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Old 08-05-12, 08:35 PM
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Four people, four wheels

BF member photogravity Dallas and his wife Rachel joined us for a dual-tandem ride today. About 41 miles, Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, back to Carlisle, Concord, back to Bedford. It was an awesome day! Of course they rode the Bilenky tandem with the fat wheels, and we rode our Peugeot with 700c x 32mm tires. We rode a good pace today, up and down some hills and along some flat roads of all types. It was pleasure to run dual tandems with another very competent team. And we had a few nice picnics.

And such great company!

Four wheels at the start


Four people at the start


Rachel and Dallas and tattooed poultry in Carlisle


Taking a break at the Traveling Rhino in Chelmsford


Taking a break at Fern's in Carlisle Center


At the North Bridge, Concord, MA


Four people, four wheels, hamming it up for the camera
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Nice! Always great to see some tandems getting a work out!
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Cool! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!
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Four people, four wheels

I have to admit that we were very excited to be able to finally go for a ride with another tandem. This was our first time riding with another tandem and yours also, so there was lots of excitement on both ends. The old Peugeot tandem seems very capable and the work you did reassembling it was top notch.

One thing I can say to anybody that reads this post: if you ever get a chance to go for a ride with Jim and Sharon, JUST DO IT! You will NOT be disappointed. They are the most gracious hosts anyone would want to meet.

When I get a chance I'll post a few pictures we took in this thread, but it'll be a little while because we're heading out on a short (20ish miles) ride to Middleton for ice cream at Richardson's Dairy.
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Nice! Dallas you and the misses need to get with the program and get matching jerseys.
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See how much fun you have when you the the IGH equipped bikes in the basement?
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You kids have all the fun.

I am sheet rocking, mudding and priming this afternoon.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post

At the North Bridge, Concord, MA

One if by land, 2 if by sea, 4 if by 4 people on 4 wheels.

Great pictures and great bikes.
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Dang, and all I got was rained on in CT last night and a 6% grade that lasted 59584 miles. Glad you had a better time than me! Though I admit, my first thought was vintage unicycles when I saw the thread title.
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Cute pictures!

Time for you to get yourself some wool jerseys. You won't look so drenched.
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Tandemonium.

Bilenky does not have a house jersey?
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Four people, four wheels

Here are a few more pictures to add to the story.

If I get a chance to upload pictures from my wife's phone I'll do so. Her pictures are better than mine.

Waiting for our hosts to arrive.

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Jim in his tandem-in-waiting pose and Sharon snapping a few shots.

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Jim's fine Peugeot tandem. His blue bike looks especially fetching against the yellow on the old train depot.

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Post-lunch discussion before rolling out. Sharon brought along a wonderful lunch and provided us great ideas for future adventures!

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Nice! Dallas you and the misses need to get with the program and get matching jerseys.
One of these days I'm sure we will. Jim and Sharon had some great suggestions and, once home, we'll probably get something suitable. We're not into flashy stuff like you young whippersnappers.
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Nice! Always great to see some tandems getting a work out!
Indeed! And this was probably the most fun I've had on a ride. It wasn't about raw miles or speed. It was about friendship and taking in scenery at a leisurely pace. It was a perfect ride for my wife who doesn't get nearly enough seat time.
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You kids have all the fun.

I am sheet rocking, mudding and priming this afternoon.
Better you than me. We're having a really great time that's for sure.
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Great pics! Looks like fun.

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... but it'll be a little while because we're heading out on a short (20ish miles) ride to Middleton for ice cream at Richardson's Dairy.
Now I'm officially jealous. Spent lots of summer nights at Richardson's during my childhood. My favorite ice cream. Especially the German Chocolate Cake.
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Too cute.

But Dallas, are you wearing denim cargo shorts??
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Great pics! Looks like fun.

Now I'm officially jealous. Spent lots of summer nights at Richardson's during my childhood. My favorite ice cream. Especially the German Chocolate Cake.
Not to rub it in but, if you see this thread, we enjoyed our sundaes immensely this afternoon. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/491452-Where-d-You-Ride-Today-(New-amp-Improved)?p=14574334&viewfull=1#post14574334

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Cargo Shorts? Really?

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Too cute.

But Dallas, are you wearing denim cargo shorts??
Indeed, I am wearing good old fashioned cargo shorts. I have only one pair of bike shorts, but on almost all my rides I wear regular loose fitting shirts like in these pictures. On my longest ride to date (73 miles), I was wearing a pair of shorts nearly identical to these.
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Tandemonium.
Ooh, I like that! Surely it's been used before by somebody already!


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...The old Peugeot tandem seems very capable and the work you did reassembling it was top notch.

if you ever get a chance to go for a ride with Jim and Sharon, JUST DO IT! You will NOT be disappointed. They are the most gracious hosts anyone would want to meet.
Aw, shucks, thank you for the wonderful words. Believe me, it was our pleasure. (Dallas and Rachel smile a lot, folks.) It was a terrific day, ridden at a good clip but not competitively so, and great fun! Dallas kept saying they had to work to keep up with us, but I didn't see any problem. Every time I checked my mirror he was right on our tail, bright headlight and all! We gotta' do Tandemonium again!

Thanks for the nice comments about the bike too. It was a fun but huge project, and thanks go to a number of BF members. I had no idea when we started that it would work out as well as it did. After about 1800 miles it has proven itself a very capable, robust, and comfortable machine. Go Peugeot!
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Looks like fun, good job, folks.
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