When it comes to keeping fit, cycling is a great way to fit exercise into a busy daily routine, especially if you use it for your daily commute. Cycling is also fun, fast, and fantastic for burning calories and building muscle – and if you opt for a tandem, you can share these benefits with somebody else for double the fun!
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Start with a gray pen and a drawing compass to create two circles in the center of your page. Leave two small gaps in the left-hand circle, and one small gap in the right hand one. Make a small dot in the center of each.
Use the compass and pen to add two, smaller circles, complete with the same gaps, inside the larger circles, leaving you with ring shapes.
Now, use the gray pencil and drawing compass to add two smaller circles in between the larger ones.
Once again, use the tools to create two, smaller circles inside those you just created.
Use a red pen to go over the dots you made in the center of the large circles.
Take the red pen and a ruler and draw a line at a 45-degree angle, emerging from the center of the dot on the right-hand circle. Then, take another 45-degree angle from the end of this line, and draw another straight line, extending upwards.
Grab a brown pen and a drawing compass and use these to draw two lines on the outside of each circle, curving parallel with the top of the circles, leaving a slight gap.
Fill in the gap between the two lines at the left-hand end of the shape on the left-hand side.
Use a red pen and ruler to add another red line to the others you created, this time pointing downwards towards the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
Bring another line across to the left at a 90-degree angle, leaving the dots in the middle blank.
Extend the line further with your ruler and red pen, angling slightly upwards to join the dot in the center of the left-hand circle.
Now add another line, once again at a 45-degree angle with your ruler, connecting the bottom line to that at the very top.
Now, add another line, this time heading up at a 90-degree angle, from the bottom line, just in front of the back wheel.
Now, add another line to the front, once again heading straight up.
Use a horizontal line to connect the back vertical line to that at the very front.
Now, extend the top of the vertical lines up slightly, to create “spikes” poking out of the top.
Add a “flick” to the central spike, pointing off to the left-hand side of the page.
Join the dot in the center of the back wheel to the vertical line at the back, creating a slightly slanted “L” shape. Use the ruler and your red pen.
Use a gray pen to fill in the rings of the wheels…
And repeat this with the smaller circles in the middle.
Using a brown pen, complete the arches on the outside of the wheels…
And thicken the circles in the center with a gray pen.
Add a small “backwards S” shape emerging from the bottom of the circle on the left-hand wheel.
Grab a gray pen and a ruler to connect the bottom of the “S” to the central circles, and then run another line parallel across the top of these circles to join.
Bisect the middle circles with a straight line going straight through the central dot.
Use a red pen to add short lines to the top and bottom of these bisecting lines.
Now, take the gray pen and the ruler, and draw lines emerging from the central circle on the front wheel, fanning out around the edge to join the thick grey line.
Repeat this on the back wheel to complete the spokes.
Now, use a gray pen to add “zigzag” shapes to the top of the bicycle – these will be the handlebars!
Use a black pen to add small, oblong shapes to the end of the zigzags…
And finish by using a gray pen to add “heart shapes”, rotated sideways, on top of the “spikes” at the top – the seats of the tandem bicycle.
Congratulations – you have now drawn your very own tandem bicycle! Why not carry on the adventure by imagining where it could take you, who you might share it with, and the experiences which may occur – your only limit is your imagination!
We all know that getting “on your bike” is not only a good choice for the planet, but it offers great benefits for your health, fitness and overall wellbeing. Opting for a tandem bicycle also allows you to enjoy these benefits alongside a loved one, friend or companion – the perfect chance to enjoy double the fun!
Opting to cycle can have a significant impact in improving the overall quality of your life – as an example, cycling for just three hours per week, or for around 30 kilometers per week, can halve your risk of suffering with heart disease and strokes, and, for women, just 30 minutes of biking a day seriously lowers your risk of contracting breast cancer.
As a rule, studies have shown that those countries which enjoy the highest levels of cycling have the lowest obesity rates, and research involving nearly 2400 adults demonstrated that those who biked to work each day were not only fitter and leaner but were less likely to become obese – cycling can burn up to 540 calories per hour, and the average rider loses 13 lbs in their first year.
Cyclists in the study also had better triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, and improved insulin production. Even better, those adults who cycle regularly had fitness level equivalent to someone 10 years younger than them and boosted their life expectancy by up to two years – not bad results for a gentle cycle!
Tandem riding allows you to enjoy all of these benefits, while still spending time with a companion, and this adds a wonderful social aspect to the entire experience which is excellent for improving your mental health.