Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Only do offroad on a Dale MT2000. Set up for aggressive riding with Boxer front forks, downhill wheels, Hope Mono M4 brakes, 200mm discs and up to freeride or Downhill quality parts fitted. All up weight of Tandem is 400 lbs. If a solo can do it then so can the Tandem, except fly uphills as this thing is heavy.
Hardest trail for local single track is around our local forest with plenty of hills, lots of tight singletrack and ranging from deep mud, hard packed chalk, plenty of loose flints, and tyre gripping grass.
Each year we do a ride. The South Downs Way in one day. 100 miles offroad along single track trails. wide variety of terrain and plenty of hills, and descents. 10,000ft of climbing, only 15 hours of daylight to do it in, and the best time we have done it in is 12 hours. Only 2 tandems have ever finished out of the plenty that have attempted it. In fact of the 400 starters most years, with every grade of biker and bike attempting the ride-- less than 50% finish each year.
Couple of facts on this ride-- Our highest speed 53mph on a smoothish grass downhill, Fastest time on ride last year was just over 10 hours by a very fit accomplished enduro rider. For 2 riders, we drank 25 litres of water, eat vast quantities of carbs on the ride, And I personally gained 1lb weight on the ride- lost 8 lbs in the next week though.
New parts for this year are using 1.95 tyres to lose some of the drag from using 2.1 tyres--it works but a thudbuster is on the way.
Last edited by stapfam; 04-20-05 at 10:47 AM.