Stoker’s quiz

The stoker has unleashed a tandem quiz on y’all. Either I must not have been talking enough during our last ride, or she blocked out my blabbering to think this up. Enjoy!

Tandem Quiz: test your knowledge of the sport

1. What is it called when both people stand up on a tandem at the same time?
a) Stretching
b) Honking
c) Snorting
d) Unleavening

2. What public figures were voted “most unlikely to ride a tandem together” in the October 2009 Honker Awards*?
a) Dick Cheney and Noam Chomsky
b) Mike Tyson and Woody Allen
c) Mother Teresa and Michael Jackson
d) Vanilla Ice and Ice Cube
*This is a fictional competition, but the answer, the stoker swears, is still rational.

3. What is a stoker?
a) a reformed pyromaniac who also likes to cycle
b) the unfortunate person who sticks his fingers into the spokes of a wheel.
c) the person on the back of a tandem
d) the most enthusiastic person on the tandem

4. What is the most common misconception about tandems?
a) they are slow
b) the stoker is an opium addict
c) the stoker can take naps
d) they are divorce machines
e) all of the above

5. What is the greatest invention even created for tandem riders?
a) a jersey with a kindle fitted on the back
b) doublemint gum
c) drum brakes
d) water bottles
e) none of the above

6. What does tandem mean in Latin?
a) “progressive politics in sunny climes”
b) “finally”
c) “one after the other”
d) “run wild like ponies”

7. What is the greatest thing about tandem cycling?
a) crushing the competition
b) the stoker is free to text message, make calls, or fax documents
c) all the doughnuts you want
d) cars like you better
e) matching neon jackets
f) all of the above
e) nothing

*Bonus sing-a-long
8. What is the best song tandem song ever?

a) I want to ride my bicycle – Queen

b) Daisy (as performed by Blur)

c) You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore (Neil Diamond + Barbara Streisand)

1) b
2) c
3) b
4) e
5) c
6) b
7) f
8 ) c (this really is a burly Duet!)


6 Responses to “Stoker’s quiz”

  1. 1 Seth Vidal June 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    We’re a tandeming couple over in durham. We have a burley paso-doble and were looking at a used duet as a round-town bike. That’s how I found your blog.

    I love this quiz and I sent it to my stoker whom I sure will love it. We get over to ch-hill (normally the long way via dairyland and carrboro from time to time on the tandem, so if you see a navy blue tandem with cork tape say hi.

    • 2 pomocomo June 6, 2010 at 7:06 pm

      Hello, Glad you found our blog. We’re currently on a tandem tour honeymoon of nc, and will be posting our trip when we return. Always looking for tandem riding friends. By the way, we have our blue duet for sale now as we’re now riding a new comp. Cheers, Jeremy

      • 3 skvidal June 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm

        Oh really? What size is it front and back?


      • 4 pomocomo June 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

        I’ll send you the measurements when I get home in about a week. The rear fits quite a range, but up front, me at 5’9″ with short torso, I wouldn’t want to be any smaller, so probably it’s around a 56cm.

      • 5 Seth Vidal June 10, 2010 at 8:59 am

        You can answer me a question about this era of duet, though. Is the front stem a normal 1″ quill stem or is it the wonky 1 1/8″ quill stem from the dark times in the mid-90s? 🙂

  2. 6 skvidal June 6, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Alas that will mostly likely not fit. I’m 6’1″ and my stoker is 5’8″ seems that yours will be a bit too small.

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