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Is It Gaudy (Or Outstandingly Awesome) for Tandem Couples to Match Their Kit?


July 2022

In a sport replete with peacocks, the question must be asked, is it gaudy (or outstandingly awesome) for tandem couples to match their cycling kit (clothes)?

I suppose I could start this post out with, “if your answer is gaudy, well, it’s unfortunate your being wrong and all”…

My wife and I do match quite often (mainly for weekend and big ticket rides). In fact, we’ve now got four matching sets of kit. We can match every day we ride on the tandem.

That last iteration, with the photo taken atop Presque Isle’s 1840 lighthouse, is obviously not a perfect matching kit, we call that our peacock kit, it’s close enough for government work.

Fellow tandem riders, embrace your inner nerd and match your spouse when you ride tandem (or even on single bikes). Off the bike, it’s kinda creepy (I’ve seen it, too, right down to the shoes and belts – shit is spooky weird). On the bike, however, it’s outstandingly awesome.

Thou shalt match kits on a tandem, was ever thus. Oh, and smile a lot – because tandems are awesome.



  1. It’s strange NOT to match! You two look awesome together.

  2. Sheree says:

    Totally necessary

  3. Dan says:

    TOTAL Geekdom……but cool!😂😂😂

  4. crustytuna says:

    Must match, obvs.
    Saw a tandem on the highway yesterday and thought of you, but their kit (alas!) did not match. It was actually visually distressing..

  5. niall says:

    Would look 🤮 if you weren’t matched 😆

  6. Brent says:

    Should men have one tandem kit when they’re riding with my wife and a different one when they’re riding with their girlfriend? Or can they get their wife and their girlfriend the same kit, so they can save some money and not have to buy two totally different outfits for themselves?

    Rapha is )(@$ed expensive.

    Asking for a friend.

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