Just passing along on behalf of a good friend to the tandem community. Great opportunity for those of you who live in the region and your non-tandem riding friends who may have an interest in tandems to get your '08 riding season off on the right foot.

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Fuel costs are soaring, waistlines are bulging, the climate is changing......
Experts agree: those that get regular exercise and those that enjoy quality time with a soulmate lead longer, happier lives. Tandem bicycling does it all!

Join hundreds of enthusiasts and wannabees for the special 17th annual day of bicycle rides, food, displays, demos, and fun. Rides from the Family-friendly (and New-to-tandem-friendly) 6.8 miler to the 'two-for-a-challenge' 38-mile roller coaster will treat participants to some of the area's finest scenery and smooth, low-traffic country roads.

Those interested in trying out tandems as well as seasoned tandemists looking for an upgrade can try out dozens of classic and cutting-edge tandems,including recumbent and trike tandems, tandems that go into suitcases, and bicycles built for three, four....up to SEVEN!

Special needs equipment, accessories and apparel will be on display. Tandems through the ages will include a rare 1903 triplet. Representatives from the local tandem clubs will help the newbies get in gear.

Hosts Larry and Linda black will provide a complimentary luncheon from the legendary Viets Aroma, famous for their healthy vegan, fowl, and Vietnamese dishes; regular attendees usually bring pot luck desserts , snacks, and beverages to share.

Volunteers arrive at 7am to get previews of the new goodies and first picks of the fresh coffee, baked goods, fresh fruits, and juices. Rides head out at 10:00 am and demos start at 11.

Also featured will be a selection of recumbents, special Needs bikes, folders, and sporty trikes - both tandem and single.

Swap meet/flea market space is free for any individuals.

Bikes and donations will be collected for Bikes for the World http://www.bikesfortheworld.org/, a Washington Area NonProfit helping get bikes to developing countries and impoverished persons the world over.

Caterers arrive at noon and attendees hang out 'til they've had enough food and fill of bikes and bikefolk

Location:
Mt Airy Bicycles
4540 Old National Pike,
Mt Airy, Md 21771
301-831-5151
www.bike123.com