140mm Rear Hubs Available From Tandems East….

cdaleThis is a subject that is near and dear to my heart, as we had a 140mm rear-spaced Cannondale MT3000 that blew apart it’s Coda/Hugi hub back in January 2000. I was able to get a very affordable Shimano XT 140mm replacement rear wheel from Mel Kornbluh at Tandems East.  A year or two later I had a friend who was retiring and they had a Cannondale RT3000 with a go-fast OEM wheelset (32° front/rear w/140mm rear spaced hub) that was not up to the task for their 500# combined team weight. Once again, Mel came through with a great price on a 48° Shimano XT 140 wheelset that we gave to them as a retirement gift.  Up and until a few weeks ago I’d have either been looking for a used 140mm hub or swallowing a big bill for a Phil Wood hub.

For those who don’t know, back in the 80’s and 90’s there were quite a few different rear width hubs being spec’d for use on tandems: 130mm, 135mm, 140mm, 145mm and 160mm.  For a while 140mm became very popular and as adopted for use on certain years of Cannondale road and off-road tandems and were also used on Santana, Co-Motion, Rodriguez, Bilenky, Ibis, Burley and others.  Needless to say, there are a lot of tandems out there running around on 140mm hubs.

However, a lot of tandems is a ‘blip’ on the screen in the big scheme of things when it comes to the bicycle industry and the very limited number of potential consumers for the somewhat odd 140mm odd-sized rear hubs caused a lot of hub makers to discontinue the size offering.  One of the few exceptions was Phil Wood, but then again you’re talking about a $395 – $487 heirloom quality hub that might be needed for a tandem with a residual value of about $550; and, no…. adding a $487 hub on a new rear wheel to a $550 tandem doesn’t raise the value of the tandem to $1,200: maybe $700 at best if the consumer is really in love with that particular tandem.

Leave it to Mel Kornbluh at Tandems East to once again see a void in the tandem market and do something to support tandem enthusiasts.  Being one of the go-to shops in the tandem speciality market and the densely populated northeastern US where many early tandem adopters reside, Mel found more and more folks coming to him in search of a 140mm hub and aside from the aforementioned Phil Wood there just wasn’t an off-the-shelf offering and the cost for a hub maker to tool up for a limited run was also cost prohibitive.

To fill the void, Mel worked with White Industries and his local machinist to come up with an affordable $280 140mm rear cassette hub offering ($290 for disc) which is what you’d pay for a stock White Industries 145mm hub at Tandems East.  Mel’s machinist makes the 140mm axle that mates up with a White Industries hub body  for a consumer win-win: White Industry hubs are easily a best value in a top quality hub and Mel has been a top quality source for custom-made tandem parts for many years.

140mm Hub

Customer response to the new offering has purportedly been incredibly strong with fifteen 140mm wheelsets going out the door since the hub became available a few weeks back.

So, if you or someone you know has been in a bind with a 140mm rear spaced tandem that you didn’t want to or couldn’t have cold-set to 145mm, you now have an affordable option and can finally do that wheelset upgrade.  For more details, contact Mel Kornbluh at Tandems East:

Website: http://www.tandemseast.com

Phone: 856-451-5104 (M-F 6p-10p, Sat 8a-5p)

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What a Great Ride! 15 Miles of Smiles….

20140928_122020Following  the tweaks that Alex Nutt and I made to our Ventana on Saturday, Debbie and I headed back to the trails at Allatoona Creek today to see if the hoped-for improvements were achieved: they were, and then some!

It was an absolutely GREAT day on the trail.  The tandem’s fit and handling were vastly improved and that made all of the difference in the world to both me and Debbie; let me explain.  Even though we haven’t been doing much off-road riding in the last 6 years, we did a bunch from 1998 – 2008.  One of the things that Debbie has always keyed off of was how confident I seemed out on the trail.  If she felt that I was having a good day and was on my game, her confidence level went way up and that would allow her to relax and enjoy the ride.  However, if I was having a tough day on the bike and seemed apprehensive then she’d tense up and that would usually make matters worse, making for a really bad day on the bike.

Well, after making the changes to my fit, increasing the steering trail and changing out the brakes the Ventana felt and handled better than it or it’s predecessor ever had!  It was a “point and shoot” kind of handling where I could pretty much put the front wheel anywhere I wanted to on the trail, do near stall very tight turns through the narrow tree-lined essess, easily set-up for technical sections and then hammer up and over the obstacles without a worry about the front wheel mis-tracking or getting twitchy.  And, on top of all of that, hitting the brakes was no longer something I dreaded as the new Avid BB7’s were whisper quiet and smooth: something that I hadn’t ever experienced on this Ventana.  Moreover, as I continued to use the brakes the pads and rotors began to bed-in and the stopping power was really coming into its own by the end of the ride.

So, how was Debbie’s day on the tandem?  I should probably note that Debbie was the first one to talk about heading off to the trails on Sunday.  I’d hoped she’d be ready to head out again — weather willing — and that’s why I was anxious to get the Ventana ‘tweaked’ as I was certain that with a few changes I could vastly improve the quality of the bike’s fit, handling and braking.

However, imagine my surprise when out of the blue Debbie called our son Wesley on Saturday morning before we even did our road tandem ride to ask if he wanted to join us for some off-road riding on Sunday!!!  Yet another reason I love this woman so much…  When she gives something new a try and  likes it, she’s all in.  Riding off-road might as well have been something new given how long we’ve been off the trails, but if today’s ride was any indication she’s now as enthusiastic as she ever was!

20140928_105747Although the day started off gloomy and a bit cooler than previous weekends as fall quickly begins to settle-in, Debbie was still the first one to bring up heading to the trails: “So, how about we head to the trail around 10:30?”   You betcha…  I didn’t blink before I was out in the garage topping off the rear shock and then stuffing the Ventana in the back of the Toyota Tundra and filling up Camelbak’s.  Even though the Ventana will fit in the back of the Tundra with the front wheel removed and one of the bar-ends turned down, since the trail is just 5 miles from the house I’ve found I can cut down our time spent at the trailhead buy simply laying the tandem on its left side with the front end sticking out of the bed and resting on the tailgate.  I throw a strap across the bike “just in case” as I’d hate to see the tandem jettisoned from the truck if — God forbid — we had a collision going to or from the trailhead: no sense adding insult to injury!

Getting back to Debbie’s ride, while she was definitely enjoying my new-found comfort and confidence with the Ventana, she thought I’d done something to either her saddle height or the tandem’s rear suspension as she said she felt like she was bouncing again.  I thought about all of the things we did to the tandem and for the life of me I couldn’t think of anything that we’d touched which would explain the change she was feeling.  She asked if I’d checked the air pressure before we started: I had. It had dropped to 240 psi since last Sunday so I’d topped it back off at 270 psi before leaving the house.  I think we’d probably ridden 1 of the 4 miles on Turtle Back loop when I finally realized what I’d probably done.  I told Debbie to reach down to the bottom side of the rear shock and see if the blue lever that controlled the shock’s compression was pointed to the left (climbing) or in the middle (trail riding): it was in the middle.  After she moved it to the left — which minimizes the shock’s movement — she was back in her comfort zone.  She just has a hard time with the full-suspension movement and prefers to minimize the bobbing that comes with a less than perfect off-road pedal stroke.

With the rear shock sorted out it was all systems go.  After finishing the 4-mile Turtle Back loop I asked what she’d like to do next; call it another successful day, do a second loop around Turtle Back with the extra, more technical 1.3 mile spur or ????   She opted for ????, which was to go and explore Mason’s Bridge Loop.

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Of course, to get to Mason’s Bridge we had a good 1.5 miles of double track / gravel road to cover, and then about 3/4’s of the 1-mile Rusty Bucket beginner’s loop — yeah, beginner unless  you’re trying to negotiate tight turns between closely spaced trees on a 7-foot long tandem!  We also ‘discovered’ a very nice single track trail I didn’t know existed that connected the Rusty Bucket loop to the trail head for Mason’s Bridge loop.  In the past, I’d only used the .5-mile double track / gravel road to transit between the two single track loops.  The single track loop was really quite nice, very reminiscent of some sections on the Dwelling Loop up at Sixes Road.

The Mason’s Bridge Loop had a lot more roller-coaster sections than I remembered and a couple of very technical features, including a ramped tree crossing that was not negotiable via a tandem unless you were willing to break your timing chain and dent your boom tube! Yeah, we dismounted and climbed over that one on foot.  However, we were able to negotiate the other two.

Other than having the rear shock set to be too soft for Debbie’s preference, a creaky eccentric and a little bit of rear rotor rub on the back corner of the caliper body, it was a perfect day on the tandem.  Well, Ok. I clipped a tree with Debbie’s handlebar and her wrist got smacked by the tree in the process.

While reveling in the joy of being back in the wood on a tandem, Debbie confessed that she had truly been of a mindset where she would have been happy if I’d simply given the Ventana away; she was “done” with off-road riding.  However, today was one of those days when we both really appreciated what it is about off-road riding that makes it so different from road riding, different in a good way.  There is no such thing as ‘tempo riding’ or ‘day dreaming'; the tempo is always changing and you never take your mind off of the trail, lest you become one with a tree!  It’s a full body and mind work-out and we both liked that!

Anyway, off-road tandeming is definitely back for us!  I get the feeling that we’ll be splitting our weekend riding up with a road ride one day and off-road the next.  The Ventana should be good-to-go for the foreseeable future.  I adjusted the eccentric after the ride and did a little work on the rear brake to eliminate the rotor rub as well.

It’s a bit of a double-edge sword in that while we have a couple of really great motorcycle weekends coming up in October along with the Southern Tandem Rally, that means we’ll only have about one Sunday when we can hit the trail on the Ventana!

More to follow….

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New Entries At Riding Two-Up

369252Recently posted at Riding Two-Up: It was an interesting month for the big bikes.  My trust BMW was possessed by a poltergeist and my local service department kept me in suspense for a week before providing a diagnosis. The big Harley, Blue, got no respect from one of our local dealers so we had to move our business to a different dealer’s service department.


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A Trip to MTB Tandems & Tweaking the Ventana…

As noted in my post from last weekend, after a triumphant return to off-road riding with Miss Debbie, our 2002 Ventana El Conquistador de Montanas (ECdM) definitely needed a few adjustments following its 4-year hiatus.

#1 on the list was raising and pulling back the handlebars.  Twelve years ago when Alex built-up our 2002 ECdM — which, coincidentally, was the first full-up tandem to be sold by Alex and MTBTandems.com — I was apparently 12-years younger and riding with a much more aggressive posture.  The ‘Superdust’ 2002 Ventana ECdM was a replacement / upgrade from our 1997/00 ‘High Zoot Translucent Red’ ECdM which had replaced our ‘Sunrise Orange’ 1998 Cannondale MT3000.  As you can see in the photos below, the captain’s handlebars are well below he saddle on all three bikes: I guess there was a time when that worked well for me.  However, on last Sunday’s outing I was definitely feeling way too stretched out, bent over and had too much weight on my hands.


2002 Ventana, with Stratos S5 fork, SRAM X0 gearing, daVinci tandem crankset ,Chris King/Aeroheat AT wheelset and Hope Enduro hydraulic discs.  When our friend Alex Nutt decided to get into the off-road tandem business we decided to take the plunge and do a full bike upgrade to support him with his first tandem sale & build. We had Sherwood Gibson at Ventana replicate the geometry of our ’97 frame as the current smaller frame geometry had changed to something that I didn’t find aesthetically all that pleasing.  Sherwood and I were on the phone talking frame geometry while he was building the frame, that’s how custom this bike was.  In fact, Sherwood even signed the frame for me, just to give it that really custom touch.


1997 Ventana frame built up in 2000 with Stratos FR4 fork, Shimano XT, daVinci crankset, Hope BULB / Aeroheat AT wheelset & Hope 04DH hydraulic discs.  I found the frame for sale for $1000 on some obscure bulletin board during Christmas of 1999. It had been bought at a UPS lost freight sale by a pawn shop in South Dakota.  It was shipped to a buyer and lost in route by UPS and was in cosmetically rough condition.  A lot of polishing, new decals and a new rear disc compatible swing arm made it good as new and built up in May of ’00.  I wanted to update the wheels, gearing and brakes and decided to do a complete bike upgrade when our friend Alex decided to enter the off-road tandem business.  This was sold to a couple in Sacramento, California in April 2002; however, UPS lost the wheels and fork en route.  Me thinks this frame was cursed.


1998 Cannondale MT3000 with CODA HeadShok Moto FR fork, SACH Gripshift, Sugino crankset, Coda-Hugi / Sun Rhinolite wheelset and Shimano XT V-brakes.  This one was acquired lightly used from a gentleman in Pennsylvania in Dec. ’98.  I stumbled over a Ventana frame that was a deal just too good to pass up and this bike was sold to a couple in New Hampshire in July ’00.  To be completely honest, I really wish we’d have kept this tandem. It was a ripper on cross country trails. Very easy to ride and handle with it’s low center of gravity vs. the very high ground clearance Ventanas which can be a handful.

Therefore, the first order of business was to figure out what stem and riser-bar combination would deliver a better riding position.  Alex had a Thomson stem that was 10mm shorter than the one I had on our Ventana and a set of FSA XC280 40mm mid-rise bars that we used to pull back and raise up my riding position.  The plan is to ride it with the FSA XC280 set-up on a temporary basis to see if that will work or if I still need a more upright solution.  Just testing it in the parking lot outside of MTBTandems.com’s shop in Canton, Georgia, it seemed to be a lot better.


DSCN0483The next order of business was eliminating the noise and chatter from the brake system: chattering brakes don’t work well and the squeal is just… well, not what you want every time you touch your brakes.  As you can see in the photos above, to the right and below, we ended up just eliminating the entire brake system.  Yup, those way-cool, super-gonzo, bomb-proof 4-piston hydraulic Hope Enduro front & rear brakes are now in a box along with the also very cool Easton C2 composite handlebar that was replaced by the aluminum riser bar.   While the Magura MT7 and MT6 hydraulic brakes were quite tempting, for our immediate needs my gut told me the mechanical Avid BB7’s with the Single Digit 7 levers would more than adequate and… well, simple, quiet and more affordable. Out back, in addition to switching over to the BB7 mechanical (left), we also upped the rotor from 185mm to 203mm which completed the scorched-Earth approach to riding the Ventana of the Hope brake system. As to why there was a 185mm on the rear to begin with, I’m pretty sure 185mm worked out to be the largest size caliper Hope (right) made for a rear installation back in 2002.

DSCN0485 DSCN0047I also rotated the eccentric 180° to lower the crank axle a half inch which, in turn, allowed me to drop my saddle height another half inch: yet another way of changing that bar height to saddle height differential on a tandem.

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To add more steering trail and firm up the steering I raised the triple clamps back to the top of the stanchions which relaxed the head tube angle and increased the steering trail.  Yes Alex, you were right… I’d originally focused on the effective fork rake. Alex correctly pointed out what was happening to the head tube angle as the fork stanchions move up or down in the clamps.


If the weather gods are nice and hold off on the rain, Miss Debbie has said we’ll hit the trails this morning after 10am when the bow hunters are done.  It will be interesting to see how all of these changes have worked out.  Keeping my fingers crossed that we have another good day on the trail.


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It was a wet one today; SKS mud-guards worked great!

As usual, the weather forecast we watched on TV wasn’t even close to what we were seeing outside of the kitchen window this morning.  However, given the forecast for Sunday wasn’t all that inspiring we decided to venture out onto damp streets in the hope that the early morning mist would subside.

However, to be on the safe side I opted to put our diNotte headlight and our SKS RaceBlade Long mud guards on the Calfee; it was the right call.
20140927_104710 20140927_104655This was actually the first real test of the SKS RaceBlade Longs and I must say, they truly are a better mouse trap.  The mounting tabs were already on the Calfee front & rear brake bolts so installing the mud guards was a quick and easy process that took all of about 5 minutes, tops.  The mud guards clip onto the mounting tabs and then, with the wheels installed on the bike, I removed the skewers, took out the springs and then reinstalled the skewers with the mud guard mounting tabs laced through the skewers.  Pretty slick.

As for managing the wet roads, the mist didn’t subside and actually turned into a light rain during our morning ride, so we really got to see how the mud guards handled all of that road slop. The judgement, as good as anything we’ve ever used including “real” mud guards.  The coverage, while not 100% — there are gaps at the brake calipers and the rear mud guards front blade doesn’t go all the way down to the back of the bottom bracket — the protection they offered was easily 98%.  The front fender kept my feet and legs relative free from water coming off the road and there wasn’t any spray coming off the front of the upper blade’s leading edge.  Debbie reported having no spray from the rear wheel whatsoever.  Just an outstanding design and vast improvement over the original Race Blades.

Having the headlight on also provided some added piece of mind riding in the mist and light rain. We always have our diNotte taillight on, but that front light is something I hold in reserve for early morning, late evening and rainy days.  Can’t say enough nice things about the diNotte lights: they were all second hand and have served us well for many years.


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Odds and Ends I’ve Been Meaning to Mention…

Lurking & Scanning But Not Engaging All That Often

Someone from one of the tandem discussion forums I used to frequent — well, frequent is probably and understatement as I have over 7,000 posts on that site alone — sent a very nice personal note this past week that made note of my absence from the forum.  I sometimes wonder where I found the time as some of those postings were about as detailed as my blog entries!  However, as was the case with Tandem@Hobbes where I probably have over 15,000 entries in the archives, I think I reached a point where I no longer was learning much that enhanced my understanding of tandems and tandeming, original reason I searched out the forums and also saw the lion’s share of postings moving in the arcane instead of being focused on sharing information that helped folks solve problems, learn techniques or otherwise help folks who were new to tandems discover and get more enjoyment from their machines.

So, while I don’t often post anything to Hobbes or BikeForums I do still scan over all of the subjects that hit my Email (Hobbes) or appear at the top of the tandem forum (BikeForum) just to see what’s on folks minds with an eye for new information or someone who appears to need a life-line to enrich their tandem experience.

Otherwise, and as you can see by this entry, my apparent need to reduce my thoughts to writing just seem to be easier to satisfy with the blog entries: free form, if you will.  Who knows, perhaps if and when I finally move into pensioner status I’ll have some sort of epiphany or second career that launches me back into the forums.

Can a Tandem Fly?  Only if the Folks Riding It Have Big Brass Ones….

Back in August, our friend Henry Able out in Bend, Oregon sent out a set of photos from an epic tandem jump during the “Blitz 2 the Barrel” race in Bend.  He teamed up with Lev Stryker for the jump; not a first but not something you see every day either:

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You can find more details and the full photo set at the Pine Mountain Sports website by clicking HERE.

offroadtandemI’m reminded of another epic tandem jump from the late 90’s where Todd Shusterman was captaining with Tandem & Family Cycling Magazine’s Greg Shepard in the second seat aboard a daVinci Symbiosis full-suspension tandem.  It was an awesome sight captured by T&FC photo journalist David Morgan.  However, what was captured was the less than perfect landing and Greg’s broken collar-bone!  Well, at least I think it was the collar-bone.

I think I have a photo somewhere of Sherwood Gibson + 1 getting some big air off a jump on a BMX track aboard a yellow Ventana El Conquistador de Montanas.  It may be in the Double Forte archives as it was his way of providing an endorsement that a certain single crown suspension fork was more than adequate for off-road tandem use.


I received an Email from a gentleman named Jürgen Brömme the other day. Jürgen has apparently developed and holds a patent on what he calls the Cuddlebike.

Screen Shot 2014-09-27 at 9.33.01 AMThe Cuddlebike reminds me of some other short wheel base tandems that have been around, going all the way back to the late 1800’s, although most of those feature independent saddles that can be adjusted to give each rider the proper saddle height for efficient pedal strokes.

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It’s a novel idea for a fun way to take a very leisurely ride, seated truly in tandem in much the same way that you do on classic motorcycle like my old ’77 Honda CB550F SuperSport.

n1459095890_30246448_5509689That back-to-back seating arrangement was quite nice on the Honda, but then again… we didn’t have to pedal.



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Weekend Wrap-Up

Dragon_31Aug09It was a working Friday for me, so the weekend was just Saturday and Sunday.  Our Friday night routine has changed a bit since I last wrote about it and after 12 years of spending our Friday nights at On The Border, we’ve found ourselves back at another old local favorite where we used to have dinner on Saturdays, Olde Towne Tavern & Grille.  It’s been a good change for us and our friends!


We got to bed early on Friday and that allowed us to get up and going on a bunch of house work that had been queued up.  After a full morning we were able to muster enough energy to hit the road with the Calfee for a nice 30 mile loop from the house.  We’d only planned to go 14 miles, but when we got to the 7 mile turn for home, we went the other way… the weather was just about perfect for cycling!  Traffic was also unusually light for a Saturday afternoon: gotta love it when college football keeps folks off the road and glued to their TVs!!!!

Our cycling actually included a bit of a dialog on tandems, along the lines of… could we ever imagine having a tandem that suits us as well as our Calfee has?  Hmmmm.  If we had to replace it, what would we replace it with?  The Calfee has couplers, but we’ve never taken it on an airplane.  However, we have taken it with us on our motorcycle, packed neatly in the bottom of our motorcycle’s trailer and we’ve also had to send parts of the bike back to California for some rework, made much easier by having a bike that packs down into a very small box, relatively speaking.

How about the type of tandem?  I’d talked about adding a second road / enduro tandem to our fleet now that the Erickson is gone.  However, this would be a dual disc tandem that could sport either large volume 650b knobbies or slicks so that it could be used for trails, touring and other road duty where a high volume tire would be desirable.

Then again, it might be interesting to see how some of the the other performance tandems handle and feel compared to the Calfee: it’s always interesting to see how tandems stack up against each other.  I still go back and read my Santana Beyond review from time to time to remind myself what I discovered during our 3/4 day extended test at Santana’s Chattanooga Rally.

Santana Beyond

Always interesting to ponder.  Truthfully, we’re quite happy with the Calfee, but then again… we were also quite happy with the Erickson until the Calfee came along.  So many bikes, so little time and resources!


As mtbtandem_sepyou can see from the previous entry, Sunday was a beautiful day here in Georgia, weather wise and otherwise.  For the first time in just under four years, Debbie and I swung a leg over an off-road tandem and hit the trail!  We only did about a 5-mile loop, but it was perhaps the most significant 5 miles we’ve ridden in a long, long time.  I truly believe adding off-road tandem rides to our riding routine will put some ‘fun’ back into the equation and also bring a whole different level of fitness to our weekly routines.  She doesn’t read these blog entries or Facebook so I’m relatively safe — assuming friends don’t rat me out — in saying that I’m hopeful we’ll be able to do one weekend day of road tandem riding each week with the other being used for off-road.  Well, at least for a short while: the local trails will shut down in mid-October through January 1st during hunting season: wouldn’t you know.

Getting back to my notional riding scenarios, a half-day spent cycling is about all we can  hope for as we have to balance out the need to spend time working around the house, time with the kids/grandkids and of course our other two-wheel past time — motorcycling — for a few more years. That’s been one of the problems with our Georgia Tandem Club rides as they have become all-day events where 2 to 3 hours are lost just getting to and from the increasingly remote ride locations.  Oh well, it’s all about priorities.

Speaking of motorcycling, it was an interesting couple of weeks as I’ve had two of our three motorcycles in for service at the same time.  All I can say is, I’m really glad I can do all of my own bicycle maintenance.  I wish I’d have kept my motorcycle engine overhaul and repair skills up to snuff, as getting a good wrench to work on your big bikes is hardly a no-brainer.  Even the very best miss a few things these days.

Tool Box

On the bright side, all of the motorcycles are back at home and I believe they’re all in good running order.  Our Road King, Blue, needs a module in the sound system changed-out before we head to Florida on the 1st and 3rd weekends for the fall editions of Bike Week in Panama City Beach and Daytona.  We were able to get in a nice 80-mile ride today after our tandem mountain bike ride at a trail just 5 miles from our house: how cool is that!

We actually took Blue to lunch at what is usually our Saturday night dinner spot — Loco Willy’s — as we tried a new place on Saturday.  We met our friends David & Deb along the way to lunch and they joined us at Loco’s: how appropriate!  After lunch, we headed over to Cartersville, Georgia on a nice 60-mile loop that included a stop at the Cartersville Harley-Davidson shop.  As sometimes happens, I found a really cute top and a really awesome leather vest for Debbie while we were there. What can I say, I like spoiling my sweetie and, well, I like outfitting her with things that we both like!

Sometimes I think that tandem cycling could benefit from an infusion of fashion, something that is tailored to suit the unique needs of mature couples who cycling together!  Lets face it, lycra isn’t always flattering: there’s got to be a better fashion solution for cycling!  After all, we ain’t out there racing!  I’m thinking a lined touring cargo short in a madras print with a Hawaiian styled, collared shirt!  Good grief, I’m getting delusional!  Time to wrap it up.


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