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09-16-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,932
Posted By bgross

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I dress to be seen, but I *assume* that drivers...
05-27-19, 06:19 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,204
Posted By bgross

Yup. When you begin riding your butt hurts,...

Yup.
When you begin riding your butt hurts, even after a short ride. So you toughen up your sit bones by alternating short ride days and days of rest. And buying padded cycling shorts. And trying...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,175
Posted By bgross

This, though we’ve only been vegetarian for ~32...

This, though we’ve only been vegetarian for ~32 years. We made the transition to vegan/WFPB about 18 months ago and were surprised at how simple it was.
When touring/traveling we simple “flex” back...
05-20-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 25,427
Posted By bgross

Being a Bear of Very Little Brain, I ride what I...

Being a Bear of Very Little Brain, I ride what I love and love what I ride - and that’s steel.

Well, three of four are steel. One tandem is aluminum.




I realize that metal is heavier than...
05-13-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 19,184
Posted By bgross

Haters gonna hate, right? Those of us who...

Haters gonna hate, right?

Those of us who are old enough remember the days of “My dog’s better than your dog.” I was (and still am) sure that my dog was the best, period. But I figured out that no...
02-16-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 583
Posted By bgross

Good news/Bad news: Unlike during...

Good news/Bad news:

Unlike during summertime, there won’t be a lot of traffic! Fewer long lines of angry cars stuck behind creeping, 8’ wide/40’ long RVs. Of course the downside is fewer passing...
02-15-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,865
Posted By bgross

After that nice lady ran me down from behind at...

After that nice lady ran me down from behind at the stop sign (and was nice enough to back up her pickup so paramedics could strap me down and fit me with the collar before my ride in the short bus)...
02-15-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,254
Posted By bgross

Unless your century training plan involved moving...

Unless your century training plan involved moving from couch to bike in just a couple weeks - and expecting to be able to ride 100 miles? You’ll have plenty of time.

As goes your training, so goes...
Forum: Touring
02-10-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,796
Posted By bgross

Currently looking at supported/self-guided tandem...

Currently looking at supported/self-guided tandem tours in Central Europe.
We did a Danube cruise/tandem week several years ago and it nearly broke the bank! This will be about 1/4 to 1/3 the price...
Forum: Introductions
02-07-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Posted By bgross

Greetings! Best of success to you on all fronts.

Greetings! Best of success to you on all fronts.
02-07-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,651
Posted By bgross

To the OP: My reading comprehension isn’t...

To the OP:

My reading comprehension isn’t what it could be,so maybe I missed the part where you talked about your current fitness training/cycling experience. The reason I ask is that usually I...
02-07-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,944
Posted By bgross

To the OP: By all means, find a way to...

To the OP:

By all means, find a way to test-ride a Tandem together. Even better if you can do it with some “coaching” from an experienced tandem rider.
When my bride and I were considering the...
12-30-12, 10:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,228
Posted By bgross

Before we got off to the races with speculation,...

Before we got off to the races with speculation, the surviving rider's injuries included three broken spinal vertebrae, a concussion, and other painful issues.
A revised story in the local...
12-02-12, 08:49 PM
Replies: 1,414
Views: 473,801
Posted By bgross

Sorry about the Facebook inconvenience for you...

Sorry about the Facebook inconvenience for you folks. I'm lazy and it's easy for me. But I make sure I'm wearing my tinfoil had whenever I'm signed on to FB.

The tour was just unbelievable. MANY...
11-21-12, 02:16 PM
Replies: 1,414
Views: 473,801
Posted By bgross

On the way to Melk, Austria in July. It was in...

On the way to Melk, Austria in July. It was in the mid-60s and looks like rain, but we lucked out and were dry all day.
...
11-21-12, 01:56 PM
Replies: 1,414
Views: 473,801
Posted By bgross

Here are a few photos of some happy tandem...

Here are a few photos of some happy tandem couples, riding the Danube River Trail, from Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia.
...
11-19-12, 12:19 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 11,172
Posted By bgross

Holy Square-rigger, Batman! With a tailwind and...

Holy Square-rigger, Batman! With a tailwind and those sails aloft, you could cut the engine and really fly - without a spinnaker...
11-19-12, 11:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,940
Posted By bgross

From the standpoint of 'reality', I think you'll...

From the standpoint of 'reality', I think you'll be happiest going this route.

Have fun and let us know how it progresses.
11-19-12, 11:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,176
Posted By bgross

I forgot to mention that I recognized part of...

I forgot to mention that I recognized part of your problem from my (our) own experience.

We bought our C'dale new. It is a VERY stable ride with its oversized AL frame and 26" wheels.
When we...
11-19-12, 11:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,176
Posted By bgross

Excellent points, and, IMO, goes to the heart of...

Excellent points, and, IMO, goes to the heart of the matter: the combination of 1) the ability of the captain to deftly handle whatever bike, and 2) the possibility of the stoker ("the stoker makes...
11-19-12, 11:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,132
Posted By bgross

We fossils have found that there are several "low...

We fossils have found that there are several "low tech" options which help.

Our C'dale (see sig.) has an older "damping" seat post which, combined with my bride's Selle Anatomica saddle, works...
11-19-12, 10:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,914
Posted By bgross

Looks like others have most of your...

Looks like others have most of your issues/questions covered - especially the need to prioritize your adjustments with proper saddle/pedal position *first*.

You mentioned that the steering seemed...
08-27-12, 08:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,781
Posted By bgross

I'm only 6'4", so I'm sure I haven't heard it as...

I'm only 6'4", so I'm sure I haven't heard it as many times as folks who really are tall, but it used to bug me when people would try to be cute and say things like "how's the weather up there?". *...
07-29-12, 10:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,078
Posted By bgross

We're hanging here in Budapest for a few dats...

We're hanging here in Budapest for a few dats after a week-long Santana tandem tour. First class river boat accommodations on the Danube from Passau, Germany through Austria (with overnight in...
07-27-12, 11:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,581
Posted By bgross

Nice job! We're in Budapest right now,...

Nice job!

We're in Budapest right now, having just completed a Santana river cruise tandem rally on the Danube. More than sixty tandems, most with couplers.
The dozen or so without couplers were...
07-13-12, 10:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By bgross

There's an old saying "It's easier to get...

There's an old saying "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission."
Bovine excrement!

However difficult it is to get permission (especially when the answer is no), forgiveness takes even...
07-11-12, 06:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 970
Posted By bgross

I'll be the dissenting vote here. I've done it...

I'll be the dissenting vote here.
I've done it for short distances, when necessary. It's not a problem, really. A good way to get used to the fit, shifting, etc.

However, if you 'get used to it'...
07-11-12, 06:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,106
Posted By bgross

Thanks for clarifying the differences between the...

Thanks for clarifying the differences between the tandem the OP was considering and the one that I referred to.

My comparison was intended to highlight the attractive price on the OP's...
07-09-12, 07:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,106
Posted By bgross

Here's a similar ride, for $850 more: ...

Here's a similar ride, for $850 more:

http://www.tandemmag.com/classified/

Just saying'...
07-08-12, 04:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,106
Posted By bgross

Glad to hear that you've made first contact....

Glad to hear that you've made first contact. Don't let it get away!
even if the seller doesn't come down on the asking price, you won't be sorry- even if you end up selling one of your other "half...
06-30-12, 06:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
Posted By bgross

T a x i.

T a x i.
06-30-12, 08:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,265
Posted By bgross

My, how time flies. It won't be much longer and...

My, how time flies. It won't be much longer and we'll all be drooling over the photos....
06-28-12, 09:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By bgross

A few weeks ago, at the San Diego Century, I met...

A few weeks ago, at the San Diego Century, I met a team on a recumbent tandem. The captain's wife did not like riding (he bought the 'bent thinking that it would encourage her to ride). The beautiful...
06-22-12, 08:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,250
Posted By bgross

Very nice! When we picked up our '84 last year...

Very nice!
When we picked up our '84 last year (from the original owners, less than 1000 miles), we contacted Santana with the serial number. This is the response we got:

"Thank you for riding a...
06-19-12, 11:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,108
Posted By bgross

The above description could be stated...

The above description could be stated differently. I don't think it's a 'dirty secret' at all. It's a different design concept.
Lennard Zinn's bikes' main triangle looks smaller (lower, sloping top...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-12, 07:30 AM
Replies: 18,873
Views: 3,806,708
Posted By bgross

Bought my bride/stoker a new saddle. She was...

Bought my bride/stoker a new saddle.
She was out of town when it arrived, so I took it for a test ride ... or two.

She LOVES it so much that she MADE me buy one for myself.
...
06-15-12, 02:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,193
Posted By bgross

Welcome to the wonderful world of twogetherness! ...

Welcome to the wonderful world of twogetherness!

Regarding the brake/shifter question: There's no reason not to change them to whatever setup you are most comfortable with.
When we picked up our...
06-12-12, 08:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 638
Posted By bgross

Confessions of an insensitive a$$ - saddle thread

I'll skip most of the backstory other than to say that I've found my Brooks b17s to be the best saddles I've owned. When my bride/stoker finally admitted that both of her thrones were tolerable AT...
05-28-12, 06:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,208
Posted By bgross

I've buried two friends (in separate crashes) and...

I've buried two friends (in separate crashes) and another has permanent brain damage from encounters on that very section -- and they were in cars. In all cases they were hit in the middle of the...
05-28-12, 05:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,208
Posted By bgross

Though this might be a rhetorical question, this...

Though this might be a rhetorical question, this is the latest that I've heard ( from my state senator on 24 May):
"This measure was approved by the Assembly by a vote of 55-5 and was scheduled to...
05-27-12, 08:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 756
Posted By bgross

Happy birthday! So glad to hear that you are...

Happy birthday!
So glad to hear that you are enjoying the (s)miles!
05-27-12, 08:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,159
Posted By bgross

Another vote for 'sell and upgrade' *if* you...

Another vote for 'sell and upgrade' *if* you think you *need* a rear disk.

Our first tandem (Cannondale, below) only has rim brakes. Last year we wondered "what if" we traveled and needed another...
05-27-12, 08:31 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 16,272
Posted By bgross

Different twist on the "she's not pedaling"...

Different twist on the "she's not pedaling" comment:

Last week we stopped for a quick sandwich before walking the tandem through a gate. Three roadies were stopped taking a break and one asked...
05-26-12, 08:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,385
Posted By bgross

AND they are located in Gardena (SoCal)

AND they are located in Gardena (SoCal)
05-21-12, 08:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,119
Posted By bgross

Thanks for the great story! My stoker/bride and I...

Thanks for the great story! My stoker/bride and I got a good laugh, after some vicarious cussing about the oblivious OTHER cyclist.

I was working at the San Diego Century last Saturday and had...
Replies: 10
Views: 5,991
Posted By bgross

We transport our tandems in a *similar* fashion,...

We transport our tandems in a *similar* fashion, which is to say on a rack on the back of our Odyssey -- but NOT sticking out that far!
Our '84 Santana has a shorter stocker cockpit (and therefore...
10-11-11, 09:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,027
Posted By bgross

+1 on fit & personal preference. I lucked out...

+1 on fit & personal preference.
I lucked out in finding a helmet that fit me well and met my other preference, relatively inexpensive: Bell Alchera.
Since I was born with genes for tall instead...
10-11-11, 09:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 963
Posted By bgross

+1 on having the stoker's joy your first...

+1 on having the stoker's joy your first priority!

Our Cannondale has a shock-absorbing stoker seatpost, but our (older) Santana didn't. Since we were going to replace the stoker's saddle anyway,...
10-05-11, 05:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 753
Posted By bgross

Thanks for the vid. It brought back memories...

Thanks for the vid.
It brought back memories -- I rode it in '07 & 08. Looking forward to next year.
10-05-11, 04:46 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,989
Posted By bgross

Ditto here. Like today, for example.

Ditto here.
Like today, for example.
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