Bill Bliss Triple Tandem
The unique “triple tandem” bicycle ridden by Bill Bliss and his two young daughters (then seven and eight) for more than 4,200 miles across America with the 1976 Bikecentennial (now Adventure Cycling Association) now rests above the entryway of Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in Missoula, Montana.

For nearly thirty years, the triple tandem adorned the wall of the Bliss family home. It was the first bike Bill built from scratch, and was ahead of its time in 1976 with both disc and cantilever brakes.

The complex dismantling, shipping and assembly of the triplet were made possible by Adventure Cycling Association with the generous financial support and technical assistance of Bob Eltgroth, the California Association of Bicycling Associations, the Almaden Cycle Touring Club, Sunshine Bicycles of Gilroy, California, and Hellgate Cyclery of Missoula.

The Bliss “triple tandem” has found a new life as it greets staff and visitors alike to the world of adventure cycling.

Bill Bliss was one of the giants in the bike travel world. He was a leading bicycle safety advocate, especially in California. As a bike commuter, he rode over 300,000 miles. Along with Bikecentennial and dozens of other cycling tours, his greatest exploit was to complete the 366-day, 20,000-plus-mile Odyssey Tour around the globe to welcome the new millennium. Tragically, while traveling with a touring group on a single bike along the TransAmerica Trail in 2005, Bill was killed by a negligent driver in Colorado.

See more images of the Bill Bliss bike on Hellgate Cyclery’s blog.
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