Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Tandem Cycling A bicycle built for two. Want to find out more about this wonderful world of tandems? Check out this forum to talk with other tandem enthusiasts. Captains and stokers welcome!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-05-10, 04:19 PM   #1
Thigh Master
No Pain, No Pizza
Thread Starter
 
Thigh Master's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Above Jamestown, CO
Bikes: '99 Burley Duet, '10 Velo Vie Vitesse 300R, '10 Bianchi Vigorelli, '94 Trek 2120
Posts: 215
Ride the Rockies 2x2, Who is In?!

Found out today we made the lottery selection for RtR, who else is in? And this is our first time, any teams have tips from past RtRs?
Thigh Master is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-10, 07:14 PM   #2
coloroadie
Senior Member
 
coloroadie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Boulder, CO
Bikes: Ti Santana tandem, Serotta Legend and Colorado Soft tail, Lemond Victoire, Trek Remedy, 1869 Velocipede
Posts: 70
Have done RtR 3X and did it last year on tandem to celebrate our 30th anniversary - great ride!

Here are a couple of random tandem tips:
- If it's your first RtR, be sure to train so you can ride consecutive long days with climbing, preferably at altitude. Also be sure to eat while riding so you can find out what foods agree with you.
- Before starting the tour, a new set of tires, tubes, drive chain and brake pads are good insurance. Also check your shift & brake cables and replace if suspect.
- If your tandem has any unique parts (like Sweet-16 or Rolf wheels) may want to carry/pack extra spokes/tools in case the unexpected happens. There are repair tents along the way, but they likely won't have these unique bits.
- You will be surrounded by nearly 2000 other riders - so get comfortable riding in/around groups, but be wary about drafting strangers.
- Be predictable - ALWAYS clear to rear and signal before passing. If you don't have one already, may want to get a mirror and a bell so you can keep track of what's coming/ahead and save your voice.
- Also found that if i announced "passing on your left", a surprising number of riders would swerve to the left ... when i shortened it to "passing" that didn't happen as often.
- Camping is the default accommodation, but hotels/B&Bs make a BIG difference in sleep and recovery ... if you can, splurge and stay in a hotel sometime during the tour. If you want to do this, you need to make reservations NOW.
- Be prepared to stand in lines - for food, showers, porta potties, restaurants, etc. If you depart early each day, lines at rest stops are usually much shorter.
- In Colorado, it can snow at altitude any month of the year ... afternoon thunderstorms are also not uncommon, so be prepared.
- Remember the golden rule about keeping your stoker happy ... and be sure (s)he knows you're willing to stop and take break even when there's no rest stop in sight.

Enjoy the tour! Jim

Last edited by coloroadie; 03-06-10 at 11:46 AM.
coloroadie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-10, 12:10 PM   #3
colotandem 
Senior Member
 
colotandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Golden, CO
Bikes: n+1
Posts: 314
On our "to do" list, but not this year.

I've a date with my wife and our mountain bike in the middle of August again, so we'll be on playin in the dirt mostly. Let us know if you want to get together for a road ride, we'll likely do some of the canyons (Coal Creek, Golden Gate etc.). No Courage Classic for us either...

Dan
colotandem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-10, 06:48 PM   #4
gracehowler
Rod & Judy
 
gracehowler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Montrose, CO
Bikes: Specialized S-works e-5, Davinci joint venture, Specialized Vienna Commuter
Posts: 481
We think a ride of more than ten is large, so we have no interest in this sort of ride, however, J & I live in Montrose and as fellow tandemistas, we extend a bed & shower to you both when you pass through, though Montrose is not a planned overnite, if you want to adjust
R&J

Last edited by gracehowler; 03-07-10 at 07:27 PM.
gracehowler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-10, 08:42 PM   #5
Thigh Master
No Pain, No Pizza
Thread Starter
 
Thigh Master's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Above Jamestown, CO
Bikes: '99 Burley Duet, '10 Velo Vie Vitesse 300R, '10 Bianchi Vigorelli, '94 Trek 2120
Posts: 215
Quote:
Originally Posted by gracehowler View Post
We think a ride of more than ten is large, so we have no interest in this sort of ride, however, J & I live in Montrose and as fellow tandemistas, we extend a bed & shower to you both when you pass through, though Montrose is not a planned overnite, if you want to adjust
R&J
That is an incredibly generous offer. Thank you.
Thigh Master is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:29 AM.