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    Tour de Cure: If not us, please sponsor someone this year!

    Feel like making a difference and helping a few of the 24-million Americans who are living with Diabetes? Click and donate to our team On behalf of nearly 24 million Americans with diabetes and their families and friends, we are counting on you to help our team make a difference! The funds we raise will support [...] Read more…

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    7th Annual Cycling for Sight Tour with the Blind Stokers Club

    Geez-o-Pete, too bad we’re not in SoCal, as this looks like a great event! Make a big difference in the way WE ALL see the world. Join the 7th Annual Cycling for Sight Tour with the Blind Stokers Club along the beautiful Southern California coastline on July 15th – 17th, 2011. The tour celebrates cycling and [...] Read more…

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    N.A.R.C. 2011 Jersey… Ahhh, that’s more like it.

    As mentioned last week, we decided to re-join the North Atlanta Riding Club for 2011 after laying out for 2010. One of the perquisite’s of N.A.R.C membership is the club jersey which, for some reason, gets redesigned each year even though most of the sponsors remain unchanged. This has made for some years where the [...] Read more…

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    Stoker Speak… The 9 Words Women Use

    With apologies to tandem teams that have same-sex pilots and stokers, or teams where the woman is the pilot and her stoker(s) is a male or children, someone threw out this “oldie but goodie” on a motorcycle discussion forum I frequent and I couldn’t help to realize how spot-on this is for many of [...] Read more…

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    Rodney Moseman’s Sand Flea…

    Back on January 30th you may recall that I wrote about a fat-tire twofer made by Belgium framebuilder Sandman and in that entry I mentioned Rodney Moseman’s “Sand Flea” tandem designed and built back in the late 90′s that was similar in concept and execution to Dan Hanebrink’s Extreme bikes with their 20″ x 8″ ATV extreme tires. Well, [...] Read more…

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    Hey, hey… we’re riding again this weekend!

    Woohoo, two nice weekends in a row with temps at or above 50F ! Thankfully, last weekend’s rides did have a lasting impact on my recovery from bronchitis beyond a slight increase in light coughing on Monday, but that could have just as likely been from the return of damp and cold weather during the [...] Read more…

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    Tandem Club Locator & Link List Update

    I’m just about done doing my annual Tandem Club listing and links updates, so if any of our readers think a club is missing or perhaps one I have listed has folded, please let us know. For those who may not know about it, for the past decade or so I’ve maintained a couple of [...] Read more…

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    NorthWest Tandem Racing… for those in the region & looking to race

    Our friend and fellow Tandem Geek Henry Abel has started to fill the event calendar at his NorthWest Tandem Racing website with upcoming road events in the Pacific Northwest. For the folks who live and ride in the PNW and who are looking for competitive events, you’ll want to check out the NWTR event calendar, [...] Read more…

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    The Outspoken Cyclist: My Favorite Interviews…

    Back in November I posted an entry that introduced readers to a new weekly public radio program called the Outspoken Cyclist hosted by long-time friend Diane Lees of HubBub Custom Bicycles in Cleveland, Ohio. It airs every Saturday evening at 5:30 on WJCU and you can download shows after the fact from either the WJCU [...]

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    1898 Children’s Tandem, Very Cool….

    With a grateful and sincere Thank You to Peter K. for sending it my way & for allowing me to share it with my readers here at The TandemGeek’s Blog, here is a scanned-image of a photo that depicts Peter’s great-grandmother and her brother on a very small but clearly functional tandem bicycle taken in Copenhagen [...] Read more…

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    February 20th Update (8,123)

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    Too True… (Bloggishnish)

    It’s taken about 100 years to create the current mess, so don’t go there… but this editorial cartoon really does capture a common view that I hear more and more often these days… from politicians to the uber-rich to the working stiff and the folks on the public dole in one form or another, noting [...] Read more…

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    Rodney Moseman: Build Your Own Tandem, Circa 1981

    In last week’s entry on Rodney Moseman’s Sand Flea I mentioned there would be a few more blog entries forthcoming based on some information Rodney shared with me. This next one is amazing for a number of reasons: 1st – because Rodney shared a 5-part, 31 page article he wrote back in 1980 that described [...] Read more…

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    Southern Tandem Rallies Filled or Filling-Up…

    As usual, the Georgia Tandem Rally was filled-up quickly this year with some 110 teams now confirmed for the gala in Macon this May. We’re fortunate in that as one of the six GTR Originals who have attended all 13 GTRs we get a leg up on the general registration process along with several other [...] Read more…

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    A Few More Updates at TheTandemLink.com

    Our friend Kevin V. from the Dallas Area Tandem EnthusiastS (DATES) let us know the DATES have updated their logo… so at least one reader was paying attention to last week’s request for club updates! I also rolled-forward the 90-day rally look-ahead on the Home page and I was taken aback by just how many [...] Read more…

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    Worth the wait? Time will tell…. (Bloggishnish)

    Back in January 2009 I replaced my ’98 Honda CBR1100xx with my ’03 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika and became smitten with the BMW. Compared to my CBR1100, it didn’t have as much spirit but it did have a lot of soul and an old-school feel that captured my imagination every time I swung a [...] Read more…

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    No Co-Motion Classic Tandem Race for 2011

    With a tip of the hat to our friend Henry at NorthWest Tandem Racing.com who called this to our attetion, from the Co-Motion Website comes the following announcement… Today (February 9th) we’re announcing that the race will not be held in 2011. While we’re saddened that we did not succeed in bringing more tandem racers [...] Read more…

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    What’s on Tap for Next Week…

    Well, I’m out of altitude and airspeed and have some work to do before calling it a night. So, on tap over the next few weeks will be: A review of Hubbub’s new mirror … (Nice!) A write-up on Rodney Moseman’s Travel Tandem… A virtual tour of our home bike shop… Some drive train beta [...] Read more…

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    Our Event Calendar…

    As mentioned a while back, it was shaping up to be a busy year. We’ve had a few events that we wanted to attend fall off our calendar — Tandem East Open House or Alabama Tandem Weekend and the Santana Chattanooga Rally — while another one that we didn’t think we could make in mid-March [...] Read more…

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    Tandems & Spring Maintenance

    In addition to all of those pesky household chores that must be attended to each Spring, it’s also time to attend to that Spring bike maintenance stuff. Regardless of whether you ride through the winter or not, Spring is a good time to mark your calendar for a heavy-duty dose of preventative maintenance for your [...] Read more…

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    Beautiful Spring weather… and those darn chores that come with it! (Bloggishnish)

    It’s truly a double-edge sword, these early Spring-like days. Yesterday and today were both beautiful, with temps quickly rising from the 30′s to the 70′s on Saturday and being mostly in the upper 60′s and low 70′s today. These are the kind of days when all you would like to do is hop on the [...] Read more…

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    Phil Wood Offer’s New Shell For Rohloff Users…

    As mentioned and shown in the NAHBS entry, Phil Wood has developed an aftermarket shell for the Rohloff internally geared hub. I believe they first made mention of the new product on their Facebook page back on Feb 16th, in parallel with an updated to their Blog. Aside from adding a lot of bling [...] Read more…

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    Gates Carbon Sync Drive… When to Replace?

    This was the question that a contributor to the tandem sub-forum at BikeForums.org posed last week. In addition to being an early adopter, this particular tandem team logs lots of miles each year and with nearly 10,000 miles on the belt experienced some minor ratcheting on a recent ride. You may recall from my earlier [...] Read more…

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    NAHBS 2011… Tandems

    With a tip of the hat to our friend Ritterview (Bill V.) from BikeForums.net, there were several very interesting tandems on display at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Austin, Texas. Bill has created a Flickr album where he has consolidate a number of photos that he has discovered on various web-based photo [...] Read more…

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    Shell & Ferrari F1 Video Montage… Amazing!

    Ok, here’s another one for the tandem enthusiasts who are also afflicted with an appreciation for motorsports… Hint: Expand the video to full screen; it’s a high-res version… and crank the volume to hear those wonderful prancing ponies as these classic F1 machines take a lap around the great cities of the world. Read more…

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    March 6th Update (8,326)

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    2011 Tour De Cure… We're Asking For Your Help!

    Dear Readers, On May 16 we will band together with over 50,000 cyclists around the United Stated to raise awareness and money for the American Diabetes Association during the 2011 Tour de Cure. The goal is simple: STOP DIABETES. To do this we’re asking for your help. By making a donation on our behalf, you [...] Read more…

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    The Moseman Tandem Trilogy: Part III – The Travel Tandem

    In Part I of the Moseman Tandem Trilogy we introduced you to Rodney’s Sand Flea. In Part II of the Moseman Tandem Trilogy we introduced you to Rodney’s fully-lugged tandem & 5-part tutorial on how to build a tandem. In Part III of the Moseman Tandem Trilogy we now introduce you to Rodney’s compact travel [...] Read more…

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    Gates Sync Drive Replacement: Initial Follow-Up

    Back on Feb 27th I posted an item based on a BikeForums discussion where a team that was an early adopter of the Gates Carbon Sync Drive was looking to hear from anyone who knew what to look for to determine when a belt needed to be replaced. Nobody really had a good answer for [...] Read more…

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    Jtek Shiftmate Straight = Campy Ergo + SRAM

    It’s true it’s true… A few months back I got it into my head that I’d really like to see how a SRAM X9 or XO rear derailleur might work mated to my Campy Ergo shifters. Our Record long-cage rear derailleur has always worked with up to an 11x32t cassette, but struggles a bit in [...] Read more…

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    Chains & Tires & Tubes, Oh My!

    I think it’s almost time for me to start-up my own Tandem Studio if only to allow me to retire 10-years earlier. I figure between some marginal income from sales and getting my own stuff at cost I’d come out ahead of the game! Well, as noted in last week’s spring cleaning article, I found [...] Read more…

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    Rear View Mirrors & My Hubbub Mirror Review

    In Defense of Mirrors. Do I remember why I decided to try a mirror? Yes. I ran out of good excuses for not giving one a try. But, aren’t cyclists who wear rear view mirrors bike dorks? Yes, they are. But, here’s a little secret your non-cycling friends may or may not have shared with [...] Read more…

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    New Jersey’s Dirty D.O.G.S. Plan For Summer Fun!

    Teambreeze (aka, Brenda & Larry Isherwood) from New Jersey’s tandem club, Doubles Of the Garden State (DOGS) recently dropped us a couple of notes and also posted some announcements on a couple of off-road tandem events for June and July. The first one is scheduled for June 17-19 at the Allegrippis Trails at Lake Raystown [...] Read more…

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    Dwan Shepard Does 20 Questions With Bike News Asia

    You may recall an item from our blog a few weeks back where Co-Motion Cycles announced an end to their 9-year run with the Co-Motion Classic tandem stage race in Eugene, Oregon. However, at the tail end of that announcement they included a teaser that a new, non-racing event was in the works and details [...] Read more…

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    The mirror review is much appreciated. I had switched to an eyeglass-mounted mirror which has better optical quality than the helmet-mounted Cayeye, but I just don't find this sort of mount convenient. I don't have any qualms looking dork-like on the tandem, but stopping for lunch and leaving sunglasses/mirror in place is beyond dork.
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    SRAM X.0 + Jtek Shiftmate Straight (2nd Follow-Up)

    Nice… really nice. This is a follow-on entry to my first follow-on entry regarding the swap-out of our Campy Record Long Cage rear derailleur with a Jtek SRAM X.0 + Shiftmate Straight 5S adapter. Wowzer! What a pleasant surprise! While we’ve always enjoyed what I’ve characterized as good shifting with various combinations of our hybrid [...] Read more…

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    It’s not about the tandem…

    From outward appearances this may sound like pure hypocrisy, but it ain’t about the tandem! It’s about the tandeming experience. If having a certain brand, model, type, material, color, or specific gravity improves your tandeming experience, all the better. However, it’s not a zero-sum game, where for one person’s tandem to be better, someone else’s [...] Read more…

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    Dammit! Distracted Driver Mows Down Tandem Team in Illinois…

    The headline from The News Gazette in East Central Illinios… Map reading may have distracted driver in car-bike crash I’m reminded of just about every other ‘distracted driver hits cyclist report’ that’s become almost ubiquitous over the past few years. In particular, I’m reminded of the case involving Gregory and Alexandra Bruehler who were mowed-down near [...] Read more…

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    SRAM X.0 Conversion With Shiftmate Straight 5S (Follow-Up)

    I mentioned in one of my entries on Saturday that I planned to swap out the Campy Record long-cage derailleur on our Calfee for a SRAM X.0 model with a Jtek Shiftmate Straight 5S adapter once all of the bits and pieces arrived on Tuesday. Well, it’s Tuesday and the swap-out is now complete. If the SRAM X.0 [...] Read more…

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    No, It’s Not Your Imagination… Sometimes Things Change

    I mentioned this back on July 6th, but it bears repeating. I need to extend a sincere apology to my subscribers and anyone else who happens upon my blog entries shortly after they’re first published. I’ve never been very disciplined at proofreading my own copy, and my blog entries are no exception. I tend to [...] Read more…

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    eMotion Rollers… An Overdue Follow-Up

    It’s been a bit over 6 weeks since I took delivery of my InsideRide eMotion Rollers, so it’s probably time to do some kind of update to my last entry, “Good First Impression“. As I mentioned in a number of blog entries, I was hit with the crud throughout January and didn’t get fully past [...] Read more…

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    Bina Bilenky & The San Diego Custom Bicycle Show

    Wow, Steven Bilenky’s daughter Bina Bilenky has been a busy gal again… OK, busier than usual as she always seems to be busy. Guess the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree, as her dad Stephen Bilenky has always had at least four or five irons in the fire at a time! Here’s the scoop: [...] Read more…

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    Idiot’s Guide To Mounting & Removing A Hubbub Mirror…

    Why? Why not…. It took about 3 minutes to film and upload and if a picture’s worth 1,000 words, an 11-second long You Tube video has to be worth 10,000 words, i.e., the equivalent of one of my classic Tandem@Hobbes postings back in the day. Oh yeah, and because I was the idiot who couldn’t figure [...] Read more…

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    1st Anniversary of ‘The TandemGeek’s Blog’

    I missed it! The one-year anniversary of my blog was back on February 28th. Yes, I know it appears to have been launched on January 1st, 2010. However, that’s because I back-dated most of the initial blog entries which were, in fact, TandemLink.com Bulletin Board entries from January and February. I simply moved those entries [...] Read more…

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    Precision Tandem’s March Madness Sale On Now!

    We heard from our friend Mark Johnson at Precision Tandems in Shawnee, Kansas over the weekend. In addition to tweaking his home page, he also passed along word that they’ve kicked off their March Madness Sale and have a bunch of good stuff on closeout. You can find some of the marked-down items listed on [...] Read more…

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    Nice focus piece on lug work at NAHBS…

    I’ve mentioned the blog Red Kit Prayer in the past as being one of my regular reads. Excellent writing by a great collection of industry folks who know what they’re writing about and how to write. Patrick Brady (aka, Padraig) filed a couple reports on this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Austin, but [...] Read more…

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    March 20th Update (8,620)

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    March PEACHES Ride: Rutledge, Georgia

    No, this won’t be as long as my Saint Augustine weekend write-up… but it ain’t all that short either. Not sure why that is… as in why I’m suddenly recalling a bit too much detail. Cest la vie.

    Although the weather was a little gloomy and cool today, about 13 tandem teams — including Team [...] Read more…

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    Saint Augustine Weekend… A Great Time

    This is a longish entry, on par with some of the travelogues you’ll find in TCA’s DoubleTalk and crazyguyonabike.com, so you’ve been warned.

    A small group of long-time friends whom we’ve come to know while attending tandem rallies throughout the southeast gathered for a 3-day weekend of socializing and tandem riding near Saint Augustine, Florida [...] Read more…
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    March 27th Update (8,712)

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    Dr. Gabe Mirkin: Straight Talk On Fitness, Exercise & Nutrition

    Buried in a posting on February 12 about my favorite interviews from “The Outspoken Cyclist” was the January 15th interview of Dr. Gabe Mirkin. If you’ve always felt overwhelmed by some of the overly complex discussions, articles, or books on fitness, exercise and nutrition or been sold a bill of good that the path to [...] Read more…

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    The Virtual Garage Tour…

    I’ve posted a number of photos from inside our garage over the years for a variety of reasons, and more recently I’ve had a couple of folks ask some questions about just what all I’ve had stashed in my “parts boxes” and the various bins they’ve seen in photos. Some other folks have been curious [...] Read more…

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    Canadian Tandem Rally in May, eh?

    What: 2011 Canadian Tandem Rally Where: St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada When: May 27-30 2011 I haven’t updated TheTandemLink.com’s rally schedule just yet (that would require going upstairs to my antique, 2001 vintage Apple G3 tower), but David & Brenda Vandevelde have sent notes out to those of us who keep rally calendars and to the [...] Read more…

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    Gates Sync Drive Wear & Tear: Update

    Back on Feb 27th I posted an item based on a BikeForums discussion where a team that was an early adopter of the Gates Carbon Sync Drive was looking to hear from anyone who knew what to look for to determine when a belt needed to be replaced. I posted a follow-up to that entry on March [...] Read more…

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    Dave Porter’s Spirit Tandem

    Long-time readers may recall Dave Porter was kind enough to share some information regarding his Pino Morroni tandem jigs that I included in my Pino Morroni retrospective back on June 13, 2010. Dave continues to use the Morroni tandem jigs building custom tandems down in Albuquerque, New Mexico under his own brand, Porter Custom Bicycles. [...] Read more…

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    Park TS-2 Rebuild

    I’m almost ashamed to show you a picture of what my beloved Park TS-2 Professional Truing Stand looked like before it got some TLC tonight. I bought this stand nearly 20 years ago and it spent most of its life mounted to my old cycling work bench out in the garage where it wasn’t given the respect [...] Read more…

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    Our 50th Tandem Rally… Coming This May!

    At least I think it’s the 50th. I’m not sure I’ve got all of the previous Alabama Tandem Weekend’s properly documented, but it’s definitely in the ballpark. Therefore, one of the two rallies we’re presently planning to attend in May will be the 50th. If my count is correct, then it would be the 2nd [...]
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    Alabama Tandem Weekend: The 2011 Rally That Got Away…

    We’d planned to attend the second Alabama Tandem Weekend (ATW) hosted by Steve & Wendy Baxter, but work commitments on Friday somewhat put an end to that plan. The older I get the less time I like to spend behind the wheel, so when we make a road trip somewhere I really like to make [...]
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    Just Not Riding Enough… Life Keeps Getting in the Way.

    During my phone call / interview with Diane Lees on Thursday she asked how many miles a year Debbie and I ride our tandem and there were a couple interesting aspects to that question. The first was, Diane assumed mileage would be something I keep close track of… and she was surprised when I confessed [...]
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    Shelby GT350 “Barn Find” (Bloggishnish)

    Ok, time for a little distraction from tandem cycling… In addition to getting a daily feed on what’s going on in the world of tandem cycling, I also get daily feeds from Jalopnik.com. If you’re a car-guy… a real car guy, not one of those uber-wealthy people who collect cars like art and in the [...]
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    San Diego’s 7th Annual Cycling for Sight, July 15-17

    Our friend Sue Buckley — whom you may recall from our October 2010 blog entry on Club Vibes based in Knoxville, TN — dropped us a note to see if we might be interested in heading out to the West Coast in July for the 7th Annual Cycling For Sight event. While our tandem rally dance card [...]
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    A Tandem Cycling Primer… For The Intrigued Or Curious.

    The following is a lightly edited re-print of an article I wrote for the Southern Bicycle League’s monthly magazine, Freewheelin‘. This is probably the most recent thing I’ve written targeted at the broader cycling community so I thought I’d publish it here in the event folks who aren’t already fully bought into the tandem cycling [...]
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    Oh Snap!!!!

    Talk about an unlucky break, you may recall I made mention of loaning our ’98 Erickson to some friends during my on-line video tour of our garage. Well, OK… so only the 38 of you who actually accessed that video may have known about that. To make a long story short, one of the teams [...]
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    The Final TandemGeek’s Blog Entry

    Having fulfilled my life-long goal of being a public radio program guest, I feel I have finally achieved something my parents can be proud of and tell their friends. It is with great reluctance that I retire as an on-line writer, but with well over 2,500 postings to Tandem@Hobbes since 1997, an amazing 6,391 postings [...]
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    TG Does The O.C.

    Let me decode this a bit: Yours truly was invited to be a guest on Diane Lee’s public radio show, “The Outspoken Cyclist” which airs Saturday afternoons on WJCU in Cleveland, Ohio. Yeah, yeah… I know. What on Earth was Diane thinking! Of all the really neat folks in the world of tandem cycling, [...]
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    Oh Snap!!! (Update #1)

    As a follow-up to my entry entitled “Oh Snap” from last week, we’ve gotten a few more in-process photos of our friend’s Erickson tandem’s rear triangle going under the torch at Yellow Jersey up in Madison, Wisconsin. So, let me cut to the chase: here they are. And if that weren’t enough, here are [...] Read more…

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    2011 Sebring Tandem Rally, by Kathy Foster

    Woo hoo! We have our first bona fide guest contributor!!! Kathy Foster, publicity chair for the Florida Panthers was kind enough to share her write up of the 2011 Sebring Tandem Weekend held on April 1st through 3rd. A popular tandem rally, AWOL for two years in Sebring, Florida, has bounced back with a new [...] Read more…

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    Early Readers: Sorry about that….

    For regular readers or those who’ve come to expect my weekly summary and who may have peeked-in to see what I’ve been writing about this past week, my apologies for the “first edition” versions of last evening’s blog entries, please accept my apologies. I knew I was in a unsually foul mood while I was [...] Read more…

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    Bicycle Quarterly: Always a Great Read…

    Know your audience, and know the audience of the media that you consume… Good words to live by. Clearly, if you’re reading this right now you should be a tandem enthusiast. I say should because it’s posted to a blog targeted at tandem enthusiasts and written by a tandem enthusiast who looks at the cycling [...] Read more…

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    2×10 Drive Trains for Tandems… My Thoughts.

    There’s been a lot of buzz lately about 2×10 drive trains for tandems. Personally, with some exceptions, I’m still compelled to lump this in with some of the other things I classify as tandem cycling fads and fashion statements that come along under the guise of being great technological innovations. Some of the impetus for this renewed [...] Read more…

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    iPad “Sprockets” Application… Oh Please.

    I guess there really is an “app” for just about anything, even things that make absolutely no sense and serve no real purpose… I’ll spare you the mental anguish I suffered in learning more about this “innovation” by not imbedding the You Tube video discussed on Tandem@Hobbes. However, I will give you a link to the [...] Read more…

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    Commercial Tandem Cycling Tours… The Last Big Push

    Oh, if we’d only hit the lottery… Actually, we do play every once in a while because as insane as the odds are against you, somebody’s got to win! And, if we should ever win, I’ve actually got it all planned out! After putting our affairs in order and taking care of the family by [...] Read more…

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    The Wal-Mart of Bike Shops Has Come To Our Fair City…

    For the 20 years that I have lived in Georgia we’ve been fortunate enough to have a really good local bike shop here in Marietta, Georgia: Free Flite Bicycles. The store was first opened in 1978, 13-years before I arrived in Georgia in January of 1991, but it turns out that back-in-the-day Free Flite was [...] Read more…

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    Francisco Moser & Vic Haines To Attempt New Tandem Hour Record?

    OK, this one’s a bit interesting for a number of reasons. First & foremost, let me thank my friend Alex Nutt from MTBTandems.com for forwarding me an Email he received out of the blue from Vic Haines, a fairly well-known time-trial and tandem time-trial specialist from the UK. While Alex is still not sure how [...] Read more…

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    Lane County’s Bicycle History… Co-Motion & Burley

    I stumbled across two oral history interviews that were part of a project funded under the Teaching American History grant awarded to the Lane Education Service District. This particular project included 10 different videos and oral histories and two in particular caught my attention. The first was an interview of Dwan Shepard of Co-Motion Cycles in [...] Read more…

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    When it’s about tandems, it’s we… not me. Us, not I.

    OK, I finally listened to this week’s Outspoken Cyclist via pod-cast… Yikes and my hat’s off to Greg P. for the amazing job he did of editing the original discussion I had with Diane. Not that this comes as a surprise to anyone, but that was the first recorded interview I’d ever given. Moreover, having now listened [...] Read more…

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    A Tandem Cycling Primer… For The Intrigued Or Curious.

    The following is a lightly edited re-print of an article I wrote for the Southern Bicycle League’s monthly magazine, Freewheelin‘. This is probably the most recent thing I’ve written targeted at the broader cycling community so I thought I’d publish it here in the event folks who aren’t already fully bought into the tandem cycling [...] Read more…

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    Snap!! (Update #3 – The Big Surprise)

    Unbeknownst to stoker Eve, a few months after the initial frame break incident on their European tour and a few months before their second frame break incident in Florida both chronicled in my original blog entry, Oh Snap!!!, Roger had conspired with our friend Tim P. at Cycology Bicycles in Marysville, Tennessee to order a new [...] Read more…

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    Oh Snap!!! (Update #2)

    This is the second follow-up to the first two chapters of the Broken Erickson Saga: A Man & His Tandem. In the first chapter we learned how our friends Roger & Eve would begin a journey into the dark and mysterious world of bicycle frame repair in ”Oh Snap” . In the second chapter, “Oh Snap, [...] Read more…

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    Discussion Forum Obits For The Recently Departed

    We recently had a long time contributor bid farewell to one of the tandem discussion forums I frequent and his sign-off made me reflect a bit on some of the sign-offs I’ve seen, to include my own from the Hobbes list back on April 10, 2007. Yes, I actually left Hobbes… in some respects having [...] Read more…

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    San Diego Custom Bike Show Coverage…

    This will likely build through the weekend as more articles and photo galleries from the 2011 San Diego Custom Bike Show begin to emerge. Article #1 - Red Kite Prayer / Patrick Brady’s first impressions and a few early photos in advance of his full gallery of photos, yet to be posted. Article #2 – Bicycle [...] Read more…

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    FS: Rolf Prima Vigor Tandem Wheelset & Gates Carbon Sync Belt Drive

    Looking to upgrade your Co-Motion or any other tandem with 145mm rear spacing and a 28.5″ stoker compartment with some go-fast goodies? If so, a friend of ours is offering up two of the most sought after upgrades: Item #1 is a Gates Carbon Drive tandem sync belt and 69t sprockets designed for use with stock Co-Motion [...] Read more…

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    Nice people, nice bike, and I believe the prerequisite color of purple.

    Very cool, from a cobby weld, to two loaner bikes, to a great surprise for Eve. Roger and the others did a good job.

    Ride the wheels off this one too.

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    SRAM X.0 + Jtek Shiftmate Straight (3rd Follow-Up)

    OK. We’ve put quite a few more hilly miles on the SRAM X.O + Jtek Shiftmate Straight adapter since Update #2. I’d like to say that it was still “perfect” but, that’s not quite the case. Now, it’s not an insurmountable problem, but it’s similar to the same issues we’ve had with the more [...] Read more…

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    The Entry Level Tandem Price Gap

    In my “pulse of the tandem market” update, I mentioned the entry-level tandem price gap and that bears some additional discussion, because it’s an interesting situation. Here’s the deal, if you’ve budgeted $3,500 or so for a new tandem the world’s your oyster: lots of great options out there, including a couple really nifty redesigns [...] Read more…

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    Headed to Chattanooga For Santana’s Mother’s Day Weekend Rally

    Breaking News: Team LGood is headed to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Santana Mother’s Day Weekend Rally on May 5th – 8th. I believe there are still a few other slots available if anyone is interested. More info HERE. Our first and only Santana Rally was the 1999 Mother’s Day Weekend in Asheville, North Carolina, so [...] Read more…

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    Our Hubbub Mirrors… 8-Week Update

    Well, it’s been 8-weeks for me since I wrote my initial review, and about 4-weeks for Debbie and we’re both completely impressed with the Hubbub mirror. It stays put, which was not true of our other mirrors. Both would always need to be adjusted before a ride Mine would routinely need readjustment after hitting a big [...] Read more…

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    Taking the Pulse of the Tandem Community

    Some of the folks who are regular readers of Tandem@Hobbes, Double_Forte@YahooGroups, GA_Peaches@YahooGroups, and BikeForums.net may have noticed that I did not conduct a tandem enthusiast poll this past winter. It was an intentionally omission, i.e., I just didn’t feel like it. But, that’s not to say that I’ve lost my interest in keeping my finger [...] Read more…

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    Tennessee Tandem Rally… Almost Full

    Just four more slots remain, as there have been a few cancellations. You can learn more about the rally and get registration information from the TTR Website: http://www.thetandemlink.com/TTR.html We’ve always joked around that the Tennessee Tandem Rally “isn’t your parents tandem rally“. While most of the big climbs at TTR are optional, TTR has always been [...] Read more…

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    A.O.R.T.A. 2011 – Still Time To Register

    As a reminder to off-road tandem enthusiasts, there’s still time to register for the 2011 Appalachian Off-Road Tandem Adventure being held at Bent Creek & DuPont State Forest near Asheville, North Carolina on May 13th – 15th. This will be the 2nd annual A.O.R.T.A. event, which means lots of tweaks and fine tuning have been [...] Read more…

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    April PEACHES Ride: Rome, Georgia

    The April PEACHES (aka, unofficial tandem club of Georgia) ride turned out to be a very special event, even more so than one would typically expect when eight couples + another friend riding waist gunner on a triplet show up for a group tandem ride. As mentioned in Sunday night’s blog entry, ‘Oh Snap (Update [...] Read more…

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    Distracted Driver Mows Down Tandem Team in Illinois… (Follow-Up)

    With a tip of the hat to our friend John (of John & Sonya) who pointed out the article to me via an Email today… Here’s the first follow-up I’ve seen since the news coverage that followed the March 7th incident where Errol Maul mowed down and killed 53-year old Cindy Combs and put her [...] Read more…

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    Serotta in Sarasota… It’s Baaack!

    Long-time, regular readers may recall our friend and Serotta devotee David H. brought an 80′s vintage Serotta tandem to my attention back in November that I chronicled in this blog entry. I was intrigued back in November, but found the asking price to be a bit steep and the seller — who appeared to be [...] Read more…

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    OK, TG now does Facebook…

    With some trepidation, I’m back on Facebook. Admittedly, I’ve truly become a troglodyte when it comes to things like Skype, VoIP, Twitter, and just about anything beyond Adobe PageMill 3.0, Email, and WordPress, noting I’m pretty much a hack at even things I do have some knowledge of. So, I guess in my 83-year old [...] Read more…

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    Yeah, it was a thin week… (Bloggishnish)

    I think I may have over-achieved last week with about 12 entries, so this week was a bit thin. There are several items in my queue that I’ll try to get to this week, e.g., PEACHES Ride in Rome, that Serotta tandem is back on the market, my thoughts on tail lights, an update on the [...] Read more…

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    Note: As mentioned in my "Taking Off This Weekend..." entry, my blogging mojo is about a quart low this week, due to a variety of things. I hope to get a recharge over the next week.

    However, more important was not burying the lead... my humble request for Tour de Cure donations. I explain a little about my appreciation for fund raising fatigue in my "Taking Off This Weekend...." entry, but be that as it may, I'm still passing the hat!

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    Tour de Cure… My Final Request of 2011

    If everyone who visited my blog site each week donated just $5.00 (the minimum on-line donation), we’d be able to provide the American Diabetes Association with over $10,000 in much-needed funding! So, how about it? Can you spare $5? How about $10? Maybe even $25? We’ve had a couple of readers make some very generous [...] Read more…

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    Taking Off This Weekend….

    My apologies, but I’m taking this weekend off. It’s been an interesting week filled with highs (Debbie’s Birthday) and lows (devastating tornadoes), and I just can’t get my head around any of a number of subjects that are on my mind, but somewhat clouded at the moment. Work has become a four-letter-word at the moment, [...] Read more…

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    Note: Yes, it's been nearly 2 weeks since my last summary. However, just looking at blog hits, it appears some of y'all may have already checked-in to see what I'd been working on.

    As suggested by the subject lines in all but two of this weeks highlighted items, this is my Santana Special Edition where I've chronicled our weekend in Chattanooga and our test ride experience after spending 3 days riding a Santana Beyond.

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    011 Santana Beyond Review – Beyond Sublime

    TG’s Anti-Climatic Backwards Review Unlike most reviews that don’t summarize or score the subject of their review until the last paragraph, in this one you get the summary and specifications right up front… Diving into the details is optional. Note: This still hasn’t been proofread so excuse any grammatical errors. Cutting To The Chase: As [...] Read more…

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    2011 Santana Beyond Review – Introduction & Background

    Santana could have named its flagship tandem ”Beyond Sublime“ That’s pretty high praise, but it’s truly well deserved. I say that if only because our benchmark is another tandem that offers sublime ride qualities: our ’08 Custom Calfee Tetra Travel Tandem (Below). Moreover, for the past few months we’ve been using our Topolino AX 3.0T wheelset [...] Read more…

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    Next Generation Drag Brake… Update

    Back in November of 2010, I posted an entry regarding a supplemental rear drum brake in development out in Oregon that would fill the gap left when the Arai drum brake was phased-out. Latest word is, development is still on-going with bench testing, road tests and brake compound evaluations underway. Although I have not asked [...] Read more…

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    Lockheed Cycling Team – Brewery Ride Video

    On the Friday after the tornadoes tore through the south, the Lockheed Martin Cycling Club based in Marietta, Georgia had a scheduled training ride out in Bartow County. Nicknamed “The Brewery Ride”, there are actually several different loops that depart from the Cartersville, Georgia Budweiser Plant and make their way out into the rural areas [...] Read more…

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    A Tale of Two Rallies… Chattanooga ’07 & ’11

    Note: This is the sixth and final article in a six-part series of blog entries regarding our Santana Rally in Chattanooga. The Introduction can be found HERE, Day 1 can be found HERE, Day 2 can be found HERE, Day 3 can be found HERE, and Day 4 can be found HERE. While we had a great time at the Santana Mother’s Day Weekend in Chattanooga, [...] Read more…

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    Santana’s Chattanooga Rally, Day 4 (May 8th)

    Note: This is the fifth in a six-part series of blog entries regarding our Santana Rally in Chattanooga. The Introduction can be found HERE, Day 1 can be found HERE, Day 2 can be found HERE and Day 3 can be found HERE. As foreshadowed in the last paragraph of my Day 3 entry, Sunday started rather early for me around 4:00 am as I’d gone [...] Read more…

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    Santana’s Chattanooga Rally, Day 3 (May 7th)

    Note: This is the fourth in a six-part series of blog entries regarding our Santana Rally in Chattanooga. The Introduction can be found HERE, Day 1 can be found HERE. and Day 2 can be found HERE. As noted at the end of my Day 2 entry, Saturday morning started off well in that I was able to sleep all the way through [...] Read more…

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    Santana’s Chattanooga Rally, Day 2 (May 6th)

    Note: This is the third in a six-part series of blog entries regarding our Santana Rally in Chattanooga. The Introduction can be found HERE, and Day 1 can be found HERE. My first full day of the Mother’s Day Weekend Rally started off a bit early, as I made the mistake of going to bed around [...] Read more…

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    Santana’s Chattanooga Rally, Day 1 (May 5th)

    Note: This is the second in a six-part series of blog entries regarding our Santana Rally in Chattanooga. The Introduction can be found HERE. The first official event of the four-day rally was a 1:10 pm rider’s meeting in front of the Delta Queen. We were running a little behind and made it out to [...] Read more…

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    Santana’s Chattanooga Rally, Introduction

    As mentioned in an April 24th Blog entry, we received “an offer we couldn’t refuse” from our friends Bill and Jan McCready of Santana Cycles a couple weeks back that motivated us to sign-on for their Santana Mother’s Day Weekend in Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 5-8. The enticement included a couple of very attractive incentives [...] Read more…

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    Note: Yes, once again it's been nearly 2 weeks since my last summary. I didn't have a lot to share as of last weekend given that we were having a great time at the Georgia Tandem Rally, but was able to get a few things down on paper this week, including the culmination of my SRAM rear derailleur research. Still quite a few in the queue.

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    May PEACHES Ride, Cherokee County, Georgia

    Our May tandem club ride was hosted by friends Jim & Charlotte who chose to follow the route used each year for the Rose Pedal Ride in Canton, Georgia. You can find some nice photos of the roads this ride uses at the Rose Pedal Website. It truly was a beautiful ride through Cherokee County, despite [...] Read more…

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    Yeah, I dress for the slide… not the ride, even when it’s hot.

    I had to run a few errands this afternoon and, as I often do when I don’t need to carry much on an errand, I used my motorcycle because I simply prefer to ride on something two-wheels vs. in something with four wheels and, well, it gets about 38 mpg which is nice. At one [...] Read more…

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    Cyclists as motorists; observations from Tour de Cure

    OK, there really wasn’t a Lamborghini Gallardo with a bike rack on the back at the Tour de Cure, but the photo was just too cool to pass up and it makes the point that just because someone rides a bike, it doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily be a better or smarter motorist (note the relationship [...] Read more…

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    Tour de Cure Results; Thanks Y’all!

    With a big thank you to the 27 folks who sponsored us for this year’s Tour de Cure back on May 15th, their generosity enabled us to donate $1,255.00 to the American Diabetes Association. We’ll be sending out personal thank you notes later this week, as we’re hoping that there will be some better photos [...] Read more…

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    SRAM X.0 10-spd + Campy 10 Ergo = I’m Impressed (Final Update)

    OK. It’s time to put a fork in my SRAM conversion experiment because, it’s done! Today’s 46 mile ride in Cherokee County with our friends from the local tandem club provided a really good test for the 10-speed SRAM X.0 shifter mated to my Campy Ergo 10-speed shifters, as I feel like I spent nearly [...] Read more…

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    2010 SRAM X.0 10-spd + Campy 10 Ergo = So Far, So Good

    As a follow-on to yesterday’s SRAM X.0 / Jtek Update #4, and as foreshadowed in Rick T’s comments, the 2010 SRAM X.0 Exact Actuation 10-speed rear derailleur provided flawless shifting on our 40 mile ride this morning. It may be a keeper! As you can see from the photo above, I did take some time after [...] Read more…

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    SRAM & JTek Update: Still not the final solution, but… (Update #4)

    It’s been just a little over a month since I published Update #3 on our SRAM X.O + Jtek Shiftmate Straight rear derailleur experiment that began back on March 5th. The shifting has been excellent when the Jtek is dialed-in. However, I’ve continued to find that the Jtek pulley walks a bit and needed to [...] Read more…

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    Daytime Tail Lights: A Couple Things….

    First and foremost, I’m convinced that running a GOOD tail light during daylight hours is a great idea. Yeah, yeah… yet another dorky thing to the fashion conscious cyclists. Get over it: to most of the non-cycling world (that would be about 95% of the people in cars who actually see you cycling), if you [...] Read more…

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    Tweaking Bike Fit As Time Goes By: – 5 Millimeters = Sore No More

    Regular readers may recall this item from the summary in my recent Santana Beyond review: Rider Comfort: My neck and shoulders were noticeably less “tight” after riding the Santana vs. our Calfee. This may have also been a result of the shorter distances we rode with long breaks between ride segments. Hmmm. I may install a spare [...] Read more…

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    Georgia Tandem Rally XIII, 20-22 May 2011

    Introduction So, how was the 2011 Georgia Tandem Rally in Macon, Georgia? Fun, Hot & Hilly! Photo Galleries: Tim Presley on Flickr Well, we’ve now attended our 13th of 13 Georgia Tandem Rallies and as always, we got to see a lot of old friends, got to meet new friends, rode a few miles, and [...] Read more…

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    How Does He Keep Coming Up With Stuff To Write About?

    It’s easy when there are rallies and other events to chronicle, but for the “other stuff” I simply add things to a list of topics that I keep in a queue as they pop into my head. In some respects I end up writing about what folks are talking about… kinda like Jimmy Buffett’s chorus [...] Read more…

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    Wow, a lot of interesting things. Nice website. I marked a few rides on my calendar... hopefully I can make a couple of them this year. Or, at least use the cue sheets for our own little weekend tour around the Finger Lakes (which isn't too far from Pittsburgh).

    I'm only 41, but I have to admit that I guess I'm too old to understand blogs. From your summaries, it looks like you have some interesting things, but it'd be easier to choose the item I wanted to read if you had them all listed in your website. Maybe I just haven't figured out blogs since I never read them. (And twitter is a whole 'nother level that I don't get!)

    I have to agree on the one blog though, that the GA bicycle rules look like a good idea except for the comment that bicyclists may not be allowed on roads if there's a bike path nearby. That makes me nervous! I'm too used to enjoying the challenge of an uphill and then cruising downhill to have much patience for bike or jogging paths. I donate a little each year to rail trails because I do agree on their benefits, and I do use one for commuting to work occasionally, but when I'm on a road tandem or my road single, I want to cruise on nice asphalt with some elevation changes!

    EDIT- Also, it appears that blogs aren't searchable. Is that true? I've definitely searched for "tandem rallies" or "bike rides NY", etc., and don't recall your blog coming up, even though you discuss many rides. I could be wrong... maybe I just glazed over them because I don't normally pay attention to blogs. I guess I need to change. I've adapted from 8 speed to 9 speed, I guess I could learn to read blogs. ;-)
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    Appreciate the kind feedback, and it's never too late to learn: I'm 10-years your senior and have been able to figure out some of this on-line stuff, albeit I'm still basically a hack.

    To your needs, Blogs are indeed searchable, by key words (upper right hand corner of my Blog) or by using drop-down menus like the ones in the right-hand margin of my blog, i.e.,

    Archives: Select Month

    Categories: Select Category

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    The problem with hosting the entries off my Website, which I did from 2001 - 2009, is that it's very hard to find anything other than using Google which may or may not produce what you're looking for. There are thousands of updates in my web archive, which are about as hard to find as the 6,500 things that I've posted to BikeForums over the years. It's also a lot harder on me since I have to manually upload those entries.

    The Blogs are more like an on-line diary that lets you easily embed images, links, videos, etc... so that everything can be archived, searched, and found in a number of different ways. I'm somewhat surprised at just how many Google searches outside of my Blog or site turn up results from my Blog. From a user-standpoint, the Blog is much easier to use for composition, editing and publishing and it links to FB and other on-line resources, if you so choose. I like the Blog format mostly because I like to publish long, content-rich articles that really don't lend themselves to most other formats. It also saves readers of those forums from having to deal with my typically longish writings. But, most of all, I write about what I strikes my fancy without forcing it upon anyone; it's an on-demand publication for those who find what I write to be of interest, value or perhaps a nice distraction. To the rest of the world, it's pretty much invisible.

    Mind you, the Blog doesn't replace my Website, it's merely an adjunct to it since all of my rally calendar info, tandem club listings, and other links still reside on www.thetandemlink.com. There are a couple of links on my Blog that take readers right to those and, likewise, links on the web site that take surfers to my Blog.

    At the end of the day, Blogs seem to work best when you simply find one that consistently has things that are of interest to you and that you subscribe to so that you get automated feeds when something is posted. If the subject catches your fancy, you read it. If not, you don't. Its very similar to being a subscriber to mailing lists like Tandem@Hobbes or forums & threads at BikeForums.net, but far more specific in that you know exactly who's doing the writing. I have my own small list of Blogs that I follow as well.

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    TG, regardless of the method of supplying the information, it has been a huge help to us as we learned about tandems and probably has helped hundreds of teams.

    Now Double Forte I have never quite sorted out. I will say I prefer a place more like here or MTBR.com.

    Thanks for all your efforts and results. May not say it or show it but it is appreciated.

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    Yes, thank you much for your efforts. If blogs are most easy for the individual writer, then that is interesting to know, since other pubishers of larger forums would likely be large sponsors or businesses.

    Everyone has to adapt, and I prefer to see reviews from people who actually use the products, like yourself.

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    TandemGeek,

    I'll reiterate that your blog, website as well as postings here on Bikeforums are VERY informative and I have learned a lot from each. Please continue to share your tandem findings and insights in the current format.

    FWIW, like PMK, I prefer the forum format at MTBR vs. the Double Forte format, but I still read both.

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    Thanks all for the kind feedback; much appreciated.

    As for DF, before the advent .php forums the mailing group formats similar to Tandem@Hobbes were simply what we used: they were much much "community based" where you had a tight little group of folks who searched out those groups. There was also a companion Website that I kept up to date with list members, etc. that had similar information to what you now find in the .php "profiles".

    I've toyed around with setting up a tandem-based .php forum at TheTandemLink.com... in fact, there's even a shell sitting out there that I've never done anything with. I've decided to leave well-enough alone because I've found that every time a new group or .php forum is launched it only dilutes the legacy forums and never really gains much in the way of a critical mass beyond it's original core members. BikeForums is very much like that, in that it's pretty easy to see who the regulars are, much like Hobbes, DF, MTBR.com, etc. A former Hobbsian has been able to establish himself as the tandem guru at Bicycling.com's .php forum where there isn't really a dedicated tandem subforum but where he is able to help out visiting posters by fielding their tandem-related questions in the "bicycle love" and other subforums, presumably by searching on "tandem" when he visits. I'm reluctant to pull-down DF if only because there still are a few long-time members that seem to enjoy using it, but still ponder the migration to a dedicated .php server. So, who knows what the future may hold... but don't hold your breath.

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    ... I'm reluctant to pull-down DF if only because there still are a few long-time members that seem to enjoy using it, but still ponder the migration to a dedicated .php server. So, who knows what the future may hold... but don't hold your breath.

    I was not implying that you pull down DF. there's still some great info shared there. Mostly just mentioning that the forum based groups work well for me.

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    June 12th Update (10,057)

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

    Blog: http://tandemgeek.wordpress.com
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    Note: Yes, it's once again been nearly 2 weeks since my last summary. However, sometimes the words just don't flow... and sometimes I also get busy with other 'stuff'.

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    Our ’98 Erickson: All Dressed-Up & Ready to GO!

    As mentioned in last Wednesday’s blog entry soliciting leads for a small performance tandem to support a Paralympic team’s trip to the US Nationals in Augusta, Georgia, we offered up our ’98 Erickson and it apparently will fit the bill, so to speak. So, the Erickson has been given the once over and re-fitted with [...] Read more…

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    An Amazing Contrast In Motorsports (Bloggishnish)

    What an amazing contrast in the different racing forms that are Formula 1 and NASCAR during today’s parallel running of the Grand Prix of Canada and NASCAR’s 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono Raceway. You can see it in the names of the events, in their Websites, the fan discussion forums, and even in how the [...] Read more…

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    Speedplay Frog Pedals: Titanium Axle Model Owners Beware….

    If you’re a Speedplay Frog pedal fan and own a set of the high-end, uber-light Titanium axle models, if and when you need to do a pedal body rebuild you will discover that the standard replacement Frog pedal bodies don’t fit. It’s not the end of the world, but it can come as a rude [...] Read more…

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    The New PeriScope Debuts Back in Poland…

    Ah, the miracle of modern transportation and take-apart tandems…. The very same, brand new Co-Motion PeriScope tandem that was put together for last week’s Tennessee Tandem Rally and its owners — David, Christen and Audrey — have safely arrived back in Lotz, Poland and has taken to the road already, based on a FB posting [...] Read more…

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    2011 Tennessee Tandem Rally… Part 2 of 2

    A follow-on from Part 1 Saturday In The Park: Saturday once again saw the weather shaping up to be sunny and hot just like Friday. After breakfast at the Hilton it was out to the entry way for the mass start. Did I mention how much I like mass starts for tandem rallies? Simply [...] Read more…

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    2011 Tennessee Tandem Rally… Part 1 of 2

    Introduction Well, we’ve now attended our 9th of 9 Tennessee Tandem Rallies and as always, we got to spend time with a lot of old friends, met new friends, ride a few miles, and otherwise have a grand time. TTR sets the benchmark for pulling off an exceptional rally and while making it look easy…. [...] Read more…

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    Attn Georgian’s: Small Performance Tandem Needed for Paralympic Road Natl’s

    Posting this for a team traveling to Augusta, Georgia for the Paralympic Road Nationals the week of 20-26 June. The two 5’7″ women are looking for a contemporary, small-size (52cm – 54cm), lighter-weight performance tandem they can borrow or rent for their use during the event. If you live in North Georgia and/or Eastern Tennessee [...] Read more…

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    A Note From Larry Black… Classic Rendezvous Weekend

    A few weeks back I’d shared some notes with Larry Black of Mt. Airy / College Park Cyclery regarding Paketa tandems and learned that he’d be coming through our neck of the woods. Sadly, the timing fell on top of the Georgia Tandem Rally weekend so our paths wouldn’t quite cross at the right time [...] Read more…

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    2011 Georgia Tandem Rally – Photo Collections

    As a follow-up to my Georgia Tandem Rally report back on May 22nd, a few new photos (like 349 or there abouts) have been posted by GTR Co-Chairs Roger & Eve to their Shutterfly Account that you can find HERE. Roger has also created something of a short photo / video collage entitled the 90-Second [...] Read more…

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    Georgia “Better Bicycling Bill” Signed & Becomes Effective on July 1st, 2011

    House Bill 101, (HB 101), also called the Better Bicycling Bill, was signed into law back on May 11th and will become the law of the land on July 1st. The key feature of the bill that had most cycling advocates pushing for its approval was quantifying the phrase “safe passing distance” to be three [...] Read more…

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    June 19th Update (10,210)

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

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    As you can probably tell from the entries, we haven't done much tandem riding in the past couple weeks and my last solo ride was a week ago last Friday. Just a bit too much "stuff" going on and our priorities clearly aren't set quite right. So, much of what's in this week's summary are snippets related to some distractions and two items that I've had in my queue for a couple weeks. Still more stuff to work on in the queue, just don't have the right mind set for it at the moment.

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    Dead Oaks (Bloggishnish)

    The center piece of our 2009 backyard landscape redo was a 100-year old red oak tree that we carefully left in place as we removed all of the other trees that were choking it out. Apparently it missed the other trees and decided not to leaf-out this year. And, for good measure, a smaller hardwood [...] Read more…

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    Decisions, decisions…. (First Follow-Up)

    This is bad. It’s been over a week and I’m still Jones’n to add a HD to the stable. After spending the better part of the day working in the yard cleaning up debris in the now-unshaded back yard (more on that in a minute), and after learning that the folks who would be picking [...] Read more…

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    Our ’98 Erickson: All Dressed-Up & Ready to GO! (First Follow-Up)

    And it’s gone. A couple of gentlemen from Knoxville stopped by the house tonight to collect the Erickson around 6:00pm and it should probably be in Augusta, Georgia by now. Looks like the gals from Bend, Oregon who’ll be riding the Erickson — Rachael Scdoris and Laura Winberry — are also on their way. Greg’s [...] Read more…

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    Co-Motion Tandem Race Series (CTRS)

    Regular readers who’ve been on board for a while may recall a Blog entry from February 18th this year in which we passed-on word Co-Motion had decided to discontinue the July 4th weekend “Co-Motion Classic Tandem Race“. In short, while the events were successful and everyone who participated from sponsors, to riders, and so on, [...] Read more…

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    daVinci Designs relocates & holds open house

    Back on May 15th daVinci Designs (aka, daVinci Tandems) held an open house at their new home over at 1264 South Jason St. in Denver, Colorado. The new place is not too far from the old one, basically just a bit further North and on the other side of the local golf course. You can [...] Read more…

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    Decisions, decisions…. (Bloggishnish)

    I have no idea why… Well OK; that’s not entirely true. When I get in a deep funk, there’s nothing like pondering a new toy to serve as a distration. Hopefully, common sense will creep into those flights of fantasy and bring me back to Earth before doing something that will strip the retirement fund [...] Read more…

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    B-17 Bomber “Liberty Belle” Is No More…. (Bloggishnish)

    The good news is, no one was seriously injured. The bad news is, the World War II vintage Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress replica of the original B-17 “Liberty Belle” that flew combat missions in World War II is a complete write-off. We had the opportunity to see the Liberty Belle on a visit to the Cobb [...] Read more…

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