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. T..."/>
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Before the Hakkens bought a tandem, he says, they "didn't realize how much quality time you could get [riding together]. We talk about anything and everything." One customer even told him that buying a tandem after his kids were grown was the best thing he could have done for his marriage. "He told me, 'It's like we're dating again.'"

Tandems, he concludes, are eminently sociable. "It's like a long car drive," he says. "You don't turn on the radio. You just sit there and talk."

Midwest Bike & Tandem, 1691 Plymouth (Courtyard Shops). 213-7744. Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun.-Mon. by appointment. www.midwesttandems.com    (end of article)

[Originally published in July, 2009.]

 

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