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By Bill McCready, President of Santana Cycles, Inc.


Is tandeming for you?

Will you like it? Can you even do it? By taking this test, you can discover all this and more in the privacy of your own home.

Answer each question individually to obtain your 0 - 50 solo score. Then, total both of your scores to determine your combined 0 - 100 point tandem quotient. Finally, compare your TQ to the scale to find out if a tandem is in your future.

The tandem test

Question #1.

Would you enjoy spending more time together?

Give yourself two points if you share at least one meal a day at the same table. Add another two points if you are often in the same room during leisure hours, and an additional point if you spend your leisure time sharing the same activity.

Question #2.

Do you value fitness?

Give yourself a point if you think your level of fitness is more important than your weight. Add another point if you are currently in good health, and a point if you'd like to be in better shape a year from now. You gain another point if you participate in an aerobic activity at least once a week, and yet another if you use stairs instead of an elevator.

Question #3.

Do you need to control stress?

Give yourself two points if you have a full-time job. Another point if you commute more than 15 minutes to get there. Add a point if you have children at home, and another if you don't eat three square meals each day.

Question #4.

Do you enjoy the outdoors?

Give yourself a point if you get the winter blues. Add another if you enjoy walking in your neighborhood. A big point if you enjoy gardening. Another point if you are a hiker or camper. And a final point if you participate in an outdoor sport, like playing tennis or golf, or coaching soccer or softball.

Question #5.

Do you have children?

Give yourself one point for each child, and an additional point if they live at home. Sorry, no points for dogs, cats or tropical fish. Five points maximum.

Question #6.

Do you enjoy travel?

Give yourself a point if you go on an annual vacation. Another point if you donít visit the same place year after year. A point if youíve ever vacationed on an island. A point if you read travel magazines or the travel section of your Sunday paper. A final point if you enjoyed the local cuisine on your last vacation.

Question #7.

Do you value teamwork?

Give yourself a point if you wished the two of you looked good on a dance floor. Another point if you work on your taxes together without arguing. Another point if you share access to a joint checking account. Another point if the two of you share a favorite movie or song. And a final point for sharing a hobby or sport.

Question #8.

Do you like to socialize with compatible couples?

Give yourselves a point if you've invited friends over for dinner in the past six months. Another point if it was a full-blown dinner party. Add a third point if you've recently accompanied another couple to a movie, ball game, concert or play. Two more points if you've ever shared a vacation with another couple.

Question #9.

Can you cycle near home?

Give yourself a point if you don't live in the city. Another point if thereís a bike path within ten miles of home. Add a point if you live on a rural road, or are within five miles of a rideable dirt road. And two more points if you are willing to drive thirty minutes to reach a place that's fun to ride.

Question #10.

Are you already a cyclist?

Captain give yourself five points if you already understand shifting, braking, pedal cadence and flat tire repair. If not, give yourself four points just for being willing to learn.

Stoker give yourself one point if you are already a cyclist or a point even if you haven't yet learned the ropes (cycling experience is not a prerequisite). Add two more points if you can appreciate the extra freedom of riding in the passenger seat of a car (instead of driving). Give yourself another point if you're not a backseat driver, and a fifth if you have faith in your potential captain.

Interpreting the Results - Your Tandem Quotient

No peeking - you're supposed to take the test before you look at the answers.

Combined scores of 90 - 100

No fair, you already own a tandem. But isn't it nice to know you made a great choice?

Combined scores of 70 - 89

Congratulations. You already found the right person and life is undoubtedly getting better. Proceed directly to a Santana dealer. After all, you only live once.

Combined scores of 50 - 69

Hmm... you probably need more info.

Here are three suggestions:

  1. Read some customer testimonials
  2. Hit up one of our Test Ride Centers for an extended test ride - it's free.
  3. Sign up for one of our tandem rallies and rent a good tandem (with the option to own).

Combined scores of 30 - 49

Don't despair, there are still a few rays of hope. You may not be ready to buy a tandem, but you definitely need one. If you want to raise your score, try one of the three options listed above.

Combined scores of 29 or below

Forget it. Buy a bigger couch and build another ship in a bottle. Instead of buying a tandem, learn how to improve your relationship by investing in the complete Jerry Springer video anthology.

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