Category Archives: Pimpin' for our Friends

The Outspoken Cyclist: Interested In Being A Guest? + More Favorites

Since first coming to my attention back in the 4th quarter of 2010, I’ve made mention of long-time friend Diane Lees and the PBS show she produces and hosts at WJCU in Cleveland, the Outspoken Cyclist.  In fact, here’s a … Continue reading

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Florida Tandem Rally – Hotel Cut-Off Extended Through 8 Oct

From our friends down at the Villages in Florida comes this update on the 2013 Florida Tandem Rally…. 4th ANNUAL FLORIDA  TANDEM RALLY 2013  25-27 October 2013 Hotel Cut-off date extended! We hope you are making plans to attend the 4th Annual … Continue reading

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Bicycle Quarterly Goes Full-Color; Wow… What A Difference!

I’m sure like many other Bicycle Quarterly (BQ) subscribers, I was pleasantly surprised when my Autumn edition of BQ arrived in a somewhat different protective wrapping, with a different binding and — best of all — full color photos ad … Continue reading

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Next Generation Drag Brake… Now Available!

It’s hard to believe it was November 2010 when I first wrote about the Maddock Machine drag brake development project in this blog entry. The goal was to develop a direct replacement for the venerable Arai drag brake (at right) … 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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A Visit to MTB Tandems in Woodstock, Georgia

Last Saturday Debbie and I paid our first visit to Alex Nutt’s “new” MTB Tandems shop just off of I-575 at the Sixes Road exit in Woodstock, Georgia.  The address is: 221 Rope Mill Pkwy Suite 2, Woodstock, GA   30114.  Sadly, … 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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Tandem Tech & Equipment: Selle An-Atomica Titanico Saddles

Ok, lets shift gears here for a moment away from wheels to talk about something near and dear to our derrières: saddles and in particular the Selle An-Atomica Titanico. So as not to keep readers in suspense, here’s the bottom … 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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2013 Tandems East Tandem Expo… It’s All About The People!!

Well, we had a GREAT time at the 2013 Tandems East Tandem Expo.  As I mentioned in my earlier blog entry, “Tandems East Open House & The Tandem Geek Show“, this was our second tandem expo — the first time … Continue reading

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Tandems East Open House & the Tandem Geek Show

This coming Saturday & Sunday Mel & Barbara Kornbluh will be holding their 25th annual Open House in Pittsgrove, New Jersey.  Some of their guest speakers on Saturday will include Zack Strahley of Co-Motion, daVinci co-owner Brian Davis, Spinergy wheel expert Ric Becker of … Continue reading

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The Tandems of NAHBS 2013…

Ah, the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show… the best thing to happen in American cycling since I don’t know when.  Best of all, next year it will be in Charlotte, North Carolina!  You can bet your boots that we’ll … Continue reading

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Wow! Calfee Raises The Bar Again With NAHBS Tandems

If  you hang out on Facebook and have “Liked” Calfee’s FB page, or are a regular on BikeForum.net’s tandem subforums then you’ve probably seen the two over-the-top tandems Calfee took to this past weekend’s North American Handmade Bike Show in … Continue reading

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Eastern Tandem Rally, Inc., Launches All-New Website!

This just in from our good friend Malcolm Boyd: the 2013 ETR rally schedule & a new look for their Website! The Eastern Tandem Rally organization is pleased to release its rally schedule for 2013.  The Spring Thaw rally, co-sponsored … Continue reading

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Knoxville Tennessee’s Club VIBES In The News….

Our friend and co-founder of Knoxville, Tennessee’s Club VIBES, Sue Buckley, wrote to let us know they were back in the news again.  It was a very nice video report from local news station 10 WBIR that focused on a very … 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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S and S Bicycle Torque Couplings™: Did You Know?

For readers who may not know what as S and S Machine Bicycle Torque Coupling is, they allow full-size bicycle and tandem bicycle frames to be broken down into smaller sections that can be packed into what is essentially a … Continue reading

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Changes at PennyWise Cycle Tours & 2013 Schedule Announcement

Long-time tandem friends Rich Wolf & Ina Thompson shared some information regarding PennyWise Cycle Tours that may be of interest to readers.  The full press release from September 16th appears below.   For release September 16, 2012 PennyWise Cycle Tours … Continue reading

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Southern Tandem Rally 2012, Part 2 of 2

SATURDAY The day started much like Friday with a very nice breakfast buffet around 7:30.  What should have been a relatively easy “get ready to go” became a bit more complex when a special photo-op was planned  by one of … Continue reading

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7-Episode Adventure Series Centered Around Tandem Cyclist Begins Oct 1st

I received a note out of the blue from Jared Abrams, a cinematographer who has been working on a project related to tandem cycling.  He went on to let me know the series is called “Take A Seat”  and it will … Continue reading

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Paketa D2 / D2r Travel Tandem… That’s Right, S&S Couplers

For those folks who have considered a Paketa but wanted the hassle-free ability to travel with their tandem, it looks like you can now have your cake and eat it too.  Spied on Paketa’s Facebook Page today was this freshly … Continue reading

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More on Mirrors… and Business

Update: Sadly, Chuck Harris passed-away in mid-August 2012, shortly after this was written. I received a prompt from YouTube yesterday that someone has posted a comment on one of the videos that I have posted and shared-out, noting I don’t … Continue reading

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Some Nice Tandems Out There On The Market…

It probably comes as no surprise to any of our regular readers that I will occasionally check out the used tandem market via the usual internet outlets like Ebay and Craigslist as well as the somewhat more specialized ones like … Continue reading

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Tandems East – Tandem Expo, March 31st & April 1st in Pittsgrove, New Jersey

If anyone is in the market for a tandem or even thinking about tandems, this is probably the only time and place where you’ll find this many assembled, ready-to-ride tandems covering the entire price, performance and configuration range. We’ve attended … Continue reading

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Bengal MB700T Disc Brake… The Start of a New Product Test

Let me start off by saying we like product testing.  Well, OK: I like product testing.  There are just so many different ways to design and differentiate products that it’s hard to know what works well until you put it … Continue reading

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West Coast Bike Shows & Co-Motion’s Making The Rounds

Yes, I still read the postings to Tandem@Hobbes…  and now and again I’ll be moved to either comment or perhaps even share something when someone asks. But, sadly, just don’t spend a lot of time posting there or even at … Continue reading

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The Outspoken Cyclist: That Great Intro Music & More Favorite Interviews…

It’s been nearly 5 months since my last installment of my “favorite interviews” from Diane Lees’ weekly show on WJCU, The Outspoken Cyclist, so I figured an update was new.  As a reminder, Diane is a long-time friend as well … Continue reading

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Some Fresh Stuff From Co-Motion…

This is actually a three-fer blog entry, in that there three things that piqued my interest from Co-Motion this week from three completely sources. However, as it turns out, they complement each other. The first is a nice article w/photos … Continue reading

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R&E Cycles in Seattle: A New Website & Putting the ‘E’ Back in R&E

With a tip of the hat to our reader ‘Steve’ for a comment in our blog entry on tours that alerted us to this…. Dan Towle, owner of R&E Cycles in Seattle, Washington, continues to find new ways to meet … Continue reading

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