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Old 11-18-08, 01:40 AM   #1
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Tandem Couples of NorCal

Still waiting on some info from Tandem couples for the Expose' I'm putting together, if you are still interested send your answers to my email = taxi777@pacbell.net or PM me.

This is a sample of the first couple of Q&A's for you to see what I'm doing...

The Tandem Couples of NorCal

A solo's perspective:
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Have you ever noticed that this unique breed of couples seem to be having all the fun at times? You can pretty much count on any long ride, or century that you'll be in your worst state of misery and one of these crews will zip past, or clip clop merrily by "good day my fine sir...Top O the day to ya! and a pip pip...goodbye!" That's about the time I'm completely broken and utter two words and they're not "Merry Christmas!"

Still my favorite line or cliche by now is "Whatever direction a relationship is going, will get there faster on a Tandem." I think in a way I'm a bit jealous. There are many times and moments you so much want to enjoy and share with another person that is right there with you. There is so a lot of responsibility for each other. You have to care for the other person and no matter what, from what I hear develop a deep wonderful relationship on a whole new level, even if you've been together 20 years.

Some questions go through my head every time I see one of those grand flagships of cycling go whizzing by me...I very rarely if at all pass them! I think every soloist or perspective Tandem couple would love to know the answer to some of these pertinent questions, so I'll let these unique couples answer those questions we always ask of them. Maybe It will inspire some significant others to consider taking this step into a whole new beautiful relationship and direction with someone theytruly care for.

Maybe this should be one thing a couple in a troubled relationship should try before walking out that door. relationship counseling on wheels!

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1. How long together riding a tandem?

Ray & Steph - We started riding tandems in 1986 after reading a review on the Kuwahara tandem in Bicycling magazine.

We used to ride quite a bit but laid off after starting a family. Did a few tandem rallies and centuries in the past. So fast forward to today, our rides are usually short 20 to 70 miles and at a recreational pace. We are definitely not hammerheads!

Rich & Mary Ellen - We purchased our first tandem in 1981 living in San Diego – 27 years. We have been riding off and on since then. Major rides and tours have been:

San Diego:
Tecate to Ensenada - San Diego, Tacate to Ensenado and back to San Diego (Self supported tour) and Monterey to Santa Monica.
San Mateo:
Solvang Centure - Sonoma tour – Tuscany Italy Tour -Mallorca Spain Tour

Dave & Lisa - 10 months

Jack & Wife - Approximately 3 years now.

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2. Type/Brand of Tandem

Ray & Steph - after reading a review on the Kuwahara tandem in Bicycling magazine. We bought one and were instantly hooked! A year later we bought a Santana Arriva S, their racing model. In 1989, we purchased a Santana mountain tandem; the Picante.  We still have all 3 of our tandems and I'm thinking about buying a 4th one, a 2009 Cannondale RT2!


Rich & Mary Ellen - Santana Sovereign aluminum frame with a carbon fork



Dave & Lisa - Co-Motion Periscope 700


Jack & Wife - First tandem was a Schwinn beach cruiser and then an old Santana. Now we have a Raleigh bought from Red Rider.
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this is a list of the questions, only if you're interested...maybe to revealing for some?
1. How long together riding a tandem?
2. Type/brand of Tandem
3. Most difficult to date, ride together Physical/Mental/emotional (little story?)
4. Relationship improved?
5. Would you ever want to change places ie. Stoker to Captain or reverse?
6. What made you decide to purchase a tandem?

Here are the questions...For those that have sent me info...If you would like to edit add to what you've given me so far just email of Pm

Here is list so far;

The list of Tandem crews


Rich & Mary Ellen- story*
Dave & Lisa story*
Jack Ibagbaga&Wife*
Ray & Steph-Knubby*

dont have info for those below

Smooth & Sassy
Eric (ahpook) & Jen Team
Miguel & Andrea
Chris & Deb-Red Rider Team story
Marco & Ruth story

Anymore?
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Old 11-18-08, 09:47 PM   #2
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We are working on it. Will send it soon.
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Ah crap. more work.
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Last call for NorCal Tandem Info...I've compiled all the information working on formatting and loading picts. Any changes in info/picts let me know

1. Jack-need your wifes name...
2 Marco/Ruth
3. Chris/Deb
4. Re: question. What made you buy a tandem?
Dave & Lisa - N/A
Brett & Lisa- N/A

This has turned out to be a pretty cool project...great reference for anyone thinking about a Tandem life together...I can't wait to get ours...
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Old 12-11-08, 01:46 AM   #5
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great reference for anyone thinking about a Tandem life together...
Together? What do you have against solo tandem riding?

I did it for a week a few years ago. Never have I gotten so many stares and excited schoolchildren pointing out the windows of school buses.
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Together? What do you have against solo tandem riding?

I did it for a week a few years ago. Never have I gotten so many stares and excited schoolchildren pointing out the windows of school buses.
I have dropped off Ruth at the train station and picked her up. Strange looks indeed.


Pete - I'll have something to you by Friday. I would say tomorrow, but will probably be smoked after the night ride. For sure this week though!
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I have dropped off Ruth at the train station and picked her up. Strange looks indeed.


Pete - I'll have something to you by Friday. I would say tomorrow, but will probably be smoked after the night ride. For sure this week though!
Sure no problem...This is for you guys anyway...I'm just a jealous guy on the bench watchin you guys play!
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Our new tandem should be coming soon.

Our old tandem is for sale - an S&S coupled Santana Arriva sized small/small.

I've ridden ours by myself as well. In 2004 I rode the Cinderella with a friend. I would ride over to her house and pick her up, so we could practice tandeming. It was a good opportunity for me to get use to STI shifters, since my road bikes have bar end shifters.



I'm not as good as a captain as my husband. My friend and I never got so we could stand together. It's a good thing Cinderella is pretty flat.

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Our new tandem should be coming soon.

Our old tandem is for sale - an S&S coupled Santana Arriva sized small/small.

I've ridden ours by myself as well. In 2004 I rode the Cinderella with a friend. I would ride over to her house and pick her up, so we could practice tandeming. It was a good opportunity for me to get use to STI shifters, since my road bikes have bar end shifters.



I'm not as good as a captain as my husband. My friend and I never got so we could stand together. It's a good thing Cinderella is pretty flat.

Veronica
Veronica,

A friend I work with, and his wife, are looking to get a tandem. They need a small one.

PM me with the price/info. Although, I think it will be out of their league (with the S&S and all).

Thanks, Marco
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Our old tandem is for sale - an S&S coupled Santana Arriva sized small/small.
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