Category Archives: Industry News

Bina Bilenky & The San Diego Custom Bicycle Show

Wow, Steven Bilenky’s daughter Bina Bilenky has been a busy gal again… OK, busier than usual as she always seems to be busy.  Guess the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree, as her dad Stephen Bilenky has always had … Continue reading

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Nice focus piece on lug work at NAHBS…

I’ve mentioned the blog Red Kit Prayer in the past as being one of my regular reads.  Excellent writing by a great collection of industry folks who know what they’re writing about and how to write. Patrick Brady (aka, Padraig) … Continue reading

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Jtek Shiftmate Straight = Campy Ergo + SRAM

A few months back I got it into my head that I’d really like to see how a SRAM X9 or XO rear derailleur might work mated to my Campy Ergo shifters.  Our Record long-cage rear derailleur has always worked … Continue reading

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Dwan Shepard Does 20 Questions With Bike News Asia

You may recall an item from our blog a few weeks back where Co-Motion Cycles announced an end to their 9-year run with the Co-Motion Classic tandem stage race in Eugene, Oregon.  However, at the tail end of that announcement … Continue reading

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NAHBS 2011… Tandems

With a tip of the hat to our friend Ritterview (Bill V.) from BikeForums.net, there were several very interesting tandems on display at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Austin, Texas.  Bill has created a Flickr album where … Continue reading

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The Outspoken Cyclist: My Favorite Interviews…

Back in November I posted an entry that introduced readers to a new weekly public radio program called the Outspoken Cyclist hosted by long-time friend Diane Lees of HubBub Custom Bicycles in Cleveland, Ohio.  It airs every Saturday evening at … Continue reading

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Ventana El Conquistador S&S… what a deal!

No, we haven’t bought a new Ventana off-road tandem… but one of our Double Forte list members has and it’s spectacular.  The photo at right is what Sherwood Gibson has up on their El Conquistador de Montanas S&S Webpage at … Continue reading

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New Calfee Website Looks Like It’s Almost Done…

Every once in a while I’ll get another ‘hit’ on my daily Google search results from Calfee’s development website.  I mentioned this in an entry back in November entitled, “Sneak Peek – Calfee’s 2011 Website” when it first popped-up. Well, … Continue reading

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Edge Composites Now ENVE… Old News, But…

Back in August, Edge Composites announced (see PR below) it was changing its name to ENVE due to a trademark issue that developed as their products entered the European market.  According to BikeRadar.com,  Edge branded components would be sold through … Continue reading

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Burley Design Cooperative History: A Retrospective

With a tip of the cap to our BikeForum’s brother DCwom for sharing out the link… The Fall 2010 edition of the Oregon Historical Quarterly (Volume 111, Number 3) featured a very detailed article entitled, “The Rise and Fall of … Continue reading

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ariZona Tandems… The Phoenix Project

I had a nice note from our friend Bob Davis at Zona Engineering down in Peoria, Arizona a couple of weeks back who pointed me towards his ariZona Tandems website with a wink: ariZona carbon fiber tandems will be returning. … Continue reading

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Ruegamer / Rue Sports… On Again, Gone Again

While I was doing some research on high-end and boutique tandems I discovered that Rue Sports, aka, Ruegamer Uberlight had once again exited the market.  Brent Ruegamer at one point in his career worked for Calfee Design and parted ways … Continue reading

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Paketa V2r… A Post Script & Reset

Post Script: For regular readers and any other visitors who stumbled across my Nov. 6th entry regarding the new Paketa V2r , if you didn’t followed the subsequent comments you missed what I thought was a pretty interesting dialog with a … 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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Paketa V2r… A Cool New Offering Tests My Understanding Of Belt Drives

Note: Please refer to the comments for on-going dialog regarding belt-drive.  I’ve revised my original blog entry twice based on the on-going dialog with Dave Walker from Paketa that has been informative but also raised more questions in my mind … Continue reading

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Calfee Design’s Internal Di2 System & Retrofits

As I mentioned in my previous entry, I received a ‘hit’ on my Google search engine with what appeared to be a Sept. Press Release from Calfee Design on their internally routed Shimano Di2 shifting system installation with their proprietary, … Continue reading

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Kent Erickson Recognized For A Life-Time Of Achievement

There’s a nice feature piece in on cyclist, cycling advocate and premier titanium frame builder, Kent Eriksen in Sunday’s Steamboat Today.  From the Steamboat Today article, “Eriksen’s efforts to grow cycling in Steamboat were recognized Thursday night during the first … Continue reading

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Salsa’s 29er Off-Road Tandem Prototype…

With a tip of the hat to our friend Henry Abel out there in Bend, Oregon, for bringing this to our attention, you can check out Salsa’s Blog to read more about this one-of-two prototype 29er off-road tandem project. While … Continue reading

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Co-Motion’s Tandem Elite Carbon Fork

Back when I first launched my blog on January 1st of this year I included an initial entry entitled, “Et tu, Alpha Q?” that noted the popular line of carbon forks had become a victim of True Temper’s bankruptcy and … Continue reading

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What’s new at Co-Motion for 2011? Quite a bit, actually…

Now that Interbike is history and Co-Motion has updated its Web site with 2011 model information, I decided to take a look-see at what changed from 2010.  As noted in my subject line, quite a bit has changed…  from subtle … Continue reading

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daVinci & Vyatek Team Up

As expected, with this year’s Interbike in full-swing a few interesting press releases were bound to surface.  The most interesting one to date — even more-so  than the Gates Carbon Drive ‘CenterTrack’ — is one that surfaced on Monday from Vyatek … Continue reading

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Gates Carbon Drive “CenterTrack”

As we approach Interbike, the first Press Release that grabbed my attention was one by Gates Carbon Drive: PRESS RELEASE: Gates Carbon Drive Systems, the global leader in bicycle belt-drive technologies, will introduce a new drive train technology at Interbike called CenterTrack, … Continue reading

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A Post From Bill @ Santana: Eurobike 2010 Report

Back on September 3rd, our friend Bill McCready, owner & president of Santana Cycles, Inc., in LaVerne, California, posted an update to the Tandem@Hobbes list regarding this year’s Eurobike at Friedrichshafen, Germany.  Bill typically posts updates regarding Eurobike and the Taipei … Continue reading

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Price Drop: Co-Motion’s Gates Carbon Drive

Funny how what goes around comes around on the Internet, eh?  Well, I had one of those experiences today when someone made mention our good friend Dwan Shepard at Co-Motion Cycles had posted out a note on the Co-Motion Facebook … Continue reading

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Sad News: Cycling Innovator Phil Wood Passes…

Terry Shaw of Lightweight Cycles who seems to keep up with such things, reported on the passing of Mr. Phil Wood this past Sunday, March 14th in a posting to the Classic Rendezvous mailing list today.  Per Mr. Shaw’s note, … Continue reading

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Another Co-Motion Factory Tour Report: Portland Oregon’s Bike Gallery

Matt Cardinal from the Bike Gallery chain of cycling stores located in and around Portland, Oregon, just posted a nice trip report from a visit to the Co-Motion facility back on February 10th.  While it definitely reads like Bicycle Magazine … Continue reading

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Santana’s Tandem-Specific, Shimano Approved Di2… an update.

Back on January 1st I posted an item on the Bulletin Board at our companion Website (pre-Blog) regarding Santana’s optional tandem-specific, Shimano-approved DuraAce Di2 shifting system. Santana had just recently debuted the Di2 system on it’s flagship composite & titanium … Continue reading

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Co-Motion’s 2010 Dual Disc Brake-Through

In addition to doing a re-vamp of their Website, blogging, opening up a Facebook page and sending a team on a field trip to Taiwan, the good folks at Co-Motion also found time to make some changes to their 2010 … Continue reading

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Et tu, Alpha Q?

For those who may not have notice, Reynolds quietly got out of the carbon fork business a while back so no more Ouzo Pro Tandem forks. In fact, John Slawta of Land Shark cycles apparently bought up a lot of … Continue reading

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Specialized Shiv Tandem Concept

Certainly by now, most tandem enthusiasts who surf the web on at least an occasional basis have stumbled across a video or photos of the Specialized Shiv Tandem Concept. The latest creation by Robert Egger of Specialized was first revealed in a … Continue reading

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