your Bike To Fit Perfectly
We build your bike from raw tubing and cut all parts to your sizing. Once you place your order online a Bike Friday expert will contact you for custom sizing. The sizing form we will go over with you is HERE

Upgrade and Accessory Options:

 

Electric Assist Option:

You can add an electric assist to this bike with a front hub motor. This is a Class I pedal assist and comes with a 430Whr 36V battery with ~90km (55mile) range. (In 2023 there may be an airline check-able LIGO battery available, but not currently)

Features of the 350W front hub motor:

  • No motor resistance or increased drivetrain wear, unlike a Shimano or Bosch mid-drive system
  • Very light! The whole system adds only ~ 11 lbs to your bike
  • With purchase of a third wheel, quickly convert your ebike back to a regular bike

With carefully considered design details throughout, like the industry-standard bottom bracket shell and bikepacking-style battery mount, your Bike Friday is the most adaptable and future-proof ebike on the market today. Want to upgrade your battery or motor five years from now? There’s no need to worry about proprietary standards!

 



Rack Options: Made-In-House with Chromoly Steel

 

 

Rear Rack:

Our rear rack takes standard panniers, has a 55-pound weight limit, and has plenty of clearance under the rack for use with the Bike Friday Under-bag. And it packs flat to easily fit in a suitcase with the bike.
Front Rack:

Fits standard panniers. Rated for 25lbs each side. A must for a properly weighted touring bike for best front/rear weight balance and ride control. And it packs flat to easily fit in a suitcase with the bike.

 


 

Travel System Options:

Two travel cases come with packing material to protect the frame while packed.

Bike Friday packing materials for folding bikeBike Friday Two'sday Tandem Bike


Soft Travel Bag:

The Bike Friday Travel Bag allows you to easily carry or store your Bike Friday. Partially Disassemble your Family Tandem, fit it into its durable bag, and zip up! Black nylon coated pack fabric. Two sturdy woven handles and an adjustable shoulder strap allow you to carry your bike onto the bus, train or elevator with ease. A good way to keep it protected in the trunk of your vehicle too. Fits all tandem Bike Fridays. Wt: 800 grams. Rolls up to 5 1/2″ diameter, 14″ long. Proudly made here in Eugene, Oregon.


How to order your bike on this page:

  1.  Follow all the steps in the drop-down menus above then “Add to cart” and follow steps in your cart to purchase.
  2.  A Bike Friday Expert will follow up with you to determine your sizing, pick-up /ship date (production takes 5-7 weeks on average) and confirm any other needed details about your order.
  3. Then you get your bike!

 


 

Additional Ways to Order with More Options:

We offer many more options than we can post here without overwhelming people. We can likely build what you are looking for. Just contact us and tell a friendly Bike Expert what you are looking for. You can also do more exploring on your own first by clicking on the “Advanced Designer for bike geeks” button to find our bike configurator.


Bike Friday 10 Year Warranty
We have a strong warranty on our frames against defects in material and/or workmanship for 10 years. Warranty is non-transferable. Bicycle components (excluding tires, chain, cables, etc.) generally have a 1-year limited warranty. CLICK HERE for full warranty information.

Bob & Kris take their Family Tandem out for a beautiful Autumn ride.

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 5 reviews
 by Vicky
Decades old fun!

You know how some people review things they love right away, and then after a while they hate it because it just wasn't durably built? I'm going to review right away something incredibly durable.
I've known for years of my in-laws late '90s family tandem, and knew that when my son would outgrow out Haul-a-day I'd try to get him on it. Well, pandemic hit and we left home (and my Haul-a-day) to hide at my in-laws' country house. Which gave me time to retrofit the old tandem from fitting a 10 year old to a 3 years old stoker.
Todd helped me spec the parts (thanks!), and I was very proud to do it all by myself today. Installing crank shorteners was easy, even without a pedal wrench. I used a whoopie-un to replace the handle bars so they got closer to the stoker seat. I did have to saw off a chunk of the original seat mast so the saddle would be as low as possible, but a little WD-40 was my friend. The niño LOVED his first real bicycle ride.
I still need to tweak things here and there, but I am SO impressed that after about 20 years in storage the shifting was pretty darn good, the brakes only needed minimal adjustment, and even the tubes held air!
Bike Friday builds amazing quality bikes that you can pass down for generations (literally plural! From grandpa to grandson!), that can easily be maintained by a novice, and that make 3 year old boys happy (and so chatty. He never talks that much on the cargo bike!). What more can you ask for???

 by Larry & Jo Hodgin 2017
A Transcontinental Tandem Tour

Our Family tandem took us from Eugene, Oregon to our home in Annandale, Virginia. jo's blog on crazyguy explains our trip in detail. Our little tandem was a magnificent steed, with front hub drum brake and generator for our lighting system. The drum brake served us well for many long descents, as we were loaded heavy with camping/cooking gear.

 by Philip Clarke
Traveler Tandem

Over the years we have ridden four different tandems, including a Bike Friday Tandem Two'sday folding bike and now we decided to start Tandeming again and we are really happy with our new Bike Friday Travel Tandem. We just got back from our first adventure on this tandem, three weeks of riding in France and Italy and we are really impressed with this bike, wow. We rode on the Amalfi coast in Italy and on the island of Corsica and the bike did extremely well up a lot of hills and in some crazy traffic.

We are now looking for more places to ride this great tandem.

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Additional information

Rider Size

Bike is hand built to fit your body measurements of height, weight, inseam and riding style. Effective Top Tube range of 48cm-62cm. Stoker Effective Top Tube range of 27"-32" (68cm-81cm) Weight limits are high and are a case-by-case basis.

Makes Travel Easy

Packing the Family Tandem for transport, as well as packing in two suitcases for flight, is far faster and easier than dealing with the couplers that other bikes require. Suitcase dimensions: 31 x 21 x 12”

Component Brands

We use quality components from reputable brands like FSA, Tektro, KMC, Uno/Kalloy, Microshift, Schwalbe, as well as other OEM partners. Due to supply chain disruptions, we must sometimes make substitutions of similar or greater quality and function. Please speak to our Bike Experts for specific component requests.

Rack/Accessory Upgrades

Takes front and rear racks, and 4 bottle cages, and many other standard accessories

Microshift Drivetrain

1×9 speed, cassette 11-34, 53t chainring w/ protector, 170mm cranksets, sealed bearing BBs, same-side drive timing chain
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2×9 speed, cassette 11-34, 53t/39t chainrings, 170mm cranksets, sealed bearing BBs, same-side drive timing chain

Tires

Schwalbe Road Cruiser 20" x 1.75" w/ Schrader valve tubes

Wheels

wide 24mm+ 406mm rims, hand laced 3-cross to 36 hole hubs

Brakes

V-brakes
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Mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors. The rotors' effective power is massive on 20" wheels!

Handlebars

Captain: 56cm flat bars -or- 46cm/50cm Bike Friday H-bars
Stoker: 60cm 4" rise bars -or- 46cm/50cm Bike Friday H-bars
Microshift trigger shifters, two-finger brake levers, ergonomic grips

Miscellaneous Components

1-1/8" FSA headset, 28.6mm captain and stoker seatposts, comfort OEM saddle, platform pedals

5 reviews for Bike Friday Family Tandem Travel Bike

  1. Victor Bird

    I saw your tandems in this week’s email, including the Family Tandem. My Family Tandem is a triple. Do you still make that model? We sure ran that rig in a lot of configurations while the kids were growing up, usually with the youngest in a child seat — four riders. I have a pile of cranks of varying lengths. We drew much attention. I still have the bike. I may clean it up this summer and make the kids lift my dead legs on the pedals so they know what I had to do all those years.

    • Walter

      Victor, the triple tandem is still something we (admittedly quietly) still offer. Glad to hear how much you enjoyed yours!

  2. Terry Nelson

    Do your tandem bikes come with independent pedaling systems ?

    • Walter

      Terry, the tandems can come with an independent pedaling system but there is only one manufacturer of such a system that would work on our bikes and they are not readily available.

  3. Simon Berry

    I’m looking for travel cases for our Family Tandem. I’m UK-based so importing them is probably not a sensible (or affordable) option. Would you be willing to tell me their size so I can look for a suitable pair of suitcases here in the UK.
    Thanks

    • Walter

      Simon, sometimes cases with the same internal/external measurements have wheel wells in the wrong place so the measurements alone are not always sufficient. I would suggest getting a list of the suitcases we know work for your particular year and model from our service department to make sure you get the right thing. You can contact service@bikefriday.com.

  4. mike scott

    Hi – could you please tell me the length of a Bike Friday Family Tandem, complete with wheels, unfolded?

    • Walter

      Mike, it’s about 87.5″ for a medium size. I’ll also add that since you mentioned folding, the Family Tandem does not fold. If you’re looking for a folding tandem, you’ll want to look at the Tandem TwosDay instead.

  5. Shamsudin Md Dubi

    12 years ago i bought an XL tandem converted to QXL from Steve Strickland. It was a beautiful tandem which my wife i enjoyed riding/touring , We rode in my home malaysia and alot in melbourne Australia. At 60 my wife stopped riding so converted the Q to single,At 77 i still enjoy riding the Q. thank you Bike Friday

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