We build a lot of tandems. A custom builder is a natural fit for tandems, because the challenge of fitting a tandem is doubled. Both the captain and stoker need to be comfortable for the bike to work at all, and making two people comfortable is much harder than making one comfortable.
We’ve been building tandems for 20+ years, and we’re one of the few (if not the only) custom builder to offer road, gravel, and mountain bike tandems. That explains why so many pairs come to us for a new bike.
What we didn’t expect to happen is to be contacted by so many blind riders, looking for tandems they could stoke. And even though, over the years, we’ve built a fair few bikes for blind riders, we certainly didn’t expect Team Sea to See, the first visually impaired team to take on the Race Across America (RAAM).We built a tandem for Dan Berlin with our friend Rick at The Phoenix Cyclery in Fort Collins, CO back in 2013. This year, he and his captain raced RAAM with Team Sea to See. These guys are demonstrating that visual impairment doesn’t mean life impairment. They are also, we would add, demonstrating that they’re amazing cyclists.
There was an excellent news story on them recently, and something from the Today Show, too. We’re proud to be involved, if only as a (literal) vehicle for the message.
This is Lori and Roger and their new Axiom 007 SL tandem on a trip to the Smoky Mountains. We delivered this one with our buddy Chris, the Bicycle Fit Guru.
They were kind enough to send this photo and a brief note.
It is an amazing bike. We just love it!! Back, neck, shoulder and hip pain all gone. Minimal hand numbness now and no foot numbness. Good grief why did we wait so long to get a new bike? The feel of this bike is unbelievable. We are so very pleased.
We really love our new bike. Thank your working so hard on it for us.
Lori and Roger
It isn’t summer yet, just April’s end, but there are buds on the trees, the sun rises higher in the sky every day, and we can begin to see all the riding options summer will give us. Our New England trails are drying out. The sunrise is early enough to get out on the road on a Saturday before the cars have woken up. The options are nice to have, though they sometimes necessitate more than one bike.
Flat bars or drop? Skinny tires or fat? One seat or two? In summer, it almost doesn’t matter what you choose.
The folks at Rapha, along with Strava, invented this little holiday boondoggle a few years ago called the Festive 500, a challenge to ride 500 kilometers between Christmas and the New Year. We posted production manager Matt O’Keefe’s photos from last year here. This year we got pictures from Matt, Brad and Greg, so we thought we’d share them with you.
The week started out rainy, and Greg said he rode one of the least enjoyable centuries of his life in the cold drizzle of upstate New York, but then it warmed up and dried out. Matt said it was the best weather he’s had in the three year’s he’s taken on the Festive 500.
These first four are Matt’s. You’ll see he did some portion on his tandem, with his wife Susi along for company.
These four are Brad’s. He did most of his on dirt, but also spun a few with friends in old, familiar places. Brad’s girlfriend owns a donut shop, so we think he should have done some extra miles.
Here are Greg’s. Greg gets extra points for finishing his 500 in just 5 days.