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Old 03-05-11, 12:26 PM   #551
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Will von Kaenel invited me to post a picture or two from our recent cycling trip in New Zealand, so here goes. The tandem is a 1937 "Sun" built in Birmingham, England, and sports a 3-speed Cyclo derailleur, drum brakes front and rear integral to the hubs, and a stoker foot pedal to operate the rear brake (in addition to the captain's lever) in case the captain gets distracted. The bike also weighs about 50 lbs., but loaded with all our gear it hardly mattered! We did an unsupported 8-day ride through the Central Otago region of the South Island with nine other cyclists, all members of the Antique Cycle Club of Christchurch. The Sun tandem was the newest bike in the group (!); the others being 1920 or earlier--as you can see from the last photo, which includes the tandem to keep it appropriate to this forum! Also, no one in our group was injured in the Feb. 22 earthquake in Christchurch, but several suffered significant damage to their homes, and we mourn for the huge human toll it caused. Peace and safe riding, Dave Walker & Terry Malouf


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Old 03-05-11, 08:30 PM   #552
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The bike also weighs about 50 lbs., but loaded with all our gear it hardly mattered! We did an unsupported 8-day ride through the Central Otago region of the South Island...
Impressive. Most impressive.
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Thanks; much appreciated.

To put it simply, we love to ride, and hands down our preferred mode is a tandem. Combine that with the spectacular scenery of New Zealand and the company of like-minded friends for a week or more and it's as close to heaven on earth that I can imagine. Two years ago we rode with the same group from Mt. Cook (highest point in New Zealand) to Christchurch over eight days on an even older tandem; an 1895 Victor "Victoria" lady-front, double-steering model. The story behind that bike is quite amazing: sold new in Denver, Colorado, by the local Victor dealer to the first Dean of Denver University. The bike fell into disrepair in the mid-20th-century until I rescued it from the trash compactor ten years ago. Hauled it to Christchurch on one of my earlier trips and left it with Robin Willan of Willan Cycles in Christchurch, who restored it brilliantly. We rode it for eight days with no mechanical issues, which is quite a testament both to the original builders as well as Robin Willan's consummate skill as a top-flight restoration expert. This is the bike that was, at least in part, the impetus for the V2r's right-sided timing design (and appears on the Paketa web site as well). As with most good ideas, there's nothing new under the sun. We have the advantage of better materials and the experience that many decades lends, but if you can think of a good idea today, chances are someone's tried it before. This doesn't bother me in the slightest; I enjoy reading and learning about old bikes and then thinking about how to apply those concepts in a contemporary context.

Next on my list is to resurrect a circa-1970 Alex Singer randonneuring tandem that we picked up recently. It's a fabulous machine that is equally deserving of being ridden and used the way it was meant to once again soon.

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Old 03-07-11, 11:13 PM   #554
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...an 1895 Victor "Victoria" lady-front, double-steering model. ... This is the bike that was, at least in part, the impetus for the V2r's right-sided timing design ... As with most good ideas, there's nothing new under the sun...but if you can think of a good idea today, chances are someone's tried it before.
This is particulary true for the Victor tandem, as it had in 1895 what is only now becoming the emerging standard of external bearing, hollow spindle cranks.

Even today, some otherwise very technically advanced tandems lack this feature.

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sixtiescycles, Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.
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Winter riding

We were visiting some friends about 30 miles away (Spencerport NY), and they took this as we left. That was February 13. They just sent us the photo.

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Out and about on the "quatro" last summer... *Happy Days*


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We have a '91(?) Burley Duet. Lots of original parts, but we got a new rear wheel built with an extra gear (I think we're up to a whopping 7 now?), both have Brooks saddles, both swapped out our bars (mine are wider than the originals, his are Nittos so have better ergonomics), put interrupter/cross brake levers on the captain's bars (so he has more hand positions, and can ride more upright in traffic), both have bells, I added a water bottle cage to the drops on my stoker bars (I can't reach water bottles on the downtube!), added a low rider rack (no mounts on the fork- had to use clamps), added a Racktime rear rack (has pannier rails below the platform), and of course- fenders: essential in the Pacific Northwest.

Here's some shots from the bike tour we did last summer, touring the Puget Sound area, Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver Island/Victoria, the Gulf Islands, and the San Juan Islands, for 11 days.
Unsupported, and more of a leisurely island-hopping vacation than a proper a-to-b tour- we did a few hundred miles, and our longest day was 70+, but we had 3-4 "rest" days and the other days probably averaged 30-40 miles.

And nope we don't use a trailer - 1 large (rear) pannier, 1 small (front/lowrider) pannier, and a small bag (trunk bag for me, handlebar bag for him), each (If you're curious how we do it, my packing list is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theta44...7624773393505/


The only pic I have of us riding - in downtown Seattle
Our silhouette- on Lopez Island in the San Juans
Our bike, "LGB", extra-loaded down, on our first ferry (of 11, I think!)
My captain on the Lochside Trail outside of Victoria
Me (the stoker) walking the tandem onto a ferry, on Galiano Island I think

We've also ridden in a parade on our tandem....


...and when we moved in together, we had a Bike Move. Basically here in Portland you can pack up all your stuff, put out the call for a bike move, and at the appointed time everyone shows up with their trailers, and packs them with your stuff and moves it to your new house. In this case 24 people helped move my stuff 11 miles (!) in freezing cold December Portalnd rain (!) to my captain's house. (and yes...we owned a tandem together before living together! Long story) In exchange you feed everyone and give them adult beverages. Here's us leading the bike move with a trailer hooked up to our tandem, and front & rear panniers loaded. (And yes it was decked out with Christmas lights, red bows and ornaments cuz it was Christmas time.)

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^Wow, what great photos and story. Love the red bow. Rock on!

I've attached a photo from our Redwoods tour last summer, with primordial tree. Also our packing list, showing how we got all our camping gear into two panniers and a rack-top bag. We did a 12 day tour from Klamath to Humbolt State Park and back, camping 7 days and motelling 5.

In the photo, we also have 3 days food for the hiking part of our tour in the Humbolt Park.
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I see you list Compression Stuff Sacks on there-something we were sorely missing Maybe my REI dividend....
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Websterbikeman, furrytail, & theta444--wonderful photos; thanks for sharing! The side-by side quad cycle brings back some very fond memories of mine riding a rented "sociable" (side-by-side) tandem (meaning, just two wheels, one before the other) in West Yellowstone with my daughters about 20 years ago. It was grand, and your adventures are in the same league.

Websterbikeman--what kind of tandem is that? Not a Tandem Twosday, it appears. Great photo, in any case!

Theta444--the photos with your reflection in the window and the shadow on the grass are classic! Very nice.

I do wish that more folks would try tandeming, as it really does bring people together. Isn't that obvious?
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I see you list Compression Stuff Sacks on there-something we were sorely missing Maybe my REI dividend....
You folks look like fun. Love to ride with you sometime, if you ever get up this way again. We ride every Sunday. The sacks are totally the thing. Volume is as big a problem as weight.
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Old 03-24-11, 07:03 AM   #563
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theta444,
The bicycle move thing looks like a blast, but the rain is definitely a Northwest thing. I'm surprised, however, that I don't see a triple with a 2" hitch towing a U-Haul trailer
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Websterbikeman--what kind of tandem is that? Not a Tandem Twosday, it appears. Great photo, in any case!
That be a Bilenky. More photos showing the bike itself in other threads.
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I do wish that more folks would try tandeming, as it really does bring people together. Isn't that obvious?
They say a tandem will take your relationship wherever it's going faster. So I'm all in favour of more folks trying tandeming, but preferably the right ones. No need to increase the numbers that think of them as divorce bikes.
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Then and Now

The first picture is my father and mother and me taken in 1963 when I was 3 years old. My dad built the tandem from plans in Popular Mechanics magazine. As I got older I used to captain that tandem with my friends. The second picture was taken this year, 47 years later, in the same location as the first picture. It is of my wife and me, now I'm 50 years old.

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You haven't changed a bit

Although your taste in bikes appears to have shifted a bit upscale...
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First time tandem riders taking off on our maiden voyage on our brand new tandem. My wife and I got the first ride, then my three older children each took a spin with me for a total of 22 miles. It was cold out, but we couldn't wait!

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This is us in Italy back in September. It was an amazing trip - one we thought would be a once in a lifetime experience. Now we're convinced we'll go back again!
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I've created a Tandem set of photos including:
- my old green Gitane tandem which has run away to the theatre
- the silver KHS which Rowan and I borrowed to try out a tandem
- the blue Santana which we bought at the beginning of February

Tandem photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...7626350106939/

And a few from that set, with both of us and our new Santana ...





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We did our first metric yesterday. It was a club sponsored ride up to Pine Flat Lake, mostly flat rural roads with a couple miles of foothills near the turnaround point. It was our longest ride ever by over 20 miles, but we made it through just fine and enjoyed the perfect riding weather.

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Congratulations on the Metric. Sounds like a very nice ride indeed; yesterday's weather was indeed perfect for riding throughout northern California. You.re fortunate to be part of a club that has tandem friendly rides as you've described. One of these days we're going to do an organized ride down your way; it's not too much of a drive for us.
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An updated photo from our last posting 3 years ago.
Yup, still riding . . .
Our Zona tandem is 'just broken in' and has 33,000+ miles on it.
Pedal on TWOgether!
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Along the Great Highway in San Francisco, on the second ride of our first tandem.

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