Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
But what the heck, why miss a chance to bash a manufacturer?
While there are truly some folks out there who have a hard-on for a certain manufacturer and never pass up the chance to take a poke, even first time buyers will sometimes come away with a bad taste in their mouth from the marketing practices used by this manufacturer and disclaimers that other builders have had to adopt in their own marketing to redress those practices.
So, in many respects, they have made themselves a magnet for criticism by attempting to position themselves as 'superior' not by letting their product sell itself on the merits of its features and benefits, but by making subjective and often times misleading or dubious statements about their competitors products or features.
Therefore, as it is with politicians and anyone else who put themselves up on a pedestal, the temptation to knock a brick out of that pedestal when the opportunity frequently presents itself is sometimes too hard to resist.
All that said, I do believe they were prudent to check the brakes on all of their clients tandems before making an epic descent and I do believe it was out of concern for the safety of his guests as much as his reputation as a tour host who really does bend over backwards to create the best possible experience for his clients. Having a guest fall victim to an avoidable accident just isn't something that fits well with his 'belt and suspenders' philosophy about tandems and tandem cycling. Again, what baffled me was the prohibition on using the front brake... I understand the reasoning and perhaps if I were in his shoes it would make more sense to assume the lowest common denominator with regard to cycling skills and knowledge rather than doing a short clinic on how to properly use bicycle brakes... which he may have done as well: Lord knows, he loves to share information...
Last edited by TandemGeek; 05-02-08 at 09:15 AM.