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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?

Helmets, Shoes & Electronics: Post Script

Fix when you can, replace when you must…   Outcomes. Our Limar 951 Helmets We’ll call this one a success. With four rides under my belt wearing my Limar 951 with the home made felt replacement liner, I’m very optimistic these … Continue reading

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Helmets, Shoes & Electronics: Fix vs Replace

Fix when you can, replace when you must…  at least that’s how I tend to look at most things. And, with that in mind, here are some recent examples Our Limar 951 Helmets We first began using the Limar 951 … Continue reading

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Bringing the Bianchi Mega Pro-L Back to Life

Having achieved success with the Dean’s fork-ectomy, the sticker-job on the two Calfee single bikes and scoring a win with the new Campy Eurus wheelset, I was still feeling like I needed another bike project. What Harm Can Come From … Continue reading

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The Dean Castanza Gets A New Fork / Loses The Wobbles

BACKGROUND: The Problem Back in June of last year I wrote something entitled “Wobbly Wheels on the Dean Castanza” when I was about 1/2 way through trying to resolve a stability problem that had slowly been emerging as I began … Continue reading

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The Calfee Singles Get A Cosmetic Make-Over

As mentioned in my prior posting on the wheel upgrade for my 23-year old Calfee, the catalyst for that change was the cosmetic make-over of our 2007 Calfee tandem this past February, when it received a set of new-to-us FSA … Continue reading

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It’s Amazing How Tires & Wheels Can Transform A Bike

Note: Somehow, the version of my thoughts on tires and wheels as initially published last evening was not the final one, it was an earlier draft that lacked several photos, edits and formatting changes. I have updated it to the … Continue reading

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When Is Newer Really Better?

When you’re in the bicycle business… not that there’s anything wrong with that!  Seriously, we have a lot of friends in the industry and I’m ever thankful for what they do to support cycling.  But, it is an industry that … Continue reading

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Can You Remember Every Bicycle You’ve Ever Owned?

Over the past year I’ve created a few posts that have cataloged all of the tandems we’ve owned on this blog, as well as all of the motorcycle as well as all of the cars & trucks I’ve owned on … Continue reading

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The Future of Tandem Rallies & Other Thoughts

Just when long-time readers may have rightfully assumed I’d given up writing about tandem cycling, I suddenly find myself moved to write something about tandem cycling. As noted in the title of this post, I found myself looking at the … Continue reading

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COVID-19 VIRUS ALERT – RALLY CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS (7/5 Update)

Sadly, and not totally unexpected in light of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCOV (COVID-19) pandemic, many of the 2020 tandem cycling events and rallies have been cancelled or postponed / rescheduled with new dates. The following are the changes we are … Continue reading

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Sharing the Road: Georgia’s 3 Foot Rule

So Debbie and I went out for a ride on our single bikes today… Unlike it has been over the past weeks, today there was a sudden surge in motorists back on the roads and back to their “normal” behaviors. … Continue reading

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Our Tandems: 1997 to Now

This is actually something of a re-post / cross-posting from something I shared out on the Facebook Group Tandem Bicycling USA a few days back.  However, since I tend to delete most of my posts, comments and photos on Facebook, … Continue reading

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Making Our 12-Year Old Calfee Tandem New Again

Back on 3 February, I published an update wherein I discussed my recently completed swap-out of our old-school, polished aluminum da Vinci crank set for a set of carbon FSA SL-K Light MegaExo cranks as a possible solution to correct … Continue reading

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Another Technology Touch-Up for the Calfee: Cranks

A friend put a set of used, 7-year old FSA SL-K Light MegaExo tandem crankset out on Facebook’s Marketplace on Friday, January 17th that had been on their 2013 Calfee.  I’d been thinking about doing a crank change on our … Continue reading

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Have You Decided Which Rallies You’ll Attend in 2020?

Yes, it’s a New Year which brings with it all kinds of fresh commitments and resolutions.  If those include “attend our first tandem rally” or setting any other kind of tandem cycling event milestone, now would be a good time … Continue reading

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Saddle Cover Replacement: 1st Effort

Back in August it became apparent that Debbie’s 8-year old Fi’zi:k Vitesse saddle on our Calfee tandem was wearing out.  Well, to be more specific, the perforated pleather saddle cover was suffering from delamination and, as it turns out, gel … Continue reading

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Preliminary 2020 Tandem Event Listings

As usual, with this year’s Southern Tandem Rally in the books I took a few minutes this morning to develop a Preliminary  Tandem Events Listing for both the Road and Off-Road Enthusiasts in the coming year. Therefore, and in an … Continue reading

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The 2019 Southern Tandem Rally in Greenwood, South Carolina

We headed off to Greenwood, South Carolina, at noon on Thursday where we spent three nights and three days visiting with friends we only see a couple times each year and cycling with dozens of other tandem teams around rural … Continue reading

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S.O.O.R.T.A. Event Outlook

Our friends and the instigators behind the Self-Organized Off-Road Tandem Adventure (S.O.O.R.T.A.) events,  Chris and Monica Judd, passed along some reminders for upcoming gatherings.  You can also get plugged-in via the S.O.O.R.T.A. Facebook Group  and via Instagram if that’s your … Continue reading

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The 2019 Tandems East Tandem Weekend

Summary: July has once again become a busy travel month for us, as it was last year.  Having just returned from our annual motorcycle trip down to Key West, Florida, last Sunday we began the week by taking care of … Continue reading

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Wobbly Wheels on the Dean Castanza

Update: I was wrong, it wasn’t the wheels… it was the fork.  You can find the updated details in a new entry at this link: The Dean Castanza Gets A New Fork / Loses The Wobbles My Ti Dean Castanza spent … Continue reading

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Triplet’s Are Tough on Drivetrain Components

During the Georgia Tandem Rally the triplet’s drivetrain seemed to be wanting for some attention, more than could be resolved by simply trimming or fine-tuning the derailleur position with the in-line barrel adjusters. In fact, at one rest stop where … Continue reading

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Our 21st Georgia Tandem Rally

Note: Many thanks go out to our friends at the Georgia Tandem Rally & House of Tandems for making many of photos in this blog available to us so we could fully document our rally experience.  Thursday:  Loading Up & … Continue reading

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The 1st Triplet Trip with the Tacoma Was a Rain-Out

The week began with nice weather, which we sorely need and hoped would hold out through next weekend so we could get in a ride on the triplet with our friend Lisa at “The Rally in the Valley” in Walhalla, … Continue reading

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Time is not your Tire’s Friend… How Old is Too Old?

As we gear up for a couple of cycling events in May when we’ll pull our Mark Johnson designed / Dennis Bushnell fabricated “Precision Triplet” down from the storage hooks it dawned on me the tires on the were the … Continue reading

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A Great Day At The Alabama Tandem Weekend in Pell City, Alabama

Summary: Our first major cycling event for the year was planned to be the 3-day Alabama Tandem Weekend (ATW) in Pell City, Alabama, on 12-14 April.  However, due to a variety of issues our 3-days of riding was reduced to … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Own the Trail, Sometimes The Trail Owns You!

A week ago Tuesday, after I had all of my planned chores completed, I decided to head off and get in a short ride on the local mountain bike trails.  However, I made two critical errors related to this particular … Continue reading

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EOTR 2019: 12-15 September @ East Burke, VT

The 2019 Eastern Tandem Off Road (ETOR) rally will be held on 12-15 September 12-15 the Kingdom Trails near East Burke, Vermont.  Brenda & Larry Isherwood are hosting the event and have just added the registration forms and more detailed … Continue reading

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Gearing-Up For Roof Topping the Triplet on the Tacoma

Why Another Truck? Just to be clear, the only reason I’ve owned trucks instead of cars is because they either towed my Hobie Cat sailboats around and gave me a place to sleep at regattas, or carried my bicycles and … Continue reading

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SOORTA Santos Fun-Mountain Biking in Florida

Originally posted on Reindeer Games:
March 1-3, 2019 Santos State Park, Ocala Florida sports a great campground (water & electric) located at the Santos MTBing trailhead. More than 85 miles of trails awaited twenty plus tandem mtbing couples for some…

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