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Dec 29 - (TTL) The Tandem Experience Coming Soon To Folks In The UK -- Peter Bird and Sarah Brohpy wrote to let us know that they've launched a new endeavor to make tandem test rides more accessible to potential buyers in the UK. For those not familiar with Peter, he got his start in the tandem biz back in the early 1980's as a bike builder and found of Swallow Frames, building some 2,500 tandems during the 20 years that Swallow was a going concern. You can read more about the new enterprise, Peter, and Sarah at a press released hosted on the UK's "Bike Biz" Web site by clicking HERE or you can visit their Web site: http://www.tandeming.co.uk/

Dec 20 - (rtrmag.com) Issue #12 of Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine Is On The Street -- The Winter 2003 Issue of Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine is now available. This issue features reviews of the Santana Encore and Co-Motion's Co-Pilot travel tandem. You'll also find a detailed description and some photos of what the RTR staff saw at Interbike and a couple of interesting stories in Newsy Notes regarding tandems at Paris-Brest-Paris and an Atlanta-based tandem team who participated in RAGBRAI as part of the 2003 Pedaling for Parkinson's Team. For those who interested in learning more about RTR please visit their Web site at http://www.RTRMag.com and consider subscribing.

Dec 20 - (TTL) Off-Road Tandem Event Calendar Updated -- We've updated the off-road tandem events page with the dates for 2004 events; well, at least the one's that are available. If you're interested in taking on one of these off-road challenges for tandems or participating in an off-road social event, check out the dates and locations to see if there is something near by. If you know of other events that have classes for tandems please let us know. You can view the calendar and locator map at: http://home.att.net/~thetandemlink/dfevents.html

Dec 07 - (T@H) Track Tandems For Special Athletes -- Sam Waterstreet shared a link to a very interesting paint job on a tandem at Don Walker's Web site called High Crime. For those who may be unfamiliar with the unusual looking frame that features rear-facing horizontal drop-outs, short wheelbase, and contoured rear seat tube, what you're looking at is a 100% track tandem. Although the UCI Rules still include a "Tandem Sprint" event track tandems are more often than not pressed into service as part of the Special Olympics and for other disabled athlete cycling events. More photos of the nearly finished "High Crime" track tandem frame and an unpainted track tandem used by Tim/Suzie Goodwin with blind stoker Pam Fernandez (USABA's Cycling Coordinator) are available HERE. To learn more about tandem racing and the sight impaired visit the International Blind Sports Federation's Web site. For some very user-friendly FAQs on track racing, visit this Web site: http://www.umcycling.com/faq1.htm

Dec 07 - (TTL) Chattanooga Recognized as Bicycle Friendly City -- Good friend and Donna Pugleise's captain, Philip Pugliese of the Chattanooga Urban Area Bicycle Task Force, brought to our attention a December 4th news item wherein his hometown of Chattanooga, TN, was designated as a League of American Cyclists - Bicycle Friendly Community. The Bicycle Friendly Communities Campaign is an awards program that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle-Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation. You can read the press release HERE which includes a list of all the current cities that hold the BFC designation. You can read more about the program, including how to pursue one for your own community at the following Web site; http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org/

Dec 05 - (Hawaii Business) Tandem People in the News: Jackie & Lee Ingamells, Hawaii -- A short article about Hong-Kong native Jackie Ingamells appears in Hawaii Business that might help inspire other husbands to surprise their spouses with a tandem for Christmas. You can read the article by David Choo by clicking HERE.

Dec 05 - (Wakefield Today) Thieves Try To Make Off With Pennyfarthing & Tandem Christmas Lights Display -- Bob & Margaret Cook of Horbury (UK) put forth a huge effort and personal expense to light-up their home during the Christmas holidays, having up to 60,000 lights incorporated into their display. This year, thieves attempted to make off with two of the light sculptures; one shaped to resemble a Pennyfarthing (aka, highwheeler or ordinary) bicycle and another like a tandem. You can read the entire story HERE.

Dec 04 - (Chicago Sun-Times) Tandem People in the News: Troy Henikoff, Chicago, IL -- An interview of Tandem@Hobbes list member Troy Henikoff by Dave Lundy dated December 4th appears on the Chicago Sun-Times Web site. You can read this very interesting dialog between Troy and Dave that focuses on what is now Troy's fourth technology start-up business at the following URL: http://www.suntimes.com/output/hitechqa/cst-fin-lundy04web.html

Nov 27 - (TTL) Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 18 - (TTL) Erickson Photo Gallery Back By Popular Demand -- Well, OK, one gentleman was kind enough to ask if I was still hosting the Erickson Cycles photo gallery on our Erickson Enthusiast's Web site. I had pulled that page down well over a year ago but, given his interest and my giving nature, I elected to upload the page and all of the images tonight. If you are an Erickson owner -- or if you know one -- and would like to help add some additional images to the gallery please feel free to send them to me and I'll get them added. There are well over 400 Erickson tandems in the world and I'd love to have a photo of every one of them if it were possible. You can visit the gallery by clicking HERE.

Nov 18 - (TTL) A Few More Photos of Santana's IsoGrid Tandems -- Vyatek's Web site has recently been updated following the gala introduction of the new Santana IsoGrid technology tandems at Interbike in October. Depicted on their "Vyatek Updates" page are photos of Vyatek's Howard Lindsay and Santana's Bill McCready along with a road frame and the much discussed Dual Moto off-road tandem. According to our sources, the Dual Moto was built by Santana for Howard's own personal use. You can visit their Web site and check out the photos by clicking HERE.

Nov 14 - (TTL) Tandem Tours Ireland -- Eddy McMahon of Tandem Tours Ireland wrote to share the URL for their Web site with us and to let us know a little bit about their firm. Although we can't offer a personal endorsement, we can share that Tandem Tours Ireland was created by the same folks who operate Celtic Trails and the are the only tandem tour operator based in Ireland. Rather than trying to paraphrase too much of what I've read on their Web site let me just invite you to pay it a visit. http://www.tandemtoursireland.com. If anyone is travelling to the Tour de Tucson and would like to learn more about these tours, Eddy will apparently be attending and I'm sure he'd love to tell you all about it. You can also find a link to their site on our Travelling page under Tandem Tour Operators.

Nov 07 - (TTL) 2004 Tandem Rallies & Events -- Speaking of STR '03, now would be a good time to start making your plans for attending one or more tandem rallies in '04. Most of the major, regional rallies have announced the dates and locations for their events which you can find on our "Events" page. Click HERE to see what's happening and when.

Nov 04 - Southern Tandem Rally Celebrates 25th Anniversary -- This past weekend's Southern Tandem Rally is chronicled in a short article entitled "Tandem cyclists trek through Tallahassee" by David Stotts of the Tallahassee Democrat. I believe the actual team count was above 125, the weather was incredible (probably the best three days of weather I can recall for what was our 21st Tandem Rally), the routes were scenic, the natives weren't restless, our riding partners were a joy to be with (even when they were hammering us into the ground), and we were able to visit with many of the friends we've met at past rallies and make a few new ones which is as much of the attraction of a tandem rally as the actual riding. Our thanks to Al & Heidi Parker and Greg and Angela Knecht for hosting an excellent event. You can also visit the STR 2003 Photo Page by clicking HERE.

Oct 23 - For Techno-Dweebs: Carbon Tube Construction "Demystified" -- In a continuing series of postings to Tandem@Hobbes, Bill McCready, president and owner of Santana, provided readers with his spin on carbon bicycle tubing manufacturing in a posting entitled, Carbon De-mystified. Craig Calfee, who is in my humble opinion one of the true carbon technology experts in the bicycle industry, provided some clarification of Bill's comments in a two-part reply which you can rear HERE (part 1) and HERE (part 2). You can find additional links to previous discussions on the Santana Beyond tandems in several items that appear below spanning October 10 - Oct 20. Normally, we wouldn't give so much bandwidth to a single manufacturer's product development; however, this one could really be interesting to follow.

Oct 20 - More Interbike 2003 Stuff -- As luck would have it, more tandem & cycling news from Interbike 2003 is starting to show up on the Web and we're just the folks to bring it to you:

Oct 20 - Awesome Off-Road Tandems -- Although I'm not sure if all of these bikes were at this year's Interbike, they most likely made an appearance at Eurobike or a previous Interbike and are well worth a look-see if you're interested in off-road tandems:

Oct 20 - Indiana State University Alumini Working To Secure Tandem Racing At ISU -- Although the article appears to have some technical problems, Michael Simmons' quest to secure both the history and future of tricycle and tandem racing at ISU makes for an intriging story that you can read HERE.

Oct 19 - Tandems Folks In The News: Christine Fisher Takes On Around the Bay in a Day -- Christine Fisher, a sight impaired stoker down under in Australia took on the annual Around the Bay in a Day cycling event from St. Kilda to Queenscliff this past weekend, along with about 8,000 other cyclists. Read moe about the event by clicking HERE.

Oct 16 - (USACycling.org) UCI Bans Use of Disc Brakes in Cyclocross Events -- Effective 1 November, cyclocross bikes used in UCI sanctioned events will no longer be permitted to use disc brakes. The ban does not apply to USCF events here in the states; however, this could be a real blow to 700c disc brake development investments which would benefit the road tandem community. More to follow I'm sure.

Oct 16 - (CyclingNews.com) Tandem Racing For Elite & Masters Classes To Be Included At Park City in 2004 -- The US National Road Championships are being held at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City Utah on 12 - 22 August 2004. According to CyclingNews.com, the festival will also include tandem racing in both the elite and master classifications. More to follow but it suffices to say that the folks in Kentucky are not happy about the unexpected move.

Oct 16 - More From Interbike & More About the Santana Tandems at the Titus Booth -- Jack Goertz of Tandems Limited was kind enough to file an Interbike report and noted that Santana did not have a booth at this year's Interbike show. Instead, they held a workshop for dealers where they unveiled the new Beyond IsoGrid tandems which were put on display at the Titus booth. You can read Jack's report HERE. With regard to the off-road tandem, Jack was also kind enough to pass on the story behind this bike from Santana which is included in his Interbike follow-up posting that you can read HERE. Bottom line from Santana is, they designed & built the tandem using the IsoGrid tubing provided by Vyatek and the Titus Horst Link rear suspension provided by Titus. The customer? Apparently it may be Howard Lindsay, the owner of Vyatek, Titus, MaxM, et al.

Oct 15 - Norwich Amateur Bicyle Club Time Trials Bring Out The Tandems -- Read all about the Norwich Amateur Club time trials where tandems once again were newsworthy by breaking all kindds of records; click HERE.

Oct 15 - More About Titus & Vyatek Sports -- Having done some additional research on Titus and Vyatek, it turns out that Titus is more than just another bi/fusion & IsoGrid technology licensee, it is a Vyatek subsidiary. There is also a bicycle component subsidiary called MaxM within Vyatek's cycling LOB. You can probably learn about as much as there is to know about the IsoGrid technology, as well as get a good idea of how the Santana Beyond tandems will look by checking out the Titus Ultralight road bike. To get some background on Vyatek Sports, you can check out an article written for the Phoenix Business Journal from May 2002.

Oct 14 - Tandem Stuff From Interbike -- Slowly but surely, information regarding new tandem stuff is starting to flow from Las Vegas. I will attempt to keep up with it and pass along the pearls....

Oct 11 - Test Pilots Wanted - More on Santana's Beyond -- In a posting to Tandem@Hobbes, Bill McCready, president and owner of Santana, extended an invitiation to experienced tandem teams to take a Beyond tandem prototype our for a test ride and evaluation as part of its product development program. Interested couples who either live or who will be travelling to Southern California should contact Santana for further details: (909) 596-7570, Extension10. You can read more about Santana's Beyond prototype tandem development in three postings by Bill McCready to Tandem@Hobbes: the Aug 28th, Initial Announcement, the Aug 30th Follow-Up to Aug 28 OR the most recent October 11th Interbike Announcement.

Oct 10 - Interbike 2003 Underway in Nevada -- The 2003 edition of Interbike -- the largest US bike show -- got underway with the outdoor demo rides in Boulder City, NV. The outdoor demo ride event lasts two days, followed by the opening of the main exhibition hall at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, on October 12th. The show runs through the 14th. We'll keep our eyes open for tandem-related news and reports. Thus far, we know that Santana will have on display its carbon technology "Beyond" prototype tandem fabricated using IsoGrid carbon technology from VyaTech and Bi/Fusion, weldable titantium tips.

Oct 06 - Tandems Folks In The News: Matt Reindeau of Fond du Lac, WI -- 13 year old Matt Reindeau is an eigth-grader atWoodworth Middle School in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Matt is sight impaired but but that doesn't keep him from enjoying a tandem ride several times a week. His original tandem pilot was school custodian John Williams; however, when John retired math teacher Matt Steinbarth and history teacher Adam Zakos both jumped at the chance to take over his duties. You can read the entire story HERE.

Oct 05 - Tandems Folks In The News: Dave & Daughter Nicole Weirsky of Lopatcong Township, NJ -- Dave Weirsky & eight year old daughter Nicole teamed up to ride this year's 23rd annual MS150 ride from Hammonton to Ocean City, NJ; read the story HERE.

Oct 05 - (TTL) "Zona" Tandems is now "Arizona" Tandems: Press Release -- Zona Engineering and Development has changed the name under which it markets its custom carbon fiber tandems, The new name will be Arizona Tandems. The change was necessitated by the "demand of Kona USA Inc. through their Canadian lawyers" that "ZONA no longer be used "in association with bicycles, or any other mark confusingly similar with our client,s KONA registered mark". Although it is highly likely that Kona's request would not hold up in court, Bob Davis decided he'd rather spend his time and money building tandems than pursuing a civil suit. Arizona Tandems, new website is: http://www.arizonatandems.com/

Oct 01 - (TTL) ADVISORY: E-MAIL FRAUD SCHEME TARGETING TANDEM SELLERS -- If you are selling a used tandem beware that the Email scam artists in Nigeria have now targeted YOU. The advisory initially appeared on Tandem@Hobbes this past Wednesday in a post from Mark Williams. Several other folks who are selling tandems supported the advisory with first hand reports of receiving similar inquiries. The US Secret Service is aware of the Email-based fraud scam. You can read Mark's initial post HERE or you can access the entire thread by clicking HERE.

Oct 01 - (TTL) 2004 Tandem Rallies & Events Calendar -- For those of you who are hosting major tandem rallies in 2004, I would request your help in making sure our 2004 Tandem Event Calendar is as up to date as it can be: http://home.att.net/~thetandemlink/http://tandemgeek.wordpress.com/tandem-rallies-event-listing/. I know, how can you be thinking about the 2004 Rally season when the 2003 season isn't quite over? Because the morning commute to work on the big bike is getting brisk... It's a seasonal thing. Regardless, since there are only two events left on the '03 calendar, I thought I'd solicit some help in making sure we have the correct events, dates, places, and links to Web site URL's for the '04 calendar. This is also a good time for the super-organized, rally veterans as well as the folks who were thinking about doing their first rally but somehow never got around to it in '03 to start making their plans for '04. As always, your tolerance and support are greatly appreciated.

Oct 01 - Cycling & Tandeming Along Han River In Soul Korea a Popular Activity -- If you're planning a trip to Soul Korea and would like to do some cycling, apparently there are plenty of places to rent and ride bicycles & tandems along the Han river. Read the story HERE.

Oct 01 - Tandems Continue To Play Prominent Role in Asian Politics -- Although the link to the original article is not available, what I did learn was that once again a tandem bicycle will once again play a prominent role in a political event in Taiwan. Apparently the chaimen of two major political parties (KMT & PMP) will team up on a tandem to lead 2,400 other riders at a major event. There have been quite a few such events over the past years.

Sep 30 - Off-Road Tandem Allows Erick Weihenmayer Takes On Adventure Race Series -- Erik Weihenmayer climbed Mount Everest in 2001 and has now completed the grueling ten day Primal Quest adventure race. Of course, what makes this amazing is that Erik is blind. Read about Erik's adventure as recounted by Jeff Evans which included riding the mountain bike stage on an off-road tandem by clicking HERE..

Sep 29 - Tandem Helps Tri-Athlete To Overcome Challenges -- David Bigoney has the distinction of being the first blind triathlete to compete in the Santa Rosa Triathon; read the entire story of how David overcame adversity HERE.

Sep 29 - (TTL) The Southern Tandem Rally Schedule of Events Is Now Up -- Al & Heidi Parker and Greg & Angela Knecht wrote to let us know the 2003 Southern Tandem Rally Web site has been updated with the event schedule and a list of registered teams. Registration closed at the end of last month with no shortage of sign-ups. For those who are confirmed for the event or those on a waiting list, you'll want to keep an eye on the site for important updates as the Oct 31 - Nov 2 event draws closer.

Sep 29 - (TTL) Ride Along With Jeremy & Lauren Frank On Their Transcontental Journey -- Jeremy & Laurent Frank wrote to let us know about their transcontental adventure and to pass along the URL to their Web site. They set out from Sea Bright, New Jersey on their Greenspeed tandem trike this past August 7th. enroute to San Diego, CA. You can read about their journey, sign their guest book, and check out their photos on line at their Web site.

Sep 21 - (TTL) Southwest Tandem Rally Set For 30 Apr - 2 May '04 at New Braunfels, Texas -- Dale Krueger wrote to let us know that SWTR will be held on 30 April through 2 May at the 'T Bar M' Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas. New Braunfels is located about 28 miles north of San Antonio, TX. The SWTR Web site is still under construction so, in the mean time, if you have any questions contact the organizing committee by sending an Email to swtr2004@txcats.org or call Dale at (512) 258-6787.

Sep 19 - Discovery Channel's "Wright Brothers: First in Flight" is a Must See For Techno Geeks & Aviation Buffs -- If you have access to the Discovery Channel via Cable or Satellite subscription be sure to watch "The Wright Brothers: First in Flight". It will replay again on Sunday morning. 21 September at 11:00am EST, and then twice on Thursday Night, 25 September, and then again on Saturday the 27th. The viewing schedule at Discovery Channel's web site can be accessed by clicking HERE. It is an incredible show that lets you appreciate the genius of these "bicycle mechanics". For more information visit the EAA's Web site Summary HERE, read the Press Release by clicking HERE, or go to the Discovery Channel's Wright Brothers Web page by clicking HERE.

Sep 19 - (TTL) Tandems East Invites You To Celebrate New Years Eve In New Zealand Next Winter -- Mel & Barbara Kornbluh of Tandems East have teamed up with Pedaltours of New Zealand to offer tandem enthusiasts a "tour of a lifetime" adventure in warm and sunny New Zealand on December 29 through January 18. Remember, when it's winter in the Northern half of the hemisphere its summer down under. If you're interested in learning more about what could be the tandem tour of a lifetime click HERE. There are already 11 couples signed-up and only 7 more couples will be able to participate in this three week adventure. Therefore, if you have questions or are interested in securing your place on the tour please drop Mel & Barbara an Email or call (856) 451-5104.

 Sep 19 - (TTL) The 11th Annual Tandemo/Bent Event: Sept 28 at Mt Airy, Maryland -- Larry Black wrote to let us know that Mt. Airy Bicycles' Premiere Event is being held on Sunday, Sept 28 at their Mt. Airy, Maryland location. Details are posted on the Web or you can also find more information by visiting their home page at: http://www.bike123.com

Sep 18 - Deadly Canadian Highway That Claimed Tandem Team's Lives on July 14th Finally Being Addressed -- Regular readers will sadly recall that John and Kathy Stoltenberg were struck by a commercial truck and killled while riding their tandem along the Trans-Canada Highway near Lake Louise on July 14th. They were unbelievably the 23rd and 24th victims of accidents on the 22 mile long stretch of highway over just the past four years. After a protracted 10 year debate on widening the road, Canada's Industry Trade Minister suddenly announced plans to go forward with the $70m project. You can read more about the announcement by Canada's Industry Trade Minister at Canada.com's Web site by clicking HERE.

Sep 16 - Cycling Advocate & Natualist Ken Kifer Killed By Drunk Driver: Cycling Community Suffers Yet Another Tragic Loss -- Ken Kifer was struck and killed while cycling on Saturday, September 14, near his home in Alabama. Many cyclists who may not be familiar with Ken by name are, in all probability, past or frequent visitors to his Web site. You can read three of the stories that have been published regarding the accident at these links: Daily Sentinel#1, Daily Sentinel #2 & WAFF. For those who didn't know Ken, there is a very nice bio at the Adventure Cycling Web site written this past summer: http://www.adventurecycling.org/beta/gallery/gallery13.cfm

Sep 15 - Couples Team Up On Tandems To Fight MS At Annual Fund Raising Events -- Mike & Nancy Myers of Baxter Springs, MO, fresh from their participation in the Paris--Brest-Paris, a 785 miles event that they completed in 72 hours, spend this past weekend pedalling across America's heartlands duirng one of the many MS150 bike rides. In addition to reading more about Mike & Nancy, you'll also learn about Republic, MO's Lynda Nau's struggle against MS and her plans to team up with husband Eric on a tandem for next year's event by visiting the MorningSun's Web site by clicking HERE.

Sep 14 - Tandem Folks in the News: Val Broomhead & Richard Mann of Barford in the UK -- Val Broomhead and Richard Mann recently completed the annual Norfolk Bikeathon in aid of leukaemia research along with about 700 other cyclists. Read the entire story by clicking HERE.

Sep 14 - Tandem Folks in the News: Faiz Raad of Druse, Israel -- Faiz Raad, a businessman from Druise, Israel and avid tandem enthusiast travelled to the US with 21 other disabled Israeli and Palestinian disabled athletes to participate in the second annual, 3-day 280 mile "Face of America" bike ride from the site of the World Trade Center attacks in New York to the Pentagon in Washinton, DC. Read the entire story by clicking HERE.

Sep 14 - Tandem Folks in the News: Lindy and Tom Imranyi of Monroe, NJ -- Lindy and Tom Imranyi of Monroe, NJ, set out to honor the memory of her cousin Bruce VanHine, a New York City Squad 41 firefighter who perished during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center by taking on the "Face of America" ride this past weekend. You can read the entire story by clicking HERE.

Sep 14 - Tandems Allow Quartet Of Sight Impaired Students Take Part In 9/11 Tribute Ride -- Four sight impaired students and their tandem pilots tackled the 280 mile Face of America ride this past weekend. The ride which began in New York City and ended in Washington, DC, commemorated the 9/11 tragedy. You can read the entire story by clicking HERE.

Sep 13 - (TTL) Triplet Buyer (FAQ's) Now Available At TheTandemLink.com -- Back in May, Paul Meixner posted a 1,350 word article that provided some lessons-learned for prospective buyers of triplets, quads and quints. With Paul's permission, I have recently completed a revision of his original article that is now available on-line via several links here at www.TheTandemLink.com. If you'd like to peruse the second edition of the article -- which is now somewhere around 8,500 words -- you can do so by clicking HERE. You'll find it elsewhere on our Web site under the heading, Triplet, Quad and Quint Buyer's Guide (FAQ) by Paul Meixner & Mark Livingood.

Sep 09 - (DF) Cannondale Releases 2004 Specifications; Disc Brakes Now OEM For Both Road & Off-Road Tandems -- Alex Nutt noted that Cannondale's 2004 model year road and off-road tandems (US Spec) would be sporting Avid's 203mm ball bearing, mechanical disc brakes; representing a major development with regard to road tandem brakes. Alex also confirmed with Avid that the 203mm caliper models of their Ball Bearing mechanical disc brakes are now approved for use as primary front and rear brakes on tandems. However, the brakes are not approved for use in drag brake applications. Check out the 2004 Cannondale Tandems by clicking HERE.

Sep 09 - (T@H) Trek Releases 2004 Specifications For Tandem Line Up -- Paul Meixner posted a note to the Tandem@Hobbes list to advise thatTrek had updated the info on their Web site regarding their 2004 model year tandems: http://www.trekbikes.com/bikes/2004/road/. In short, the T2000 remains their top of line tandem with few changes from 2003, including the same $3300 MSRP. For '04, the value-priced, mid-levelT1000 model now features drop bars in place and maintains a MSRP of $2200. The entry level T900 stays in the line-up to give buyers a comfort-cruiser option to similar offerings from Raleigh, Univega, DiamondBack and Schwinn for a very attractive MSRP of $880.

Sep 08 - When Stealing A Tandem Takes Away Something Else That Few Often Think About -- Vicki Barkes of Racine, Wisconsin issued a plea for consideration and compassion on the part of unknown parties who stole her husband Dale and daughter Kaitlyn's tandem from their garage. What Vicki's letter to the editor points out is that it wasn't just a bicycle that they stole, it was the only kind of bicycle that Kaitlyn -- who suffers from Downs Syndrome -- can ride. We are hopeful that their tandem has been or will be returned. You can read Vicki's letter to the editor by clicking HERE.

Sep 07 - Tandems Welcome At The Hadley-Luzerne Community (New York State) Fall Bike Ride, 11 October -- Cheri Hadden wrote to let us know that tandems are welcome to participate in the Hadley - Luzerne Community Fall Festival's1st Annual Bike Ride on Saturday, October 11th, 2003. Lake Luzerne is located North of Albany, NY. There will be bike rides of four different distances, 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles. The routes will follow the Hudson River to Corinth and the 3 longer distance rides will then head towards the Great Sacandaga Lake. The terrain is mostly rolling hills and is relatively flat considering the routes are in the Adirondacks. If you have any questions or need more information, please call George Beagle at 696-2580 or Bob Mackey at 696-4234 or rmackey@nycap.rr.com.

Sep 06 - Tandem Folks In The News: Ray and Linda Cannarella, Indianapolis, IN -- In addition to being a tandemist, Ray Cannarella is also president of the Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA). He and wife Linda are mentioned in an article by J. Matt Miller of the Indianapolis Star entitled 'Urban sprawl presents challenge for bicyclists' that discusses issues associated with cycling in increasingly densely populated areas. You can read the entire article HERE OR for folks who'd rather read it at Lexington, Kentucky's Courier-Journal Web site click HERE.

Sep 04 - Tandem Folks In The News: Clark Roberts & Jacob Anderson, Bellevue, WA -- Clark Roberts lost his eyesight by the age of 23, but at 48 he's about to ride with 13 year-old son Jacob Anderson in the 280 mile "Face of America" ride that begins in New York City on September 11th and ends on September 14th in Washington, DC. You can read more about the duo HERE.

Sep 03 - (TTL) Interested In A Small Tandem Rally In Central Florida? -- Some friends of ours (Bob & Jan) are co-hosting a small tandem rally in Central Florida on October 17 - 19. If anyone is interested they still have a few rooms left at the host hotel. This might be an ideal 3 day event for anyone who prefers smaller gatherings than what you find at the Georgia or Southern Tandem Rallies, anyone who might already have plans to be down that way, or who has the endurance to make two long drives to FLA in October if they already plan to attend STR. For more information please read their event notice which is posted HERE. An application is also available by clicking HERE.

Sep 03 - A Recumbent Tandem Like No Other I've Ever Seen; The Laeufer -- Michael Graef and Christian Hessling created what may be one of the most revolutionary new bicycles to come our way in a long time. The Laeufer (German for "Runner") is human-powered travelling vehicle that has caught the attention of some of the largest corporations in the world. Read more about this intriguing vehicle by visiting this LINK or go directly to their Web site at: http://www.projekt-laeufer.de

Aug 30 - (The Daily Yomiuri ) Next Time You're In Geneva How About Renting A Tandem And Going For A Ride? - Geneva, Switzerland's affinity for bicycles is highlighted in an article by Catherine Heins that you can read by clicking HERE. Several tour operators, such as Erickson Cycle Tours, offer tandem tours through this beautiful country as well.

Aug 28 - (Korea Herald, South Korea) Peace Pedalers Expedition Takes Hampton & Bianchini Through 100 Countries - Garryck Hampton and Jamie Bianchini left San Francisco, CA, in April of 2002 on a journey that has taken them through 100 countries on their Pedaling for Peace Expedition. They are riding a pair of rather unique bicycles made by Black Sheep bikes than can be converted from single bikes into tandems; read their entire story HERE.

Aug 27 - Tandem Folks in the News: Steve & Christine Walker of Leamington Spa (UK) Doin' that Time Trial Thing - Tandem racer Steve Walker teams up with wife Christine and guest stoker Chris Blomfield for time trials; read the story HERE.

Aug 20 - (rtrmag.com) Issue #11 of Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine Is On The Street -- The July-August 2003 Issue of Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine is now available. This issue features reviews of the Diamondback Wildwood Tandem & the recumbent EZ Tandem. You'll also find articles regarding this year's Northwest Tandem Rally, an interesting article about Hobbsian regular Ron Burzese's plunge into tandem racing, and some thoughts about travel with tandems. For those who interested in learning more about RTR please visit their Web site at http://www.RTRMag.com and consider subscribing.

Aug 18 - Hilton Head Sheriff's Office Says Be On The Lookout For Two Stolen Tandems - As reported in Island Packet Online, Two tandem bicycles valued at $625 were stolen from a bike rack in front of the Westin Resort on 5 Grasslawn Ave. where they were left unsecured between 6 p.m. Aug. 12 and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 14. Good grief, what is the world coming to when even a $625 tandem isn't safe in a place like Hilton Head?

Aug 16 - Tandem Folks in the News: Curt & Rachel McClellan of Mill Valley, CA, Take On Paris-Brest-Paris - Tandem Endurance bikers Curt and Rachel McClellan of Mill Valley in Marin County, CA, take on the epic 800-mile Paris-Brest-Paris endurance race. Read the story by Brent Ainsworth of the Marin Independent Journal by clicking HERE.

Aug 16 - The France Trip Report That Keeps Going and Going and Going.... - I remember reading this article by Kristen de Groot in November of last year and then several other times in different on-line newspaper "leisure" sections. In fact, there may actually be three different entries in the archives that link to subtle variations on this story carried by UPI. This time it includes several travel tips that may be worth while for folks who are looking into various different touring options for tandeming in France. Read the story (again) HERE.

Aug 15 - Tandems Continue To Play A Vital Role In Supporting Athletics For The Physically Challenged - Dan Powell, a 43-year-old tri-athlete, and his 15-year-old daughter Dawn cycled around Oahu on a tandem bicycle during a special Ironman Revisited Triathlon this past Sunday. The Powells were just two of some 50 athletes who competed in the race fund-raiser for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Read the entire story HERE.

Aug 15 - Ralph Igler & Channel Wasson Bring Bicycle Collections To Palo Alto, CA - Channel Wasson, the American distributor Brompton folding bikes, and a board member of Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage, has combined his collection of folding bicycles with that of Ralph Igler to chronicle the evolution of the bicycle in a special exhibition at the museum.The exhibit will continue through Sept. 28. On Sept. 18, Wasson will bring in several unusual folding bikes to accompany his 7:30 p.m. lecture, ``Know When to Fold'em: The History and Uses of Folding Bikes.'' For more information, read the announcement and accompanying article in the Mercury News, visit www.moah.org or call (650) 321-1004.

Aug 15 - Tandems Play Important Role In How Families Explore Outdoors Together - Heather LaRoi of the Post-Crescent notes how trail-a-bikes and tandems are becoming more popular as families look for ways to spend time exploring the great outdoors together. Read the entire article HERE.

Aug 14 - Tandem Folks in the News: Dr. Marc & Linda Weissbluth of Chicago, IL - In an article entitled, "Perchance to dream" by Delia O'Hara that appeared in Thursday's Chicago Sun Times, we have a chance to learn a bit about Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a noted expert on children and sleep and -- more importantly -- tandem enthusiast who often times shares rides with his wife Linda along Lakeshore Drive.

Aug 10 - (The Sentinel) Mid-Atlantic Tandem Enthusiasts Rally A Success - Read a nice little article written about this year's MATES Tandem Rally in Carlisle, PA by clicking HERE. Rich & Marian Taschler never expected to see their picture in the paper so, who knows, you may find yourself mentioned.

Aug 10 - Tandem Sightings On The Tele - Ever watchful for the appearance of tandems in mass media, during the past week or so I noted cameo appearance of our beloved machines on the following programs or commercials:

Aug 09 - Rear View Mirrors - Short, Web based article by yours truly that conveys my thoughts about rear view mirrors, describes why I selected the model that I use and illustrates how I mounted it is available HERE.

Aug 08 - What is it about politicians and tandems? - Opposition leaders promise to restore hope on Fathers Day by The China Post Staff, Taipei, Taiwan.

Aug 06 - Tandem Folks in the News: Joel & Peggy Schroeder of Missouri, Kanasas - Schroeder set for 20th MS150; sets personal goal of $2,000 to help Missouri, Kansas victims by Justin Ballard of the Herarld Free-Press.

Aug 07 - Tandem Folks in the News: Craig & Cami Gurney of Poulsbo, WA - 500 bicyclists to pedal 172 miles for children by Debbie Cafazzo of The News Tribune. 13-year veteran of the Courage Classic and wife tackle 200mi annual benefit ride over three Cascade Mountain passes.

Aug 05 - Tandem Folks in the News: Dr. David & Moira Snadden of Vancover, BC - Top MD cycles north with thanks by Don Harrison
of The Province. Scottish newcomer Dr. David Snadden and his wife Moira rode from Prince George, Vancover, BC, to Tumbler Ridge, Vancover, BC, this past week to boost a $6 million trust fund campaign. They rode the 400 kilometres aboard their tandem bicycle.

Jul 29 - Tandem Folks in the News: Robin Saitz & "husband" of Newton Centre, MA - Wheels of the morning by Sarah Andrews of the NewtonTab. How the Crack o' Dawn bike club prepares for the upcoming Pan Mass Challenge .

Jul 28 - (NorthernScot) Libby Amphlett and Rob Whitley Set New Scottish Mixed Tandem Time Trial Record - Although Lance and the boys in the pro peloton may not have to worry, there certainly are some tandem teams in Scotland and the Northern UK who might want to keep an eye on these two the next time they decide to sprint for a green sign. Read about their accomplishment HERE.

Jul 28 - (Reporter) Westhuis Family Complete's 1,087 Mile Summer Jaunt To Waupin, WI - Kevin Westhuis of Fort Collins, CO, wife, Colleen, and children Kyle, 10, and Kayla, 12 talked dad into letting them tag along on his epic bicycle ride. Read all about their adventure in an article by Kelly Tucker entitled, "Family completes 1,089-mile bike trip to Waupun" at the Reporter, Fond Du Lac, WI.

Jul 28 - Tandem Folks in the News: Cindy and Alan Patterson, of Pittsburg & Brumbaugh's of McCandless ... more than 1,700 riders took to the streets as part of an annual bike tour of the Steel City. Alan & Cindy rode the tandem they were married on 4 years ago while Kim Brumbaugh rides with son Kevin, 9, and daughter, Kelly, 6; a similar article is HERE.

Tandem Folks In The News From RAGBRAI XXXI:

Jul 25 - (TTL) Rosenthal & Zona Tandems Added To Tandem Builders Links List - Two more custom tandem builders now have Web sites that recently came to our attention -- Brian Rosenthal's Rosenthal Tandems of Minnesota and Bob Davis' Zona Cycles of Arizona. Please note, Brian Rosenthal is not presently taking orders for frames but expects to resume building in the not too distant future. Bob Davis, on the other hand, is taking orders and you may recall reading a review of a Zona all-carbon frame in March-April '03 issue of Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine.

Jul 24 - (Oregonian) Family Teams Up On Tandem To Raise Awareness For Diabetes On "Summit to Surf" Ride - Story by Jill Smith about Corey Henkelman, daughter Lauren (13) and daughter Mollie (10) of Rock Creek, OR, and the Summit to Surf ride. Read the whole story HERE and a related story that talks about the Henkelman's HERE.

Jul 24 - (Various) Duo rides across country to draw attention to program for dropouts - Story by Dawn Thompson about Mike Snitz and Robert Meza of Arizona riding across the country on a tandem to draw attention to i-Learn Program. Read the whole story HERE and another from U.S. Newswire HERE.

Jul 23 - (Times-Standard) Grandma takes to the road to raise disease awareness - Jo-Anne Hegi and Neil Pitt ride tandem to raise awareness about Progeria, a rare disease affictling her granddaughter that causes rapid aging in children. Read the entire story by Chris Durant of the The Times-Standard HERE.

Jul 22 - John Philpott & 12 year old Son Seth demonstrate the spirit of the event as they ride in their fourth Leadville Courage Classic. Shauna Farnell of the Summit Daily News talks about the folks who battle personal adversity in her article, Thousands cross line of Courage in Leadville

Jul 22 - Tandem Folks in the News: Jimmy Hudson and Captain Stanton Truxillo of Austin,TX - It's about the ride. As his vision slips away, Jimmy Hudson embraces the beauty of cycling by Brad Buchholz of the American-Statesman Staff.

Jul 22 - Tandem Folks in the News: Ron and Bonnie Vance of Gaylord, MI - MIKE WENDLAND: High-tech guy, low-tech adventure shares tales from this year's Michigander Bike Ride where he crossed paths with Ron & Bonnie on their tandem recumbent and Quincy, their Bichon Frise.

Jul 20 - Tandem Folks in the News: Mr. Grove Goes To Washington... For His 15th Time - Man rides his age yearly on trail By Miriam Nowak of the Elkhart Truth. Carl Grove has travelled to our Nation's Capital for the past 15 years to ride his age in miles. This year, it was 75 miles. Alas, the tandem apparently has stayed at home.

Jul 20 - Tandem Folks in the News: Chris and Ann Wiley Caught On Camera At The Holland 100 - Cycling event draws hundreds to local roads About 700 join in 29th annual Holland 100 tour. Many come from around the Midwest By John Burdick, Staff writer for the Holland Sentinel. Chris & Ann are both easy to recognize in their photo; not so for the headless tandem team with the nice matching outfits.

Jul 19 - Tandem Folks in the News: Jennifer Buntz & Jim Tidaway Interviewed At Cactus and Crude MS Bike Tour - Bicyclists take on distance, heat in fight against MS By Roger Cline, Staff Writer, Big Springs Herald. Duo uses MS as a way of raising money and tuning up for the US Masters National Tandem Time Trials & Road Race.

Jul 14 - Sad News: Tandem Team Killed By Truck in Canada While Touring - A Washington State couple in their early 50's were touring on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Lake Louise near Banff National Park when hit and killed from behind by a large commercial truck. Our thoughts and prayers go out to friends and family.T he driver of the vehicle that hit them has been charged. Here are links to two different stories: Link 1 - Link 2

Jul 14 - Tandem Folks in the News: Sean and Julie Mcfarland -- What Is It About Montana? - It takes Two to Tandem by Martin J. Kidston, Independent Review Staff Writer. On a hot and dusty Saturday afternoon, as the Missoula farmer's market wound down and Rattlesnake Creek thundered full force, Sean and Julie McFarland clipped in and hit the single track. ( Submitted by Alex Nutt)

Jul 14 - Tandem Folks in the News: Duo's From Whitefish Montana Highlighted In Tandem Cycling Article - On a bicycle built for two... Tandems have loyal following by Christine Hensleigh of the Whitefish Pilot. Read about the tandem cycling exploits of Marsh and Val Larimore, Mona Sellegren and husband, Chuck Kempner, Ron & Jan Brunk and Jeff Bott and Lynn Barthel of Montana. ( Submitted by Alex Nutt)

Jul 13 - Tandem Folks in the News: Cindy Tomcko & Bob Carter of Iowa - Riding through Rapids for Habitat by Willow Sedore of the Herald-Review

Jul 11 - Tandem Folks in the News: Cathy Frasier, Jay Albert & Gary McCarthy of Georgia - Suwanee woman plans 450-mile ride to fight Parkinson's By Amy Leigh Womack of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Look for Cathy and her Captains at the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI).

Jul 11 - Tandem Folks in the News: Mike, Karen & Parker Thompson of Flagstaff, Arizona - Profiles: Parker Thompson By Mark Trainor of Sweat Magazine. At 6mo old, Parker will be the youngest person to participate in a transcontinental bike ride across the United States of America.

Jul 11 - Tandem Folks in the News: Tina & Aurora Appling of Monroe, Washington - 200-mile STP bicycle ride will bridge three generations By Yoshiaki Nohara Herald Writer. Tina & daughter Aurora will be aboard a tandem for this year's STP while Tina's mom, Marilyn Graves, leads "Team Daisy" on what will be her 18th STP.

Jul 10 - (Barrington Courier Review) Father-Son Team Honored For Successful TransAm Journey - Dave Cushwa and 9 year old son Will began a transcontinental cycling adventure on their Bilenky Viewpoint tandem in Los Angeles, CA, on March 4 that ended in Jacksonville, FL, on May 12th. Both were honored today at Northbrook's Ed Rudolph Velodrome. You can read the story HERE. In addition to being a great personal adventure, Dave & Will also used the event as a means to help raise funds for two charitable operations: St. Anne's Project Hope Ministry, which assists individuals and families in emergency crises, and the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, which promotes responsible fatherhood by equipping men to be better fathers and father figures. Please visit their LA2JAX Web site to read more about their journey and please consider making a donation to these charitable organizations.

Jul 10 - (Daily Globe) Tandem Class Included In Penokee Range Bike Classic on July 26 - For those who might be near Mellen, Wisconsin on July 26th, the Penokee Range Bike Classic will include a tandem division. More information regarding the race can be found HERE and HERE.

Jul 07 - Tandem Folks in the News: Sharon & Bob Venture of Savannah, Georgia - An inside view of the Coastal Bicycle Touring Club's Leadership's Love for Cycling & Tandems.

Jul 06 - Tandem Folks in the News: Ernst Crown-Weber & Son Stephan - Father, son tighten bond in trek across U.S. by Jill Erwin, Staff Writer for the Advocate Messenger, Danville, IL. A transcontinental journey that spanned 20 years finally is completed.

Jul 06 - (BicycleRetailer.com) Andy Hampsten Picks Co-Motion To Produce Gran Paradiso Road Bike - If you've ever wondered just how good Co-Motion's reputation for building great bicycles has become, you need look no further than the seat tube of Andy Hampsten's "Hampsten Gran Paradiso" aluminum and carbon racing bike frameset. The "Gran Paradiso" frameset is being produced by Co-Motion for Hampsten Cycles in much the same way that Hampsten Cycle's Titanium frames are built by Moots, another great US frame builder. Read the entire story on line at Bicycle Retailer by clicking HERE.

Jul 06 - Tandem Folks in the News: Elsa Higby & Tim Jeffreys of New York City - East side, West side: The bike path of New York By David McKay Wilson, The Journal News

Jul 06 - Tandem Folks in the News: Jerry and Julie Hatcher of Olympia - Riding the Tour de Pierce; County roads filled with Spandex, spokes by Steve Maynard, The NewsTribune

Jul 05 - Virginia Tandem Club Schedules Williamsburg Rally For 18-20 June 2004 - Al Bednarski of Virginia Beach, Virginia, announced the dates for next year's EGRETS (Enthusiastic Group of Riders Exercising Tandem Style) Williamsburg Tandem Rally on Tandem@Hobbes today. Details on the event which is scheduled for June 18 - 20 can be found at their Web site: http://groups.hamptonroads.com/ewtr

Jul 05 - Tandem Folks in the News: Debi Stewart & Bill Kennedy of California - Debi Stewart and Bill Kennedy stole the show at Santa Rosa's Juilliard Park bicycle parade on the 4th of July when the couple showed up on their bamboo-covered tandem bicycle with Debi dressed in a red bra decorated with white tassels and a pleated white skirt while Bill wore a red and white striped old-time bathing suit. You can read the entire story from the Press Democrat HERE.

Jul 03 - (komotv.com) 13 Year Old Captain & Sight Impaired Father Prep For Seattle-to-Portland - As reported in Blind Bicyclist's Incredible Journey by John Sharify of KOMO TV in Seattle, WA, Robert Clark and his 13-year-old son Jacob are in training for this year's annual 190mi Seattle-to-Portland ride. Robert (48) began losing his vision as a college freshman but with his 13 year-old son Jacob acting as Pilot, is now enjoying cycling again while bring attention to others faced with physical challenges. You can read the entire article HERE.

Jul 03 - (denverpost.com) 14 Year Old Meghan Battles Back From Cancer To Ride With Mother Anni Cusack - As reported in Teenager, courage ride in tandem by Dan Luzadder of Denver Post, cancer survivor Meghan Cusack has battled back from two bouts with cancer that have claimed her right leg and a portion of her lungs is teaming up with her mother Anni Cusack for the 162mi, 3 day Courage Classic in Colorado. Read more about this great come-back story HERE.

Jul 03 - Tandem Folks in the News: Laura, Heather & Brendan Huebner of Maryland - Kids get ready for the big holiday parade
By Kristi Jobson, Staff Writer for the Capitol.

Jul 03 - Tandem Folks in the News: Ken & Martha Neville - As related by brother Bill Neville in a travel piece published by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer entitled, B.C. Biking: Exercise, scenery and soothing stops.

Jul 01 - Tandem Folks in the News: Ken & Sue Stamm of Colorado & Arizona - It's all uphill for cyclist Stamm, By Jason Starr of the Summit Daily.

Jul 01 - Tandem Folks in the News: John Culverhouse & John Thornton - Working in tandem two directors from Thorntons cycled to Belper from Somercotes on a tandem bike to help an employee.

Jun 28 - (press-citizen.com) Recumbent Trike Wins National 24-Hour Challenge; But That's Not The Real Story - Steve Thunder-McGuire is a world-class, long-distance bicyclist who recently won the National 24-hour Challenge (Recumbent Class) on his recumbent three-wheeler. However, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Read more about this very interesting man HERE.

Jun 27 - Tandem Folks in the News: Randy & Seba Steed - On the trail: Stormy Day 4 start soothed by wine, balm By Rick Dunnaway

Jun 27 - Tandem Folks in the News: Fred and Ann Abeles of Maryland - Maryland couple takes their cycling worldwide By Rick Dunnaway

Jun 26 - (TTL) Tandems East Invites You To Celebrate New Years Eve In New Zealand Next Winter -- Mel & Barbara Kornbluh of Tandems East have teamed up with Pedaltours of New Zealand to offer tandem enthusiasts a "tour of a lifetime" adventure in warm and sunny New Zealand on December 29 through January 18. Remember, when it's winter in the Northern half of the hemisphere its summer down under. If you're interested in learning more about what could be the tandem tour of a lifetime click HERE. There are already 10 couples signed-up and only 8 more couples will be able to participate in this three week adventure. Therefore, if you have questions or are interested in securing your place on the tour please drop Mel & Barbara an Email or call (856) 451-5104.

Jun 26 - (rtrmag.com) Issue #10 of Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine Is On The Street -- The May-June 2003 Issue of Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine is now available. This issue features reviews of the Cannondale MT2000 Off-Road Tandem and Ravello's Rocket Tandem. As always, there are many other interesting articles and a plethora of recumbent reviews. While I like any other tandem enthusiast always enjoy the tandem reviews, I would note that were it not for the 'bent content and reviews we might not have any tandem reviews to read on a regular basis. For those who interested in learning more about RTR please visit their Web site at http://www.RTRMag.com and consider subscribing.

Jun 26 - (www.delawareonline.com) Nancy Waddell & Loris Struzik Prepare For Return To Masters Nationals -- Nancy Waddell's life story is an interesting one that warrants a good read if you're looking for some inspiration or affirmation that cycling and tandems can play pivotal roles in your lives. Please take a minute to read the article on Nancy that appears at Delawareonline.com's Web site to learn more about how cycling and tandems have shaped her life.

Jun 17 - (rockymountainnews.com) Tandems Allow Cyclists With MS To Team Up With Partners For MS150 -- Nancy Speer and Kelly Walker-Haley are teamed up with their husbands on their respective Co-Motion & Bilenky ViewPoint tandems as they prepare for the Great-West MS150 Bike Tour on July 12 - 13. Nancy & Kelly both have multiple sclerosis and Debra Melani of the Rocky Mountain News has done a great job of telling their stories which you can read on line by clicking HERE.

Jun 15 - (sfgate.com) Gannon's Recount Their Wedding Post-Tour Tandem Outing For SFGate Article - Looking to integrate your love of tandem cycling with an upcoming wedding? Dr. Michelle Gannon describes how she and her husband, Dr. Patrick Gannon hosted friends for a wedding post-tour of Napa's Silverado Trail back in 1995 in an article that appears in the SFGate. You can read the entire article HERE.

Jun 15 - (news.bbc.co.uk) 27K Cyclists Turn Out For 28th British Heart Foundation Ride - On Sunday the 15th, an estimated 27 thousand cyclists participated in a 56mi fund raising ride for the British Heart Foundation. The ride began in Clapham Common in South London and ended in Brighton on the seafront. The event raised as estimated £2m for the charity. So, why is this article included? Because included in the ride group was one tandem team dressed as Batman & Robin and another who were costumed in Star Trek outfits... Read the entire article HERE.

Jun 14 - (AJC.com) A Glimpse Of Tandem Life On The Bike Ride Across Georgia - Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Constitution-Journal filed an interesting article on folks who participate in the week-long Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) via Tandems. You can read the article in its entirety at the following URL: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0603/15tandem.html

Jun 14 - (various) UK Gets A Chance To View Elvis Presley's Tandem!!! - An exhibition featuring the largest collection of privately-owned Presley artifacts outside the United States opened to the public on June 14th at Liverpool's Albert Dock. In addition to "The King's" extravagant jump-suits, guitars, early records, and promotional materials it also includes the red tandem bicycle that Elvis would ride while on studio property. You can read more about the exhibit HERE.

Jun 14 - (TTL) The Bulletin Board Is Back -- After a brief hiatus, The Bulletin Board is back.

May 01 - The Bulletin Board went on a six-week hiatus.

Apr 28 - (indianastatesman.com) Tandem-Schmamdem; It's All Greek To Me -- As reported by Courtney Beckman of the Indiana Statesman, "The pairing of Alpha Omicron Pi and Alpha Tau Omega came out on top in the end. Second place went to Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Tau Kappa Epsilon." Say what? Indeed, this was the way they finished this year's Indiana State University's "Tandem Race" a tradition since the 1970s. You can read the story by clicking HERE. As an aside, ISU also hosts an annual "Tricycle Race" featuring adult-size kiddie trikes. You don't suppose the creation of these events have anything to do with rival Indiana University's Little 500 do you?

Apr 27 - (Press-Citizen) You May Now Kiss Your Stoker -- Andrea Mugge and Lee Venteicher were married on Sunday at the University of Iowa campus. The backdrop for the wedding was the 26th Annual Old Capitol Criterium & Chris Lillig Memorial Cup cycling races and the entire wedding party wore silver skin suits. Andrea was brought down the isle by her father on the back of a tandem. As you would expect, the newlyweds rode off together for a lifetime "in tandem". You can read the entire article HERE or perhaps many other places as I'm sure AP will pick up this great article for national coverage.

Apr 26 - (cleveland.com) $108,000 For A Tandem! -- If you thought a Seven, Calfee or a Griffen were expensive tandems then you ain't seen nothin'. If you'd like to see one of the most expensive tandems ever made be sure to stop off at the Bicycle Museum of America in New Breman, Ohio (West-Central Ohio) where you can see Ignaz Schwinn's personal tandem -- sold at auction in 1997 for $108k. Of course you'll also find a 1896 Schwinn Quintuplet track pacer, sociable tandems and a variety of other facinating examples of America's cycling history. You can read the story that caught my attention HERE or check out the Bicycle Museum of America's Web site HERE.

April 19 - (LA2JAX.com) Cushwa Duo Pass Through New Orleans On TransContinental Journey -- Dave Cushwa and 9 year old son Will are just about through Louisiana. You may recall from our March 1st entry, Dave & Will set off on a transcontinental cycling adventure March 4 that will ultimately take them from Los Angeles, CA to Jacksonville, FL on their Bilenky Viewpoint tandem. They expect to arrive in Jacksonville on or about May 13. Dave believes Will may be the youngest cyclist to take on the transcontinenal crossing which, in addition to being a great personal adventure for them both, is also being used to help raise funds for two charitable operations: St. Anne's Project Hope Ministry, which assists individuals and families in emergency crises, and the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, which promotes responsible fatherhood by equipping men to be better fathers and father figures. Please visit their LA2JAX Web site to read more about their plans, these charitable organizations and to follow their progress.

Apr 18 - (TTL) Tandem Bicyclists of New England Publish Latest Tandem Ride Schedule -- Ted Shwartz of the Tandem Bicyclists of New England (T-Bones) was kind enough to pass along their updated ride calendar for 2003. You can download and view the calendar by clicking on this LINK or by visiting their Web Site: http://www.tbones.net/

Apr 17 - (ISU Statesman) ISU Students Prep For Tandem Races -- Students at Indiana State University are getting ready for this year's Tandemonium Race on April 25 as part of Greek Spring Week festivities. Read the whole story HERE.

Apr 15 - (Rocky Mountain News) Farther Than The Eye Can See Debuts In Parker, CO -- Erik Weihenmayer, 32, of Golden, climbed Mount Everest in 2001. He became the first blind person to reach the summit and like many sight impaired athletes, Erik includes tandem cycling as one of his pursuits. His climb is the subject of the documentary Farther Than the Eye Can See that debuted in Parker Colorado this past week. Erik's climb was sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind. Proceeds from ticket sales and licensing of the movie benefit the National Federation of the Blind and the Colorado Center for the Blind. You can read the entire article HERE.

Apr 15 - (Guardian Unlimited) Shanghai Tandem Rentals -- Although hardly the point of the article, it was nice to see the mention of tandems for hire in this interesting article written by a UK journalist nearing the end of his 5 year assignment in Shanghai, China. You can read the entire piece by clicking HERE.

April 14 - (Guardian) Follow-Up On Jane Tomlinson -- Just as a follow-up, Jane Tomlinson and her brother Luke completed their 1,060 mile tandem ride from John O'Groats to Land's End in her quest to raise funds to fight cancer. However, if that weren't enough, the day after she completed her ride Jane participated in the Londa Marathon. For those who haven't read about Jane, what makes these accomplishments significant is that she is a 38 year old mother of three who is also a terminally ill cancer patient underdoing chemotherapy. Jane talks about why she pursues these events in this most recent article.

Apr 10 - (Hobbes) Mt.Airy Cycles Hosts 2003 Tandem Demo Day This Sunday, April 13 -- Larry Black wrote to let us know that the Spring edition of Mt Airy Cycle's Tandem Demo Day is being held this Sunday -- April 13 -- at the Wells Ice Rink in College Park, MD. The activities will begin at 9:00am. College Park is located near the University of Maryland and is just a short drive from the Capital Beltway. To get detailed directions or for more information visit their Web site: www.bike123.com or call 410-795-2929.

Apr 09 - (TTL) Recumbent & Tandem Rider Issue #9 Now Available -- The long awaited Issue #9 of Charles Coyne's Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine is now at select LBS' or -- for the 1,500 subscribers -- in your mailbox. This issue features a review of the carbon fiber Zona Double Davis Tandem, and article on touring the Grand Canyon via tandem and a nice summary of some of the tandem sights at this past Winter's Interbike show in Las Vegas. There is also a review of the very interesting Pantour Tandem Suspension Hub that caught my attention. To learn more about RTR or to subscribe, visit their Web site: www.RTRMag.com

Apr 08 - (Hobbes) Calfee Designs Takes Its Carbon Tandems Into The Third Dimension -- According to Calfee TetraTetra owner Gary Gromet and confirmed by tandem guru Rich Shapiro, Craig Calfee and Co. at Calfee Designs in Santa Cruz, CA, are in the process of laying up their first carbon Triplet -- and a coupled bike to boot! Apparently this would make it a Tetra Tetra Tetra or perhaps just a Tetra3. We'll look forward to hearing more about this intriguing machine and hopefully some pictures will also be forthcoming.

Apr 06 - (goshen.edu) Northern Indiana Couples Find Recumbent Tandems To Be Perfect Fit For Their Needs -- Barb & John Swartzendruber and Lon and Kathryn Sherer of Goshen, IN discuss their recumbent tandem and tandem trike experiences in an article by Ann Newburn in this week's Goshen College Record. Read the article HERE.

Apr 04 - (TTL) Update On MATES Rally: August 8 - 10, 2003, Carlisle, PA --  Join MATES (Mid-Atlantic Tandem Enthusiasts) in the beautiful tandem country of the Cumberland Valley.  We will stay and dine at lovely Dickinson College and enjoy a variety of ride distances with optional hills available for those so inclined (pun intended).  Extras include a picnic lunch at the Allenberry Resort, ice cream social, meals at the award-winning Dickinson college dining facility and other surprises.  Location is two-hours drive from DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia.  Four-hours from NYC, Richmond and Pittsburgh.  Link to the MATES website from www.easterntandemrally.org.  Team Pastorick, 811 Duke St., Alexandria, VA  22314, (703) 549-7133,

Mar 31 - (TOYS) Bay Area Roaming Tandems Has New Web Site -- Carolyn Stafford -- Webmaster for the Tandems of York Society (TOYS) -- passed on a note from the Bay Area Roaming Tandems (BART) with their new Web site's address; it is: http://bayarearoamingtandems.org/index.shtml. As always, thanks Carolyn.

Mar 31 - (TTL) Covered Bridges Tandem Weekend Set for September in Ohio -- Doug Crush wrote to let us know the plans are complete for the third Covered Bridges Tandem Weekend in Ashtabula County, OH on September 27 and 28. Ashtabula County is located in the northeastern corner of Ohio. The area is primarily rural and very scenic. Participation will be limited to 30 tandem teams. Additional information is available HERE. To make a reservation, contact Doug via Email.

Mar 27 - (NorthJersey.com) Looking for a Tandem And Live Near Ridgewood, NJ? -- Abilgail Leichman of NorthJersey.com met up with Art White, Merrill Hoekstra and Dough MacMakin at Merrill's "Get Outside Bike & Trail" in Ridgewood, NJ, to learn all about bicycles. Art belongs to the Ramapo Valley Cycle Club, the Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey and has at least one tandem in his "fleet of bicycles" that he shares with wife Ellen. Read Abilgail's "Bicycle Buyer's Guide" article in it's entirety HERE.

Mar 25 - (TTL) UPDATE: Georgia "Share the Road" License Plate Initiative -- Senator David Adelman (D-Dekalb) introduced legislation yesterday that would create a Share The Road license plate and a bicycling safety activities program to be administered by the Governors Office of Highway Safety. A downloadable version of the Press Release is available HERE. You can also read the entire Press Release on the Web and learn more about this initiative HERE. There is still a lot of work and uncertainty ahead; however, this is a major milestone that was definitely on the critical path. More to follow....

Mar 24 - (Femail.co.uk) Jane Tomlinson & Brother Luke Are On Their Way -- Regular readers will recognize Jane Tomlinson's name as this is the third TTL BB entry that we have made about her. Well, this time it's to tell you she and her brother Luke are now on route for their 1,060 mile tandem ride from John O'Groats to Land's End in her quest to raise funds to fight cancer. The latest article is perhaps one of the most interesting so please give it a read. For those who haven't read about Jane, she is a terminally ill, 38 year old mother with three children who has completed the London Marathon and Great North Run. Jane has also received the BBC's Helen Rollinson Award and was also recognized as The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the year.

Mar 24 - (TTL) The Southern Tandem Rally Web Site Is Now Up & Running -- Al & Heidi Parker and Greg & Angela Knecht wrote to let us know the 2003 Southern Tandem Rally Web site is now UP!! Registration hasn't opened yet; however, the information you'll need to start making your plans to attend what promises to be an incredible event down in Tallahassee, Florida in Fall 2003 is all there right now. Be sure to mark your calendars, make your reservations and check back here in a week or two to see when Registration opens so you won't miss out on STR's 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Mar 24 - (T@H) FLAMINGOS In The Middle of Kansas??? -- Mark & Sue Johnson of Precision Tandems in Shawnee, KS, wrote to let us know a Mid-West version of the Phoenix -- in this case Flamingo's -- have risen from the ashes of last years Midwest Tandem Rally to give tandem teams around Kansas City, KS, their very own club. The club's name shows to what lengths folks will go to add yet another "critter" to the US tandem club menagerie: Four Legs Always MovING On tandemS. Learn more about the FLAMINGOS by visiting their Web site.

Mar 22 - (cyclingnews.com) Florida's Sports Athlete of the Year To Tackle TransRockies On Tandem -- Marvin Boehm from the Chicago area wrote to let the members of Double Forte know that Florida's Sports Athlete of the Year -- John Moorhouse -- plans to compete in this year's Trans Rockies Challenge on board an Ellsworth Witness with a fellow off-road bicycle endurance rider as his stoker. John's cycling palmares is rather incredible so if anyone is up to the challenge he most certainly is. For those not familiar with it, the Trans Rockies Challenge is a 7 day, 500 mile off-road stage race -- inspired by theTrans Alps Challenge -- and therefore one of the perhaps the two most difficult events of it's kind in the world. You can read more about John by clicking HERE.

Mar 19 - (thisischeshire.co.uk) Want To Go For A Ride On A 24 Seat Tandem Bicycle? - Citizens of Warrington, Cheshire (UK) have another chance to hop on board the world's biggest bicycle to help raise money for PISCES -- People in Search of a Cure for Evans Syndrome -- a rare blood disease. To read more about the event click HERE.

 

Mar 17 - (Ohio.com) Wickersham's of Ohio Talk About Their Experiences Together Touring In Tandem - The Beacon Journal ran a very nice story about Art & Judee Wickersham of Stow, Ohio, and their adventures while touring Europe on tandem over the past 7 years. In fact, they toured France on tandem for their honeymoon. Read the article by clicking HERE.

Mar 17 - (AP) Tandeming Through France's Dordogne Wine Country, by Kristen de Groot (Yet Again) - Kristen de Groot's account of what was a recent tandem tour of the Dordogne area of France last year is still "making news" in other parts of the country. The latest publication to pick up the story is the New Haven Register which you can read by clicking HERE. It has shown up several places on the Web and including the Salt Lake Tribune back on November 8th. 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.

Mar 17 - (EveningStar.co.uk) UK Couple Wintering In Steamboat Springs Plan Fund Raising Tour Back Home -- Paul Bennett of Netley Close, Ipswich (UK) and his girlfriend Kaori plan to ride via tandem from Ipswich to Bologna, Italy, in an effort to raise funds for Sargent Cancer Care, a charity that provides support to families with children who have cancer. The ride is expected to take 28 days and will begin on April 28. Read the whole story by clicking HERE.

Mar 14 - (TTL) TROLs Web Site Address Has Changed -- Reggie Bowers of the Texas Riders of Longview (TROLs) wrote to let us know that they have moved their Web site to the following address: http://trols.home.att.net . Reggie also wanted to let us (and y'all) know that they have a new Email address as well: txhobbit@yahoo.com. Again, please update your Bookmarks, and Web site links and address books or pay them a visit. Please note, Reggie wanted to warn folks that their previous Web site URL -- no longer in use -- has been re-directed to an adult content Web site by a 3rd party so please, if you do have a links page on a Web site you'll really want to change this one.

Mar 16 - (TTL) Trek Adds Tandem to the Project One Personalization Program -- Trek has just added its T1000 and T2000 tandem models to it's "Project One" personalization program. The program allows you to select a semi-custom paint and decal scheme for your tandems using Trek's pre-selected menu of frame and decal colors. Why would this program be of interest? Well, for one, last year's slick '01 USPS-reminiscent color scheme of Trek Blue with White/Black trimmed decals for the T2000 has been replaced by an Sea Foam Green color as standard for 2003 (a let-down in my book). However, the T1000 has gone from a Forest Green to Jet Black - quite stylish if you ask me. So, what if you don't like Sea Foam Green or Jet Black? The personalization program will let you select an alternative Red or Blue color with your choice of decal colors and optional pin stripes for $150 OR you have two additional options: $200 for a metalflake Yellow paint scheme or $600 for the "Pave Flambe" black with flames paint scheme. No, I'm not kidding. You can learn more about options and how to even have your names put on your tandem at the factory by visiting Trek's Project One Web site: http://projectone.trekbikes.com/tandem/index_2.asp

Mar 07 - (TTL) Those Rallies Are Just Around The Corner -- OK, so what are you waiting for? You know you and your partner have always talked about doing a tandem rally but just never seemed to have enough time to fit it in to your busy schedule. Well, here's a thought, register to a rally earlier in the year and put it ON your calendar so you can make time for it. There's just no way to have as much fun on a tandem as sharing a ride with anywhere from 50 to 600 other tandem enthusiasts and the only place to do that is at a rally. Make your plans now to attend one of these great events:

To see all of this year's major tandem events please visit our "EVENTS" page. If you have any additional information regarding the rallies listed -- or perhaps ones we don't have listed -- please send them to me.

Mar 06 - (Manchester Online) Bury Tandem Club for the Visually Handicapped Helps Put Cyclist Back On The Road -- Peter Brewer of Peter, Heaton Chapel never thought he'd ride a bike again after a terrible crash that left him almost completely blind. However, thanks to the Bury Tandem Club for the Visually Handicapped Peter is once again able to enjoy cycling. The club, based in Tottington, was founded by Derek Pritchard, 64, who is almost totally blind because of a hereditary eye condition. The club now has 30 volunteers and nine blind riders. Read the entire article at Manchester OnLine by clicking HERE.

Mar 04 - (www.zwire.com) 1st Annual Bike4 Sight Set For April 27 in Southeast Pennsylvania -- The first annual Bike 4 Sight fundraising event to benefit the Delco Blind/Sight Center will take place on Sunday, April 27, in the beautiful rolling countryside of Delaware and Chester Counties. Bike 4 Sight is geared to challenge any level of cycling ability from the occasional rider to the more experienced cyclist. This fundraiser is also a cycling event for all abilities, including blind and visually impaired tandem bike riders and hand cyclists. Click HERE to read the article on-line at zwire.com. To register for Bike 4 Sight visit their Web site at: www.bike4sight.com.

Mar 03 - (JustGiving.com) Jane Tomlinson & Brother Luke Goward Ride To Fight Cancer in UK -- This is a second story on Jane Tomlinson -- a terminally ill, 38 year old mother with three children who has completed the London Marathon and Great North Run and now plans to take on a 1,060 mile tandem ride from John O'Groats to Land's End in her quest to raise funds to fight cancer. You may recall from our Jan 30th entry here at TTL's BB, Jane was awarded the BBC's Helen Rollinson Award and was also recognized as The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the year. Read more about this remarkable woman at Ananova's Website by clicking HERE or at www.JustGiving.com's Web site by clicking HERE.

Mar 01 - (Tandem@Hobbes) Cushwa Duo Ready To Begin Transcontinental, Father-Son Cycling Adventure -- Dave Cushwa and 9 year old son Will are set off on a transcontinental cycling adventure on March 4 that will take them from Los Angeles, CA to Jacksonville, FL on their Bilenky Viewpoint tandem. They expect to arrive in Jacksonville on or about May 13. Dave believes Will may be the youngest cyclist to take on the transcontinenal crossing which, in addition to being a great personal adventure for them both, is also being used to help raise funds for two charitable operations: St. Anne's Project Hope Ministry, which assists individuals and families in emergency crises, and the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, which promotes responsible fatherhood by equipping men to be better fathers and father figures. Please visit their LA2JAX Web site to read more about their plans, these charitable organizations and to follow their progress.

Feb 27 - (SeattlePostIntelligencer) Getting To Know Your Partner -- A very nice article was written by Greg Johnson of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that describes what he experienced and learned when he spent Saturday morning stoking a tandem for Jay Nordquist on a group ride with Seattle's Evergreen Tandem Club. Read the entire article HERE.

Feb 26 - (TTL) Tandems East Invites You To Celebrate New Years Eve In New Zealand Next Winter -- Mel & Barbara Kornbluh of Tandems East have teamed up with Pedaltours of New Zealand to offer tandem enthusiasts a fantastic winter get away tour in warm and sunny New Zealand on December 29 through January 18. Remember, when it's winter in the Northern half of the hemisphere its summer down under. If you're interested in learning more about what could be the tandem tour of a lifetime click HERE. Only the first 18 couples will be able to participate in this three week adventure so if you have questions or are interested in securing your place on the tour drop Mel & Barbara an Email at tandemwiz@aol.com or call (856) 451-5104.

Feb 25 - (LA Daily News) Never Say Never; Paralyzed Motocross Racer Rides Again -- At 6 a.m. this Sunday, Laquita Baker and her 24 year old son Aaron will swing legs over their tandem bicycle, courtesy of KHS Inc. and Valley Bicycles of Chatsworth, to ride along with 15,000 other bicyclists during the Acura Los Angeles Bike Tour being held in conjunction with the LA Marathon. While this may not sound like news on the surface, I should point out that Aaron was paralyzed from his chest down during an accident in 1999 and was never expected to walk again, never mind ride on a bicycle for 26 miles. Read the full story by Dana Bartholomew of the LA Daily News by clicking HERE.

Feb 25 - (heraldtribune.com) Where In The World Is Punta Gorda? -- Well, I may not know where Punta Gorda, Florida is but I now know that you can now buy a tandem bicycle there. According to Lauren Mayk of the Herald Tribune, Earl Lang and Karen Freeman -- former Snowbirds from Ohio (my words, not Lauren's) -- have purchased what was previously known at Ralph's bike shop from June (go figure) and are poised to celebrate the Grand Opening of what will now be called the ACME Bicycle Shop. Read more about the story by clicking HERE.

Feb 24 - (cyclingnews.com) Power House Gym Hosts Fund Raising Bicycle Race To Benefit United Youth Sports, Inc -- Visually impaired athletes and kids from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired competed in a fund-raising tandem race for United Youth Sports this past Sunday in Austin, TX. The event was sponsored by Austin's Power House Gym and paired up sight impaired cyclists with tandem pilots for the event. Read the full story and see other features by clicking HERE.

Feb 21 - (TTL) May 24 - 26: The Tandem Rally at Leavenworth, WA is Back With A New Name -- Louise Fugier of the Evergreen Tandem Club wrote to let us know the event formerly known as the Sleeping Lady Tandem Rally returns this year as the Leavenworth Tandem Rally. Please consider joining the Evergreen Tandem Club for 2-3 days of great food and great rides, all originating at the beautiful Sleeping Lady Conference and Resort Center in Leavenworth, WA. Rides vary from 15 to 65 miles. Learn more about the rally information and download the registration form by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/67n9

Feb 19 - (thedailyjournal.com) Looking Sweet Upon The Seat Of A Bicycle Built For Two -- You can find a nice article written by Barbara Kornbluh on the Web that describes how tandem cycling has been a part of her and husband Mel's life on line at thedailyjournal.com by clicking HERE. If you're a regular reader here at TTL you'll recognize Barbara and Mel as the owners of Tandems East in Pittsgrove, NJ, who have been quoted in various articles regarding tandems and tandeming over the past year as well as central players in an OLN episode of Bicycle Journal.

Feb 14 - (TTL) 2003 TheTandemLink.com Survey Is Over -- TheTandemLink.com conducted a survey of site visitors during January to get some feedback on how well we're doing. I'd like to thank all of you who took the time to fill-out the survey and for the many kind words and votes of support. If you'd like, you can see the results by clicking HERE. In general, it would appear the Site continues to fill the void for tandem-specific content that did not exist in one place on the Web before this site was created.

Feb 07 - (Bicycle Retailer) Litespeed Re-Introduces It's Titanium Tricycle! -- OK, it's a stretch but since Litespeed is still in the tandem business (special orders only) they rate a mention on their reintroduction of the Litespeed Tricycle. Read the article at Bicycle Retailer & Industry News by clicking HERE.

Feb 06 - (SacBee/T@H) Tandeming Twice As Nice As Riding Alone? You Bet -- An article on tandems and tandeming by James Raia of the Sacramento Bee is up on their Web site this week. It an excellent little color piece that makes some nice mentions and quotes from local tandemists in the Sacramento, CA area, members of the Gold Country Tandem Club and a couple luminaries from the tandem biz. You can access the article at the SacBee Web site by clicking HERE.

Feb 04 - (BJSM) Researchers Prove What Many Tandem Captain's Can't Talk About -- Jason Carter wrote and brought to my attention a very interesting extract from a recently published study entitled, The physiological effects of cycling on tandem and single bicycles. The conclusions are what you'd expect; however, it's the results that I found quite revealing. Two qualifiers: 1. We didn't participate in the study. 2. The findings in no way reflect on the contributions made by my beloved stoker. You can read the extract at the British Journal of Sport Medicine's Web site by clicking HERE.

Jan 30 - (sfgate.com) Yet Another Young Life Taken By A Careless Motorist; But That's Not The Whole Story -- A Palo Alto, CA, family struggles to understand why a teenager drove-off after hitting their 10 year old daughter and her friend as they rode their bicycles to school on Tuesday morning. Perhaps more troubling were the motorists who saw and drove past the accident instead of stopping to lend aid. There is a tandem connection but, regardless, this story bears reading by all; go to the sfgate article by clicking HERE.

Jan 30 - (muswellbrook chronicle) Farrell Family Ride Together To Raise Funds For The Fight Against MS -- Michael Farrell, along with 11 year old son Jay and 7 year old daughter Taylor get ready for 600km Multiple Sclerosis fund raising ride in Australia. For the Farrells, it's personal and their efforts speak volumes as Michael has raised nearly $30,000 (AUS) in the last two years for MS. Read the entire story at Muswellbrook Chronicle's Web site by clicking HERE.

Jan 30 - (Ananova.com) Jane Tomlinson & Brother Luke Goward Ride To Fight Cancer in UK -- Jane Tomlinson is a 38 year old mother with three children who has completed the London Marathon and Great North Run and now plans to take on a 1,060 mile tandem ride from John O'Groats to Land's End in her quest to raise funds to fight cancer. Jane was awarded the BBC's Helen Rollinson Award and was also recognized as The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the year. Did I mention that Jane is a terminally ill? Read more about this remarkable woman at Ananova's Website by clicking HERE.

Jan 28 - (Vail Daily) Nino Pacini And Other Sight Impaired Skiers Tell Their Story -- If you're struggling with mental barriers that prevent you from riding as much as you'd like perhaps a little inspiration from some folks who have overcome their own barriers may help you dig a little deeper. A great article ran on the Vail Daily's Web site earlier this week that share the thoughts of some sight impaired skiers and at least one stoker from Detroit: click HERE.

Jan 27 - (VeloNews) The Idaho Women's Challenge Cancelled; A Heart Breaker -- Nebraska-based ConAgra Foods pulled its sponsorship of what would have been the 20th Annual Women's Challenge in Idaho. The race, which had grown to be the largest women's stage race in the US, was first sponsored by Ore-Ida foods company in 1984. 1993 Ore-Ida withdrew its support from the race and it was held together as a smaller event until 1994 when PowerBar picked up the sponsorship through 1996. In 1997 Hewlett-Packard became the event's major sponsor through 2002. Read the complete story at VeloNews: http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/3412.0.html

Jan 27 - (Too Many To List) Cannondale To File For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection Tomorrow -- There's an old joke in the Bicycle Biz. that goes, "How do you make a small fortune in the Bicycle Business? Start with a large fortune." Well, Cannondale's bankruptcy breaks new ground in this area. Although flush with profits from it's bicycle business and with it's overseas bicycle business doing just fine, the Motorsports archor has finally pulled CannondaleUSA into Bankruptcy Court. On the bright side -- particularly for all you Cannondale tandem owners -- it looks as though the bicycle company here in the US will survive, but under new leadership. Read the entire story at VeloNews. Other stories are available at Bicycle Retailer: Jan 24th Article (future uncertain);Jan 27th Article (Chapter 11).

Jan 26 - (TTL) Bike4BreastCancer's 2003 Transcontinental Fundraising Tour Cancelled-- Dale & Karen Krueger wrote to let us know that due to unforeseen circumstances the B4BC Transcontinental tandem tour planned for July - August of 2003 has been cancelled. They hope to reschedule the tour for 2005. To learn more please visit their Web site.

Jan 25 - (TTL) Alabama Tandem Weekend Web Site Now Up -- The 2003 "Alabama Tandem Weekend" will be held on April 11 - 13 in a new location this year - Trussville, Alabama. Trussville is a suburb of Birmingham and the home of your hosts -- George and Judy Bacon. More information and a downloadable registration form are now available at the Alabama Tandem Weekend Web site. Don't forget to check out these other two Spring Tandem events being held here in the beautiful Southeast: Georgia Tandem Rally, May 16 - 18, Statesboro, GA and the Tennessee Tandem Rally, May 30 - Jun 1, Alcoa, TN. Registration is starting to fill-up nicely for these events so if you're thinking about attending now would be a good time to send in your registration forms and make your hotel reservations.

Jan 23 - (TTL) A New Link: Dero Bike Racks -- Colin Klotzbach of Dero Bike Racks in Minneapolis, MN wrote to tell us about their intersting line of bicycle (and tandem) storage and racking solutions. They are also an authorized Thule dealer. Cool Web site and some really neat designs for public bike racks. Take a look by visiting their Web site at: http://www.dero.com

Jan 22 - (TTL) Post Event Reports From The Sebring Tandem Weekend -- The Sebring Tandem Weekend was held at the historic Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring, Florida on January 18 - 19. Some of the attendees -- Marc Gellner/Jill Turner & Bob & Jan Thompson -- were nice enough to share their accounts of the unseasonably cold weekend that they shared with 44 other tandem teams from as far away as Canada! You can read them at our Sebring Tandem Weekend Page.

Jan 21 - (Grapevine) Rumor Has It, STR Dates Are October 31 through November 2-- A big thank you goes out to Roger Struass, Co-Director of the Georgia Tandem Rally & Web Master of TCA's Web site who passed along the preliminary dates of this year's Southern Tandem Rally; they are: October 31 through November 2. The host city for STR 2003 is Tallahassee, FL and this year will mark the 20th Anniversay of STR. More information will be made available as it is developed.

Jan 20 - (TTL) Schauff Begins Delivery Of It's 1.5" Headset Equipped "Pittsburgh Alu 1.5" Tandem -- Walter Gerhardt of Schauff-Service wrote to let us know that Schauff has started to deliver it's new Pittsburgh tandem featuring the new 1.5" headset standard. Starting price is 1849 Euros ($1,983.24 USD) and it's fitted with 24 speed Shimano XT/Alivo STI and Magura HS33 hydraulic rim brakes. They offer a complete range of tandems including a Rolhoff equipped model and their Soil brand of off-road tandems (Remember the picture of Telecom riders Eric Zabel and Jan Ulrich on a tandem!). More information is available at their Web site: www.schauff.de

Jan 20 - (T@H) Eastern Tandem Rally Registration Forms Now Available-- This year's ETR rally is being held in Concord, New Hampshire from Friday, July 4th through Sunday, July 6th. Rally headquarters will be at the Holiday Inn in downtown Concord at the northern end of New Hampshire's Merrimack Valley region. For more information and to download a registration form go to the ETR Web site and follow the link to ETR 2003.

Jan 19 - (themercurynews. com.au) The Great Tasmanian Bike Ride Is A Wrap -- Nothing to report on Judi Bachmann and husband Len Ashby of Sydney, Australia who joined 1,700 other cyclists for this year's Great Tasmanian Bike Ride. However, at least one father-daughter team gave tandeming a try on the last leg of the 9 day event "down under." Read about Peter & Pippi Hick's tandem test ride and in an early report on the event at the The Mercury News Web site by clicking HERE.

Jan 18 - (Knoxnews.com) We Love It When A Great Story Stays Alive; Trish Downing by By Debra Melani - 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 in their Nov 5 article by clicking HERE or at the Knoxville News Sentinel's re-run on their KnoxNews.com Web site by clicking HERE.

Jan 17 - (T@H) Mid-Atlantic Tandem Enthusiast'S Rally Registration Forms Now Available-- This year's MATES rally is being held in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on August 8 - 10. Dickinson College will be rally HQ for the event which will feature rides through the beautiful Cumberland Valley area of central Pennsylvania. I must note, Pennsylvania (Mark's home state) is a beautiful place to ride bicycles and tandems. Go to the ETR Web site and follow the link to MATES 2003.

Jan 17 - (T@H) Gear-to-Go Tandem's 2003 Events Are Filling Up Fast - Rich Shapiro of Gear-to-Go Tandems in Elmira, NY, posted to let folks know that his fall tour of the Finger Lakes region of New York State on September 7th through the 13th has only one spot left open. Also, only four spots are now left open on their summer tour on July 27th through August 2nd. Details are here: http://www.gtgtandems.com/flt03.html.

Jan 17 - (T@H) There's A Lot Going On In The Great Northwest This Year -- Dwan Shepard of Co-Motion Cycles in Eugene, OR, posted a litany of events to the Tandem@Hobbes List today that warrant coverage here at www.TheTandemLink.com; they include:

Jan 16 - (TTL) Gold Country Tandem Club Is Now At YahooGroups -- Rick Steele of the Gold Country Tandem Club wrote to let us know that the Sacramento area club now has a "list" on the YahooGroups server. If you live in the Sacramento area and are interested in learning more about the Gold Country Tandem Club you can visit their YahooGroups site.

Jan 16 - (PEACHES) Rare 1942 Photo of GA Govenor Talmage On A Tandem At Ebay -- Good friends Linda Wood & Eric Osgood passed this interesting item along to the PEACHES List: A 17 x 14 "Pictorial News of the Day" from February 4, 1942 with Georgia Govenor Eugene Talmage and Atlanta Mayor Roy LeCraw riding a tandem bicycle on Peachtree Street to promote the bicycle as a way to support the nation's fuel saving efforts. Interestingly enough, Mayor Roy LeCraw was only Atlanta's mayor from 1940 - 1942. Georgian's and visitors to Atlanta may recognize the name of the man who preceded and also followed him as Atlanta's Mayor -- a guy named William B. Hartsfield who served from 1937 - 1940 and then from 1942 to 1962. The auction closed with no bids received but for the time being the picture is still up on the site: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=367&item=750715052

Jan 15 - (BicycleGeorgia) Georgia Cycling Advocates To Petition State DMV For "Share the Road" Car License Tags -- David Crites, Richard Gellner, and the Southern Bicycle League -- along with other Georgia-based bicycle advocate groups and clubs -- are soliciting potential signators to support a special vehicle license plate petition. Georgia DMV regulations allow for any group to petition the state for a special license plate; however, a minimum of 500 valid and paid applications for the plate must be submitted as part of the petition package before the state will approve the request. Georgia residents who are interested in supporting this initiative should Email Dick Gellner at vermack@msn.com to let him know of their interest with their name, address, city, zip code for inclusion in their potential signator data base. Additional information received in an Email from David Crites is available HERE.

Jan 14 - (TTL) MTR '03 Hotels Filling Up Fast -- Wow! We waited just a little too long to call in our reservations for the primary host hotel for this year's Midwest Tandem Rally in Dayton, OH. Fortunately, good friend Roger Strauss (of Georgia Tandem Rally fame) bagged a room at a nearby, alternative MTR hotel and clued-in the rest of "The Usual Suspects" from Atlanta who planned to make the trek North in August. So, now that we have our rooms it's safe to suggest if you're thinking about attending this year's MTR in Dayton -- and don't have family to impose on -- you might want to secure your lodging. More info available from the MTR03 Web site.

Jan 14 - (VeloNews) Lennard Zinn Reveals That A Tandem Is Included In His Riding Stable Now And Again -- VeloNews' Tech guru, Lennard Zinn, reveals that one of his rides includes a tandem every now and again in his latest Q&A column at VeloNews (and most likely Inside Tri). The focus of his string of articles in cranks including "Power Cranks" and "Rotor Cranks". It's an interesting read if you're feeling cranky: READ IT BY CLICKING HERE

Jan 13 - (VeloNews) Local Tandemists and Tandem Dealers In The News Again -- A few weeks back Kelly Greene of the Wall Street Journal wrote an article for the Weekend Section regarding alternative forms of exercise at various price points. Well, son-of-a-gun if good friends Nancy & Walt Martin of (the real) Buckhead, GA, showed up in print! Also quoted were Jack Goertz of Tandems Limited in Birmingham, AL, and Mel Kornbluh of Tandems East. You can read about Walt & Nancy's entre to tandemming and comments on getting into the sport by visiting the Fort Worth Star Telegram's Web site if you click HERE. You'll need to scroll down to the heading, "$5,000 - Built for Two" to find the tandem article.

Jan 11 - (Examiner. com) Team on Greenspeed Tandem Trike Take-On The Great Tasmanian Bike Ride -- Judi Bachmann and husband Len Ashby of Sydney, Australia joined 1,700 other cyclists on their Greenspeed tandem tricycle for this year's Great Tasmanian Bike Ride. The GTBR is a 9 day event that covers some 530 km. Read more about the event, Judi and Len at: http://www.examiner.com.au/story.asp?id=158513

Jan 07 - (WalgreenTV Ad) In A Land Called Perfect... A Pair Of Tandems with Trail-a-Bikes Ride Across a Stone Bridge -- In the closing seconds of a very artfully done Walgreens TV commercial depicting a surrealistic, perfect land you'll see a final scene featuring two families cycling across a beautiful stone bridge on tandems pulling trail-a-bikes. It's a very nice reflection of our most loved activity. Watch for the opening scene shot from above and behind a red bi-plane flying over a small town -- you'd never expect this to be a drug store commercial and you need to be attentive to catch the tandems.

Jan 07 - (VeloNews) Lennard Zinn Comments On Tandem Performance -- First off, apparently lots of columns that show up on VelowNews these days will also show up on Inside Triathlon. That said, Lennard Zinn fields a couple of questions on aerodynamics including the ubiquitous tandem scenario, i.e., are tandems faster than single bikes all other things being equal. You can find the column at VeloNews by clicking HERE and then scroll about 1/2 way down the page to John Ladany's question that starts, "I was most impressed by the discussion of..."

Jan 07 - (TTL) The Lance Armstrong Foundation's Ride for the Roses Moves to October -- Lots of goodies in the mail today including Issue 3 of Carpe Diem, the Journal for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. In addition to having a great picture of Ryan & Garrett Miller on their tandem (see item from Dec 29 below on Rush-Miller Foundation) there is some new information on the LAF's Ride for The Roses. Some will recall this event has traditionally been held in the Spring since it's inception in 1997; however, this year the event has been moved to October 24 - 26 to better accommodate Lance's training schedule. To learn more about LAF or the Ride for the Roses visit: http://www.laf.org

Jan 07 - (TTL) Tandems East Announces It's Schedule For Annual Events -- We just received a flyer from Mel & Barbara Kornbluh at Tandems East jam-packed with event information. Their annual Tandem Expo is scheduled for Sunday, March 16 at Pittsgrove, NJ, and their annual Tandem Weekend will be held on July 18 - 20 based out of Millville, NJ. For more information drop an Email to: TandemWiz@aol.com or visit their Web site at: http://www.TandemsEast.com/

Jan 05 - (TTL) Registration Now Open For The Georgia Tandem Rally -- Roger Strauss recently announced that registration for the 5 edition of the Georgia Tandem Rally is now open. This year GTR moves to Statesboro, just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Savannah. This promises to be a flat-landers delight so register early -- only the first 75 teams can be accommodated. More information is available at their Web site, http://www.GeorgiaTandemRally.com

Jan 04 - (TTL) TheTandemLink.com Is Sporting A New Look -- No, it's not your imagination. We've changed the navigation banner and colors on the home page to give the site a fresh look for 2003. If you're still seeing the stylized flag motif as your navigation banner please hit "RELOAD" on your browser to bring up the new .jpg image.

Jan 02 - (TTL) TheTandemLink.com Survey for 2003 -- I'm conducting a survey of site visitors to get some feedback on how well we're doing. As for why, TheTandemLink.com has been in existence for exactly 2 years and I'm curious to know if visitors like you find it of value. To do that I've put together a survey that asks 8 general questions regarding this Web site and includes a comments field for unstructured responses. The results will be used to help guide continued development of www.TheTandemLink.com. The survey will run until at least the end of January and I will summarize the final results and comments in February.

Jan 02 - (TTL) Now's The Perfect Time To Make Your Rally Plans for 2003 -- If you plan on attending one of the great regional tandem rallies this year you might want to start firming up your arrangements and sending in registrations. Here is just a sampling of what's coming up through the end of Spring 2003:

To see all of this year's major tandem events please visit our "EVENTS" page. If you have any additional information regarding the rallies listed -- or perhaps ones we don't have listed -- please send them to me.

Jan 01 - (TTL) Sebring Tandem Weekend Just A Few Weeks Away -- As a reminder, the Sebring Tandem Weekend is just around the corner. The event will 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.

Jan 01 - (TTL) Tennessee Tandem Rally Web Site Is Up & Registration Is Now Open -- The Tennessee Tandem Rally Web site is now up and registration has officially opened. Individuals who expressed interest when the first announcements went out in November have received an Email notification from Tim & Sharon. Those who are still interested would do well do firm up their plans as participation will be limited to the first fifty (50) teams who submit paid registrations. Complete details and a downloadable registration form are available at the TTR Web Site.

Jan 01 - (TTL) Tandems Limited's Sweetheart Weekend Is Back; February 22 & 23 at Birmingham, AL -- Jack & Susan Goertz of Tandems Limited in Birmingham, Alabama wrote to let us know that their annual Sweetheart Weekend is back for '03. There will be rides on both days in and around the East side of Birmingham, AL, in conjunction with demo rides, refreshments and an opportunity to dine with fellow riders before or after your rides. For complete details visit their Web site, send an Email to Jack or call: (205)-991-5519.


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