The Bulletin Board at http://www.thetandemlink.com has been updated. Summaries are below with links to the full stories, etc, available at the original host Web site.
DECEMBER 6th UPDATE (557)
From the Blogosphere: Wine and Wheels - I stumbled across this particular Blog on a day when it featured a home-made, rear-steer triplet for an adult captain and two kids. While I'd be somewhat concerned about ride qualities and front wheel stability, it's certainly an innovative design. If you explore the "Recent Articles" you'll find links to other tandem oddities, photos, and items of interest. Pretty cool.
Someone Got A New Tandem - While I'm not quite sure who Mike & Becky are, I do know that they now have a really slick-looking Co-Motion Macchiatto. Photos of their new ride hosted out on Flickr popped up on the KGSBikes Blog today and the paint job is really quite an eye- popper... in a good way. Take a look HERE, noting that there are a ton of photos if you scroll to the left. Of course, perhaps the real story here is Kevin G. Saunders and KGS Bikes; a truly high-end bicycle boutique / studio operation down in San Antonio, Texas. For all of those who have ever dreamed about combining a love for cycling, art, and photography in a high-end cycling business... this is it.
Brand Bias Disclaimer: You know, as I look back over the last few months of Bulletin Board entries it certainly appears as though I have a bias towards Co-Motion given all of the mentions that it receives. However, under the umbrella of "full disclosure" I must tell you that Co-Motion gets so many mentions on my Bulletin Board only because it gets so many mentions on the Internet. In addition to their new Blog, which accounts for at least one new item per month... sometimes two, my search engines consistently return numerous mentions regarding the brand on various Blogs and Internet news items. I'd also note, in addition to my generic 'tandem' search string I also have specific search strings for 'Santana', Calfee, Burley, and 'Co-Motion. The vast majority of Burley items that I receive are related to their trailers, Calfee items are dominated by the Bamboo bicycle articles and mentions, and the Santana items are far and few between. I can't explain why this is the way it is; however, it's what I have to work with and perhaps it does say something about the Internet and consumer demographics relative to tandems. I believe we've seen this in some of our Internet ownership polls over the years as well. Anyway, lest anyone who owns or favors one of the many other fine brands of tandems feel disenfranchised, I thought I'd shed a little light on this apparent bias that, well, really isn't anything I have control over.
Tandem folks in the news: Denise and John Compt in Australia - Denise and John got a mention in a recent article regarding this year's Great Victorian Bike Ride. You can read the article and find photos of the couple HERE.
In the Blogosphere: The Ragfield's fetch a Christmas Tree on Their Tandem - Believe it or not, Melissa and Bob Ragfield apparently opted to use their tandem and a trailer to fetch this year's 7' tall Christmas tree on a cold, damp day that saw a little sleet in Urbana, Illinois. You can read more about their journey and see photos HERE.
Katie Compton: Someone You Should Know About - Who is Katie Compton? Well, the best way to brush up is to check out some recent articles posted on BLOGs, VeloNews, and her Wikipedia entry. However, relative to tandem cycling, Katie teamed with paralympic cyclist Karissa Whitsell from 2002 through 2004, culminating in 4 medals during the 2004 Paralympic games. Karissa teamed up with Mackenzie Woodring for the 2008 Paralympics and brought home a Gold & Silver in road cycling events, plus a Bronze in Track cycling.