Category Archives: Advice & Commentary

What Do I Think? Good Question. (Tandems & Composite Forks)

Let me confess that I really do enjoy getting comments when I post things.  Some of them come from friends who subscribe to our blog and stay in touch by sharing a compliment or an anecdote when something I’ve written … Continue reading

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How Not To Buy Your First Premium Bicycle….

As I mentioned a while back, I’ve been doing my best to cull the “bike herd’ I have stabled in our garage.  We found a new home for our beloved Erickson and it’s now being enjoyed the way it should … Continue reading

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Vacation & Rally Planning 2014

Well, we still need to sit down and go through our 2014 event calendar to figure out which tandem rallies we’ll be attending, although it’s probably a no-brainer for a few events. However, as I start to look at our … Continue reading

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As a Cyclist & Motorcyclist I Check The Weather A Lot… NOAA!

I’ve dumped the Weather.com site and couldn’t be happier! I’m so glad the Weather Channel sent me that survey…  talk about unintended consequences. Like a lot of folks, I began using the Weather Channel’s internet site as my primary source … Continue reading

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Did I Really Pass-Up A Demo Offer? Boy, That’s Telling….

Sure enough, I was graciously extended an offer to give a set of relatively new tandem performance wheels a test ride at this year’s Southern Tandem Rally but declined. Really? What was I thinking!! Sadly, what I was thinking about … Continue reading

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Got a Light? If Not & You Ride At Dusk, Get One!!!

It’s common-sense savings time.  You know, the few weeks that precede the end of day-light savings time when cyclists who ride in the evenings seem oblivious to the fact that the days are getting shorter and they’re essentially riding at … Continue reading

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Needed To Follow My Own Advice… Tandem Rallies & Lodging

So, in past articles I’ve written about tandem rallies one of the things I recommend is planning ahead.   I didn’t do that all that well for this year’s Southern Tandem Rally. More specifically, find a good source for a … Continue reading

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Buying A Tandem Is A Team Sport Too…. (Nearly New Calfee for Sale)

There was an interesting question posed to one of the bike lists I frequent from a gentleman who is toying with the idea of adding a tandem to his collection of bicycles and decided to seek input from the subset … Continue reading

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First Look: Taiwanese-Made Cannondale RT1

Facebook truly is an interesting animal with regard to how one door opens another to perpetuate the social network.  Case in point, I am friends with Rick L. up in Michigan noting we both share a strong affinity for tandems … Continue reading

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Tandem Tech & Equipment: In Praise of Conventional Wheels

I can honestly say it was really nice riding on our 36°conventional wheelset during last Sunday’s 65-mile Tour de Cure event.  Nice, because (a) they delivered a great ride and (b) I never gave them a second thought. While conventional … Continue reading

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New Wheels for the Triplet! But Are My Rims & Tires Too Narrow?

It’s been both interesting & occasionally even informative to watch several different “threads” running on “wider is better” themes across cycling. Frankly, I believe that so long as the average recreational/sport cyclists use wheels and tires at pressures that fall … Continue reading

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Things I Didn’t Delve Into During My Talk At Tandems East’s Expo….

At the end of my 40-minute “Tandem Geek Show” during last weekend’s Tandems East Expo I decided to test the audience’s threshold for interest by asking if there were any questions before jumping into some other topics.  As I suspected, there … Continue reading

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R&E Cycles of Seattle, WA… Why Aren’t All Shops Like This?

Just gotta throw out some “props” to Dan Towle and the folks at R&E Cycles up in Seattle, Washington. For the second time in three years Dan and his crew have been Johnny on the spot for me when I … Continue reading

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In Case You’re Looking For An Answer To A Question About Tandems…

… there’s a pretty good chance it won’t be buried in this blog.  It’s probably not buried in our companion Website — http://www.thetandemlink.com — either. But, that’s not to say that I or several other folks with insight into some … Continue reading

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Bike Fitting, It’s Always Worth the Time & Expense if…..

… you can find a really good bicycle fitting practitioner. Anyone who’s ever taken the time and paid good money for a professional bicycle fitting by a really good bicycle designer and/or bicycle fitter will typically come out of that … Continue reading

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It’s OK To Wash Your Tandem, Really… Soap & Water Is a Good Thing!!

Let start off by saying that I really hope this does not come as a surprise to any readers… but it’s not only OK to wash a bicycle / tandem with soapy water and then protect it with a good … Continue reading

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Building Your Stoker’s Confidence & Trust : A Re-Post from BF

OK, this is technically a re-posting of something I wrote at BikeForums.net today in response to a question that basically asked, “How to I help my stoker comfortable with high-speed descents?” Listen to what they’re saying on and off the bike … Continue reading

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The Reason For The Season… Blurred By “Santa” Once Again: A Rant.

I guess with all of the endorsement deals and appearance fees he’s signed over the years…     … the modern-day Madison Avenue creation we call Santa has been able to pull down some serious dough-ray – me and built … Continue reading

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Co-Motion FAQ on Corrosion Prevention: Sweat Is The Enemy!

A new FAQ posted to Co-Motion’s website is must read for all of the Toxic Avengers out there who sweat buckets of salt laden perspiration onto their frames. When is your bike most vulnerable to rust? Here’s how to prevent … Continue reading

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Tire Wear & Square Tires

Anyone remember the Seinfeld episode, “The Dealership” where Kramer & the sales guy see how far they can run a Saab on empty? Every once in a while I find myself doing the same thing with rear tires on our … Continue reading

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2011 Santana Beyond Review – Introduction & Background

Santana could have named its flagship tandem “Beyond Sublime“ That’s pretty high praise, but it’s truly well deserved. I say that if only because our benchmark is another tandem that offers sublime ride qualities: our ’08 Custom Calfee Tetra Travel Tandem … Continue reading

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Park TS-2 Rebuild

I’m almost ashamed to show you a picture of what my beloved Park TS-2 Professional Truing Stand looked like before it got some TLC tonight. I bought this stand nearly 20 years ago and it spent most of its life … Continue reading

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SRAM X.0 + Jtek Shiftmate Straight (2nd Follow-Up)

Nice… really nice. Wowzer!  What a pleasant surprise! While we’ve always enjoyed what I’ve characterized as good shifting with various combinations of our hybrid Campy shifters + Campy rear derailleurs + Shimano cassettes, good meant that the shifts were accurate … Continue reading

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It’s Not About The Tandem…

From outward appearances this may sound like pure hypocrisy, but it ain’t about the tandem!  It’s about the tandeming experience. If having a certain brand, model, type, material, color, or specific gravity improves your tandeming experience, all the better.  However, … Continue reading

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Rear View Mirrors & My Hubbub Mirror Review

In Defense of Mirrors. Do I remember why I decided to try a mirror? Yes. I ran out of good excuses for not giving one a try. But, aren’t cyclists who wear rear view mirrors bike dorks? Yes, they are. … Continue reading

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Tandems & Spring Maintenance

In addition to all of those pesky household chores that must be attended to each Spring, it’s also time to attend to that Spring bike maintenance stuff. Regardless of whether you ride through the winter or not, Spring is a … Continue reading

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Our Calfee Journal… The Overdue Epilogue

A couple of folks have asked us how our Calfee story has played out since publishing my final Calfee Journal update back on March 28, 2009.  Probably a fair question and I’ll have to work up something for the web … Continue reading

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Tandem Rallies: Registration Tips For First Timers

This is a reprint of an article I wrote back in early 2007 after reporting that both the Georgia and Tennessee Tandem Rallies had filled-up just a few days after registration had opened. The purpose was to give folks looking … Continue reading

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Good Luck with That: 6 Month Update

It’s been over six months since I posted some interesting and over-priced tandem finds on Ebay in my original “Good Luck With That” article, so I thought I’d check in to see if anything has happened with that collection of … Continue reading

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Diane Lees: The Outspoken Cyclist

Long-time friend Diane Lees whom many tandem enthusiasts may know from her association with HubBub Custom Bicycles near Cleveland, Ohio — a shop she has co-owned with Brian Jenks since 1997 — dropped a me a note the other day. … Continue reading

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