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Welcome to the FAQ's of the Forum For Off-Road Tandem Enthusiasts

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What is Double Forte?

When do I use Double Forte vs Tandem@Hobbes or the rec.bicycles.newgroups?

What are the benefits of subscribing to Double Forte?

What is YahooGroups?

Why the name Double Forte?

What are the posting guidelines?

 
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What is Double Forte?

Double Forte is an international subscription based electronic mailing list established to promote interest in and to facilitate the exchange of information regarding the sport of tandem mountain biking. The group's members are cycling enthusiasts who have discovered the enjoyment, excitement, and camaraderie of riding mountain bikes built for two. The group provides its members with a forum where they can share technical information, riding tips, trail reviews and event information related to tandem biking. Membership is moderated but granted to anyone interested in tandem mountain biking to ensure discussions remain non-commercial, topical and free from objectionable language.

What Double Forte Isn't

Double Forte is not a cycling club:

Since Double Forte isn't a club any group tandem rides that may come as a result of forum discussions will always be no-host events. Individuals who volunteer to identify dates, times and ride routes do so as a courtesy to others who are interested in participating and are otherwise just another participant on the group ride. The rides may or may not be held in conjunction with a social event arranged by the same individuals who organized the ride.

Everyone who participates in a ride has a responsibility to follow the rules of the road and extend care and consideration to the other ride participants as they do to all other road users. Ride "organizers" may elect to offer suggested ride routes of varying length and point out challenging aspects of the various routes; however, are not expected nor encouraged to take on a role as ride leaders. Again, each participant is responsible for their own actions during a group ride, including knowing their limits with regard to bike handling skills, knowing the rules of the road, ensuring their tandems are in proper working order and is expected to be self-sufficient during the ride. Social events held in conjunction with group rides are looked upon as separate and distinct events that are defined by their hosts.

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When do I use Double Forte vs Tandem@Hobbes or the rec.bicycles newsgroups?

This group is intended to be a quiet companion to the Tandem@Hobbes list which is THE LIST for tandem enthusiasts. Tandem@Hobbes is an international subscription based electronic mailing list for all forms of tandem bicycle enthusiasts, whereas Double Forte is targeted to the much smaller community of tandem mountain bike enthusiasts. Suitable topics for Tandem@Hobbes include questions and answers related to tandem components, riding technique, brands and equipment selection, repairs and upgrades, prices, clubs, tandem anecdotes, rides, rallies and other activities, cooperating on FAQ (frequently asked questions) material etc.

We strongly encourage members to post road, touring & other general tandem related topics or questions to the Tandem@Hobbes list. This guideline is intended to ensure the DF list does not in anyway detract from the purpose of the Tandem@Hobbes listing while, at the same time, keeping the DF list focused on tandem mountain biking topics. Additionally, this list is not intended to replace the various other rec.bicycles newsgroups. Items of general interest to the broader audience of bicycle enthusiasts should be posted to the rec.bicycles newsgroups (if you have access to them). Links to these other resources are available on the "links page" at the Double Forte Website which can be reached through: http://www.TheTandemLink.com

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What are the benefits of subscribing to Double Forte?

The expected benefits of this list are to provide members with:

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What is YahooGroups?

YahooGroups is a free service that allows you to easily create and join email groups. Email groups offer a convenient way to connect with others who share the same interests and ideas

Message Preferences can be set so that you:

Group Features & Benefits

The list is generally unmoderated, however if topics stray too wildly moderation may occasionally be activated. List archives, including previous messages, are available electronically. There is a digest mode.

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Why the name Double Forte?

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What are the posting guidelines?

  1. 1. This list is intended to have a social and friendly tone. Rude behavior will not be tolerated.
    2. If it's not specific to tandem mountain bikes or tandem mountain biking in some way then it shouldn't be posted here. General tandem bicycle and bicycling topics should be posted to Tandem@Hobbes.
    3. If someone posts something to this list not related to tandem mountain biking it should not be replied to in the forum; however, feel free to send a personal email that directs the poster to the appropriate forum if you know which one it is.
    4. If you would like to make files, pictures, or other attachments available to list members we would ask that you:
    5. Offer the service or information to those who reply to you off-list OR
    6. Provide a URL to a file that exists somewhere else on the Web, including the Double Forte YahooGroups Files and Photos features that all members can access.
    7. Keep in mind that you are speaking to a large audience with diverse interests before you post to the list. Carefully consider if what you have to say will be of interest or concern to the entire list membership. If not, a personal Email to your target audience or individual members of the list may be more appropriate.
    8. PLEASE quote only the relevant portions of posts that you are responding to instead of entire messages or digests.
    9. If you intend to send a reply to a posting that is: a) of a personal nature, b) is a one line comeback, or c) not likely to be of interest to a significant number of the other subscribers, it should not be replied to on the list. However, feel free to send a personal email.
    10. If you are posting a reply to a technical question with an opinion instead of hard data please preface your remarks with '"in my opinion" (IMO).'
    11. As a respondent, challenging facts and opinions is fine - but be polite and always offer to take discussions off line when they no longer offer content that would be of benefit to the group at large.
    12. If someone posts items that falls outside of the targeted topics outlined in 1., above, the post should not be replied to in the forum. However, feel free to send an email that directs the poster to the appropriate forum if you know which one it is or to engage in an off-list discussion with the author if you believe you can help.
    13. If a thread has degenerated to the point where it no longer falls within the targeted topics outlined in 1., above, it should not be replied to in the forum. However, feel free to send an email that directs the poster to the appropriate forum if you know which one it is or to engage in an off-list discussion with the author if you believe you can help.
    14. To help with the moderation of this forum, politely suggest redirection of threads to email or forums when posts are received that do not conform to these guidelines.

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