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Old 05-08-12, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by bikefor2


Taken at Big Sur a couple of weeks ago on our first self-supported hotel/CC tour from San Francisco to Imperial Beach.
Nice picture, nice bike, and it sounds like a really nice tour!

(I do have to say that I can almost hear the rear tire on your bike whimpering!)
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Originally Posted by Mainframeguy
That is such a neat picture - you have one skilled stoker! I have often pointed out such sights to my stoker, but I'd hesitate to ask her to take a snap and it would need great co-ordination and much luck as she's partially sighted and would literally be taking it "blind"!
Thank you for the compliment. I am the stoker;-). I also give credit to the captain. He was the one who suggested shot. He had the confident and the patient. We stopped and went back to get this shot.
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Here's a recent pic of us at the Wine Country Century in Santa Rosa Ca on our new Calfee. We were both pretty happy at this point.
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Originally Posted by teamdonterri
Here's a recent pic of us at the Wine Country Century in Santa Rosa Ca on our new Calfee. We were both pretty happy at this point.
Since the thread title includes Pictures... , a bit of discussion about professional photography available at organized rides.

We too did the Wine Country Century, and had the same PhotoCrazy pic, with a static camera, triggered by cord, and augmented with flash. It is good at picking out individual components on a bike, like an Ultegra tandem crankset. However, the thing about a ride is its action, but the photo is devoid of dynamism. The subjects instead evoke hyper-realistic statuary.



An alternative to such photography is demonstrated by Miles John. He took his own shots, using natural light, and followed the moving subjects which remain in focus, whilst the background is blurred with speed. This seems more real and dynamic, and no one will be checking to make sure that it isn't hyper-realistic statuary.

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Ritterview - Thanks for the comparison pics. The one from Miles John looks so much better! What does your stoker have on her back in the second pic?
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Originally Posted by rhino919
What does your stoker have on her back in the second pic?
Ah yes, the mesh backpack [sigh]. On the Blossom Ride last year, Mrs. R spotted another stoker with a cloth backpack into which to store doffed garments. Since Mrs. R gets colder than most, she has the greater clothes storage needs, and thought this a wonderful idea. So she looked up mesh bags on Amazon, and found the $7 ASICS Mesh Backpack.

For example, at Solvang, it started out cold, but then warmed up to be downright balmy.



So, Mrs. R had a lot of cold weather clothes that had to be shed. Into the ASICS bag it would go, so by the lunch stop it appeared that she was off to the laundromat.



I don't find the off-to-the-laundromat look particularly sporting or fetching, and I encourage alternatives, such as the 4-ball tennis can (in the photos in the post above seen in the captain's seat tube cage behind my right Sidi). A lot of clothes can be stuffed into one of these.



However, Mrs. R just loves her mesh bag, and since it is her initiative, I kinda go along with it, though I can't say I like it in the photo. The WCC had all sorts of nice touches, one of which is that at the lunch stop, a service was provided in which riders' shed clothing could be placed in a bag, and this transported to the ride finish. That is why neither PhotoCrazy photo, taken after lunch, reveal any cold weather stored clothing.
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Yes, I like Miles Johns pic better for showing the bike in motion. But as luck would have it as we approched the down hill right turn the photographer instead of being at the inside of the turn for the optimum capture of the action was in the truck changing lenses or eating a bagel or some other important function.
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Ah yes we could start a thread on stoker clothing requirements. On weekends we usually leave the ride from the house 30 minutes before sunrise and easily have a 20-30+ degree rise in temps plus going from almost dark to bright hot sunshine so we both shed layers as it warms up. My stoker's multiple layers led me to go from the stuff in the jersey pocket method to a front bag which allows both layer storage without stopping and a high volume of storage for cloths plus tools spares, food etc.

Ritterview posted some very nice photos. Below is a amateur shot from the Southwest Tandem Rally a couple weeks ago in Kerrville, TX. We are in front having just past a couple tandems. The second tandem has new TX2 wheels from House of Tandems that have been discussed on this list. The red spokes are hardly noticeable when riding beside them but make a red disks when viewed from directly behind. They are pretty striking.

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Originally Posted by waynesulak
On weekends we usually leave the ride from the house 30 minutes before sunrise and easily have a 20+ degree rise in temps plus going from almost dark to bright hot sunshine so we both shed layers as it warms up.
My stoker/sweetie wouldn't be happy without sufficient space to carry clothing, lunch, more water. On yesterday's Narragansett Bay Wheelmen's Westport ride we hit cold sea breezes near the coast and temps in the mid-80's inland. The panniers never come off the bike:
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A couple of pictures of new tandem owner Yo Spiff and his wife on tonight's pub crawl ride.





They seem to be picking up this tandem cycling thing pretty quickly.
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Old 05-21-12, 04:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Doohickie
A couple of pictures of new tandem owner Yo Spiff and his wife on tonight's pub crawl ride.
I see a bunch of deep smiles!

A pub ride, huh? What a great concept! Probably take a bite out of the distance for the day, though, wouldn'tit?
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
A pub ride, huh? What a great concept! Probably take a bite out of the distance for the day, though, wouldn'tit?
It's only about 12 miles or so, with several large breaks. That was plenty of mileage for her! I went out earlier in the day with my daughter on single bikes and went around the lake for 40 miles on my own Saturday evening.
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Looking good!
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The happy tandem couple closing in on the top of the Hazel Dell climb in the Strawberry Fields Forever 100k last Sunday. Special thanks to our friend Tina from spin class who took this picture of us from the side of the road.

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Our second time riding the tandem as a couple and first with our kid



We did ride with our helmets though. Had a blast!!
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Originally Posted by rav
Our second time riding the tandem as a couple and first with our kid



We did ride with our helmets though. Had a blast!!
That looks like a beautiful spot for a ride!
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Yes it sure is, we are still in our driveway though!!
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On the beach right off of Longboat Key near Sarasota last week.

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Me and my stoker in front of the long-empty limestone mill in Bloomington where Dave Stoller's dad used to work. This was on the Breaking Away Ride in April.

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Originally Posted by rav
Yes it sure is, we are still in our driveway though!!
OK, I stand corrected: that looks like a beautiful spot to live!
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Ft. Lauderdale Critical Mass Ride with my best friends!

From the Ft. Lauderdale Critial Mass ride 5/25/12. My stoker, Iron Man Tyler, and my alternate stoker and 39 yr honey had a great time! The Iron Man was so proud of his first kit. He really looks the part!

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Originally Posted by DubT
On the beach right off of Longboat Key near Sarasota last week.

How long was the portage? No way you rode on that beach with those tires! And CERTAINLY NOT those fancy bike shoes!

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Originally Posted by rav
Our second time riding the tandem as a couple and first with our kid



We did ride with our helmets though. Had a blast!!
rav, I notice your stoker like her handle bars "upright" like both mine!
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Originally Posted by bobthib
How long was the portage? No way you rode on that beach with those tires!
Just a few yards, if you notice we took our shoes off to keep the sand out of our cleats. It was so beautiful we had to get a picture.
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