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Dec 29 - (Various) Rush Miller Foundation Delivers 32 Tandems To Families Around the World in 2002 -- Some of you may recall reading previous Bulletin Board items regarding Rush-Miller Foundation. As our latest update I thought I'd pass along some news from the most recent donations. On December 21st the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Peloton Project, in conjunction with the Rush Miller Foundation and Tandem Cycle Works of Colorado, donated two tandems to Codi and Trevor Garcia of Denver, Colorado. The following is a link to the Press Release announcing the event: it provides some background data on Rush Miller & LAF: http://www.csrwire.com/article.cgi/1465.html. This is a link to some photos of the event at RMF's Web site:http://tinyurl.com/3x53. Major kudo's to Lynn Dexter, Pat Gibbons, the folks at the Lance Armstrong Foundation and anyone else who might have had a hand in helping the Rush Miller Foundation to achieve it's goals of matching up kids in need with tandems over the past three years.

Dec 27 - (ADA) Atlanta Area American Diabetes Association Tour deCure Set for May 18, 2003 -- Kim Rakestraw, Atlanta Area Director of the American Diabetes Association wrote to tell me that this year's Tour deCure to benefit the American Diabetes Association will be held on Sunday, 18 May 03. The ride will begin and end at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia. Kim mentioned she would love to see a big tandem turn-out at the event, the proceeds of which benefit the 17 million Americans who have diabetes. If Kim's name sounds familiar, she has also been deeply involved with the annual MS150 rides here in Georgia.Those who keep up with the tandem events calendars or who read Roger Strauss' post on Dec 12 will immediately take note this is the same weekend as The Georgia Tandem Rally in Statesboro, GA. Therefore, if you will not be able to attend GTR please consider the Tour de Cure. For more information CLICK HERE to visit the Tour deCure Web site.

Dec 27 - (TTL) Snowbound and Looking for Something About Cycling To Read? How About "A Cockroach In My Cornflakes" -- Alan John wrote to tell us that he's launched a Web site for his cycling Ebooks that detail his off-road riding adventures in the Philippines. These are pay-to-read books that can be downloaded from http://www.oryxbooks.com. There is no tandem content from what I can tell -- noting that I haven't downloaded and/or read the books -- but since Alan took the time to write and to include a link to our Web site, what the heck, it's the holidays.

Dec 19 - (Bicycle Retailer) Asphalt Magazine's First Issue Is On The Street --The first issue of "Asphalt" has now made it into the distribution channels. Read more about the launch at Bicycle Retailer & Industry New's Web site by clicking HERE. You may recall that www.TheTandemLink.com began posting notices regarding Asphalt here in August when they initially launched their Web site with a humorous piece on tandems . Asphalt is a new road cycling magazine co-published by Patrick Brady and Lorraine Daly. Although not dedicated to tandems, based on some of the names that appear on the Web site (e.g., Co-Motion, Erickson Cycle Tours, Santana & Seven) there will most certainly be tandem-related content and, according to Patrick, rumor has it a review of the Co-Motion Robusta may be in the works. To find out more or to subscribe, visit their Web site at: http://www.asphaltmag.com

Dec 19 - (insidetri.com & VeloNews) We've Intentionally Been Hit By A Motorist; Now What Do We Do? -- This week's inside InsideTri.com's & VeloNew's Legally Speaking columns by Bob Mionske includes a letter from a tandem team in North Dakota who were intentionally hit by a motorist. It is entitled: The Lunatic Fringe . The letter of interest is the second one, about 1/2 way down the page. Bob Mionske's reply might be of interest now or in the future regarding the somewhat bounded options open to the cyclists in such a situation.

Dec 17 - (Various) Dutch Mechanical Engineers Ride Into Record Books With 90' Long Tandem -- In a story that first appeared in Reuters on December 12, we learned that Teije Meier and Jan Bart Brink, both students at the University of Delft in Amsterdam, rode their 90' long bicycle 100 yards and established a new world record for creating the longest bicycle. The Reuter's story is linked HERE. Although pictures weren't initially available, they finally showed up at der Spiegel online's (The Window) web site along with a more detailed story about the bike and it's builders. A roughly translated version of the Spiegel's story is linked HERE. Pictures of the bike are linked off the Spiegel's Web site and right here as well: The Machine & Riding Into The Record Book. The previous record was held by a group of 40 cyclists from Italy's Super Tandem Club Ceparana who, in 1998, rode an 85-foot long bicycle built for 40 riders the pre-requisite distance to capture the record. A picture of the bicycle built for 40 is available HERE.

Dec 17 - (TTL) MTBTandems.com Introduces House Brand of Value-Priced Off-Road Tandems-- MTBTandems.com of Canton, GA, has introduced it's own brand of off-road tandems and frames called the FANDANGO. The FANDANGO was developed to provide folks interested in off-road tandeming with a low-cost way to break into the sport with the right equipment instead of struggling along with the expense and hassles of trying to upgrade an enduro tandem with suspensionfork and disc brakes. You can learn more about the new frame and various assembly packages at MTBTandems's FANDANGO Web page.

Dec 17 - (MXTri.com) Off-Road Tandem Category Created For Mountain Extreme Triathlon at Park City, UT, July 11, 2003 -- MXT = Mountain Extreme Triathlon. They have created an off-road tandem class for the July 11th MXT at Park City, Utah. More information is available from the MXT Website: http://www.mxtri.com/index.php

Dec 14 - (Various) Cyclist Riding Tandem Solo Crashes And Falls To Death in Scotland -- Brian Hart of fell to his death from a bridge after apparently losing control of the tandem bicycle he was riding alone. According to a friend quoted in one of the articles, "Brian cycled over that bridge every day for about 30 years. His own racing bike is off the road at the moment so was using his tandem bike instead. But the road was quite wet last night and he must have just lost control, hit the bridge and fell right over the edge." Local police noted there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the accident. Two accounts of the story are available by clicking on the hyperlinks provided. The first is from the Evening Express and the second is from the Daily Record. Editor's Comment: Tandems are designed to be ridden by two riders and extreme caution is required when one is ridden with small children or without a stoker. There have been several single rider tandem accidents reported over the years and this is yet another sad story that reinforces the cautionary note.

Dec 14 - (Express & Echo) Exeter's Lord Mayor Rides Tandem To Collect Donation Check For FORCE Cancer Support Centre -- Exeter's Lord Mayor, Councillor Val Dixon and her chauffeur rode her tandem bicycle to meet organizers of annual Nello Memorial Cycle Challenge held last July to collect a proceeds check from the event for the FORCE Cancer Support Centre. FORCE is a local cancer charity in Exeter which provides support for patients and their families. Read the complete story at the Express & Echo Website by clicking HERE.

Dec 10 - (NewShopper.com) London Couple Complete Bejing to London Journey on a Greenspeed Tandem Trike -- While this should be of interest to Greenspeed Trike fans, the general interest value is worth a look for anyone interested in lots of cycling and tandem-related news. James Tobin and his wife Carolyn Sharples of the London Borough of Bromley completed an 8 month, 12,000km journey from Beijing to London on their Greenspeed Tandem Trike. A summary article about the journey appeared in the NewsShopper of London which inspired me to search the Web for more info. That led me to their Website at: http://www.trikeit.co.uk/

Dec 06 - (eworldwire.com) Coast-to-Coast Fund Raising Tour To Benefit Childhood Leukemia; Mountford's To Arrive on Sept 10 in San Francisco -- Steve and Stephanie Mountford are nearing the end of their trans-American tandem journey. The ride was made on behalf of the National Children's Leukemia Foundation and to promote public awareness of the need for bone marrow donors. They departed from New York City on August 25 and now expect to arrive in San Francisco on December 10th after logging 6,000mi. Read the press release at eworldwore.com by clicking HERE. Read more about the Coast-to-Coast 2002 Trans America Charity Bike Ride by clicking HERE.

Dec 06 - (TTL) Tandem Sightings in Fall Issue of LAB Mag -- I received the Fall '02 edition of the League of American Wheelman, er uh, Bicyclists Magazine this past week and saw some photos from the Bike DC ride on pages 20 and 21 that included at least two tandems that I could make out and at least one tandem-guy on a single bike. In one photo by Charlie McCormick is a family of four decked out in their World Championship Jerseys on what looks to be a Moseman Triple pulling a trail-a-bike. This observation was later confirmed by Larry Black of Mt Airy Cycles who went on to add: "I know that triplet well. It's indeed a classic by Rodney. It was briefly
consigned to our shop and we quickly found an adoptive family. These are the members of Team Gross, of Potomac, Maryland. Mark, the famous personality from Quick Messenger Service (Bicycle Couriers) wife Nancy, and the kids are Mitchell and Abby. Mitchell". Also, In a picture by April Sauerwine is what appears to be a dad and son on a Cannondale RTXXXX pulling a trail-a-bike that we have not yet identified and, directly behind them and sitting up high in a white, longsleeve jersey and red helmet is none other than Larry Black on his Pennyfarthing (note the handlebars). The other tandem rider prominently featured in the Fall LAB mag would of course be Lance Armstrong.

Dec 06 - (Bicycle Retailer) Bicycle Magazine Gets A Long Overdue Overhaul -- On the pages in front of the Bike DC article is a piece on the overhaul of Bicycling & Mountain Bike Magazine which, apparently, will begin coming to all LAB Members as an added perk for their membership in LAB. If you can't sell 'em to make your circulation numbers, give 'em away I guess. However, what's more interesting is an announcement that appeared at Bicycle Retailer & Industry News regarding the addition of Steve Madden as the editorial director of both magazines and editor-in-chief of Bicycling. To read the full release at BRAIN go to: http://tinyurl.com/3bt5

Dec 06- (TTL) International Peace Tandem Ride Golden Ring of Russia -- Vladimir Filippov of the Russian Cycle Touring Club writes to tell us that their club has targeted July 27 - August 10, 2003 for the Reunion International Peace Tandem Ride. The ride participants will include several teams with tandem pilots leading sight impaired stokers around the 350 mile loop known as "The Golden Ring of Russia", a region to the South and East of Moscow. Applications will be taken through March 1 and more information is available at the RCTC Web site.

Nov 27 - (T@H) Santana / Shimano Aero Wheels Now In Distribution Channels And Available From Inventory -- Steve Lesse, Sales Manager for Santana Inc., posted a note to the Tandem@Hobbes list annoncing that Santana has finally received and shipped its customers the long-awaited Shimano 16 spoke tandem wheelsets. The shipment was large enough to have filled all of their backorders with several left-over for in inventory that are now available for sale. Given Shimano's reputation for quality and Santana's penchant for durable designs, these should prove to be an exciting new product for many owners of Santana or other tandems that use 160mm rear spaced drop-outs. The tandem-rated Shimano wheels are not available in any other width. For more information send an Email to Steve or Bill at: SANTANAINC@aol.com

Nov 30 - (sbsun.com) Update on Couple Making TransAmerican Fund Raising Tour To Benefit Childhood Leukemia -- Steve and Stephanie Mountford reached San Bernardino, CA, yesterday on their trans-American tandem journey. You may recall that we introduced you to the Mountford's when they reached Texas back on October 20th. The couple are riding on behalf of the National Children's Leukemia Foundation and to promote public awareness of the need for bone marrow donors. They departed from New York City on August 25 and hope to arrive in San Francisco by December 7th after logging 6,000mi. Read the complete story at the San Bernardino County Sun's Web site, sbsun.com by clicking HERE. Read more about the Coast-to-Coast 2002 Trans America Charity Bike Ride by clicking HERE

Nov 28 - (Various) Burley Expands Line To Include High-End Single Bikes - The spotlight is on Burley Design Cooperative's expansion into the single bike market in an article written by Rosemary Camozzi of the (Eugene) Register-Guard and picked up by the Santa Fe New Mexican. You may recall that Burley debuted some of its single bike offerings at Interbike last month. The article explains their rationale, their expansion and plans for the future - an excellent read. Click HERE to go to the article.

Nov 28 - (Skagit Valley Herald) Father and Son Brave Cold Night Air To Lead Winter Night Rides In The Northwest - Apparently Dave Mazzarella and his son Ian on a trail-a-bike attached to Dave's single MTB are well adapted to the cold, wet dark night air they sometimes encounter leading their Monday night mountain bike rides near Conway, WA. Read the full article written by Matt Wallis of the Skagit Valley Herald by clicking HERE.

Nov 25 - (Beacon Journal) Couple From Cleveland Heights Ohio Honored By Cleveland Sight Center - On today's "Around the Region" page of Akron, Ohio's Beacon Journal, it was noted that Jeri & Thomas Rask of Cleveland Heights, OH, were honored as the Cleveland Sight Center's Volunteer Group of the Year for their efforts in pairing up visually impaired cyclists with tandem pilots.

Nov 23 - ( TTL) Have You Ever Seen A Tortise & Hare On A Tandem? - If you should find yourself at The Avenue at Tower City Center Mall in Cleveland, OH, during the Christmas Holiday season, be sure to look for a Tortise and Hare riding a tandem suspended from a balloon over your heads in and among the other decorations. This little tidbit culled from an article entitled "Orchestrating the lights" by Frank Bentayou of Cleveland, Ohio's The Plain Dealer on Saturday, November 23, 2002.

Nov 19 - (TTL) Preliminary Notice: Tennessee Tandem Rally, May '03 - Would you be interested in three fantastic days of spring riding in the beautiful foothills surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains? If so, you're in luck. Tim & Sharon Patterson have decided to host the inaugural "Tennessee Tandem Rally" at Alcoa, TN, on May 30 - June 1, 2003. This is just a preliminary notice. Registration opens January 2, 2003 and some additional details can be found by clicking HERE.

Nov 11 - (VeloNews) Ed Burke; Cycling Loses A Very Good Friend - A memorial service will be held on November 13 at the University of Colorado for sports physiologist Ed Burke, who died of an apparent heart attack last Thursday. Burke, 53, was participating in a group ride with friends near his home in Colorado Springs, CO. More details and personal tributes from his family and friends are available at VeloNews: http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/3211.0.html

Nov 08 - (AP) Tandeming Through France's Dordogne Wine Country, by Kristen de Groot - Kristen de Groot's account of a recent tandem tour of the Dordogne area of France was apparently picked up by the Associated Press. It has shown up several places on the Web and including the Salt Lake Tribune where you can read the article and some "extra" material by clicking HERE. It's a very nice account with anecdotes regarding some of their more interesting encounters. According to their personal Web site, Kristen and her husband Ben live in Deming, NM, where Kristen is a reporter for the Deming Headlight.

Nov 07 - (TTL) Advanced Transportation Products Inc., Looks To Diversify "Mobility Products" Line With Wheelchairs - Advanced Transportation Products, Inc., parent company of Vision Recumbents, is looking to diversity it's mobility product line by entering into the wheelchair production business. Learn more about what Joel Smith and Greg Bower are up to by reading Christine Frey's article at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Website by clicking HERE. Want to take a virtual tour of ATP's facilities? Nick Hiens of the Seawheels bike building group created a nice photo collection after one of their annual tours and it's available on the Web at this URL: http://www.outsideconnection.com/gallant/hpv/vision/

Nov 05 - (TTL) Knocked Down But Not Out; Former USABA Tandem Pilot & Cyclist Now Races Hand-Powered Wheelchairs - Two years ago cyclist Trish Downing was left paralyzed after she collided with a car that turned in front of her during a training ride. Trish previously raced tandems as a pilot for sight impaired stokers during her internship at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. However, she hasn't let her accident and paralysis stand in the way of anything she's set her mind to, including competitive hand-powered wheelchair racing. Read more about this intriguing woman at RockyMountainNews.com 's Web site by clicking HERE.

Nov 04 - (T@H) Gear-to-Go Tandems Releases 2003 Event Schedule - Rich Shapiro of Gear-to-Go Tandems in Elmira, NY, released the dates for his 2003 tandem events today on Tandem@Hobbes. STTR will be held on August 15 - 17 in Elmira,NY & full details are available at: http://www.gtgtandems.com/sttr.html. Additionally, Rich will be leading two tandem tours of the Finger Lakes region; the first on July 27th through August 2nd and the second on September 7th through the 13th. Full details on the Finger Lakes tours are available at: http://www.gtgtandems.com/flt03.html.

Nov 01 - (TTL) Tandem Teams From Norway Participate in Trans-Australia Bike For Peace Ride - Fifteen cyclists from Norway and Sweden have nearly completed their trans-Australian Bike for Peace Ride. Included in the group are several sight and/or hearing impaired cyclists stoking tandems. Read the article in Ceduna's West Coast Journal by clicking HERE.

Oct 30 - (TTL) Special Tandem Rate Offered For December 13 - 15, Rural Ride Around The Islands Tour, Charleston, SC - Robert Cone of South Carolina's Coastal Cyclists wrote to tell us that a special registration rate for tandem teams is being offered for this year's Rural Ride Around the Islands. To learn more about the ride click HERE.

Oct 30 - (TTL) So, How Was This Year's Southern Tandem Rally? - If you haven't attended a tandem rally before and are curious what goes on, you can read my perspective on this year's Southern Tandem Rally by clicking HERE. Included are links to two other articles with slightly different perspectives.

Oct 27 - (TTL) 2003 Tandem Rally Information Posted To The Events Page - The Events page here at TheTandemLink.com has been updated with some of the 2003 rally information. If you're eager to start planning next year's vacations and tandem rallies are going to be a part of your vacation plans check it out by clicking on EVENTS. If you have any additional information regarding the rallies listed -- or perhaps ones we don't have listed -- please send them to me at: Mark@WeRLivingood.com

Oct 27 - (TTL) Does A Weekend Tandem Tour in Ontario, Canada Sound Interesting To You? -- Rick & Katy of the Bloomfield Bicycle Company wrote to tell us they will be hosting a weekend tandem tour of Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada on June 6 - 8, 2003. The ride will cover 155 miles (250km) over three days with shorter options available. Cost is $200 per person (that's $CDN 300) , double occupancy and includes: tour guides, sag vehicle, luggage transportation, premium Bed and Breakfast accommodations on Friday and Saturday nights, souvenir waterbottles, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday as well as a huge catered dinner affair for all on Saturday night. Tandem rentals are also available. For more information visit their Web site by clicking HERE.

Oct 20 - (TTL) Couple Take TransAmerican Fund Raising Tour To Benefit Childhood Leukemia -- Steve and Stephanie Mountford reached San Angelo, TX, yesterday on their trans-American tandem journey. The couple are riding on behalf of the National Children's Leukemia Foundation and to promote public awareness of the need for bone marrow donors. They departed from New York City on August 25 and hope to arrive in San Francisco by December 7th after logging 6,000mi. Read the complete story at GoSanAngelo.com by clicking HERE. Read more about the Coast-to-Coast 2002 Trans America Charity Bike Ride by clicking HERE.

Oct 21 - (UPI) $15,000.00 For A Tandem?! UPI Story "Daisy Duo" Tells The Other Side Of The Tandem Market -- A week or so ago Jonathan Welsh of the Wall Street Journal published an interesting article entitled "Tandems Gain Popularity With Bicycling Couples". A pair of luminaries in the tandem biz and three enthusiasts were quoted in the piece along with some interesting factoids. One of the most eye-popping was the upper end of the price range that he cited as $15,000.00. Hardly a median price point, this has apparently prompted Wes Stuart of UPI's Science & Technology Desk to write a "reality-check" article which he entitled "Daisy Duo". Having read both articles, Wes' article provides a very nice counterpoint to the WSJ piece that is well worth a read. Go to the article by clicking HERE.

Oct 17 - (Various) Rush-Miller Foundation Update (10/17/02): The Rush-Miller Foundation awarded a Burley Samba tandem bicycle to Jessica Bliss; a visually impaired 12 year old. The tandem was presented to Jessica just before the start of the Ironman Triathlon. The full story is available by clicking the links from the following two sources: The Transition Times out of the UK and a local Hawaii publication: West Hawaii Today. For more information about Rush Miller search our archives or visit the Rush-Miller Web site: http://www.rushmillerfoundation.org.

Oct 14 - (TTL) California Coast Tour Trip Report Is On The Web -- Our write up of Pennywise Cycle's California Coast Tour is now on the Web at the following URL: http://home.att.net/~rally_central/trips/catrip.html . In short, we had a great time, met some great people, rode about 500 miles, saw lots of the coast, saw lots of coastal fog, ate too much, and the new S&S tandem was as easy as could be to travel with.

Oct 08 - (TTL) Tandem Cyclists In The News This Week - Based on a quick search of the Internet, we found the several tandem teams or tandem related items mentioned in recent news clippings from around the nation and the world - Click on links to read articles:

* Cindy & Dave Tullier of Louisiana in this week's The Advocate - Pedal Pushers By TED GRIGGS
* Curran and Joy Cummings of Moorpark, California in this week's Ventura County Star - Column by David Nankivell
* Richard & Rachel Rau of Winchester, Virgina in this week's The Winchester Star - Article by Val Van Meter
* Sight Impairment Not A Barrier To Two Riders on "Face of American" 9/11 Remembrance Ride - Article by Nancy Poster, Evening Sun Reporter
* George & Linda Wells of New Jersey talk about cycling in the Daily Record - Lifestyle Section Article by Mike Tschappat
* Look for Retired Denver Bronco's Quarterback John Elway on a Tandem in Lycos Commercials - Denver Business Journal
* It must be true.... Ad Age Says John Elway Rides Tandem for Lycos Too!!
* Amanda & Tammy Nelson of Topeka, Kansas, take on MS150 - by Steve Fry of the Topeka Capital Journal
* Steven Page of the BareNaked Ladies hops aboard tandem to campaign for Jack Layton in Toronto
* Marlene Manown & Nancy Stevens of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Team Up for "Face of America" 9/11 Rememberance Ride - G. Sean Kelly
* George Brummell, National Field Service Director for the Blinded Veterans Association in Washington, D.C. participates in "Face of America" ride - by Kent Smith of the Star Democrat
* Charles & June Evans of Heywood Road, Massachusettes, make the most out of fold-up tandem - by Sonia Sharigian of the Westford Eagle
* Dick Zimmerman of Fredrick, Maryland, leverages power of the tandem for election bid - Clifford G. Cumber of the Gazette
* Shuemake family near Fresno, California, talk about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training Program and prep for Tour de Tuscon in November to Lisa Houk of the McClatchy News Service

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Oct 08 - (Daily Peloton) Daily Peloton Host's "Virtual Tandem Team Racing" With 2nd Fabio's Fantasy World Championships - To celebrate the World Cycling Championships that begin this week in Hasselt-Zolder, Belgium, the Daily Peloton will kick off it's 2nd Fabio's Fantasy World Championships game on October 9. From the Web site article, "participation is NOT individual, as each player will be join another in a kind of "Virtual Tandem Bicycle", through random pairings coming as result of a DRAW held just after next Wednesday's deadline." To read more about the game or to play, visit the Web page by clicking HERE.

Oct 05 - (TTL) Sebring Tandem Weekend Scheduled ForJanuary 18-19 - Bob & Jan Thompson wrote to tell us that the Sebring Tandem Weekend is back on for this year. The event be hosted out of the historic Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring, Florida on January 18 - 19 and will feature two days of touring scenic rural routes on lightly traveled roads, over gently rolling hills. Metric and half-metric rides, and possible century. $85 per team includes full support and daily continental breakfast. Saturday night banquet optional. Joshua Feingold has passed the torch to experienced cycling event director Linda Leeds. Contact her at lindamarie7@juno.com or 561-683-2851. Online registration available at www.active.com. Website listings soon at http://www.kenlodge.com/rec.html. Hotel reservations at 1-800-423-5939.

Oct 03 - (TTL) Issue #8 of "RECUMBENT & TANDEM RIDER" Magazine Is On The Street - The latest issue of Charles Coyne's "RECUMBENT & TANDEM RIDER" is in the mail to subscribers and shops across the US. Included in Issue #8 are reviews of: The Bilinkey Viewpoint Tandem, the new aluminum Trek T2000 tandem, a travel article on Touring the San Juan Islands (in Washington State) by tandem and touring in the Colorado Rockies. If you aren't a subscriber, look for it at your local bike shop soon or visit their Web site and subscribe:http://www.rtrmag.com.

Oct 03 - (TTL) INTERBIKE Opens This Weekend In Las Vegas - The 21st Annual Interbike trade show kicks off Saturday, October 5 at Blue Diamond, NV, with the Outdoor Demo. The main exhibition opens Sunday the 6th at the Sands Exposition & Convention Center and runs through Tuesday the 8th. Too learn more about Interbike visit: http://www.interbike.com/interbike/index.jsp To keep abreast of the major announcements be sure to read the Press Releases that will be coming out during the show.

Oct 01 - (TTL) Asphalt Magazine Has Gone To Press! - The first issue of "Asphalt" has gone to press with a target date for distribution in November. Asphalt is a new road cycling magazine co-published by Patrick Brady and Lorraine Daly. The first quarterly issue includes features on touring in France, the Saturn Development Team, bicycle frame geometry and purchasing a bike, plus three bike reviews. Although not dedicated to tandems, based on some of the names that appear on the Web site (e.g., Co-Motion, Erickson Cycle Tours, Santana & Seven) there will most certainly be tandem-related content and, according to Patrick, rumor has it a review of the Co-Motion Robusta may be in the works. To find out more or to subscribe, visit their Web site at: http://www.asphaltmag.com/

Oct 01 - (Bicycle Retailer) Phil Wood, TruVative & RaceFace Investigating Feasibility Of Oversized ISIS-Based Bottom Brackets - Bicycle Retailer & Industry News (BRAIN) reports that bottom bracket makers Phil Wood, TruVative & RaceFace (aka, ISIS Group) have proposed a new, oversized bottom bracket design standard. The name "ISIS Overdrive" is being used to describe what are two different shell designs: 48mm x 1.5mm and 50mm x 1.5mm for oversized, threaded bottom brackets. Read the latest release at BRAIN by clicking HERE. More information on Phil Wood's initial proposal was also reported by BRAIN in THIS ARTICLE on Sept. 25. Not sitting idly by on the sidelines, FSA has also launched an independent Oversize BB Design initiative; BRAIN's report on FSA's efforts are HERE.

Sep 30 - (TTL) Bike4BreastCancer's 2003 Transcontinental Fundraising Tour -- Dale & Karen Krueger wrote to let us know about the Bike4BreastCancer Transcontinental tandem tour taking place in July - August of 2003 The cyclists are breast cancer survivors teamed-up on tandems with family members or friends. The fund raising goal for the ride is one million dollars. To reach their goal there will be numerous fund raising events. Major corporate sponsors, private donations, federal grants and fees for service are also being accepted. To learn more about the event please visit: http://www.bike4breastcancer.com/home.html.

Sep 30 - (TTL) Doubles of the Garden State (DOGS) Have a New Web Site -- Dave Kristol, Webmaster for the DOGS wrote to tell us the Tandem Club of New Jersey (aka, Doubles of the Garden State or DOGS) have stood up a new Web site with a new domain: http://d-o-g-s.org If you're out surfing why not pay a visit and check out their site. If you host a Web site with tandem club info be sure to update your URLs.

Sep 30 - (TTL) TheTandemLink.com Is Back Home -- TheTandemLink.com's editorial and IT staff (that would be me) has returned from a much needed holiday touring the California Coast with Pennywise Cycle Tours. As for the summary -- pending a full write-up -- we had a great time. We enjoyed the company of some great people, rode about 600 miles, saw lots of the coast, saw lots of coastal fog, ate too much rich food, and the new S&S tandem was as easy as could be to travel with. Our new Ciclosport CM414 Alti computer worked great (highly recommended for data wonks and gadget freaks), the experimental hard travel case worked great too and Skycaps are still the best way to check-in when traveling with large pieces of luggage. (NOTE: URL for trip report changed on October 7th, 2002 and again on January 12th, 2003)

Sep 14 - (TTL) 2003 International Tandem Rally -- Tony Prichard wrote to tell us the 2003 International Tandem Rally will take place from 24th. - 31st May 2003. It will be held in the village of Moyaux in Normandy, France which lies 10 kilometers N.E. of Lisieux on a plateau in the Pays d'Auge region of Calvados. Lots of small villages to explore, with trips to the sea-side. All on quiet roads. Most people will camp/Caravan on the campsite 'Camping le Colombier'.- There are a few pitched tents available from Canvas Holidays and a list of site accommodation is available. E-mail Tony Prichard for additional information or visit the Tandem Club UK's Rally Site.

Sep 12 - (TTL) Tandem Rated Parts? Is Tandem-Rated Over-Rated? -- Drew & Isis Holmes of Bend, Oregon, ae the proud owners of a handsome arrest-me red Meridian Ascension. In their search for a carbon fork for their tandem they discovered the Reynolds Ouzo Pro designed for single bike applications had strength and durability characteristics that met and/or exceeded the ones established for steel tandem-rated forks. So, given their team weight they decided it was a prudent choice for them and fitted one to their tandem. Now having a few hundred miles on it they report excellent results. So, does this mean tandem-rated is over-rated? Not necessarily. TheTandemLink.com does not endorse the use of products that manufacturers have not given the thumbs-up to for tandem use. However, we would note that manufacturers must be conservative in how they rate their products and build them for one size fits-all when it comes to strength and durability. So, in some cases, lightweight teams may find that products developed to work for a worst case application (e.g., 350 lb aggressive single bike rider) may be adequate for their use; a call to the manufacturer may even prove this out. But, all of that said, and for others who may be in the market for a carbon fork upgrade to their tandem, we are happy to report that in addition to this potential solution for lightweight teams, several manufacturers have produced tandem-rated models of their carbon forks for the masses and they include: True Temper's Alpha Q, Wound-Up (two models), Reynolds Ouzo Pro-Tandem, and Tange/Santana's cantilever compatible model. We've asked Drew to keep us posted on the long term performance of this fork.

Sep 12 - (TTL) So, What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation? -- James Annan & Jules Hargreaves decided to take on the TransRocky Challenge on their Calfee Tetra Tetra Off-Road Tandem and have created a wonderful Web page that chronicles their adventure. This is a 7-day MTB race through the Canadian Rockies covering 600 kilometres and 12.000 meters in elevation over rough gravel roads, steep hills and mountain passes - parts of which are only manageable by carrying the bike. The page includes many wonderful pictures and really captures the feeling of their adventure -- a worthwhile read.

Sep 05 - (TTL) Check Out Moby, The Great White Meridian Tandem With The Looong Tail -- Scott Sutton recently took delivery of a beautiful pearl white Meridian tandem that may have set a new standard for how long a stoker's compartment can be on a road tandem. His Meridian is sporting a 38.5" rear top tube that affords stokers the opportunity to enjoy the comfort of their own Aerobars for spirited rides across the plains of Texas. Scott is pictured here with the tandem and ace, guest-stoker DeeAnn Johnson (Photo by George Chapman). Scott reports what many others have in that Jim Leis and Mike Gray of Meridian were outstanding to work with, very helpful and giving of their time throughout the process. They even went the extra distance to ensure Scott had the tandem in time for the Hotter'n Hell Century in Wichita Falls. We'll keep our ears open for future reports on the tandems performance, but with a couple hundred miles on it thus far it sounds like Scott and DeeAnn were quite pleased with the performance and comfort. All I can say as a fan of long bikes is, SWEET!! Can't wait to see this whale of a tandem in the flesh.

Sep 04 - (TTL) Co-Motion Classic Tandem Stage Race A Success - The inaugural edition of the Co-Motion Classic was held in Eugene, Oregon, on August 30 through September 1, 2002. From Dwan Shepard's posting at Tandem@Hobbes, "Although we had a few last minute cancellations and no-shows, we hosted a very good quality field of racers for the event. Wehad a fine representation of tandem enthusiasts - from experienced racers to some less ambitious folks who just wanted to test themselves and enjoy the weekend. The weather couldn't have been better for the weekend, with lovely clear days with a light breeze and temperatures in the mid 80's. I'm tempted to brag about how great our volunteers and race support staff
were over the weekend, because everything really went much more smoothly than I dared to dream. Having completed the inaugural event helps us to know how much we can achieve in the future, and I think we've established a high standard that we intend to continue to improve."
Results have been posted on the Web at http://www.co-motion.com/CCTR results.html. Also, photographer Evan Kruse has lots of race photos posted at http://ekphoto.home.att.net/.

Sep 03 - (TTL) Simonds/Chaitt Take On Transcontinental Tandem Journey; Follow Their Progress On The Web -- Josh Simonds & Doreen Chaitt will leave San Diego, California, enroute to Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, September 8th as part of the 2002 PAC Tour. They plan on covering an average of 120 miles per day for the next 25 days on their tandem. You can follow their journey by visiting their Web site at: http://www.ahealinghand.com/2002pactour/. Just select which day's journal entry you'd like to read. Read more about PAC Tour at their Web site: http://www.pactour.com/

Sep 03 - (TTL) Tandem Club UK Hosts New Events Page - Neville Frost -- Webmeister of Tandem Club UK -- has created a new events page on the Tandem Club UK's Web site. This page provides tandem enthusiasts with ready access to information regarding tandem events in and around the UK and Western Europe. Please pay a visit to the rally page at the Tandem Club UK Web site's rally page by clicking on this URL: http://www.tandem-club.org.uk/nf2002/rallies.htm

Aug 30 - (TTL) TailWind Tandem Club of North Carolina Launches Web Site - Susanna Sisk wrote to tell friends that the TailWind Tandem Club based in Charlotte, North Carolina has launced its Web site. You can visit them at this URL: http://www.tailwindtandemclub.com/

Aug 29 - (Bicycle Retailer) ) Recumbent Manufacturer BikeE Shuts Down With Little Notice - Bob Brown, president, cited increased operating costs for the shutdown. BikeE was the largest recumbent bicycle manufacturer in the US having sold 30,000 bicycles since 1992, including sales of nearly 10,000 units last year. To read the whole story, visit Bicycle Retailer & Industry New's Web site by clicking HERE.

Aug 27 - (Velonews) Volvo - Cannondale Mountain Bike Racing Team To Fold After 2002 Season - Apparently with Ford Motor Company's acquisiton of Volvo, Corporate interest has shifted to Yacht Racing. SoBe-Cannondale will remain "in business" for 2003. Read the full story at VeloNews: http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/2960.0.html

Aug 26 - (TTL) Issue #7 of "RECUMBENT & TANDEM RIDER" Magazine Is On The Streets - The latest issue of Charles Coyne's "RECUMBENT & TANDEM RIDER" is now on the street. Reviewed in issue #7 is the Santana Extreme off-road tandem, Burley's new Aluminum Tosa and a Pederson hammock-saddle tandem (see below; talk about your coincidences). If you aren't a subscriber, look for it at your local bike shop soon or visit their Web site and subscribe: http://www.rtrmag.com.

Aug 25 - (TTL) Is Tandeming For Freds? - A new road cycling magazine called "Asphalt" gives Patrick Brady's perspective on tandems that answers the question, Is Tandeming For Freds? The Asphalt Web site has been a precursor to the printed magazine co-published by Patrick Brady and Lorraine Daly. Interestingly enough, advertisers on the Web site are very familiar names to the tandem scene and include: Co-Motion, Erickson Cycle Tours, Santana & Seven.

Aug 24 - (TTL) MTBTandems First To Offer Ellsworth Witness F/S Tandem At $2,995 - After hearing off-road tandem enthusiast's comments regarding product pricing being slightly out of reach, Tony Ellsworth has responded with a special promotion price offer on his full suspension Witness tandem - $2,995.00! A sweet deal on a sweet ride, MTBTandems of Macon, GA, is Ellsworth's launch dealer for this promo offer. If you've been putting off that purchase in hopes that pricing would drop your prayers have been answered; Act Now!

Aug 13 - (TTL) Looking for Something Unusual in the Way of a Tandem? - A couple of interesting links have popped up on Tandem@Hobbes lately that feature, shall we say, a different approach to accommodating multiple riders on a single bicycle. For kicks, I thought we'd include links to a few of them:

* The Pederson hammock-saddle equipped bicycle & tandem: http://www.koolstop.com/pedersen/pedersen.html
* The Invicible Tandem from Rideable Replicas: http://www.hiwheel.com/antique_replicas/invinc_tandem.htm

Aug 13 - (TTL) 2003 Tandem Rally Information Posted To The Events Page - The Events page here at TheTandemLink.com has been updated with some of the 2003 rally information. If you're eager to start planning next year's vacations and tandem rallies are going to be a part of your vacations check it out by clicking on EVENTS. If you have any additional information regarding the rallies listed -- or perhaps ones we don't have listed -- please send them to me at: Mark@WeRLivingood.com

Jul 27 - (Bicycle Retailer) Attention Avid Disc Brake Users - Avid has issued a caution to its retailers and customers regarding a potential hazard. Specifically, if too much of the brake cable is left sticking out past the cable anchor bolt it could be pulled into the caliper by the rotor, resulting in a wheel lock situtation. If you have Avid's discs to your road or off-road tandem, please check and be sure that your excess cable has been trimmed back enough to keep it clear of the rotor. To read the item at Bicycle Retailer & Industry News click HERE.

Jul 27 - (Bicycle Retailer) MOZO USA Gears Up For New Fork Development - Mozo USA has invested in new facilities and equipment at its Aliso Veijo, CA, facility as it prepares to introduce a new, lighter and stiffer fork. Mozo USA provides suspension forks to Santana for use on it's enduro model tandems; it is unknown if any of this new development will trickle down into fork offerings for tandems -- stay tuned. To read the complete article regarding the new Mozo "TransArch" fork development, click HERE to visit the Bicycle Retailer & Industry News web site.

Jul 27 - (BikeReader.com) On the Lighter Side, BikeReader's Glossary - Need a pick-me-up or chuckle to snap you out of the summer doldrums or stock market blues, check out the BikeReader.com's glossary of cycling terms. It's a humorous take on the jargon of cycling that is a must for any list of terminology links on your Web sites. Click HERE to visit the index. Tandem content? There are some tandem related terms in the glossary.

Jul 27 - (CyclingNews.com) Podium Girl Gone Bad's Tour de France Diaries - OK, we've all suffered through Bill Patrick's baptism into cycling on OLN, watched Phil Ligget concede that Paul Sherwin's read on what would happen each day was correct while his was not, bemoaned the fact that Bobke (Bob Roll) was NOT on the broadcast team -- thank you Trek for the hilarious comercials -- and tried to figure out who Frankie has pictures of at OLN that earned him a place on the team (cause its certainly not any special talent), so what now. How can we get that total tour experience before the race fades into history on Sunday? Well, how about reading some satire from a behind the scenes point of view by "Podium Girl Gone Bad". Tandem content? None really, but Lance Armstrong owns and rides a tandem and will probably win his fourth consecutive tour so that's close enough in my book.

Jul 24 - (DF) CPSC, Cane Creek Announce Recall of Bicycle Suspension Seat Posts - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cane Creek Cycling Components (Cane Creek), of Fletcher, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 7,700 bicycle suspension seat posts. The seat post's cradle, which attaches to the bicycle seat, can break, posing the risk of falls and serious injury to riders. Cane Creek has received 18 reports of cradles breaking; though, no injuries have been reported. The recalled THUDBUSTER Suspension Seat Posts are black and silver and have a range of serial numbers between 10894 and 18710. The serial number can be found inside the seat post's tube toward the bottom of the post. The words, "Cane Creek" and "Thudbuster" are also printed on the seat post. The seat posts are made in the U.S. Independent bicycle dealers nationwide sold these seat posts between November 2000 and June 2002 for about $140. Consumers should stop using these seat posts immediately and return them to the company for a free repair. Consumers should contact Cane Creek Cycling Components at (800) 234-2725 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday .

Jul 24 - (Bicycle Retailer/TTL) Pennsylvania DOT Mailings To Sport "Share The Road" Logo - The Bicycle Access Council (BAC) of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation have teamed up to help heighten awareness of bicycles on the road and bicycle safety in general. You can read the entire article at Bicycle Retailer and Industry New's Web site by clicking HERE. What makes this tandem newsworthy -- beyond advocacy's benefits to us -- is one of our fellow tandemists (Joe Stafford) is the Executive Director of the BAC; way to go Joe!!! On a side note, perhaps this is what caused a Pittsburg talk radio host & columnist to write a recent article that expresses his frustration with sharing the road. Please don't write to the columnist; instead, contact your local bicycle advocacy group and see what you can do to help put forward positive steps for cyclists in your community -- and be a responsible cyclist.

Jul 21 - (TTL) Co-MotionClassic Tandem Stage Race Web Update - Tour de France got your competitive juices flowing? The Co-Motion Classic Web site has been upddated with the course maps, including elevation profiles, and prize lists. For those who may have missed the initial bulletin board entry, the inaugural edition of the Co-MotionClassic will be held in Eugene, Oregon, on August 30 through September 1, 2002. This event is intended to provide a venue for competitive tandem cyclists to test themselves during four events: a prologue hill climb, a time trial, and two challenging road races. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Kidsports, a local after-school athletics program. For complete information and to register for the race or optional "Fun Ride" please visit the Co-Motion Classic Tandem Stage Race Web site.

Jul 21 - (TTL) Annual Tandem Rallies Beginning To Fill-Up; Have You Sent In Your Registration Yet? If you plan on attending one of the great regional tandem rallies this year don't delay; send in your registration forms TODAY. The following major tandem rallies have already opened up registration:

To see all of this year's major tandem events please visit our "EVENTS" page.

Jul 19 - (TTL) DOUBLE Magazine Discontinues Publication And Closes Business Office; Another Sad Day for Tandem Enthusiasts - Henry Able has written to let us know his publication, DOUBLE Magazine, "will cease production and close its office beginning on July 24." This is truly sad news and, perhaps, an interesting editorial on why tandems continue to lack clout in the bicycle industry. Henry's comments were not unlike Greg Shepherd's when he previously folded Tandem & Family Cycling Magazine a few years back. More specifically, while being rightfully proud of the issues that they produced, the publications failed to generate sufficient revenue from subscribers, builders and dealers to sustain the magazine. Charles Coyne at Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine (www.rtmag.com) have graciously agreed to pick up DOUBLE Magazine's paid subscribers. Again, truly a sad day for those of us who embraced the first two issues as a sign of good things to come.

Jul 11 - (CyclingNews.com) Equipment Freaks - Check Out The Bikes Being Ridden At This Year's Tour de France - OK, so they're not tandems. But they are so very cool for 1/2 bikes: http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/?id=2002/features/tourbikes/tourbikes024

Jul 08 - (TTL-Update) Car Crashes Into Father-Son Tandem Team, Killing One and Causing Serious Injury To The Other - Jay Buchbinder, 69, was killed and his son Gregg, 49, was seriously injured when a motorist crashed into the back of the tandem bicycle Jay was stoking for his son this Past Sunday morning. The tragic accident occured along the Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach, CA, around 6:30am after the driver claimed to have fallen asleep at the wheel of his car. The driver of the vehicle who struck and killed Jay was not immediately charged at the accident. According to local authorities, formal charges will not be brought against the motorist until they conclude their investigation. The Orange County Register's Account of this terrible accident can be read by clicking HERE. To learn a little more about these fellow tandem enthusiasts click HERE.

Related Items of Interest: For those who are interested in learning more about what motorists are and are not held accountable for when they fall asleep at the wheel please visit V.O.I.D.D.'s Website which is dedicated to the subject and raising awareness: http://www.voidd.com/default.htm. BicycleAustin.com also hosts a "No Justice For Cyclists" page that provides a wealth of information on the subject of car vs bicycle accidents. As for what to do in the event you are involved in an accident with a car, the city of Fort Collins, Colorado has an excellent guide available on the Web; click HERE.

Jul 06 - (TTL) Issue #6 of "RECUMBENT & TANDEM RIDER" Magazine Is On The Streets - The latest issue of Charles Coyne's "RECUMBENT & TANDEM RIDER" is now on the street. Reviewed in issue #6 is the Santana Arriva SE Stowaway, BikeE E2 'bent', and Co-Motion Primera. If you aren't a subscriber, look for it at your local bike shop soon or visit their Web site and subscribe: http://www.rtrmag.com.

July 04 - (TTL) LeTour!!! - Need I say more?

Jul 03 - (Bicycle Retailer) Parent Company of MTBReview.com & RoadBikeReview.com Files For Chapter 11 - Fans of MTBReview.com -- a popular resource for members of Double Forte (Off-Road Tandem Enthusiasts Group) and RoadBikeReview.com may be surprised to hear the parent company, ConsumerReview.com has piled up $18M in debt and filed for Bankruptcy under Chapter 11. Read more about this at Bicycle Retailer and Industry New's Web site by clicking HERE.

Jul 03 - (Bicycle Retailer) Selle Royal Acquires English Saddle Maker Brooks - After several years of uncertainty surrounding the long term future of famed leather saddle maker Brooks, Selle Italia of Italy has acquired the 146 year old company for an undisclosed amount. For those not familar with Brooks, many would argue that their handcrafted leather saddles are perhaps the 'best' in the world a fill a niche market that's near and dear to the more sensitive parts of cyclists. Brooks saddles have become very popular with tandem teams who are long distance tourists and, in particular, for women. To read more about both companies, see the article posted at Bicycle Retailer and Industry New's Web site by clicking HERE.

Jun 24 - (TTL) Cool Rides For The Beach, Vacation Home Or Running Around Town - Ever find yourself reminiscing about the first Schwinn Twinn tandem you rode one summer years ago? Ever wish you had something inexpensive like that to ride when you're not interested in "serious tandeming"? Well, the folks at Phat Cycles (the Limo), Diamond Back (the Wildwood Tandem) and Sun Cycles (the Retro-Cruiser Tandem) apparently hope somebody has because they've introduced some pretty cool tandems for just that purpose. Of course, there are always some interesting tandem values on Ebay that might fit the bill too: Search on "tandem bicycle" or "tandem bike".

Jun 23 - (TTL) Attention Atlanta Metro Area Tandem Enthusiasts; New Club Forming To Encourage Riding on the Silver Comet Trail - A grass-roots initiative at TrailExpress.com's Silver Comet Trail forum has been established to foster interest in social tandem group rides on the Silver Comet Trail. It is truly in it's infancy right now but if the idea of spending time riding

Jun 19 - (TTL / DOUBLE Mag) Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program Is Looking For Captains - The Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program is trying to line up visually impaired stokers with volunteer captains in the SF Bay area. If you are interested, please contact Kristi at (510) 849-4663. Our thanks to Henry Abel at DOUBLE Magazine for sharing this request with us.

Jun 16 - (TTL) Annual Tandem Rallies Beginning To Fill-Up; Have You Sent In Your Registration Yet? If you plan on attending one of the great regional tandem rallies this year don't delay; send in your registration forms TODAY. The following major tandem rallies have already opened up registration:

To see all of this year's major tandem events please visit our "EVENTS" page.

Jun 12 - (Bicycle Retailer) Tamer Seatposts To Be Part Of August SuperSale - According to Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, suspension seatpost maker Tamer will participate in Catalyst Communication's summer SuperSale, a 50-retailer sale. Read the entire article at Bicycle Retailer's Web site HERE.

Jun 08 - (DF) Calfee Design Delivers Yet Another - A Custom 26" Tetra-Tetra Enduro Travel Tandem - Double Forte (DF) list members "James & Jules" announced the arrival of their newest "baby" dubbed Garth. Garth is a very unique, one of a kind (or perhaps just the 1st of its kind) Tetra-Tetra tandem designed to meet the needs of our globe trotting friends who enjoy challenging epic tours both on and off the beaten path. Garth is a 26" enduro fitted with S&S couplings, unique geometry and a custom rear triangle that allows it to be configured as a road going touring rig witha rigid front fork OR set up with knobbies, a Marzocchi Dirt Jumper "Frankenstein" fork from MTBTandems.com and disc brakes for off-road events. Truly an amazing machine -- hats off to Craig and the folks at Calfee Design for delivering on the "ultimate" tandem for James & Jules. We believe this is the 76th Tetra Tetra delivered and only the 2nd built around 26" wheels (Larry Black has the other one). Moreover, there are at least 9 more on order so if you think you want want better get in line!! For what it's worth, TheTandemLink.com nominate the names "Terra Terra" and "Terra Firma" if the enduro model becomes a standard offering. A photo gallery and the specs for Jules & James' Tetra Tetra can be viewed by clicking HERE (Web page updated 6/8).

Jun 07 - (TTL) A ZEM Cycle May Be Coming To A Dealer Near You - Justin Benham of Alternative Vehicle Distributors in Tempe, AZ, tells us they are sending a couple 2 seat versions of the Swiss designed, Zero Emission Machines (ZEM) on a Nationwide tour of the US. Justin is in the process of lining up dealers, rental agents and test riders who'll be evaluating the 2 seat ZEM so check with your local tandem pro to see if and when one will be in your neck of the woods. For those who read the first edition of DOUBLE Magazine, a 4 seat ZEM was featured in one of the articles. To learn more about these really cool machines visit their Web site at http://www.zemusa.com. Dealers or Rental Operators interested in applying as an evaluator should Email Justin directly.

Jun 03 - (TTL) 2003 Tandem Rally of Colorado, aka T-ROC - Lynn Dexter, co-owner of the Tandem Cycle Works of Colorado, was kind enough to let us know that the Colorado Tandem Club (CTC) will be picking up hosting duties for the Tandem Rally of Colorado in 2003, with sponsorship from the Tandem Cycle Works of Colorado. If you read between the lines this means no T-ROC In 2002. So, for those who want to head for the Rockies, it gives you one more year to work on your climbing!! Check the CTC Web site in the fall for more details.

Jun 02 - (T@H) Vision Recumbent Bicycles Issues Inspection Notice For All Double Vision Tandems - On May 30, Vision Recumbent Bicycles reported a third tandem frame failure and in this regard requests all current owners immediately inspect their tandems for signs of potential trouble. Further, they urge owners NOT to ride their tandems until the inspection is completed. For complete details visit Vision's Web site Inspection Information Page.

Jun 01 - (TTL) Co-MotionClassic Tandem Stage Race Web Site Updates - The Co-Motion Classic Web site has been upddated with the course maps, including elevation profiles, and prize lists. For those who may have missed the initial bulletin board entry, the inaugural edition of the Co-MotionClassic will be held in Eugene, Oregon, on August 30 through September 1, 2002. This event is intended to provide a venue for competitive tandem cyclists to test themselves during four events: a prologue hill climb, a time trial, and two challenging road races. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Kidsports, a local after-school athletics program. For complete information and to register for the race or optional "Fun Ride" please visit the Co-Motion Classic Tandem Stage Race Web site.

May 28 - (BicycleWire.Com) Fort Lauderdale, FL, Is Serious About Bicycle Registration - Did you know... If you live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, bicycle registration is mandatory and unregistered bicycles -- and presumably tandems -- can be impounded? Read more about this community's effort to stem what amounted to a $2.2M theft problem in a story by John Bernardo, Special Correspondent for the Sun-Sentinal linked off of bicyclewire.com by clicking HERE.

May 23 - (TTL) Co-Motion & WoundUp Develop Carbon Seat Posts Suitable For Tandems - Co-Motion Cycles of Eugene, OR, has worked with WoundUp Composite Cycles of Salt Lake City, UT, to develop a 29.8mm carbon seatpost that can withstand the rigors of tandem duty. According to Dwan Shepard at Co-Motion, the seatpost design parameters exceed the crush and bending resistance of the aluminum posts used by Co-Motion. To read more about WoundUp's Tandem-rated composite forks, seatposts and other components visit their Web site at: http://www.advancedcomposites.com/woundup.htm or visit Co-Motion at: http://www.co-motion.com.

May 23 - (Bicycle Retailer) Reynolds Develops Seamless 6Al-4V Titanium Tubing - Bicycle Retailer & Industry News reported today that bicycle tubing manufacturer Reynolds has developed a method of producting seamless, mandrel-butted 6Al-4V titanium tubing for use in the bicycle market. Too soon to tell if this will eventually trickle down into tandem framesets but, one can always dream. Read the full story at Bicycle Retailer's Web site HERE.

May 23 - (TTL) Georgia Tandem Rally Photos Now On The Web - Photos from the 2002 Georgia Tandem Rally, held in Athens, GA, on May 17 - 19 are now on the Web. Folks who attended the rally can find them clicking on the following links to: www.OFOTO.com and www.ImageStation.com.

May 20 - (TTL) Ventana Beefs Up Rear Swingarms To Meet Demands Of Larger Disc Brakes - Ventana Mountain Bikes USA, Inc. has redesigned the drop-outs of it's 2002 model year El Conquistador full suspension tandem mountain bikes and initiated a retrofit program for all current owners. According to Sherwood Gibson at Ventana, "we have had a couple of failures of our 2002 swingarms at the left rear dropout for El Conquistador owners using 8" disc rotors." Ventana is now in the process of replacing all 2002 El Conquistador swingarms under warranty, regardless what size disc is being used. Owners of 2002 El Conquistadors -- readily identifiable by rear swing arms fitted with quad-set sealed bearings -- are asked to contact Ventana by Email at: Info@VentanaUSA.com , or by Phone at: 916.631.0544 for additional details. Prior model year El Conquistador frames and the El Testigo frames are unaffected.

May 17 - (TTL) Summer Issue of DOUBLE Magazine Ships On May 22 - For those of you who signed up too late to get the first issue of Double fear not, #2 ships out to subscribers and dealers on May 22nd! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, visit their Web site to see a preview of what's inside the summer issue: www.doublemagazine.com . Reviews of daVinci, Cannondale and Pfat tandems plus interesting looking articles on tandem kayaking, a franken-tandem created by Matt O'Keefe of Seven Cycles and some thoughts on suspension forks by Alex Nutt of MTBTandems.com. If you have questions regarding www.doublemagazine.com or Double Magazine, please contact: Henry Abel, Editor of Double Magazine at doublemagazine@earthlink.net.

May 11 - (TTL) Special Fund To Be Established In Memory of Susie Stephens - Cycling Advocate And Transportation Safety Expert Susie Stephens was killed on March 21st in St. Louis while was walking across an intersection. Her loss was especially tragic to the Northwest cycling communities where she was a dear friend to many as well as an icon in cycling advocacy. To read more about this incredible young woman and the fund that is being established to remember her please visit the Bicycle Alliance Web site.

May 06 - (BicycleWire.Com) Meridian Tandems Builds It's First Quad - There's a nice article linked off BicycleWire.com regarding what is apparently Meridian's first Quad -- and one fitted with S&S couplers that converts to triple or tandem configuration to boot. The article out of Bend, OR, was picked up by the United Press. To read the full article, visit http://www.BicycleWire.com or click HERE. While no pictures were included in the article on the Web, Jim Leis of Meridian was kind enough to pass one along to me. Click on the thumbnail image to see a larger picture.May 02 - (TTL) Co-Motion Launches Web Site For Its 1st "Co-MotionClassic Tandem Stage Race - The inaugural edition of the Co-MotionClassic will be held in Eugene, Oregon, on August 30 through September 1, 2002. This event is intended to provide a venue for competitive tandem cyclists to test themselves during four events: a prologue hill climb, a time trial, and two challenging road races. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Kidsports, a local after-school athletics program. For complete information and to register for the race or optional "Fun Ride" please visit the Co-Motion Classic Tandem Stage Race Web site.

May 03 - (BicycleWire.Com) Tandem Icon Larry Black Hosts "Peace Ride" To Pull College Park, MD, Community Back Together - On April 1st, hundreds of University of Maryland "fans" rioted in the streets of College Park, MD, following the Maryland Terrapins defeat of the Indiana University Hoosiers in the national college basketball championship. Larry's bike shop in College Park was the most severly damaged of the town's businesses during the riots but, it wasn't the property damage that concerned Larry the most. Instead, it was how kids from their local college -- where he went to school -- could do tear apart their own community and the emotional damage that caused. Read more about how Larry's passion for his community and cycling combined to bring off his "Peace Ride" in an article that ran in the Washington Post on May 2nd HERE. There is also a nice POST RIDE NEWS STORY and an EDITORIAL regarding this event from the U of M Student Newspaper, The Diamond Back on-line (With thanks to Angela G. Long for passing them along) .

May 02 - (TTL) Co-Motion Launches Web Site For Its 1st "Co-MotionClassic Tandem Stage Race - The inaugural edition of the Co-MotionClassic will be held in Eugene, Oregon, on August 30 through September 1, 2002. This event is intended to provide a venue for competitive tandem cyclists to test themselves during four events: a prologue hill climb, a time trial, and two challenging road races. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Kidsports, a local after-school athletics program. For complete information and to register for the race or optional "Fun Ride" please visit the Co-Motion Classic Tandem Stage Race Web site.

Mar 30: (TTL) Tandem Rallies Now Taking Applications - If you've decided this is the year you finally do a tandem rally or have already decided which of the rallies you're going to attend, it's time to submit those applications. The following major tandem rallies have already opened up registration:

Apr 29 - (BicycleWire.Com) Colombia, Missouri's Mayor Takes To The Katy Trail With His Wife On A Tandem - Missourian staff reporter Tracy Krahenbuhl & Photographer Nicholas George caught Columbia, Missouri's Mayor, Darwin Hindman and his wife, Axie, getting ready to head out on their tandem this past Sunday. The mayor and his wife rode their tandem on the MKT and Katy trails as part of the Mayor's Challenge and kick-off of Columbia's Bike, Walk and Wheel Week. Read the full story HERE. Now, if we could only get the mayor and his wife to join the Tandem Club of America....

Apr 29 - (BicycleWire.Com) Are You Supporting Your Local Tandem or Bike Shop - Big retailers like Walmart continue to put the squeeze on small town bike shops which now number less than 7,000 in the US. Read the full article HERE.

Apr 23 - (BicycleWire.Com) Newbury Family of Four "Romp" Across The Country On Santana Quad - Apparently there must be something in the water in New England that draws families to go on transcontinental bicycle trips aboard Santana Quads. Reminiscent of the Romp family's cross country journey, yet another family -- this time Gil & Peggy Newbury of Fairfield, VT, along with sons Anders and Eric -- has headed West. The family began their journey at Plymouth Rock, MA, on April 1st with an objective of reaching the Oregon Coast by Labor Day. As of Friday the 19th they were in York, PA, heading towards Gettysburg, PA, on their way to North Carolina. Click HERE to read the entire article by John Bugbee of the Dispatch/Sunday News on a link from http://www.BicycleWire.com.

Apr 23 - (Bicycle Retailer) Yakima Changes Corporate Banners To WaterMark - According to Bicycle Retailer & Industry News (Bicycle Retailer), Yakima is now operating under the Corporate Name of WaterMark, who purchased the sports rack manufacturer last August. Other brands owned by WaterMark include Perception, Dagger, Islander, Mainstream, Rhode Gear, Harmony and Suspenders. Read the complete story at the Bicycle Retailer & industry News Web site by clicking HERE.

Apr 17 - (TTL) Tour de' Sight Long-Distance Bicycle Trip on the Katy Trail - The Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments' Chat & Party group for children, ages seven through eighteen, will take a long-distance tandem bicycle trip on the Katy Trail in June. Sixteen children, all visually impaired or blind on tandem bikes teamed with sixteen captains will set out on this incredible adventure starting in Jefferson City, MO., on June 21. Perhaps a first in the State, the group will make overnight stops in Herman and Washington, MO., before ending the trip in Frontier Park in St. Charles, MO., on June 23, 2002. Click HERE to read the entire PRESS RELEASE or, for more information contact Debbie Naucke, Executive Director ­ Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments (314) 776-1300.

Apr 16 - (TTL) Hase-Spezialraeder Added To Tandem Builder's List & Dealer Events Page - Yo Rollenbeck wrote to tell us about Hase-Spezialraeder, makers of Tandems, Recumbents, recumbent trikes,and a special hitch to couple trikes together. They are located at Hibernia str.2, 45731 Waltrop, Germany and their products can be seen on the Web at: http://www.hase-recumbent.com. Additionally, for those who may find themselves in Germany this July, Hase-Spezialrader will host their second tandem expo and Tandemmeeting at their workshop in Waltrop on July 20th., 2002. There will also be several organized rides held in conjuncttion with the Expo leaving from the workshop at 10:00 on Friday the 19th through Sunday the 21st.

Apr 06 - (TTL) Issue #5 of "RECUMBENT & TANDEM RIDER" Magazine In Distribution Channels - The latest issue of Charles Coyne's "RECUMBENT & TANDEM RIDER" is now hitting distribution channels. Reviewed in issue #5 is the daVinci Symbiosis XC Tandem, the Santana Sovereign SE, the Burley Rumba, the Cannondale Easy Rider Recumbent, the Sun EZ Sport, two Hase Spezialraeder trike recumbents, reviews of clothing, bike bag and a bike rack. We also have feature on touring the Danube on a tandem Rans recumbent. If you aren't a subscriber, look for it at your local bike shop soon or visit their website: http://www.rtrmag.com.

Apr 05 - (Bicycle Retailer) Burley Ranks As One Of Oregon's Best Places To Work - Burley Design Cooperative placed 11th in Oregon Business magazine's 2002 annual "100 Best Companies To Work For" survey. This is the fourth year Burley received a top ranking from the magazine. Read more about it at the Bicycle Retailer & Industry News Web site.

Apr 04: (TTL) Alaskan Bicycle Tours Offers A Tandem Special! - Jason Hooper of Sunshine Alaska Bicycle Tours has opened up another tour date for the Tandems Tour Too discount and extended the deadline for sign-ups on their. June 28 - July 6 Alaskan Bicycle Trek Tour until May 15th. They will offer the "buy one tour get the second tour for half price discount" on their August 17-24, 2002 Alaskan Bicycle Trek tour. The weather will be a little cooler, but riders will be amazed at the fall colors Alaska has to offer. Also with regards to the first tour, we're extending the April 15th deadline to May 15th. The deadline for our August tour will be June 15th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jason Hooper at akbicycle@akbicycle.com, or visit their Web site at http://www.akbicycle.com

Mar 30: (TTL) Looking For Some Great Web Sites Where You Can Find Cycling News & Information - If you want to stay on top of what's going on in cycling, check out www.bicyclewire.com and Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. If you're into racing, www.cyclingnews.com might be a good place to check-out. A few weeks back we updated the look of www.TheTandemLink.com (home you like it) and at the same time added the colorful list of links to other cycling Web sites to the top of "The Bulletin Board". This logos are linked to cycling news and information sites that let you keep current on what's going on in pro cycling, the bicycle biz, and general cycling news.

Mar 22: (TTL) A Sad Day For Cycling; Susie Stephens Killed While Walking Across Intersection - Cycling Advocate And Transportation Safety Expert SusieStephens was killed Thursday morning in St. Louis while was walking across an intersection. More information about Susie's involvement in advocacy, along with details regarding this tragic accident are available by visiting these links:

Mar 18: (TTL) A Cold Start To The American Road Racing Season at Redlands Classic -- The American Road Racing Season kicked off this past week in my old home town of Redlands, California. The temps remained in the 40's for all 5 stages of the 18th edition of America's premier pro cycling stage race, the Redlands Classic. Chris Horner of Prime Alliance and Judith Arndt of Saturn captured the men's and women's GC titles. Read more about the race and results in the headlines at VeloNews or learn more about the Redlands Classic at their Web site: http://www.redlandsclassic.com. What does this have to do with tandems? It was while living in Redlands that I ws introduced to and decided one day I had to have a tandem (thank you Phil & Deb Miller). Well, that and there are an awful lot of fond memories of my days living there and watching the Classic with good friends who I miss very much.

Mar 14: (TTL) Events Pages Updated; Off-Road & Dealer Events Added -- We've updated our Tandem Events pages which provide you with the latest information on all the major tandem rallies and links to their Web sites. We've also rearranged the page to provide you with sub-pages that list off-road tandem events and dealer/manufacturer open houses and events. To visit our updated pages click the EVENTS button in the banner at the top of each page or click HERE

Mar 12: (Bicycle Retailer) Third Largest Bicycle Retailer To Close 284 Stores -- KMart Corp, who ranks as the third largest bicycle retailer behind Walmart (#2) and Toys R Us (#1) has announced it will eliminate 22,000 jobs and close 284 stores. This is basically a factoid since none of these retailers sells or services tandem bicycles. However, I like to keep the size and scope of the bicycle industry in perspective and, for what it's worth, the loss of these stores isn't likely to reduce the numbers of bicycles sold. Full Article is at the Bicycle Retailer & Industry News Web site .

Mar 11: (TTL) Bike Friday launches on-line version of "The Foldable Flyer" -- Bike Friday is celebrating it's 10th birthday and their 10,000th bike rolling off the production line with the premier, on-line issue of the Foldable Flyer! The goal with the newsletter is to bring owners and enthusiasts the latest Bike Friday news, plus share with you what we learn about Bike Friday owners around the world. Check it out on the Web at: http://www.foldableflyer.com

Mar 11: (Mountain Bike) More About Ibis Bankruptcy; Ibis Lives? -- As previously reported by VeloNews and Bicycle Retailer, Ibis LLC filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy back on February 27. Mountain Bike's Joe Lindsay interviewed Ibis founder Scot Nicol (aka Chuck Ibis) and Scot had some interesting things to say regarding the future of Ibis. Read the entire article on line at MountainBike. Read Joe Lindsay's initial report of the Ibis Bankruptcy filing AT THIS LINK.

Mar 08: (TTL) Alaskan Bicycle Tours Offers A Tandem Special! -- Jason Hooper, owner of Alaskan Bicycle Tous, wrote to tell us that he's offering tandem teams a special discount: "If any teams would like to join our June 28 - July 6 Alaskan Bicycle Trek Tour, we will offer a buy one get one at half price discount to tandem teams. We'll be running this offer until April 15, 2002 and will also offer it again in 2003." If you have any questions, please feel free to Email Jason at akbicycle@akbicycle.com or visit their Web site: http://www.akbicycle.com

Mar 05: (TTL) CACHE UPDATE NOTICE -- Please Click "Reload" or "Refresh" if you are a return visitor to our Web site. There have been several updates over the past week that will hopefully allow this page to load faster AND ensure you are seeing the most current information. In addition to moving the Bulletin Board into a frames format, the navigation bar has been updated. On return visits only this frame (the one with the updates) will be updated; the naviagation bar and site info side-bar will remain unchanged. Thanks.

Mar 04: (TTL) (UPDATED INFO) DOUBLE Magazine's Inaugural Edition Now Available -- If you're like me, you've been waiting for a replacement to Tandem & Family Cycling magazine to arrive. Well, if the first edition is any indication of what we can expect to see each quarter, then DOUBLE magazine may be the ticket. To find a copy near you, check with your local tandem club or get if from one of their dealers. Dealers are all list on their US Tandem Dealer locator. The magazine is sold at the interesting newsstand price of "Two for $10". Subscriptions are $24/yr (4 issues) and $44 for two years (8 issues). Contact the magazine with your questions regarding subscriptions, pricing and distribution: Emailto:doublemagazine@earthlink.net. Or, visit their Web site: http://www.doublemagazine.com/

Mar 04: (TTL) Want to See a Cool Web Site? Check Out Bikeforest.com -- This is a must visit Web site for bicycle afficianados and enthusiasts. The frame design tool is absoluately the nuts! Give it a look: http://www.bikeforest.com

Mar 03: (VeloNews) Outdoor Life Network (OLN) Releases 2002 Cycling Broadcast Schedule - VeloNews has posted OLN's 2002 broadcast schedule of cycling events on its Web site. To see the schedule visit this link: http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/1855.0.html

Mar 03: (TTL) VeloNews Link Added To Tandem Publications Page -- Long overdue, I've finally added a link to the VeloNews Web site to the "Tandem Publications" page of our Web site. You'll also notice that BRAIN has come off the navigation bar and now appears along with VeloNews at the top of the Bulletin Board. Go to the VeloNews Web site or to Bicycle Retailer's Web site by clicking on the Logo.

Mar 03: (Bicycle Retailer) Pearl Izumi Launches Retail Web Site -- Ever get frustrated because your LBS or favorite E-tailer/Catalog never has the Pearl Izumi stuff you want in stock? You now can browse and shop online from Pearl's entire line of sports apparel in men's, women's, accessories and footwear categories. To visit the site go to: http://www.pearlizumi.com. To read the entire article at Bicycle Retailer click HERE.

Mar 01: (TTL) MATES Tandem Rally Web Site Now Up -- Bob Friedman of ETR, Inc. has let us know that the Mid-Atlantic Tandem Rally (MATES) Web site is now up. This year's MATES rally will be held in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Virginia. Please visit their Web site to learn more by clicking HERE. To see all of this year's major tandem events please visit our "EVENTS" page. [NOTE: Bob says the ISP's been having some trouble so if you get a "404 Not Found" message try back a little later.]

Feb 28: ((Bicycle Retailer)/ VeloNews) Ibis LLC Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; Liquidation of Assets -- From both VeloNews and Bicycle Retailer comes word that Ibis LLC (formerly Ibis Cycles) has filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, with nearly $1.5 million in liabilities and virtually no assets. So, if you're lucky enough to have one of the Ibis tandems it would appear it just became a collectors item. Read the full story at Bicycle Retailer & Industry News HERE

Feb 22: (Bicycle Retailer) Bike E Recalls 13,000 Bikes / E2 Tandem Included - Bicycle Retailer reports that Recumbent maker Bike E is recalling more than 13,000 bikes for replacement of the seat slider. The recall effects several Bike E models including the 2000 and 2001 E2 Tandem. Contact your BikeE retailer or BikeE directly at (800) 231-3136. There is also information on their Web site: http://www.bikee.com.

Feb 21: (TTL) Dates & Location Set for 2002 UK National Tandem Rally - Neville Frost, Webmaster of the Tandem Club UK's Southeast London Website dropped a line to let us that the UK National Tandem Rally - Tandem 2002 is to be held in Dumfries, Scotland from 10th-17th August 2002. More details are posted to Neville's Web site's Notice Board: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/tandemclub-southeast/tand2002.htm To see all of this year's major tandem events please visit our "EVENTS" page.

Feb 16: (TTL) Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Registration Now Open - Shayne in Wisconsin just let us know that the Chequamegon Fat Tire Registration is open online today at http://www.cheqfattire.com. The Festival has off-road tandem classes in all events. Lottery Registration ends with forms postmarked by March 15. To see all of this year's major off-road tandem events please visit Double Forte's "EVENTS" page.

Feb 14: (TTL) Double Magazine Launches New Web Site - Double Magazine, a new quarterly tandem magazine, has launched www.doublemagazine.com. The website contains a preview of the spring 2002 issue (which will ship on 2/28/2002), a Double Magazine/tandem dealer locator, subscription information, Double Magazine softgoods and an on-line form that enables subscribers to place free classified ads in the nationally distributed magazine. If you have questions regarding www.doublemagazine.com or Double Magazine, please contact: Henry Abel, Editor of Double Magazine at doublemagazine@earthlink.net.

Feb 12: (T@H) Eastern Tandem Rally On-Line Registration Now Available - Bruce Wells, host of this year's edition of the Eastern Tandem Rally, has launched the ETR 2002 Web Site AND this year's On-Line Registration. If you plan on attending ETR this is a great way to sign-up. Visit the Site. To see all of this year's major tandem events please visit our "EVENTS" page.

Feb 03: (TTL) Tour de Georgia Continues To Take Shape - Gov. Barnes (GA) has voiced his support of a Georgia Department of Tourism initiative to host a 6 day stage race for professional cyclists in April of 2003. Read more about it HERE.

Jan 31: (Bicycle Retailer)  Serotta Organizes Summit To Standardize Bike Fit - "Serotta Cycles" -- a pioneer in proper bicycle fitting techniques and equipment -- "is organizing a manufacturer and frame builder summit to hammer out standards for proper bicycle fitting technique and practices. The meeting will be held May 16-19, in Saratoga, New York." Read the full article at Bicycle Retailer & Industry News HERE.

Jan 30: (TTL) Yet Another Tandem Forum Discovered On BikeForums.net - I was out surfing the Web in search of new tandem content and stumbled across yet another bicycle forum. This one is Bike Forums and features sub-forums catering to just about every cycling niche you can think of -- MTB, Road, Bents, Tandems, etc.... If you're tired of reading the same hash over and over again perhaps this forum may offer you a breath of fresh air: http://www.bikeforums.net

Jan 21: (TTL) Southwest Tandem Rally Web Site Now Up! - This year's SWTR is being held in Waco, Texas, on April 12-14. Additional information and registration forms are available on the SWTR Web site: http://www.swtrally.com . Questions should be directed to Mike or Susan at (281) 531-7750 or email to mahoneys@pdq.net. To see all of this year's major tandem events please visit our "EVENTS" page.

Jan 13 - (TTL) Preliminary 2002 Model Year Tandem Buyer's Guide - So far we've had good participation from many of the tandem builders; however, we're still missing a couple of the major players and custom builders. Notwithstanding the missing builders, it's still a great start and we still hope to have it finished by March. If you'd like to take a look at a preliminary version of our 2002 Model Year Tandem Buyer's Guide, click HERE. You must have Excel '98 or a newer version of a spreadsheet software product than can open and read Excel '98 files to download and use this file. We hope to publish the final version in Acrobat. (Guide removed from Site, Feb 03: too time consuming/little value to keep current)

Jan 11 - (T@H) Georgia Tandem Rally Registration Now Open - The organizers of the Georgia Tandem Rally (GTR) recently announced that Registration for this year's edition is now open. The rally will be held in Athens, GA, home of the University of Georgia. For all the information visit their Web site: http://www.georgiatandemrally.com. To see all of this year's major tandem events please visit our "EVENTS" page.

Jan 10 - (TTL) Off-Road Tandem Speciality Dealer Launches MTBTandems.com - An off-road cycling and tandem enthusiast has opened up an off-road tandem speciality business in Macon, GA. The business has launched a Web site where you can find more information on the products and the family-run business: http://www.MTBTandems.com

Jan 7 - (TTL) Selling or Buying A Used Tandem And Need Help Figuring Out the Fair Market Value? We here at TheTandemLink.com decided that with all the questions we've received asking for help in setting selling or offering prices for used tandems, what was really needed was a fairly reliable tool and some guidelines that did just that. Therefore, we have released our free, "Unofficial Used Tandem Price Estimating Tool, V2.3" and supplemental narrative for used tandem sellers and buyers. To learn more about it or to download the tool, visit this page at our Web site: http://home.att.net/~thetandemlink/usedhome.html

Jan 4 - (DropMachine) Mountain Bikes Acquired By Kinesis - Jeff Monk of Dropmachine.com reported on December 18 that Kinesis USA, Inc., one of America's premier OE bicycle frame manufacturers, has acquired Mountain Cycle, a pioneering brand of high-end bicycle frames. Mountain Cycle may be best known for pioneering first commercially viable monocoque frames, the first modern disk brakes, and the first inverted motorcycle style suspension forks.  Kinesis is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of aluminum bicycle and tandem frames and have produced frames for many brands including Bianchi, Diamondback, GT, Mongoose, Peugeot, Raleigh, Santa Cruz, Schwinn, Specialized, Storck, and Trek. To read the entire release click HERE

Jan 2 - ((Bicycle Retailer) Christini AWD Mountain Bikes Go Into Production - While there is no mention of a tandem version, it bears notice that Christini Technologies has secured enough captial to begin mass-production of its evolutionary, rider-selectable All-Weel-Drive mountain bike. To read the article at Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, click HERE. To read what Popular Mechanics had to say about the product click HERE. To visit Christini's Web site click HERE.


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