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, today’s search results included the new 2011 Tandem Frames Pricing page

Wow, am I ever glad we commissioned our Calfee Tetra tandem back in 2008!  I’m not sure we could swing it today as the retail pricing has gone up 40% to $5,695.00 from 2008’s $3,995.00 basic Tetra tandem price.  As mentioned a while back, we were toying around with having a bamboo Calfee tandem made last spring and finally heard back from Craig a few months ago.  By that time my irrational exuberance had given way to a more tempered approach to our cycling “needs” and that decision was cemented by the $4,895.00 price tag that has been on their website since 2009, never mind the 2011 sticker-shock.

Anyway, the rest of the site looks pretty fresh and professional.  Some of the drop-down menus are a challenge to navigate accurately beyond the 3rd level of pop-up, drop-down menus.  It looks like all of the original content is still there, but with a crisp, more polished look.  The single bike prices don’t appear to have jumped as much as the tandems, but are still up overall.

Who’d have thought that $5,000 bicycles would have been the norm just 10 years ago, never mind $10,000 tandems.  Makes me wonder why the more reasonably priced models ever seemed to be lacking?  Oh, that’s right!  Because we became smitten with custom-made Erickson bikes and tandems back in 1998 and $6,200 seemed reasonable for a full-Campy, custom 4130 piece of rolling art crafted by Glenn Erickson.  Well, as I said, I think I’ve reached a point where we’re in good shape on the bicycle and tandem front and will focus more of our attention on riding them vs. acquiring and tweaking them.


About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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