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Anyone who rides a tandem bicycle knows it is unduly hard work. Why this should be is not entirely clear. Most people put it down to the sheer weight of the machine and, with even a good one weighing in around the 20kg mark, that seems likely. But there are two riders to power that 20 kilos. That’s a pretty decent racing bike for each of them. So why does it feel like each rider has a sack of potatoes on his back when you hit even the most moderate incline? I’ve been piloting a very game and fit, sight-impaired...

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