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Old 08-09-07, 04:58 PM   #1
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SF Bay Area Tandem Riders

My girlfriend and I just bought a used Co-motion Supremo -2004 model It only took one ride on a Co-motion Mocha and we found out we Can ride together. I did a lot of reading on tandem riding, being a good captain, etc. It would be nice to get together with some other tandems and go for a ride. We are in good shape, 310 lbs team weight. Please post here or email me directly.

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FFBC has a lot of members that ride tandems. FFBC Aug rides
I go to the pizza rides on Wednesdays and I usually see 3 tandems. Sometimes more on weekend rides.
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If you ever get up to Davis, we have a number of tandemistas in the Davis Bike Club. We expect to schedule regularly monthly tandem rides starting in September.
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Old 08-09-07, 06:33 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. We are signed up for the Napa Century 8/19/07. I hope that my girlfriend will want to ride the tandem on this one. Going out this Friday for a flat ride starting in Walnut Creek, heading out San Ramon Valley road and back - maybe 2+ hours. This will be our first ride on our "new to us" Supremo
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If you ever get up to Davis, we have a number of tandemistas in the Davis Bike Club. We expect to schedule regularly monthly tandem rides starting in September.
You will have to let us know when that happens. We would like to ride with you guys sometime.
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You will have to let us know when that happens. We would like to ride with you guys sometime.
You mean like this Sunday?

Last night we rode to Winters for dinner and a new tandem team showed up. It was their first ride on a tandem -- a Co-Mo softbeam something-or-other they borrowed from friends. They asked the same thing -- when are we going to schedule tandem rides (we did a few last spring). Since there are a fair number of tandem riders posting to this list in our region, I'll try to remember to post an occasional ride to the list and direct people to our on line ride schedule.

One of our favorite rides is the 40 mile spin around the Sutter Buttes, part of the course for the Rice Valley Tandem Rally held each February. Might do that in late Sept. (tour to Calistoga, Petaluma, Occidental and SF in early Sept).

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You mean like this Sunday?

Are there any details to go with the short notice?
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Are there any details to go with the short notice?
Here's what the plan is thus far:

Velodiva and I are riding in the Esparto Time Trials, on our half-bikes, on Sunday morning. We thought we'd come back to Vacaville/Winters, meet up with DBC Steve, and have a casual tandem ride, followed by a tasty meal.

Velodiva & Hermes can't ride with us, so we were tossing around other ideas. We're open -- what do you think?
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I'm somewhat intrigued, being an Aggie and all, but, we'd have to haul the gear and family (or at least half of it) up to Davis for a ride. The SO is on the prowl for a new dishwasher and I already dug a pit by planning a 70 miler tomorrow up 9 and along Skyline, so my wiggle room for off-the-cuff spontaneity is significantly reduced. On top of that, if it ends up being a tandem hammer-fest, it's really gonna get ugly fast...just ask Velodiva.
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Here is what we are doing this weekend: Friday afternoon spin down San Ramon Blvd, leaving around 3:45 pm from Heather Farm - 2 + hour ride (we are getting used to the new bike -1st ride). Saturday 1/2 bike ride up Mt.Diablo - pretty hard pace. Sunday hopefully a noodle ride on the tandem, maybe 2 - 3 hours, not too strenuous.

tentatively Wednesday-tandem Mt. Diablo - mid mountain, up north side down south out through danville, loop it around back to Heather farm. Leaving around 5pm, 3-4 hour ride

Sunday is the Napa Century. Hopefully Michelle will feel comfortable enough on the tandem to do the century She and I are new to this and I understand her being a little nervous as stoker.

I just have to be a great Captain

I will check this thread to see if anyone wants to try to get together.
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That sounds like fun. We'll be in San Diego and will miss the Napa Century, but since we know the route, we can ride it anytime.

We haven't tackled Mt. D on singles or tandem. I'm confident that we can handle it either way, except for that last steep climb to the top. That intimidates me.

Enjoy the ride!
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Mt. Diablo is a fantastic ride, sounds like you know it well as you describe the wall (last 18% grade to the top). My legs are pretty tired today as I hammered it fairly hard yesterday on 1.5 hour ride on my fixed gear and then a 2 hour ride on the tandem. Going to take it easy going up the mountain today.

We had a fantastic first ride on the Supremo. Very flat ride for 2 hours with ever so slight ups and downs. Was a good one to get the hang of our new tandem. Michelle commented on how smooth the bike felt. We are both pretty fit and were able to average 18.5 on the ride. We were pushing it a little. Some areas we were cruising at 24-31 and the bike felt smooth as silk- I am very happy. What we noticed was that we could talk and interact in a way not possible on single bikes-was very nice. We were both wearing heart rate monitors so we were trying to keep in the same zones. Michelle, new at the stoker position, is still getting used to the trust thing. I am trying to Captain with that in mind and make her experience a great one!! I am going to start another thread on clothing-matching jerseys for men and women. Trying to find some is not that easy. Michelle wears a WS and I wear a mens M or L.

Look forward to riding with you guys when we get the chance.

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Mt. Diablo is a fantastic ride, sounds like you know it well as you describe the wall (last 18% grade to the top). My legs are pretty tired today as I hammered it fairly hard yesterday on 1.5 hour ride on my fixed gear and then a 2 hour ride on the tandem. Going to take it easy going up the mountain today.

We had a fantastic first ride on the Supremo. Very flat ride for 2 hours with ever so slight ups and downs. Was a good one to get the hang of our new tandem. Michelle commented on how smooth the bike felt. We are both pretty fit and were able to average 18.5 on the ride. We were pushing it a little. Some areas we were cruising at 24-31 and the bike felt smooth as silk- I am very happy. What we noticed was that we could talk and interact in a way not possible on single bikes-was very nice. We were both wearing heart rate monitors so we were trying to keep in the same zones. Michelle, new at the stoker position, is still getting used to the trust thing. I am trying to Captain with that in mind and make her experience a great one!! I am going to start another thread on clothing-matching jerseys for men and women. Trying to find some is not that easy. Michelle wears a WS and I wear a mens M or L.

Look forward to riding with you guys when we get the chance.

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Join a club. It is the best way to get everything matching. We belong to Webcor / AltoVelo and have all the clothes - Fits perfectly. Many times matching jerseys from promoters come only in full cut. We need race cut to fit. Also, see my post under your other thread.

Sounds like you guys are really going to enjoy riding the tandem. Keep it up.
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I'm somewhat intrigued, being an Aggie and all
Go Aggies! (tandem content: lots of tandems in Davis)

Never sang Bossie Cow Cow on a tandem ride, but there is always a first.
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Will check out the group. Thanks.

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Hey Smoooov, my wife and I are in Berkeley and do some tandem riding as well. We don't go too fast or too far, but nice rides of about 35 miles at around 14 mph avg (depending on how much climbing we do) are a blast for us. We're up for riding sometime if you want.
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Roja:

Thanks for the response. I am sure we can work something out. Let me talk to Michelle and I will get back to you. Our weekends are pretty busy for the next few.
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For those in the region, I am probably going to schedule a Davis Bike Club tandem ride for Saturday, Sept 22. Tentative plan is to carpool from Davis to Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge and ride 42 miles around the Sutter Buttes. This is part of the course for the February Rice Valley Tandem Rally put on by Chico Velo. Mostly flat with some rollers on the south side. Nice views of one of the smallest mountain ranges in the world.

If this goes, I'll post to this thread. Our monthly ride schedules are usually posted as PDF documents on our web site: www.davisbikeclub.org. The August schedule is still not posted since the webmaster is on vacation with stoker and tandem!
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For those in the region, I am probably going to schedule a Davis Bike Club tandem ride for Saturday, Sept 22.
Hermes and I would love to join you all, but we will riding our tandem in Tuscany that day on a Santana tandem tour - going with another tandem couple from the Peninsula (and about 50 other tandem couples - should be outrageous). Keep us posted for other rides.
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