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MBTC tandem weekend — day 2 — Healesville

MBTC tandem weekend — day 2 — Healesville

Sunday, Dec 12, 2010

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Today we had announced that we were going to go to the zoo, Cam immediately seized on this and for reasons known only to the two and a half year old brain announced that we were going to the zoo to see horses and bees. No amount of questioning or suggestion could shake this confidant prediction. It was with a sense of relief that as we were walking up the road to Healesville Sanctuary that a couple walked past the other way leading their ponies, confirming in Cam’s mind that indeed we were going to see horses!
MBTC tandem weekend — day 1 — Lilydale to Healesville

MBTC tandem weekend — day 1 — Lilydale to Healesville

Saturday, Dec 11, 2010

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Cat Herding, out of bed at 7:00 to be breakfasted, organised, packed with tandem and trailer and out the door for the 09:13 train. Sounds simply in theory and I guess it was in practice, even if we did end up walking across to the station with the trailer only half packed and the rest of the gear just stowed on the seat where Cam would sit. Oakleigh to Richmond, Cam delighting in the names of all the stations as they came over the PA system, then off the train and across to the next platform to wait for the Lilydale train on platform 10.
Empty seats

Empty seats

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009

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Thought for the day: If you ride a tandem bicycle with only one person on it you will be subject to endless strange looks and wise-cracking comments from passers-by about the empty seat. Meanwhile, you’ll be surrounded by cars all with four or more seats, mostly empty and containing just one driver….

2007 Audax Alpine Classic

2007 Audax Alpine Classic

Saturday, Jan 27, 2007

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stats. Today 132.0km Average speed 20.5km/hr Riding time 7hr 15' The Trek T50 at Tawonga gap, 110km to go From a start at 07:20 we had until 16:05 to clock in and be within Audax’s allowed time limit — our cards were punched at 16:01, according to Evan this meant we had overtrained by three minutes!
Last hill training before the Alpine Classic

Last hill training before the Alpine Classic

Sunday, Jan 21, 2007

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statistic Today 82.1km Average speed 20.5km/hr Riding time 4hr 00' odometer 22645km The last weekend before Australia day, and our last chance to go for a ride and try to get a few more hills into the legs before the Audax Alpine Classic next Saturday! Woeful preparation, at least we’re only in for the 130km option.
Amy's Ride

Amy's Ride

Saturday, Jan 6, 2007

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statistic Today 124.2km Average speed 22.7km/hr Riding time 5hr 27' An early start, out of bed at 05:45 for breakfast and to drive down to Geelong, every second car on the freeway seemed to be carrying bikes. With no idea how crowded it would be at the ride, we parked in the first car-park we came to and rode the three or four kilometres to the Botanic gardens — an unnecessary precaution as it turned out, but a good way to check the tandem and warm up a little.
C'wealth games road mayhem

C'wealth games road mayhem

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006

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It was lots of fun with no traffic on the roads. Jo and I took the tandem out for a ride in the afternoon and rode up Beach road from Elwood to Port Melbourne. We didn’t see any of the marathon, just millions and millions of bollards, railings and miles of flapping plastic tape. Such a huge road when there’s no other traffic on it though! Funniest part of it all was at one set of traffic lights.
Sunny Sunday

Sunny Sunday

Sunday, Feb 5, 2006

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The bow of 'Ericsson' in the Volvo 70 race Laziness and beer-poisoning meant no bike riding yesterday. Enthusiasm took hold this morning, together with the knowledge that the around-the-world yachts have been in Melbourne for a few weeks now and will probably leave before I manage to get off my bum and see them! Out on the tandem and down to Blackrock, a big sweeping roundabout to turn around at, then back up the bay to head in to Docklands.
Tandem time

Tandem time

Sunday, Oct 2, 2005

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A warm spring day, a good night’s sleep and today its time to go for a ride — but which bike do we use? Jo wanted to get out on her new roadie, I joked about the spider webs on the tandem, yes, no, maybe… The tandem it was. Beach road was amazing. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of cyclists in groups all up and down the bay. The good weather and the approach of the Around the Bay in a Day ride has driven them all out for their training.
Pssst, wanna buy some DVDs?

Pssst, wanna buy some DVDs?

Sunday, Feb 6, 2005

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There’s an interesting market held every Sunday in a car-park at the Oakleigh shops; this morning Jo and I wandered over after breakfast for a poke about. Second-hand books, masses of old electrical junk, pot plants and clothes… and a couple of dodgy young Asian guys selling pirate DVDs. I joked about the $20000 fine for selling them with another guy near me, he laughed and pushed past to get his hands on the latest releases… Five minutes later at the other end of he markets there were two police officers interviewing another DVD seller, and packing up their boxes of disks.
Out and About on the tandem

Out and About on the tandem

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005

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There’s nothing quite like an audience to make you nervous for a first attempt at anything — both of Jo’s parents came outside to watch us take off down the very steep driveway! We departed without ignominy, and took off down the hill with frightening acceleration. I’m still not entirely used to guiding 140kg of bicycle and riders! Out to North Lorne and back for a warm up, another very wide u-turn to turn around, then right across the traffic to commence the ten kilometre climb up to Benwerrin on the Dean’s Marsh road.
Audax Alpine Classic day

Audax Alpine Classic day

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005

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OK, so we chose the 85km option — the soft option, the easy option… Starting at 07:40 from the car-park down by the Ovens river in Bright, the first challenge was taking off up the steep road in a great bunch of other cyclists. Chatting with the older couple on the KHS tandem beside us showed that despite far more experience on the bike they weren’t all that happy with a crowded uphill start either.
Tandem Take Two

Tandem Take Two

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2005

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Out for an evening tandem ride tonight, time is catching up on us to get ready for the Alpine Classic on Sunday! Even though we’ve entered to do the 85km baby version, I really think a little more practice was called for! The gawks and stares and comments are hilarious, anyone would think that we’ve got two heads or something…. Some of the motorists look as though they’ll either drool into their own laps or swerve into a tree.
Tandem Training

Tandem Training

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005

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Uh oh, the Alpine Classic is in a week, we thought it would be fun to do the easy version on the tandem, (85km and up Mount Buffalo) and we haven’t been on the bike since about Easter last year! There’s only one thing for it then, get the bike out of the shed and go for a ride. Merely extracting the big beastie is a task enough, a bit like one of those puzzles where each piece seems to depend on moving another piece first.
It fits — just

It fits — just

Saturday, Dec 11, 2004

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Almost exactly a year after first thinking of it, finally got around to trying to fit the tandem into the car (a Holden Astra). Well what do you know! Both wheels off, rear seat off, bit of wire to tie the rear dérailleur up out of the way, handlebars almost poking the driver in the back of the neck; and it fits! No more excuses not to take it places and ride it….
The new beastie arrives

The new beastie arrives

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

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A minor crisis in the bicycle storage facility — the new toy arrives at its new home… Half of it is my birthday present from Jo, half her birthday present from me. A brand-new second-hand Trek T-50 tandem. Three or four weeks since we first saw it, about a fortnight since we decided to buy it, but only this weekend have we finally had time to get down to Peter’s shop in Brighton and pick it up — after a little nagging, mostly because they want the shop space back!
Thoughts of tandems

Thoughts of tandems

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2002

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The Spiegeltent is back in its box, back home to Belgium for some R&R. That’ll teach me to not quite get around to visiting it. Maybe next year… Hmmm, maybe its time to get serious and compare the KHS Alite and Cannondale MT800 tandems: KHS Alite Cannondale MT800 Frame 7005 Cannondale Mountain Tandem Size 20"x16" MS/LS/LM/XS/XM Weight 17.5kg 17.
An affordable tandem?

An affordable tandem?

Friday, Oct 11, 2002

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Hmmm, very tempting! A second hand MT3000 for just over the price of a new MT800! I wonder how much shipping from the US is? FOR SALE 09/12/02: Cannondale MT3000, Team Race Yellow, 1999 with less than 60 miles on it, wife don’t like it, been in storage for 2 years, never seen water, looks better than show room condition, this was the best tandem that Cannondale made that year, it has all the top components, XTR’s, Magura Hydraulic Brakes, Triple Clamp Cannondale front Suspension, rear seat post suspension, size Large/Medium(19"/16"), awesome bike, a steal at $2500.

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