Category Archives: Off-Road Tandems

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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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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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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S.O.O.R.T.A. Calendar Update: Six Months & Five Events

Chris Judd passed along an updated Self-Organized Off-Road Tandem Adventure (S.O.O.R.T.A.) event update that covers five events over the next six months; yes, this is definitely becoming a thing!  There are events in Florida, Arkansas, Colorado and Vermont coming right … Continue reading

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S.O.O.R.T.A. Heads To Arizona: A Guest Entry by the Rudolphs

Chris Judd, who pretty much is the engine driving the Self Organized Off-Road Tandem Adventure (aka, S.O.O.R.T.A.) movement, asked us to share a blog entry by Barbara & Glenn Rudolph (see more at their WordPress blog: Reindeer Games) that provides their … Continue reading

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Chris Judd’s S.O.O.R.T.A. Update for September

SOORTA (Self Organized Off Road Tandem Adventure) MTB Tandem Event Update. Big Bear SOORTA organizers Janet-Shaun Devlin getting big air! Next up! ETOR 2018! Just announced! ETOR 2019 date and location has been announced! MTB Tandem rally and meetup list: Fall 2018 … Continue reading

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July SOORTA Update!

From Chris Judd comes this update on S.O.O.R.T.A. (Self Organized Off Road Tandem Adventure) events… Vermont SOORTA Labor Day Weekend! Check out Mt. Ascutney Labor Day Weekend hosted by Sandy and Al Smith for some chunky trail goodness in Vermont … Continue reading

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From Double Forte to Facebook and Off-Road Tandem Rallies: A Retrospective

Back in April 2000, and at the suggestion of a fellow off-road tandem enthusiast who was also a fellow subscriber and contributor to the Tandem@Hobbes listserve I created a newsgroup / discussion forum for off-road tandem enthusiasts called Double Forte. For … Continue reading

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Fat Bike Worlds… Tandem Style

Our friends Dan & Bevin on their Ventana el Jefe… the lone tandem at the 2017 Fat Tire Worlds in Crested Butte, Colorado, back on 24-28 January.  Personally, I’d love to do this but Georgia Peaches like Miss Debbie wilt when … Continue reading

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S.O.O.R.T.A. Tsali 2016 After Action Report by Chris Judd

The following report on the Self Organized Off-Road Tandem Adventure (S.O.O.R.T.A) held in Tsali, North Carolina was filed by S.O.O.R.T.A. organizer Chris Judd.  You can find more anecdotes and photos on the S.O.O.R.T.A. Facebook page. ———————————————————————————————- I’d like to echo the … Continue reading

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Single Bikes, Off-Road Tandem Bikes & Motor Bikes… A Good Weekend!

Where to start and which blog to use, that is the question!!! I guess I’ll start writing and then sort it all out after the fact. We had another full weekend where we probably played more than we worked and … Continue reading

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Salsa’s Powderkeg 29er Tandem…

This past Saturday our long-time friend and bona fide bicycle geek David H. sent me a message via Facebook with a photo of the new off-road tandem offering that Salsa Cycles debuted at Frostbike 2o15 in Minneapolis, MN: the Powderkeg. … Continue reading

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Off-Road Tandem Events for 2015… Looking for Insights Here!

I’ve taken a shot at updating the “Off-Road Tandem Events” page  at  www.thetandemlink.com, but feel like it’s a bit thin.  Quite a few of the off-road festivals and events that included tandem categories have gone the way of the Dodo bird. … Continue reading

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Closing out 2014 and Kicking off 2015 Tandem Style!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks.   Both Debbie’s company and mine have large production teams and shut down at Christmas as a way of managing holiday vacation disruption, i.e., minimizing loss of productivity by consolidating paid holidays when … Continue reading

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140mm Rear Hubs Available From Tandems East….

This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart, as we had a 140mm rear-spaced Cannondale MT3000 that blew apart it’s Coda/Hugi hub back in January 2000. I was able to get a very affordable Shimano XT … Continue reading

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What a Great Ride! 15 Miles of Smiles….

Following  the tweaks that Alex Nutt and I made to our Ventana on Saturday, Debbie and I headed back to the trails at Allatoona Creek today to see if the hoped-for improvements were achieved: they were, and then some! It … Continue reading

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A Trip to MTB Tandems & Tweaking the Ventana…

As noted in my post from last weekend, after a triumphant return to off-road riding with Miss Debbie, our 2002 Ventana El Conquistador de Montanas (ECdM) definitely needed a few adjustments following its 4-year hiatus. #1 on the list was raising … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends I’ve Been Meaning to Mention…

Lurking & Scanning But Not Engaging All That Often Someone from one of the tandem discussion forums I used to frequent — well, frequent is probably and understatement as I have over 7,000 posts on that site alone — sent … Continue reading

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Playing in the Dirt Again!

Regular readers may recall that in October of last year I was less than optimistic as to whether or not Debbie would ever give off-road tandem cycling another shot.  The full details of my dilemma at the time were covered in a … Continue reading

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Calfee’s 2012 NAHBS 29er; Our First Dance

As mentioned in my last blog entry, we met up with Alex & Kim Nutt, as well as their sons Trace and AJ for a 30 some-odd-mile ride on the Silver Comet Multi-Use-Path (MUP) last Sunday. Well, one of the … Continue reading

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To all of our tandem cycling friends & readers…. Here’s to a great 2014!

  Wishing you the very best and many happy miles in 2014…  May your roads be smooth and free from pointy things and your opportunities for rides be plentiful! Looking back at 2013, we had another year filled with a … Continue reading

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No More Mountain Tandem.. sniff, sniff

Yes, it’s true. That particular chapter may have come to a close. My acid test for confirming our time riding off-road tandems together may have truly come to a close with a very low likelihood of a sequel was driven … 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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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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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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Recalibrating Our Riding Habits As We Gear Up For 2013….

Regular readers may recall that I’ve been trying to wean myself off of the two-blog habit, having officially “reunited” my non-cycling ramblings from “Riding Two Up” with “The TandemGeek’s Blog” back on January 13th.  I’ve done my best to restrain … 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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Other Tandems @ NAHBS…

Ok, now for some of the other tandems that were captured on camera and/or in words by folks who actually attended this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show… 2012 Best Tandem of Show:  Kent & Katie Eriksen’s personal Ti road … Continue reading

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Mountain Tandems @ NAHBS!

Interestingly enough, off-road tandems made a nice splash at this year North American Handmade Bicycle Show.  Over the past few years it’s been the one-off road tandems that seemed to dominate the stage, with just an occasional off-road tandem like … Continue reading

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