The term “side by side tandem” has always bothered me. The word tandem refers to the orientation of the riders, not just the fact that there are two. A tandem could technically have any number of riders oriented in a straight line behind each other. I’m not really sure what this would be called, but its not a tandem.
Then again, who cares? @Ricky, people who care about words do!
I was looking for a term from horse carriage racing because that also uses ‘tandem,’ if one horse is behind the other. ‘Troika’ is three horses side by side….some other funny terms here, but nothing equivalent to the sociable. Now we know!
I absolutely love the name “sociable” for a bicycle. It is perfect. Steering looks a little tricky, but it looks much more fun than the regular tandems (which look like a lot of fun themselves, don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on tandems, just super loving “sociables”).
Cornering? I guess you just get good at getting the pedals level, or up on that side, whichever works. I’d be more concerned about uneven braking, i.e., person “L” applies brake while person “R” clamps down hard.