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    Tandem Mountain Climber
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    New Tandem on the Way!!!

    Now more than ever, it looks like we need a new tandem.

    We want a tandem that is lighter, stronger, and built to last. We also want to run a rear disc brake.

    Around a month ago, we visited the Calfee factory, and decided that is the tandem we wanted! However the price was out of our reach, but that's not just Calfee... Pretty much all new performance oriented tandems are priced high (it's a small enthusiast market).

    So I talked to the nice folks at Calfee and they agreed to let us register at Calfee for our wedding gift registry... LOL! The funny thing is, that we were not the first to come up with this, Calfee had done it before for another couple.

    It is the only thing we are registered for. Who needs $300 salt-shaker sets, $200 picture frames, and $900 plates

    Our families and some of our friends will call Calfee and contribute their wedding gift towards our Calfee. I'm sure we will still have to foot a substantial balance at the end, but least it will put the bike within our reach

    We already have a serial number, and our Calfee frameset is due to be completed around 4-days before our wedding.

    It will look something like this but ours will be white to continue our theme of white bikes, and without the Zipp wheels.
    Most of the components will be transferred from our other bike, except for the wheelset and brakes.



    Here is a rendering of white (our fork will be white too though):


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    Tandem Mountain Climber
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    At the risk of embarrassment I will quote part of the email Ruth sent to our family.



    Why? Don't you want dishes and towels?

    Biking is a very important part of our lives, we go out every weekend.
    It has made us stronger in our relationship and stronger in the legs.
    Who else but the person you will marry do you have complete love and
    trust to guide you safely down a mountain at over 40 mph? In short,
    we'll be biking together until we are old and in walkers. We think
    this tandem frame is an appropriate start to our married lives and we
    can't wait for the places it will bring us.

    There is a saying in the tandem world: Whichever way your relationship
    is going, a tandem will get you there faster.

    Fact: After 6 months, I knew I was going to marry Marco when we were
    on a tandem ride.

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    Mashing towards happiness mellum76's Avatar
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    That. Is. Awesome.

    Not only is that a serious-looking machine, but that's a really great email from Ruth.

    Wishing you guys nothing but the best in your marriage. The biking part, well you don't need my wishes - you guys already rock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    At the risk of embarrassment I will quote part of the email Ruth sent to our family.
    Awww.

    So great.

    You should consider asking for the Zipps as well; See if you can hit 60 with more aero wheels...

    Last edited by Ygduf; 04-23-09 at 12:01 PM. Reason: the word "awesome" appeared too many times in this thread.

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    Congrats, it looks like a sweet bike and the wedding registry idea is awesome

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    Sounds like a great idea. That bike looks scary fast.

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    I'm not even going to bother whipping out the thesaurus, because previous posters have nailed the correct word so nicely.

    That's completely awesome. I can't wait to see the finished product, with strings of tin cans hanging off the back.

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    It's MY mountain DiabloScott's Avatar
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    Dripping with awesomeness.
    I don't see a registry link on the Calfee site though.
    http://diabloscott.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
    Dripping with awesomeness.
    I don't see a registry link on the Calfee site though.
    They don't do it very often....

    It's setup so the contributor would call Calfee, and mention our wedding. They have our account setup.

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    Gorgeous. I was staring at the Calfee (Da Vinci) in Crank 2 for ages the other weekend until my wife dragged me away :-)

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    I Calfee.

    You will too. Great idea with the registry.

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    I'm torn between delight for you guys and terror for those of us who labor to keep up with your old rig.



    Congrats and great move!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    I'm torn between delight for you guys and terror for those of us who labor to keep up with your old rig.
    Even the fanciest of bikes require air in the tires to go fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    Even the fanciest of bikes require air in the tires to go fast.
    ...don't forget the artichoke bread parachutes on the seatpost ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    At the risk of embarrassment I will quote part of the email Ruth sent to our family.



    Why? Don't you want dishes and towels?

    Biking is a very important part of our lives, we go out every weekend.
    It has made us stronger in our relationship and stronger in the legs.
    Who else but the person you will marry do you have complete love and
    trust to guide you safely down a mountain at over 40 mph? In short,
    we'll be biking together until we are old and in walkers. We think
    this tandem frame is an appropriate start to our married lives and we
    can't wait for the places it will bring us.

    There is a saying in the tandem world: Whichever way your relationship
    is going, a tandem will get you there faster.

    Fact: After 6 months, I knew I was going to marry Marco when we were
    on a tandem ride.
    Ruth has done a terrific job of verbalizing how I feel about cgallagh and me on a tandem, except that we waited 26 years to get our first one.

    I don't know Ruth but she's mind kind of girl. Practical, smart, strong, and fond of hawt guys.

    The bike is beautiful.
    When my feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, "Oh, *****, she's awake!"

    Visit my blog.

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    Scary fast looking. The joints all look so full of 'roids. Can't wait to see it in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
    Ruth has done a terrific job of verbalizing how I feel about cgallagh and me on a tandem, except that we waited 26 years to get our first one.

    I don't know Ruth but she's mind kind of girl. Practical, smart, strong, and fond of hawt guys.

    The bike is beautiful.
    Aw...thank you Red Rider! I hope you we can get together soon for a ride.

    I feel the BF love *sniffle*

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    As long as the final bike has Campagnolo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostic View Post
    As long as the final bike has Campagnolo.
    Do you have to ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    Do you have to ask?
    *cough*SR*cough*


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    Congrats on the new tandem. You certainly deserve it. I love the financing strategy. I wonder if Velodiva and I could get married again?

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    Congrats Marco and Ruth. Looks like no more wrangling with the headset eh

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    Everyone's already said it, but that's just awesome.

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    Looks heavy.

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    PS- no on the couplers?
    PPS- tell them BB30 or you'll shop elsewhere.
    Last edited by kb5ql; 04-26-09 at 11:42 PM. Reason: Needed to mention the importance of BB30

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