That's the theory, anyway. Joel says they'll be riding along on their bicycle built for two, and he'll start to feel tired. "I'll say, 'Are you really working back there?' And she'll say, 'I was about to ask the same about you.'"
Though tandems didn't guarantee domestic bliss, they became a passion for Joel. The rangy fifty-five-year-old, a former professional photographer, launched Midwest Bike & Tandem last September inside the Ride Boutique on North Main. When Ride Boutique closed last winter, Hakken found a space in Plymouth Road's Courtyard Shops. He opened there this spring.
The store sells regular bikes but specializes in multi-seat models. According to Hakken, tandem is a generic term for any bike with more than one seat. Technically a three-seater is called a triple, four seats is a quad, five a quint, and six a hex. Quads are the biggest tandems Hakken stocks, but he can special-order bigger ones.
The store carries more than a dozen tandem models, plus a full line of biking gear, including extra-long bike racks to carry tandems on the roof of your car.