Category Archives: Editorials & Rants

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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Are Tandem Rallies Really Just for Old Folks With Deep Pockets?

Here’s something to chew on: I’ve come to suspect the ever-escalating cost and time requirements for tandem rallies may be a bit of a barrier to new participants who may or may not yet see the value.  More to the … Continue reading

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Turn Signals…

And, amazingly enough, there are actually laws that require their use!  So, in addition to being a good way of letting other motorists know that you’re mentally engaged in the act of driving, letting them know that there’s a reason … Continue reading

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Calfee Watch…. Finally Headed Back East

FedEx now has the frame and it is scheduled to arrive  here at the local FedEx office on Wednesday, 23 September.  I’m a bit baffled as to why it will take 6 days for FedEx to move the same size box … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Ride Videos: Fun Stuff & Being Cut-Off Three Times

Warm & sunny on a weekend: how cool is that! We actually got in two days of riding on what were picture perfect days. Well, OK: to be honest it actually felt a bit on the warm side but that’s … Continue reading

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How To Screw Up A Great Saddle…. (Selle Anatomica Titanico)

Let me start off with a disclaimer… I’m still fuming after making a pretty eye-opening / disappointing discovery this evening as I prepared our triplet and tandem for this weekend’s Southern Tandem Rally. Here’s the deal:  We purchased a Selle … Continue reading

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Today’s Tandem Ride & GoPro Test… “Drive By”

We had another nice day today; perfect weather for cycling: 53°F, partly cloudy with light winds and about 50% humidity. Our GoPro test was once again limited to one camera as I’m still waiting for a mounting bracket; might have … Continue reading

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Well, At Least Ebay Made $25…. No Sale!

Well, if you’d like to give away bicycles there’s a hot market out there!  I put two very nice bicycle frames and a complete, custom bicycle out on FleaBay for a week and the results were, well… uninspiring.  On the … Continue reading

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Three Nights Out On The Tandem After Work & Motorists…

Yes indeed, we just managed to get in our 3rd after-work tandem ride this week and it’s been great!  The mileage isn’t anything to crow about, but getting in a solid, moderate-pace, hour-long ride three times on weeknights stands as … Continue reading

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Blue Moon Blues….

Ever since the Blue Moon I’ve been having more than my fair share of the blues….   What’s the deal? Tandem Cycling, Not Enough: We continue to be sidelined from tandem cycling and cycling in general by a variety of … Continue reading

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Daily Vent…. Just one of those days on the bike.

So, we go out for a nice ride on a nearly perfect day. First irritation are the stoplights installed by Cobb DOT at Mars Hill Rd & Old Stilesboro Rd. that use video motion detection to trip the lights. Only … Continue reading

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Friends on the Mend… And Back On The Road! (Follow-Up #2)

Regular readers may recall that back on August 20th our friends Tom & Cheryl from Southeast Pennsylvania were struck from behind by a motorist while out riding their tandem.  Tom was released from the hospital with minor injuries while Cheryl … Continue reading

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Slim Pickin’s…. (Bloggishnish – Political)

As much as I’d like this blog entry to be about one of my favorite big-screen cowboys — Slim Pickens — (aka, Louis Lindley, Jr.)  best remembered for his comic roles as ‘Major Kong’ in Dr. Strangelove and ‘Taggart’ in Blazing Saddles…    It’s not. … Continue reading

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Bicycle Quarterly: Always a Great Read…

Know your audience, and know the audience of the media that you consume…  Good words to live by. Clearly, if you’re reading this right now you should be a tandem enthusiast. I say should because it’s posted to a blog … Continue reading

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2×10 Drive Trains for Tandems… My Thoughts.

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about 2×10 drive trains for tandems. Personally, with some exceptions, I’m still compelled to lump this in with some of the other things I classify as tandem cycling fads and fashion statements that come … Continue reading

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iPad “Sprockets” Application… Oh Please.

I guess there really is an “app” for just about anything, even things that make absolutely no sense and serve no real purpose… I’ll spare you the mental anguish I suffered in learning more about this “innovation” by not imbedding the … Continue reading

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The Wal-Mart of Bike Shops Has Come To Our Fair City…

For the 20 years that I have lived in Georgia we’ve been fortunate enough to have a really good local bike shop here in Marietta, Georgia: Free Flite Bicycles. The store was first opened in 1978, 13-years before I arrived … 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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Brand X Bashing… A short history

Sadly,  we seem to live in an era where anyone offering a dissenting view in any type of debate — cordial or otherwise — is fair game for being labeled as mean-spirited and their comments dismissed as bashing. ——————————————————————————– Definition … Continue reading

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The Mark Twain Prize… Tina Fey; Really? (Bloggishnish)

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them. – Mark Twain Tina Fey was awarded the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on November 9th.  While Tina … Continue reading

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Discussion Thread Necromancy – Raising the Dead

I have yet to figure out if thread necromancers — those who raise dead threads on discussion forums — do so purely to torment or if they’re just so eager to ‘share with new friends’ that they’ll post a response to … Continue reading

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Bloggishnish: July 31st

Just a few miscellaneous thoughts to share …. Dang, it’s been HOT! Bad Timing for Shed Project – For some strange reason I always seem to get out door projects going in July and August and then wonder why it’s … Continue reading

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July PEACHES Ride, Newnan, Georgia

On July 25th, five couples plus our hosts, Roger & Eve, met for a 43-mile ride beginning and ending at the Newnan courthouse in downtown Newton, Georgia.  Included in the group was a couple who’d recently moved to the Atlanta … Continue reading

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Update: Good Luck With That (30 Days Later)

It’s been about a month since I posted some interesting 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 tandems. ’93 … Continue reading

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Racing Wheels… On Tandems That Ain’t Racin’?

Dumb idea…  at least from my perspective. You know, it’s kind of humorous to look back at the near-term history of tandem wheels. By near term, I’m looking back to the 70’s when what I’d like to think of as … Continue reading

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Google, Bing & WolframAlpha are great, but…

This is something of an interim update to my June 3rd Blog entry, Nicholas Carr Asks: Is Google Making Us Stupid? I have yet to make time to read his book so the real follow-up is still a while off. … Continue reading

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Good luck with that! (Some Interesting Ebay Offerings)

With apologies to the ebay sellers and other would-be ebay sellers who have a different sense of value than I do when it comes to second-hand tandems… Here are a few interesting tandem offerings I stumbled across on Ebay while … Continue reading

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Fund Raising Conundrum: Too Much of a Good Thing…?

As we endeavor to raise donations for what will be our first fund-raising event in 10 years we were quickly reminded of why we opted-out of these events: many of our friends, family and co-workers also participate in fund raising … Continue reading

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Bloggishnish: March 16th

Just some random things that popped into my head over the past couple days… diNotte Tail Lights – A Post Script: Absolutely AWESOME, but rendered worthless if the batteries go dead.  We headed out for our first group tandem ride … Continue reading

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Trust me… Really.

OK, let’s be honest: I’m pretty much obsessive-compulsive when it comes to consuming, analyzing and sharing information about tandem cycling with the tandem community.  Moreover, over the years I’ve bothered a lot of the folks in the tandem biz with … Continue reading

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