I’ve been using the Helios tandem most days for a few years now. I use it both as a tandem, and as a solo bike for my 7 mile each way commute, and for getting around town. I find it comfortable and easy to ride and, with a terminally arthritic hip, the low step-over is a blessing. The quick release bars and compact form, make it easy to park and store in Cambridge, where there is great pressure on bike parking places.
When we decided to make a separable version, my wife and I were excited to be able to take the Helios with us on a trip to Singapore. I’ve travelled with a variety of bikes and tandems, but never found it the most relaxing experience. However, with the Helios tandem a straightforward pack into our dedicated Traveller case, and the whole comfortably within Singapore Airlines’ 30kg check-in weight limit, the trip was simple.
1. Separate the tandem and pack in the Traveller – 10-30 minutes depending on how much else needs to go in.
2. Wheel up to the check-in desk. No questions asked. Weigh and off it goes.
3. Some hours later collect from the conveyer with other check-in luggage.
4. Re-assemble at hotel – 10-30 minutes.
5. Ride away!