Christmas in August… it’s Tandem Time!

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My package of goodies arrived from Excel today and I am super happy.  2 new bars, pedals, stem adapter, front and rear derallieurs, chains, bar tape, cables and a cassette all to build up the tandem for Rosanna and me.

Tandem?  What Tandem?

Back in high school (I won’t put the year down) I worked in a large shop in downtown Port Orchard selling Cannondale and Schwinn.  Over the years I (and my father) amassed a large number of two wheel adventure machines.

Let’s see if I can remember them all-

Schwinn High Sierra (dads first bike)
Schwinn Traveler (my first bike)
Schwinn Tempo (2 of them!)
Cannondale 3.0
Cannondale 2.8
Klein Performance Touring
Terry Womens
Paramount OS 50 mountain

And a Cannondale Tandem, which was ridden way more by my mom and dad as he and I had two completely different ways of riding. Dad was a big gear pusher and I liked to spin. I stood a lot and he always stayed in the saddle. I blew through stop signs and he didn’t :-)

When dad passed away, the tandem hung in the garage for ages. Dad and Mom’s Giro helmets still hung from the captain and stoker bars and it was begging to be used again. I thought it would hang there forever, untouched, that is, until I met Rosanna.

Rosanna is a kick ass cycling chick. She’s raced both road and Tri, she loves spending time on the bike so much that she started her own womens cycling club, Seattle Tailwind. I brought up the idea of riding the tandem together and she was totally stoked.  (pun intended)

So here I am now, the tandem in my shop down to bare frame. The new wheels, drivetrain, bars will be on by the end of the weekend ready to roll.

I’m gonna keep dads bell on it though. I think everyone knows why.

5 Responses to “Christmas in August… it’s Tandem Time!”

  • ahem…I had a bell, too. I can’t wait to see the tandem all gussied up and the two of you riding it. It is probably considered “vintage” by now.

    carrie — August 14, 2008 at 1:07 pm
  • Oh, the shop. I remember when new bikes would be delivered. It was always exciting to build them and take the maiden voyage.

    Some days I wish I was back. Have fun on the C’dale.

    mt — August 14, 2008 at 3:47 pm
  • I can’t wait for Roseanna’s reaction to all those idiots who yell, “Hey, she’s not pedaling!”

    Emery — August 14, 2008 at 5:55 pm
  • I’ve realized that I ride just like Len…pushing heavy gears and sitting in the saddle most times. It’s going to be interesting to see how this works out! And I don’t like to blow through stop signs either..did you hear that, Brian!?

    Rosanna — August 20, 2008 at 10:01 am
  • Listen up, Brian. I sense that Rosanna could bring the big can of whoop ass down when she wants to!

    mt — August 26, 2008 at 9:36 pm
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