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Old 03-31-09, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
rhm, what`s the manufacturer and model of your funky tandem? And do you know if it`s still available in the US?
Mine is a Counterpoint Opus II and (to judge from the date codes on the Shimano components) was made in 1984. It seems to be one of the first ones made; the serial number, if I recall correctly, is 21. Counterpoint stopped making bikes about fifteen years ago; they're hard to find now.

The design was taken over by Bilenky, who sells an updated version --many versions, actually-- called the Viewpoint. Angletech also makes one, called the Harmony. The German company Hase makes a similar bike called the Pino, which is a little different, and a little cheaper; and finally there's the Performer (brand) Family (model) tandem, made in Taiwan, and by far the cheapest option; several BF members have gotten these, and you can find posts about them in the tandem forum and the recumbent tandem.
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Oh, for some reason I was thinking you had one of the Taiwanese models- Performer, Family. Thanks, that`s what I was asking. So the Angeltech isn`t a just a Viewpoint with upgraded components? Anyway, for the relatively little use we put our current Burley to, the Taiwanese one is probably the only one that might make sense for us financially. Thank you for the info and have a great Part II to your family bike vacations.
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Part II

Saturday, April 4
Crazy windy! I don't think I've ever had constant tailwinds of 25+ mph before, and I kinda liked it! It felt very strange to be riding along at what would normally be top speed, and not feel the air moving around us. Top speed, on a good straight downhill, was 46.5 mph. There were occasional gusts of 50+ mph wind, which made things pretty interesting. And, of course, the wind wasn't always behind us, and now and then we found ourselves cranking down a hill in low gear. Still, it was a great ride. We covered 72 miles at an average speed (according to the cycle computer) of 12.2.

Notes:
--I cannot recommend Route 15 between Leesburg VA and Point of Rocks MD. It is very busy, and there is almost no shoulder.
--The bridge at Point of Rocks has a sidewalk about 3' wide, which you can ride on if you're careful.
--The country east from Frederick MD is hilly, and the farther you go, the hillier it gets.
--There's an excellent bakery in the center of Westminster, MD.

Sunday, April 5.
Just as sunny, and less windy, it was a perfect day for riding. Every motorcyclist was out for a ride, but oddly we only saw two other bicycles. We tried and failed to follow a cue sheet I found at Bikely, but it didn't matter; all the backroads of Lancaster and Chester Counties seem to be perfect for bicycling. If you like hills, that is. We rode over 76 miles, and by the time we got to destination, I was beat.

Notes:
--The hill down to the Susquehanna bridge at Holtwood is a good long downhill run. The bridge is bicycle friendly, and beautiful, being high up over the river, with wonderful views to both sides. The east end is actually higher, so riding east it actually goes uphill; and then the road gets steeper.

Monday, April 6.
The weather man said it was going to rain, and it did; but my son declined the offer of taking SEPTA home. Once he was completely covered in rain gear, he just wanted to keep pedaling, so we did. I have to admit, I prefer nice weather over nasty weather, but it was still fun. Another 75 miles later we were home, and glad to be there!

Notes:
--Wild turkeys are social animals, and prefer to stay together as a group, called a bevy.
--I don't know why the turkey crossed the road, but once that decision was made, the rest of them followed.
--Wild turkeys can fly, but not as well as they think they can.
--Wild turkeys can think, but not as well as they can fly.
--Wild turkeys are not good at landing on moving objects, such as SUV windshields.
--Wild turkeys can fly, even after bouncing off SUV windshields.
--SUV drivers, when they see wild turkeys crossing the road, whether on foot or on wing, are advised to stop and wait.
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Part II

Saturday, April 4
Crazy windy! I don't think I've ever had constant tailwinds of 25+ mph before, and I kinda liked it! It felt very strange to be riding along at what would normally be top speed, and not feel the air moving around us. Top speed, on a good straight downhill, was 46.5 mph. There were occasional gusts of 50+ mph wind, which made things pretty interesting. And, of course, the wind wasn't always behind us, and now and then we found ourselves cranking down a hill in low gear. Still, it was a great ride. We covered 72 miles at an average speed (according to the cycle computer) of 12.2.

Notes:
--I cannot recommend Route 15 between Leesburg VA and Point of Rocks MD. It is very busy, and there is almost no shoulder.
--The bridge at Point of Rocks has a sidewalk about 3' wide, which you can ride on if you're careful.
--The country east from Frederick MD is hilly, and the farther you go, the hillier it gets.
--There's an excellent bakery in the center of Westminster, MD.

Sunday, April 5.
Just as sunny, and less windy, it was a perfect day for riding. Every motorcyclist was out for a ride, but oddly we only saw two other bicycles. We tried and failed to follow a cue sheet I found at Bikely, but it didn't matter; all the backroads of Lancaster and Chester Counties seem to be perfect for bicycling. If you like hills, that is. We rode over 76 miles, and by the time we got to destination, I was beat.

Notes:
--The hill down to the Susquehanna bridge at Holtwood is a good long downhill run. The bridge is bicycle friendly, and beautiful, being high up over the river, with wonderful views to both sides. The east end is actually higher, so riding east it actually goes uphill; and then the road gets steeper.

Monday, April 6.
The weather man said it was going to rain, and it did; but my son declined the offer of taking SEPTA home. Once he was completely covered in rain gear, he just wanted to keep pedaling, so we did. I have to admit, I prefer nice weather over nasty weather, but it was still fun. Another 75 miles later we were home, and glad to be there!

Notes:
--Wild turkeys are social animals, and prefer to stay together as a group, called a bevy.
--I don't know why the turkey crossed the road, but once that decision was made, the rest of them followed.
--Wild turkeys can fly, but not as well as they think they can.
--Wild turkeys can think, but not as well as they can fly.
--Wild turkeys are not good at landing on moving objects, such as SUV windshields.
--Wild turkeys can fly, even after bouncing off SUV windshields.
--SUV drivers, when they see wild turkeys crossing the road, whether on foot or on wing, are advised to stop and wait.
Congratulations on the successful tour! BTW, you, or a ringer, were spotted on Pughtown Road near Kimberton Monday morning.
 
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Whoohoo! Good job, rhm Junior- that`s the way to stick it out!

Thanks for the turkey comentary. I`ll keeep it in mind should I ever drive an SUV through turkey territory.
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