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    August 1st UPDATE (5,328)


    Short week... too many other things demanding my attention.

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    Bloggishnish: July 31st

    Just a few miscellaneous thoughts to share …. Dang, it’s been HOT! Bad Timing for Shed Project – For some strange reason I always seem to get out door projects going in July and August and then wonder why it’s so darn hot. It’s been slow going on the shed project, noting I finally have [...] Read more…

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    North Carolina’s Tailwind Tandem Club Taking Kit Orders

    Susanna Sisk — the fairer half of Team TASK (John TAiani + Susanna SiSK = TASK) — wrote to let us know that the Tailwind Tandem Club based in Charlotte, North Carolina is taking orders for their new club kit. She also asked if we’d share this out to our readers, so here ’tis. From [...] Read more…

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    21st Annual Second Sight® Bike-a-Thon, Long Island, NY

    Received a note today from Katherine M. Fritz, Associate Director of Development - Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind America‘s VetDogs and the Veteran’s K-9 Corps - that may be of interest to readers or, perhaps, some friends of readers…. Please pass it along! The Suffolk Bicycle Riders Association and the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind [...] Read more…

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    August 8th UPDATE (5,486)

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    MATES 2010 @ Warrenton, VA – Saturday

    Again, because neither MATES — nor its parent organization, the not-for-profit Eastern Tandem Rally, Inc — seem to embrace the ‘mass start’ for their ride events that are prevalent closer to home at the Southern, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee Tandem Rallies, figuring out which routes to ride, when to start and who to ride with [...] Read more…

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    MATES 2010 @ Warrenton, VA – Friday

    Well, we just returned home after a week-long combination visit with family in Pennsylvania and tandem rally in Warrenton, Virginia. It was a good trip but, as much as we enjoy visiting family and attending rallies, it’s always good to be home. We were originally scheduled to visit my family around the July 4th holiday, [...] Read more…

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    ETR Photo Gallery

    Just noticed that the 2010 Eastern Tandem Rally hosts have posted out a photo gallery from the even that you can find HERE. Be sure to check out the Team Lawrence Quint that showed up for this year’s event. Read more…

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    Putting a price on tandem holidays…

    Given that the European tandem touring season is in full swing, we’re starting to reap the rewards of post-tour reports and photo galleries by those who participated in the June & July tours. As always, the images and anecdotes from these tours stir the imagination as well as the desire to investigate the possibility of [...] Read more…

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    An Off-Road Tandem & Wedding…

    The internet is an amazing place with amazing images and often times not a lot of privacy. I suspect the marketing side of professional photography is one of the big drivers here in that, the best way to secure new business is to show-off your work at past events. Such appears to be the case [...] Read more…

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    ProWheelbuilder.com

    In recent months, what is to most of us a web -based company called ProWheelbuilder.com, has been coming up more and more often in discussion threads regarding tandem wheels. For the most part, their specs for tandem wheels have been pretty reasonable, even when customers have been chasing dubious goals, i.e., super lightweight wheels in [...] Read more…

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    August 15th UPDATE (5,581)

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    Check the Freshness Date Before Citing….

    Never let it be said that I’m a soft touch when it comes to my writing style. Moreover, I have a proclivity for being a freelance moderator of what gets written about tandems on the internet when I stumble over something that makes me wrinkle my forehead… and given my obsessive/compulsive nature when it comes [...]
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    Finally… Shimano XT 10 Speed Cassettes!

    In an effort to eliminate triple chain rings from mountain bikes while still delivering the wide-range gearing needed for mountain bikes, Shimano followed SRAM’s lead and introduced a new generation of wide-range 10 speed XT cassettes, aka, the Shimano CS-M771 10 speed XT Cassettes. The one that most tandem teams have been oohing and aahing [...]
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    I Want Another Tandem… Imagine That!

    Yes, I know… hard to believe isn’t it? No, I’m not looking to replace our Calfee… far from it. We are still as pleased as we can be with the Calfee, which continues to impress us with its unmatched ride comfort despite our use of very narrow, very high pressure tires. About the only thing [...]
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    Man Down! Best Wishes To Malcolm For A Speedy Recovery.

    With a tip of the hat to Ross Glasgow for putting the word out this past week, we learned our good friend Malcolm Boyd fell while riding his single bike last Sunday, August 8th, that was serious enough to require hospitalization. While we await further updates, we send our best wishes for quick convalescence and [...]
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    Leadville 100 – Tandem Division, Full Results

    Here’s a quick summary of the tandem results, just extracted by yours truly from the complete results from the Leadville 100 which you can download in .pdf format HERE. Place Riders City State 1 Andy & Cara Applegate Black Mountain NC 2 Jay & Tracey Petervary Wilson WY 3 Danny & Lauren Buehler Parker CO [...]
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    Leadville 100 – Team Applegate Takes 1st in Tandem Class

    Although the full results are not yet posted, while perusing the L100 Twitter Feed of results I found this: #1304 APPLEGATE & APPLEGATE has crossed the Finish Line with a time of 8:42:14.0 in 1st place. For those who have never heard of the Leadville 100, it was given some added fame and notoriety over [...]
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    August 23rd UPDATE (5,671)

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    Product Development: Timing Belt vs Chain

    Warning: This is a long one…. As foreshadowed in last week’s “I Want Another Tandem“, we received a new sync drive in Friday’s UPS shipment that we’re beta testing for our good friend Bob Thompson. Yes, it uses a Gates Carbon belt; however, it’s not the Co-Motion / Gates CarbonDrive system. Below is a photo of [...] Read more…

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    Lone Tandem Takes On TransRockies: Way To Go Team Weiss!!

    Last weekend the Leadville 100 grabbed the headlines; however, to the North of the border our friends Ted & Sandy Weiss from Missouri were competing in the TransRockies Challenge. As you can see from the race stats at right, the TransRockies is a monster: 248 miles broken up into 7 stages with nearly 40,000′ of [...] Read more…

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    Did I Mention That I Like Aircraft?

    Yes, a little more bloggishish… bear with me you hard-core tandem geeks. I include this stuff because: (a) it gives readers a glimpse into other things that trip my trigger, (b) it reminds readers that there’s more to life than just tandems, (c) I think some of this stuff is pretty cool in its own [...] Read more…

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    You Done With That Shed?

    It’s pretty sad when your bartender-friends remind you just how long a project has taken… or, more correctly, remind you that is has not been completed. I say bartender-friends because it’d be too forward to call them family, but they probably do see us more than any of our family or friends as we’ve been [...] Read more…

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    32nd Southern Tandem Rally… There’s Still Time!

    This year’s hosts of the 32nd Southern Tandem Rally in Florence, Alabama on October 15th – 17th — Jack & Susan Goertz of Tandems Limited, in Birmingham, Alabama — posted out a note to remind the procrastinators and new tandem owners that: Time is running out to register for the Southern Tandem Rally, and spaces are [...] Read more…

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    September 5th UPDATE (5,770)

    Catching up here, as I missed last week's update and had a lot of stuff in queue. In fact, there are still a number of items that I'll need to write about later this weekend. However, since I woke up at 5am and didn't want to make too much noise, here's what's 'fresh' on top of some other items I've posted since the last update / summary.

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    A Post From Bill @ Santana: Eurobike 2010 Report

    Back on September 3rd, our friend Bill McCready, owner & president of Santana Cycles, Inc., in LaVerne, California, posted an update to the Tandem@Hobbes list regarding this year’s Eurobike at Friedrichshafen, Germany. Bill typically posts updates regarding Eurobike and the Taipei bike show each year, which always makes for some welcome reading. Now, being the [...] Read more…

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    2010 Florida Tandem Rally & PANTHERS Tandem Club Updates

    In and amongst the Emails that Bob Thompson and I have been sharing on the belt project, he also passed along a couple of updates regarding the central Florida-based PANTHERS tandem club’s event calendar. First and foremost, the inaugural fall 2010 Florida Tandem Rally is right around the corner the weekend of Nov. 5-7 in [...] Read more…

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    Visually Impaired Tandem Cyclists… From Around the World

    I recently received a nice note from Richard Bonhof, a visually impaired tandem racer from the Netherlands who was looking for leads on a new-old-stock ’06 – ’08 model-year Cannondale road & MTB tandem frames. Richard has been competing in road and track events on a small fleet of 9 tandems: One each X/S and [...] Read more…

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    Ted & Sandy’s Excellent Adventure: TransRockies Revisited (By Ted)

    Reference the earlier Blog entry, Lone Tandem Takes on TransRockies: Way To Go Team Weiss where we celebrated Ted & Sandy’s conquest of the TransRockies tandem category… well OK, they were the only tandem. However, that does nothing to diminish the magnitude of the accomplishment. Anyway, I included a few of Sandy’s comments as posted [...] Read more…

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    August PEACHES Ride

    Not a whole lot to say about this month’s PEACHES ride, other than it was a good time spent riding with good friends on a good route with good roads with good weather. We began the ride on the other side of Atlanta from where we live, so it was about an hour and 15 [...] Read more…

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    Timing Belt, Update #2

    Well, we’ve done a few more rides on the belt and it continues to deliver problem-free, whisper quiet performance. Although, I will note when it’s hot and humid you can detect a little belt squeak from the sprocket flanges while jostling the cranks around in the parking lot. Once you get underway and load up [...] Read more…

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    Garage Redo… Cool Cabinets

    I interrupt hard-core tandem content once again for tangential tandem stuff… As mentioned earlier this week, the ‘shed’ is pretty much done. All of the yard-care stuff has been moved into the shed along with paint cans, coolers and just about everything else that I wanted to get out of the garage. Yes, it’s true: [...] Read more…

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    A Compelling “Your Subscription Is About To Lapse” Notice….

    OK, I’m being a bit lazy by knocking out some of the pass-alongs. But, hey… good information is good information. It is with that same spirit of ‘giving’ that I share an Email I opened this evening when I finally came in from tearing apart the garage. As background, a few years back I discovered [...] Read more…

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    STR 2010: Golf Outings on Thursday and/or Friday

    For those with plans to attend the Southern Tandem Rally in Florence, Alabama on October 15th – 16th, this just in…. Are you a golfer? If so, you will definitely want to bring your golf clubs to the 2010 Southern Tandem Rally. Alabama is home to the world-famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, and two of the courses are [...] Read more…

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    Dancing Bear Bicycle Bash, Sept 10-12 @ Townsend, TN

    It’s that time again… the 2nd annual installment of the Bicycle Bash at Townsend, Tennessee’s Dancing Bear Lodge. From Tim Patterson came the following, latest addition to Tim’s “The Best Ever…” list of cool stuff, events, places and meals that could easily fall in the top 2 or 3 spots of someone’s Top 10 list…. [...] Read more…

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    Busy Weekend, Not Much Time For Bloggin’

    I’ve got a number of items in queue for my blog, but just haven’t had the time to do anything with it. So, time and focus permitting, I’ll be sharing some comments on the following over the next week: Timing Belt: Episode #2 August PEACHES Ride TransRockies: The Captain’s Perspective by Ted Weiss from DF [...] Read more…

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    Shed… Done

    Well, for all intents and purposes the shed is now ‘done’. There are some punch list things to work off such as touching up the paint and finishing the Thompson’s water seal / staining on the porch, but it’s now officially “in use” as of today. I also need to make a dump-run to discard [...] Read more…

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    September 23rd Update (5,893)

    You can look at this as a really late update from last weekend, or an early update for this weekend; machts nicht.

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    daVinci & Vyatek Team Up

    As expected, with this year’s Interbike in full-swing a few interesting press releases were bound to surface. The most interesting one to date — even more-so than the Gates Carbon Drive ‘CenterTrack’ — is one that surfaced on Monday from Vyatek Sports based in Tempe, AZ. You can read the full text of the article at [...] Read more…

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    “Ventana Day Spa and Resort” by Julian S.

    Since first discovering Ventana Mountain Bikes USA back in the late 90′s, I’ve always been impressed with how well they support their customers when ‘stuff happens’ to their bikes. More importantly, given that Sherwood was a cyclist before he was a builder — and because he knows just how hard off-road enthusiasts can be on [...] Read more…

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    2010 Midwest Tandem Rally

    Almost before most folks had made it home from this year’s Midwest Tandem Rally in Shipshewana, Indiana over the Labor Day weekend, our friend and proprietor of Precision Tandems, Mark Johnson, posted out a very detailed trip diary with lots and lots of photos that recounted their weekend in Indiana. Actually, it was even more interesting [...] Read more…

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    Race Across the Sky: 2010 Trailer

    For those who read the entries on Team Applegate and this year’s Leadville 100 Tandem Results who were looking for a little more ‘visual excitement’ to go along with the narrative, Citizen Pictures has released a trailer for the 2010 Race Across the Sky video due out soon. You can find the trailer HERE or [...] Read more…

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    Gates Carbon Drive “CenterTrack”

    As we approach Interbike, the first Press Release that grabbed my attention was one by Gates Carbon Drive: PRESS RELEASE: Gates Carbon Drive Systems, the global leader in bicycle belt-drive technologies, will introduce a new drive train technology at Interbike called CenterTrack, which promises to provide the lightest, strongest, cleanest and highest-performing belt-drive system ever created. CenterTrack features [...] Read more…

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    What to do about Casper?

    Well, we’ve had Casper ‘in da house’ since June 30th and have still not made time to hit the trails since our last outing at A.O.R.T.A. in Asheville, NC, back on May 21-23: good grief we’re despicable. Of course, it’s not that we haven’t been busy… as you can see by comparing the corner of [...] Read more…

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    Maryland’s Mt. Airy Fall Demo Day, Oct 3rd

    Larry Black wrote to let us know he and Linda are hosting their 20th Annual Fall Demo Day at Mt. Airy Bicycles in Mt. Airy, Maryland, on October 3rd. From their website: Mt Airy Fall Demo Day. No Fooling, skip breakfast, come out and play – we’ll have the juice, java, bagels and fresh pastries [...] Read more…

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    Garage Redo, Part 3

    My apologies for falling down on the job and not delivering much tandem content this past week. As you may be able to surmise from my Sept 7th posting, I’m up to my eyeballs in another phase of the summer ‘home project’: redoing the garage. So, between that and work I’ve not had much time [...] Read more…

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    Garage Redo, Part 2

    Well, true to my obsessive /compulsive behaviors I was able to finish ‘cleaning out’ the garage this weekend, but only at the expense of not cycling. Debbie’s mission was to drag me out on Sunday and Monday; however, she was feeling a bit under the weather on Sunday and on Monday she too fell prey [...] Read more…

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    October 3rd Update (6,024)

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    Bloggishnish: October 3rd

    Brrrr!!! As mentioned in the September PEACHES Ride update, Fall has finally arrived here in Georgia. Well OK, it arrived back on Sept 21th, but the 90°F temps didn’t subside much until this past week when early morning temps began to tickle the 60°F mark on the thermometer and then today’s 52°F temp REALLY got [...] Read more…

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    September PEACHES Ride (in October)

    Yes, even though it’s October 3rd, today’s PEACHES ride (aka, Tandem Club of Georgia) was technically the September PEACHES ride. Once again, not a lot of juicy, torrid or even interesting anecdotes to share from the ride… aside from the fact that it was the first time Debbie and I had ridden the tandem [...] Read more…

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    Driver Indicted In Deaths of Gregory & Alexandra Bruehler

    Early readers of my blog or other writings on Tandem@Hobbes or at BikeForums may recall that last September and October were two months marred by tragic losses in Texas. The first involved the loss of a co-worker when a young motorist struck him on Sept 26th while he was riding in a bike lane. Her defense [...] Read more…

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    Garage Redo, Part 4 – Before & After Photos

    Well, the lion’s share of the garage overhaul is just about complete: mostly punch list stuff left to go, e.g., painting the grey base molding white, painting doors, finishing my work bench, etc. The ~1,900 square feet of off-white walls & ceiling that make up our garage were patched, primed with Kilz, and repainted in [...] Read more…

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    Discussion Thread Necromancy – Raising the Dead

    I have yet to figure out if thread necromancers — those who raise dead threads on discussion forums — do so purely to torment or if they’re just so eager to ‘share with new friends’ that they’ll post a response to any thread they can find where they feel they have something to add regardless of [...] Read more…

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    October 10th Update (6,136)

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    Good Luck with That: 120 Days Later

    It’s been about a four months, and in some cases half a year, since I posted some interesting tandem finds on Ebay in my original “Good Luck With That” article, so I thought I’d check in to see if anything has happened with that collection of tandems. ’93 Yokota Twin Peaks for $1,500?? – That [...] Read more…

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    2011 Tandem Rallies: Please Let Us Know….

    Ok, it’s getting close to that time… time to send your rally information to yours truly. I’ll be the first to admit that my 10-year old web site, TheTandemLink.com has not been getting much attention either of late. However, this weekend I received a nice note from the Texas Capital Area Tandem Society's (TxCATS) [...] Read more…

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    We’re In Trouble….

    Ok, if you’re good at math you can probably put 2+2 together from the other blog entries in this week’s updates, plus the general subject matter of posts over the summer to surmise that there’s one thing I haven’t been doing all that much: riding a bicycle. In fact, up and until this weekend the [...] Read more…

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    Our Veranda: Yes, another home improvement project…

    We’ve done about all we can do to stimulate the economy and yet another long-delayed ‘change’ to our home is about 90% complete. When we first had our home built back when I moved to Georgia in 1992, I made a lot of changes to the basic plan. In fact, I made so many changes [...] Read more…

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    Timing Belt: Update #3

    See something that doesn’t look quite right with our Calfee in the photo at right? Need a hint: look at the cranks. That’s right, they’re not quite in-phase… which is not how it looked when we left the house today. Apparently, we started having some belt slip yesterday while climbing out of the saddle on [...] Read more…
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    October 18th Update (6,244)

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    Pee-wee Herman & Jimmy Fallon on a Tandem…

    Haven’t figured out how to load Hulu videos to WordPress, so you’ll have to bear with me and use the following link to see the clip. In short, Paul Rubens has successfully resurrected his Pee-wee Herman character and is making the rounds on various talk shows promoting his own shows. Cycling enthusiasts may recall that [...] Read more…

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    Timing Belt: Update #4

    I’m pleased to report that at no time during the 100 or so miles we logged on Friday and Saturday at this year’s Southern Tandem Rally did our Gates sync belt / sprockets give us even a hint of slipping, even when faced with several pretty steep / high-output climbs. Therefore, as suspected, it appears [...] Read more…

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    2010 Southern Tandem Rally, Sunday (Oct 17)

    Once again, we opted to skip the Sunday ride as we have done far too often at rallies and headed for home at 8am. If it’s not one thing it’s usually another, and this time it was my unrelenting head cold that tipped the scales towards heading home vs. doing the Sunday ride. I didn’t [...] Read more…

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    2011 Tandem Rally Announcements at STR

    As is always the tradition, the Southern Tandem Rally’s banquet is used to reveal the location the following year’s STR rally location as well as the always popular Georgia Tandem Rally. This year was no exception… Cutting to the chase, the 2011 Georgia Tandem Rally is being held in Macon, Georgia on May 19th-22nd. More details [...] Read more…

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    2010 Southern Tandem Rally, Saturday (Oct 16)

    Thankfully, the weather guessers were a bit off with their forecast and Saturday morning was a bit warmer than we expected when woke up. The day started with a short walk from the Marriott Shoals hotel to their conference center and the STR breakfast buffet. We arrived around 7:45am and the place was already packed-full [...] Read more…

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    2010 Southern Tandem Rally, Friday (Oct 15)

    Well, the first day started out with about a 4.5hr drive. It’s worth noting that it was one of those early fall, cold mornings where it was really tough to get out of bed. I’d neglected to switch the heat on the night before and, as the outside temps dipped into the upper 30′s overnight, the house’s [...] Read more…

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    Headed To STR… At Least For A Couple Days

    Well, it’s amazing how time flies. The 2010 Southern Tandem Rally in Florence, Alabama, has snuck up on us… right along with the cooler Fall weather. We’ll make the 4.5 hr drive over tomorrow morning and catch the 1pm Friday ride, as check-in time at the Mariott Shoals Resort isn’t until 4pm and because the [...] Read more…

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    Too Much (personal) Information?

    It has been with some hesitation I have included what I’ll call ‘off-the-tandem topics’ in my blog over the past several months, rather than creating a sub-blog for more personal items that are of interest to family and close friends. So, with that in mind, I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and: [...] Read more…

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    October 24th Update (6,326)

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    Kent Erickson Recognized For A Life-Time Of Achievement

    There’s a nice feature piece in on cyclist, cycling advocate and premier titanium frame builder, Kent Eriksen in Sunday’s Steamboat Today. From the Steamboat Today article, “Eriksen’s efforts to grow cycling in Steamboat were recognized Thursday night during the first events of the three-day Steamboat Bike Summit that highlighted the plans others with similar big [...] Read more…

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    Salsa’s 29er Off-Road Tandem Prototype…

    With a tip of the hat to our friend Henry Abel out there in Bend, Oregon, for bringing this to our attention, you can check out Salsa’s Blog to read more about this one-of-two prototype 29er off-road tandem project. While Tim’s blog entry is interesting, the real entertainment is in the comments section where readers [...] Read more…

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    Co-Motion’s Tandem Elite Carbon Fork

    Back when I first launched my blog on January 1st of this year I included an initial entry entitled, “Et tu, Alpha Q?” that noted the popular line of carbon forks had become a victim of True Temper’s bankruptcy and business restructuring. For consumers like myself, it created a little bit of anxiety since there [...] Read more…

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    What’s new at Co-Motion for 2011? Quite a bit, actually…

    Now that Interbike is history and Co-Motion has updated its Web site with 2011 model information, I decided to take a look-see at what changed from 2010. As noted in my subject line, quite a bit has changed from subtle to sublime. Now, you really don’t need to be a sleuth to pick up on [...] Read more…

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    Poll Results (Off-The-Tandem Content)

    60% don’t mind the off-the-tandem content* 24% actually like the off-the-tandem content 16% would prefer all-tandem, all-the-time *Includes 7% (4) comments that basically note, “It’s your blog…” Read more…

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    October 30th Update (6,470)

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    Knoxville, Tennessee’s Club VIBES…

    Our friend Sue Buckley from the Knoxville, Tennessee area sent us a note with a link to the article (below) from Section A of the October 25th Bearden Shopper News that focused on how the not-for-profit Visually Impaired / Blind Enhance Services (VIBES) makes cycling accessible to the sight impaired community. Before getting into a [...] Read more…

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    DCCX, Tandem Style…

    DCCX = Washington D.C. Cyclocross race, the fifth race in the 10-race Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association Cyclocross Series. This particular cyclocross race is noteworthy as was the first of what appear to be four events in the series with a tandem class. The other three are: November 7th – Tacchino Ciclocross November 20th - HoCo2xCx: Schooley [...] Read more…

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    Southern Tandem Rally… A Post Script

    Jack & Susan Goertz, hosts for this past October’s Southern Tandem Rally in Florence, Alabama, sent out the following follow-up note that may be of interest to readers… those who attended STR 2010 and more importantly, those who may be interested in either attending or perhaps even hosting a future STR! Thanks to all of [...] Read more…

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    OK, so what about my favorite TV program?

    Well, I’ve confessed that for drive-time listening I typically turn to Public Radio. However, for ‘recreational television viewing’ (aka, chilling-out and wasting time watching trivial things), there’s only one program that always makes me laugh out loud and come nearly to tears along with another 300,000,000 viewers in 90 countries: the BBC’s Top Gear on BBC [...] Read more…

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    Halloween’s Just Around the Corner…

    Which reminds us that folks can do some pretty spooky things with tandem bikes… And of all the spooky things I’ve seen people do on tandems, this takes the cake… Read more…

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    Public Radio… Yes, I’m a Subscriber, But…

    …I’m still quite peeved at NPR’s handling of the Juan Williams matter; what were NPR’s Ellen Weiss and CEO Vivian Schiller thinking? Just for clarification, I’m a long-time supporter of our local Public Radio station here in Atlanta, WABE 90.1, and before that of KPCC in Los Angles. Like a lot of subscribers, my political views [...] Read more…

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    Ever Seen A Tandem Race With Over 200 Teams? Roc d’Azur 2010

    For 27 years thousands of off-road cycling enthusiasts have gathered in the south of France near Fréjus for an event that boggles the mind in terms of its size and complexity: the Roc d’Azur. I don’t think anything in the US even comes close — including the Sea Otter — when it comes to off-road cycling, [...] Read more…

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    Southern Tandem Rally 2010 – Photo Gallery

    Jack & Susan Goertz shared-out a link to their photo gallery from this year’s Southern Tandem Rally in Florence, Alabama. Feel free to have a look… Read more…

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    Tandem Tires… Is Bigger Better?

    As mentioned in my blog entry last Monday entitled Give ‘em an inch… BQ & Tires, there are all kinds of different ‘tandem tire camps’ when it comes tire size and pressure. The only hard and fast rules I know are that tire decisions should (a) never be made based on fashion, or (b) recommendations [...] Read more…

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    Paketa V2r... A Cool New Offering Tests My Understanding Of Belt Drives

    I usually get pretty excited when a US-based tandem builder introduces something new and interesting. But nothing diminishes that experience to me more than aggressive marketing and hyperbole. [...] Read more…

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    Premonitions: Are they or aren’t they? (Bloggishnish)

    Deja vu is one thing, but premonitions are another: I seem to experience both far too often for my liking. However, my most recent premonition made me question if they aren’t simply things noticed or recognized at the subconscious level or perhaps even subconsciously, self-induced self-fulfilling prophecies? Yeah, I know… that’s an awful lot of mumbo jumbo and [...] Read more…

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    Tandem Rally Rebates… Ka-Ching!!!

    Just received a cash ‘rebate’ from the good folks who organized the 2010 Southern Tandem Rally!!! What a wonderful and unexpected surprise. We’ve also gotten ‘rebates’ from this past year’s MATES (Mid-Atlantic Tandem EnthusiastS) and ETR (Eastern Tandem Rally) events. I don’t know how often this occurs, but it’s sure a nice post-script to these [...] Read more…

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    Calfee Design’s Internal Di2 System & Retrofits

    As I mentioned in my previous entry, I received a ‘hit’ on my Google search engine with what appeared to be a Sept. Press Release from Calfee Design on their internally routed Shimano Di2 shifting system installation with their proprietary, Di2 battery / seat post insert. After getting the OK from Mike to share [...] Read more…

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    Sneak Peek… Calfee’s 2011 Web Site

    As I’ve mentioned before, I get a lot of my ‘leads’ on newsworthy tandem items from news feeds, blogs and the web in general from several different Google search routines that automatically run and deliver results each night. Everyone once in a while Google’s web spiders discover things “on the web” that are in development [...] Read more…

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    Give ‘em an inch… BQ & Tire Width

    Note: After my analysis of the BQ comments on Gerard Vroomen’s interview by Jeff Jones, I eventually tie this all back to tandems in a follow-up blog entry that I’m still drafting. On page 63 of the current edition of Bicycle Quarterly, they included extracts of a Jeff Jones / BikeRadar.com interview with Cervelo’s Gerard Vroomen [...] Read more…

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    Hey, You Cut-Off Part Of Your Blades! (Bloggishnish)

    This past March I made mention in a blog entry that I resumed ice skating after a 20-year hiatus. I stuck with it until June when I discovered what I thought was just a blister on my right heel was, apparently, something called Haglund’s Deformity. I’m still not sure if skating caused it, or simply [...] Read more…

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    Timing Belt: Update #5

    With apologies to my BikeForum brothers who may have already seen this from a thread I started earlier this week… As readers who followed the comments on my original Paketa V2r entry from November 6th have probably gathered, I’m still working to fully grasp the various realities of how the Gates synchronous belts are actually [...] Read more…

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    Next Generation Drag Brake…

    Back around the summer of 2008, rumors began circulating that production of the Arai drum brakes was being discontinued. We’d actually heard about this back in March 2008 from a very reliable source and, in fact, the last production lot had already been run and whatever builders and dealers had in inventory was pretty much [...] Read more…

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    Ruegamer / Rue Sports… On Again, Gone Again

    While I was doing some research on high-end and boutique tandems I discovered that Rue Sports, aka, Ruegamer Uberlight had once again exited the market. Brent Ruegamer at one point in his career worked for Calfee Design and parted ways to pursue composite frames under his own brand. Some of his early efforts were simply [...] Read more…

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    Paketa V2r… A Post Script & Reset

    Post Script: For regular readers and any other visitors who stumbled across my Nov. 6th entry regarding the new Paketa V2r , if you didn’t followed the subsequent comments you missed what I thought was a pretty interesting dialog with a number of folks, including Dave Walker of Paketa and his wife Terry Malauf. I revised [...] Read more…

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    Roues Artisanales: How Did I Miss This One?

    AnalyticCycling.com and a few other web sites that are dedicated to bicycle science and testing have always been some of my favorites. However, if you missed it in my tandem tire entry earlier this week, there were two links to this amazing French language site Roues Artisanales, whose name translates in English to Handmade Wheels. If you [...] Read more…

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    Shimano CS-M771 11x32t Cassettes: Now Available!

    Well, it’s been a while since I mentioned Shimano’s new cassettes and my desire to secure one, but the drought is finally over: Shimano has started to ship the 11x32t version of it’s new CX-M771 cassettes to retailers. We’ve been on a waiting list for several months at one E-tailer, and were checking a couple [...] Read more…

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    Diane Lees: The Outspoken Cyclist

    Long-time friend Diane Lees whom many tandem enthusiasts may know from her association with HubBub Custom Bicycles near Cleveland, Ohio — a shop she has co-owned with Brian Jenks since 1997 — dropped a me a note the other day. In it she invited me to listen-in to her new weekly radio program on WJCU, [...] Read more…

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    Our Bass-O-Matic 5000; Thanks Tim!!! (Bloggishnish)

    During our last Freeloader Tour Visit to Club Patterson in Tennessee, our host Tim P. introduced me to what he affectionately called his Bass-O-Matic 5000 when I went looking for a blender to make some Margaritas. For those of you who aren’t old enough to remember, or who were old enough but have forgotten about [...] Read more…

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    30 Teams Compete In the 2010 Iceman Cometh…

    Woohoo!! Although it fell a wee bit short of the 218 tandem teams that showed up for the Roc d’Azure in France back on Oct 9th, it’s more than noteworthy that 30 off-road tandem teams showed up at the start line for this year’s Iceman Coment Challenge in Michigan back on November 6th. For those [...] Read more…

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    Serotta Tandem… Am I Nuts?

    Don’t answer that… I well aware of my condition. Actually, this is all David Hunter’s fault since he brought a Serotta tandem on Craigslist mentioned in the Serotta forum to my attention… So, has anyone actually ridden one of the early 80′s open framed Serotta tandems? There were apparently several made and from what I’ve [...] Read more…

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    ariZona Tandems… The Phoenix Project

    I had a nice note from our friend Bob Davis at Zona Engineering down in Peoria, Arizona a couple of weeks back who pointed me towards his ariZona Tandems website with a wink: ariZona carbon fiber tandems will be returning. The same quality construction with ICE’s Custom Carbon tubing. Custom finishing will be available through [...] Read more…

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    An Interesting Opportunity: Classic Blue Riband Tandem

    This is neither an endorsement nor validation of the prominence of this particular tandem, but as someone who is always on the lookout for a small-size classic Singer or Rene Herse tandem, I figure that there may be someone out there looking for an equally classic English tandem, but in a larger size (noting this one [...] Read more…

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    Oh you lucky folks in the San Francisco Bay Area… Crank2 Anniversary Sale

    Head’s Up… If you need it, now’s the time to get it. Read more…

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    Remember Casper?

    Regular readers may recall our friend Alex Nutt at MtBTandems.com was kind enough to loan us ‘Casper’, a small-size, white Ventana El Conquistador de Montanas back in June, right on the heels of the first A.O.R.T.A. weekend in Asheville, NC. The plan was to do some back-to-back test rides on Casper and our somewhat larger [...] Read more…

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    What a great weekend….

    While this may come as a shock to some readers, we actually got out for two days of riding over the weekend: a road ride on Saturday and (I hope some of you are sitting down) an off-road ride on Sunday. It’s true, it’s true… Friday was one of my every other week, quasi-day off, so [...] Read more…
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    Brand X Bashing… A short history

    Definition of BASH transitive verb 1: to strike violently : hit; also : to injure or damage by striking : smash —often used with in 2: to attack physically or verbally <media bashing> <celebrity bashing> From Wikipedia: Bashing is a harsh, gratuitous, prejudicial attack on a person, group or subject. Literally, bashing is a term meaning to hit or assault, but when it [...] Read more…

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    Timing Belt: Update #6 (Finale)

    As mentioned in Update #5 last week, after using the sync belt and 33t sprockets for about 500 miles we switched back to the sync chain and timing rings for about a 35 mile ride with some friends on Saturday just to get re-calibrated. After doing so, both Debbie and I came to the conclusion [...] Read more…

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    The Mark Twain Prize… Tina Fey; Really? (Bloggishnish)

    It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them. - Mark Twain Tina Fey was awarded the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on November 9th. While Tina Fey is clearly a talented writer, producer, actress and comedienne who appeals to many who [...] Read more…

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    Tandem-Riding Peace Pedaler End’s 8.5 Year Journey

    Jamie Bianchini first came to my attention back in August 2003 and, along with his then riding partner Garryck Hampton, he’d already been on the road for 16 months and gone through a hundred countries. We captured two “Bulletin Board” entries on the Peace Pedelers over the years and he has apparently finished his journey [...] Read more…

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    Gates Carbon Drive: Setting Belt Tension

    In my quest to learn more about the Gates belt drives I’ve consumed a lot of information from various sources on synchronous drive belts. One of the things I started to notice was the somewhat ‘generic’ belt pre-load tension measurements used on single bike drive belts, tandem sync belts and (wait for it) Harley Davidson [...] Read more…

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    Ted & Sandy’s Excellent Adventure: The TransRockies Slideshow

    For readers who enjoyed the original Ted & Sandy’s Excellent Adventure report from Ted back in September, our intrepid friends have now posted up an equally amazing 15-minute slide show on a You Tube video with some great music entitled, “VeloForce Tandem at TransRockies 2010“. Read more…

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    Santana Adds New, Entry-Level Model Under $3k!

    Although I haven’t received the annual Santana Tandems & Tandeming Catazine, in checking out their Website I noticed a few changes in the model offerings for 2011. Gone were the Arriva and Sovereign SE models and in their place was a sub-$3,000 entry-level model called the Nuovo Sport. You can find all of the specs [...] Read more…

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    Dang… It’s COLD for December!! (Bloggishnish)

    We didn’t get out to ride this past weekend as we spent Saturday getting ready to host about 36 guests for a holiday gathering at the house on Saturday evening so there was no time to get out yesterday. We had a nice time with a great turn-out of my co-workers and food was plentiful. [...] Read more…

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    Aspiring Future Member of Blue Man Group…???

    No tandem content here; just a little distraction. This young man has been working at his craft — an adaptation of the Blue Man Group’s PVC instruments — for several years and his act is getting pretty polished… even better than it was when he appeared on America’s Got Talent. This was apparently shot a [...] Read more…

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    Burley Design Cooperative History: A Retrospective

    With a tip of the cap to our BikeForum’s brother DCwom for sharing out the link… The Fall 2010 edition of the Oregon Historical Quarterly (Volume 111, Number 3) featured a very detailed article entitled, “The Rise and Fall of Burley Design Cooperative” by Joel Schoening. From the OHS synopsis: The Rise and Fall of [...] Read more…

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    Santana’s Noventa & Niobium: Good Value Then, Great Value Now?!

    As mentioned in one of my other weekend updates (no pun intended), a new member of BikeForums.org signed-on to the tandem sub-forum with a question regarding the value of a new old stock (NOS) Santana Noventa from the early 2000′s compared to the model that replaced it; Santana’s Niobium. The deal was, the NOS Noventa [...] Read more…

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    It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

    Despite holding out hope that I’d be able to get out of the Christmas holiday decoration game once the kids were out of the house, I neglected to develop a strategy and plan to achieve that goal: Hope is not a strategy. So, once again I found myself pulling the “permanent” tree and other holiday [...] Read more…

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    Yes, I've taken a few weeks off, so this compendium includes some miscellaneous ramblings I've scribed since Dec. 8th, many of them being 'bloggish' in nature. Given the highly unusual white Christmas we experienced here in Atlanta, yesterday provided me with a very good day for catching up on some items I had in my queue.

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    128 Years Since The Last White Christmas in Atlanta, GA (Bloggishnish)

    The last recorded white Christmas in and around Atlanta, Georgia was in 1882…. Yes, 1882, 14 years before Henry Ford took his first internal combustion-powered Quadricycle for a spin and 21 years before the Wright Brothers took flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. For us, we encountered some freezing rain as we pulled out of the [...] Read more…

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    Bringing The Ride Back Indoors… Tandem Style

    I’ve always had some type of a stationary trainer in the house as far back as the early 1980s. A monster of a wind resistance trainer from REI that held the entire bike to start with, followed by an entry-level set of rollers in the late 80′s, and then a CycleOps Fluid 2 in the [...] Read more…

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    Yet Another Temptation: 1985 Raleigh Prestige (Bloggishnish)

    Well shoot… Yet another temptation has come my way: a 1985 Raleigh Prestige in what appears to be very good to excellent condition. I guess I’m just jones’n for a new bike, and I’ll be darned if I know why. I’ve been on the look-out for a ’84 Raleigh Prestige since 2000 after I foolishly [...] Read more…

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    The 2011 Alabama Tandem Weekend: March 25-27

    Jack Goertz wrote to let us know that Steve & Wendy Baxter have once again volunteered to host the Alabama Tandem Weekend in 2011. This always enjoyable, no-frills cycling weekend will be held in Clayton, Alabama on March 25-27. The following is the description that Steve & Wendy have submitted for the TCA newsletter, [...] Read more…

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    Club VIBES Angel Tree… A Thank You From Sue

    Not sure how many readers saw the original item I posted regarding Knoxville’s Club VIBES (Visually Impaired and Blind Extension Services) back on October 30th, but our friends the Patterson’s expanded their annual holiday gathering to include an ‘Angel Tree’ like effort for Club VIBES. On hand were Club VIBES’ founders, Sue & John Buckley, who [...] Read more…

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    The Serotta Tandem: A Follow-Up

    Readers may recall I was pondering the possible acquisition of an 80′s era Serotta Tandem in a posting back on November 21 and was waiting to hear back from the seller. I was also waiting to hear back from Serotta’s information ‘concierge’ with some additional information regarding the 80′s era tandems. Well, never heard back [...] Read more…

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    Bilenky’s Show-Winning 650B Tandem Could Be Yours!

    Readers who subscribe to Jan Heine’s Bicycle Quarterly (BQ) may be surprised to learn the 650B randoneer tandem built by Bilenky Cycle Works (BCW) and reviewed in the Winter 2010 BQ edition to test and review is up for sale by BCW. You can find it listed at the Bilenky Marketplace for an attractive $5,900, which [...] Read more…

    Update: Stephen Bilenky advised me his NAHBS / BQ reviewed 650B tandem is quite a bit larger than the specs published in BQ that I cited suggest.

    The pilot's seat tube has a CTT length of 59.5cm.

    Just wanted anyone who may have been interested, but dismayed by the size to know of the error.
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    Holiday Humor: Making Christmas Cookies

    If only because I really like Jose Cuervo… Christmas Cookies 1 cup water 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup brown sugar 4 large eggs 1 cup nuts 2 cups dried fruit 1 (750 ml) bottle tequila, Jose Cuervo ————————————————— Sample the Cuervo to check quality. Take a large bowl, [...] Read more…

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    Yes, I’m Still Around… (Bloggishnish)

    Work tempo and holiday-related activities are consuming my energies at the moment. I will most likely resume updates after the 25th… unless I find myself with a few moments and/or a burning need to share something. There are a few things in my queue, but not earth shaking or time-sensitive. Best wishes to all for [...] Read more…

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    Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo… What A Disappointment (Bloggishnish)

    As long-time fans of Cirque du Soleil, we always look forward to a new show coming through the Atlanta area and had high hopes for Cirque’s ‘Ovo’ which debuted in 2009. Now, I’ve always made a point of trying to avoid reviews and the Cirque discussion forums so as not to ‘spoil’ the experience, but [...] Read more…

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    Good Luck with That: 6 Month Update

    It’s been over six months since I posted some interesting and over-priced tandem finds on Ebay in my original “Good Luck With That” article, so I thought I’d check in to see if anything has happened with that collection of tandems since my last update back on October 10th ’93 Yokota Twin Peaks for $1,500?? [...] Read more…

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    Doh! (Errata)

    With apologies to all of my readers, I seem to be mis-firing a bit more often than usual of late. Yes, yes… there are always a few typos, remembering that I typically slam-out an entry and don’t proofread. However, my fact checking is usually pretty good. But, as I said, there have been a few mis-fires pointed [...] Read more…
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    TheTandemLink.com’s Bulletin Board Now Sunset…

    Well, I’ve decided to sunset our 10-year old Bulletin Board at TheTandemLink.com (TTL). There’s a lot of info buried in the archives that will remain on line so that it can be searched via Google, but most updates and anything else that I have to say will come through this Blog. I have added a [...] Read more…

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    2011 Tandem Event Calendar Taking Shape

    I spent a couple of hours updating the Tandem Event listings at TheTandemLink.com this morning and it’s shaping up to be another busy year, with lots of opportunities for both road and off-road tandem events. A quick look at the next 90 days — which I also feature on the home page at TheTandemLink.com looks [...] Read more…

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    Appalachian Off-Road Tandem Adventure II, May 14-15

    As noted in my earlier Blog entry today, it’s rally planning season! Both the road and off-road tandem rallies are starting to take shape and Alex Nutt of MTBTandems.com is going to bring the Appalachian Off-Road Tandem Adventure (A.O.R.T.A.) back to Bent Creek near Asheville, North Carolina in May. We introduced y’all to A.O.R.TA. in [...] Read more…

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    Tandem Rallies: Registration Tips For First Timers

    This is a reprint of an article I wrote back in early 2007 after reporting that both the Georgia and Tennessee Tandem Rallies had filled-up just a few days after registration had opened. The purpose was to give folks looking to have their first rally experience at one of the smaller regional rallies that must impose [...] Read more…

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    Kittens, Allergies and Temperaments… (Bloggishnish)

    We were blessed to have two wonderful cats that let us care for them from 1988 through 2004 and 2006, noting our male Maine Coon — Hrudey — passed first at 16 years followed by his sister Kelly two years later. I adopted them from the Redlands Animal Shelter at their Market Night booth in [...] Read more…

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    Rollers Update…

    Well, we’ve had a few distractions that have interrupted our indoor riding but, on the bright side, I was able to get in some “real” riding last Friday, which was really nice. We had some wonderful weather right between our white Christmas and a return to work. As for the indoor ridus-interruptus, the return to [...] Read more…

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    Rollin, rollin, rollin… keep those tandems rollin!

    NOTICE: This is a very long entry with several videos. My apologies, as it just took on a life of it’s own: I blame being on vacation and being extremely relaxed given that, as mentioned before, this is our first holiday break at home in 17 years and my first full week-long vacation spent at [...] Read more…

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    Event Planning For 2011… Decisions, decisions

    Good grief, is it really December 28th already? Can 2011 be just around the corner? Yikes… the years keep passing more quickly, which serves as a reminder that TIME remains the most valuable commodity. You can’t really save it, you can’t buy more of it, and as it turns out you really don’t know how [...] Read more…

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    Remember Asphalt Magazine? (Bloggishnish)

    Way back in the fall of 2002 it was with great optimism that I announced the launch of a ‘high concept’, ad-free magazine targeted to road cyclists called Asphalt… Dec 19 – (Bicycle Retailer) Asphalt Magazine’s First Issue Is On The Street --The first issue of “Asphalt” has now made it into the distribution channels. Read [...] Read more…

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    A Photo Tour of Bilenkly Cycle Works

    While surfing around my internet haunts this fine Sunday morning — still flat on my butt fighting the winter crud that refuses to leave my chest and head — I stumbled upon yet another “tour” of one of my more favored frame builders, Bilenky Cycle Works, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can find the tour on [...] Read more…

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    My 1st Year in the Bloggosphere… (Bloggishnish)

    The following was the 2010 report card & stat report I received from the good folks at WordPress.com. Interesting, to say the least but they may just be blowing a little wind up my skirt. Regardless, I’ve enjoyed the format and being able to write as a free-agent outside the context of the Hobbes list [...] Read more…

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    e-Motion Rollers… Good First Impression

    OK, here’s the latest chapter in our indoor riding saga. As I mentioned in my Rollers Update entry back on Jan 7th, I went ahead and decided to beef-up our indoor riding arsenal vs. adding any more rolling stock: we’ve clearly got enough bikes and tandems. OK, maybe just a frame update on our Ventana this Spring, [...] Read more…

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    Gray Eagles, a film by Chris Woods

    Here’s another one for the aviation enthusiasts, perhaps readers who may have read Tom Brokaw’s ‘The Greatest Generation’ or anyone who has a relative, friend or otherwise might be interested in taking a glimpse into an aspect of history that is not often captured regarding the silent hero’s who have served their country in time [...] Read more…

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    Ritchey BreakAway Tandem… A Unicorn To Be Sure!

    With a tip of the hat to Chris from the Hobbes list who turned us on to a really nice interview of Tom Ritchey by Chris Kostman posted on Rough Riders that featured a photo of Tom and his wife Martha riding a very rare (I believe there were two) Richey BreakAway Tandems. Back in October [...] Read more…

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    … And Did It Ever Snow!

    OK, having lived in Pennsylvania, Northern New Jersey, the Chicago suburbs and spent a few winters near Marquette, Michigan in my life I know that 6″ of snow isn’t supposed to be a big deal. That is, unless you live where it’s not supposed to snow and local county government road departments don’t have any [...] Read more…

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    Here We Snow Again…

    Here we go with the snow again… The photo at right was snapped around 10:30pm and much to my amazement the snow that’s been falling for 30 minutes has been sticking right from the git-go, which is unusual. It’s a very icy snow and the temperatures have quickly dropped from the mid-30′s to the upper [...] Read more…

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    January 23rd Update (7,608)

    As always, these are just summaries. The actual entries with linked websites, objects, video's etc... can be found here:

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    Barrett-Jackson Auctions & “The Kennedy Ambulance” (Bloggishnish)

    Like a lot of car-guys, I often times find myself watching the annual Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale, Arizona each January, if only to see how the truly wealthy car-guys spend their money. Every year they have a ‘special’ vehicle scheduled for auction during prime time on Saturday night that’s always expected to pull in [...] Read more…

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    Rollers Update… Kreitler Gets Some Farkles

    Well, I haven’t been able to do any riding since posting the last update which addressed the new e-Motion rollers, inside or out, as I’m still trying to get over my winter bout with bronchitis and a sinus infection. Even as I did a couple of test spins on the e-Motion and Kreitler rollers yesterday [...] Read more…

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    New Calfee Website Looks Like It’s Almost Done…

    Every once in a while I’ll get another ‘hit’ on my daily Google search results from Calfee’s development website. I mentioned this in an entry back in November entitled, “Sneak Peek – Calfee’s 2011 Website” when it first popped-up. Well, today’s search results included the new 2011 Tandem Frames Pricing page… Wow, am I ever [...] Read more…

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    Edge Composites Now ENVE… Old News, But…

    Back in August, Edge Composites announced (see PR below) it was changing its name to ENVE due to a trademark issue that developed as their products entered the European market. According to BikeRadar.com, Edge branded components would be sold through the end of 2010, at which point all products would be sold under the new [...] Read more…

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    February 6th Update (7,834)


    As always, these are just summaries. The actual entries with linked websites, objects, video's etc... can be found here:

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    Ready for the Rallies? Sebring, SWTR, AORTA, GTR, TTR, ETR

    Well, it seems that every week we get a notice from another rally announcing the start of registration for their 2011 events. Here are just a few: April 1 -3, Sebring Tandem Rally at Sebring, Florida: The PANTHERS Tandem Club, Inc., will present the Sebring Tandem Rally 2011. Visit our website at www.floridatandemrally.org for more information. The Quality [...] Read more…

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    Tandem Club of America Membership: Sorry, there’s just no way to spin this into a positive story….

    I received my 2011 TCA Membership Roster and, as I have done for the last eight years, I thought I’d share a quick look at the Tandem Club of America’s (TCA) demographics. As always, my hand-tabulated counts from the membership listing were entered into my spreadsheets and looked at on a state-by-state basis in comparison [...] Read more…

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    Our Calfee Journal… The Overdue Epilogue

    A couple of folks have asked us how our Calfee story has played out since publishing my final Calfee Journal update back on March 28, 2009. Probably a fair question and I’ll have to work up something if only to cut down on the number of lengthy email replies I’ve been generating as of late. [...] Read more…

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    Crank2 Performance Tandem Bicycles – Inventory Reduction!

    Oh you lucky San Francisco Bay area tandem enthusiasts… Just in time for spring, Crank2 is having an inventory reduction sale. Just thought I’d share since we’re geographically challenged when it comes to being able to enjoy this opportunity to add more stuff to our garage and closets. Read more…

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    Rallies and Weekends and Tours, Oh My!

    Yeah, we’re still mapping out our rally plans for 2011 and it’s not been easy. Seems like everything is falling on top of everything else and there will be a couple of events we’d like to do that just won’t be do-able. The first victim was a very cool sounding “invitational” weekend put on by [...] Read more…

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    Cycling Clubs: To join or not to join, THAT is the question

    We wrestle with club memberships every now and again; how about y’all? Are clubs a thing that only Boomers like us seem to be drawn to and that Gen X, Gen Y and Millennial’s have no interest in given the obsession with forums, MySpace, Facebook and Twitter? Or, do they have a future? These are [...] Read more…

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    Some amazing automobile manufacturing facilities: old & new

    Sometimes I just can’t help myself with these little detours away from tandem content… Last week I received an Email from my Dad up in Pennsylvania with a link to an amazing video tour of a very special Volkswagen production facility in Germany: the cutting-edge Transparent Phaeton Factory in Dresden. How this facility has escaped my attention [...] Read more…

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    Back on the road for a lovely weekend

    As mentioned in the previous entry on the 2011 PEACHES planning event, after dealing with snow and ice storms in December and January as well as unseasonably cold temperatures throughout the first 6-weeks of winter, we somehow were blessed with a lovely weekend on January 29 and 30. Temperatures shot up into the mid- to [...] Read more…

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    2011 PEACHES planning event

    Last Saturday evening about 30 folks (13 couples + 3 partner-less team members) gathered at Aldo’s Italian Restaurant in Sandy Springs, Georgia to have a little off-tandem socializing intermixed with the business of signing up leaders for the 2011 monthly PEACHES rides. This was a tradition started by our PEACHES founder, Rich, back in 1998 [...] Read more…

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    Ventana El Conquistador S&S… what a deal!

    No, we haven’t bought a new Ventana off-road tandem… but one of our Double Forte list members has and it’s spectacular. The photo at right is what Sherwood Gibson has up on their El Conquistador de Montanas S&S Webpage at the moment and is hot-linked to that page. I’ve also lifted off the description of [...] Read more…

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    Writers’s block strikes again

    I’ve got a few things in queue, but am having a bit of a bout with writer’s block. Look for something on the following topics as soon as my block lifts. Ventana S&S… what a deal! 2011 PEACHES planning event Back on the road for a lovely weekend Some amazing automobile manufacturing facilities: old & [...] Read more…

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    Fat-Tire Tandems

    Our good friend Alex at MTBTandems.com sent over a photo of an interesting off-road tandem this week, a fat-tire twofer made by Belgium framebuilder Sandman. Sandman has embraced the superwide tire designs popularized with the mainstream consumer market by bikes like Surley’s Pugsley. As I look at the Sandman tandem I’m reminded of Rodney Moseman’s [...] Read more…

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    On that Ventana deal - $1500 is a good price when it includes cases and splitters. Left out of your comparison was Bilenky, for whom the upgrade is $1100, but cases and splitters are extra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TandemGeek View Post
    February 6th Update (7,834)
    Our Calfee Journal… The Overdue Epilogue

    A couple of folks have asked us how our Calfee story has played out since publishing my final Calfee Journal update back on March 28, 2009. Probably a fair question and I’ll have to work up something if only to cut down on the number of lengthy email replies I’ve been generating as of late. [...] Read more…

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    TG,
    I wondered how you accomplish the 15 minute switch from rear caliper to disk brake. I was hoping to use the cable quick disconnect splitter, but the tunnel cable guide on the Calfee is far too small to let the splitter pass through. It looks like you would have to unclamp the cable and pull that through without the splitter attached, which might mean a chance of fraying or loss of adjustment. For this reason I'm leaning towards adding the drum when I need a little long term stopping power, but a quick switch to disk would be very nice to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tredlodz View Post
    I wondered how you accomplish the 15 minute switch from rear caliper to disk brake.
    I have one brake cable and housing that I use with the rear caliper and a second that I use with the rear disc.

    The brake cable gets released from the pinch bolt of one brake, pulled-out of the housing and female end of the quick disconnect and is replaced by the other cable and housing (longer or shorter, depending on which brake) and threaded-through any guides or wrapped around the frame before being inserted back in the brake's cable stop and fixing bolt.

    Bear-in mind, I solder or superglue the ends of my cables to keep them from fraying and use only enough torque on the fixing bolts to hold the cable so that it doesn't become overly deformed. This only works with when you use the female end of the quick disconnect, since the grub screws in the male end ruin the ends of the brake cables. Also bear in mind, I don't switch over the disc all that often, as rim brakes do a pretty good job and don't become a problem for us unless we head to somewhere like Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN or if we were ever so inclined, Brasstown Bald in North Georgia.

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    Thanks TG,
    Pretty much what I thought would be needed. A slotted guide would make this very easy but kind of ruin the Calfee looks. You have a smart idea to solder the cable ends instead of swaging a cap on, a much better chance to avoid fraying as it would need to be pulled off I think.
    I'll have to check which way round my connectors are.... and grab a soldering iron

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