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Tandem Two'sDay Tour - 12
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Date: October 26, 2007
Posted by: Grahame Keast
Email: keasty446@gmail.com

How cool is our Tandem Two’sDay!

We ordered it at the end of 2005 and picked it up when we arrived in Miami on 15 March 2006. It then travelled with us wherever we went for the next 9 months – 5+ months in North America, 3+ months in Europe before calling in through China and Hong Kong on the way home to Australia. We ordered a bright yellow one with the two suitcases and the trailer frame. While we wandered round mostly in vehicles or public transport, we had rides in various places.

We will not forget rides in Florida, Chicago, Kansas, Virginia, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nanaimo (BC), Oregon (including the North West Tandem Rally in Corvallis), Washington, the Canadian Rockies (Jasper to Lake Louise), Ireland, France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Our bike has been named Banana Split (BS) due to its colour and the concept of it “splitting”.

At times he was confined to his two Samsonite cases (such as in Nova Scotia, England and Hong Kong). There were other times, we used the clever folding capabilities and put BS into the trunk of a Camry, a Chev Monte Carlo, the tray of a Chev Silverado, a Peugeot 307 and even a regular VW Golf! We were able to put BS together (or take it apart for air travel) in a tad less than an hour. However its fantastic folding feature took us 5 to 10 minutes. There were times I managed to take someone else for a ride but by and large I was happy to have Fay on the back.

BS flew all the way FREE! Just part of our luggage, thanks to the One World syndicate of airlines. When we arrived back in Australia, he was allowed straight in without any duty, tax or even being quarantined! Our tandem Two’sDay certainly turns heads back here in Australia. Oh, our top speed last year was 79.8 kph down a hill on Gabriola Island off Vancouver Island, BC. [Written October 2007].

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Date: May 14, 2005
Posted by: Geoff & Sandy Steele
Honeymoon trip across southern Sweden

August, 2004. My new bride, Sandy, & I packed up our blue TwosDay into two matching blue Samsonite travel cases for a honeymoon trip to Sweden. It's a second marriage for us both (I'm 61 and she's a 'little younger') and as 'seniors', I secretly wondered if we're both a tad crazy for trying this adventure. We flew via IcelandAir from Baltimore and arrived at her daughter's home in a suburb of Stockholm, where the next day, I took about two hours unpacking & reassembling the bike while dealing with the effects of jetlag. A detailed file folder inside each suitcase, noting its contents, had greased the process of getting the bike through all the X-ray, customs and security checks at both ends of the trip. I'd also marked seat heights and and handlebar settings so reassembly was fast. Two days later, we got a ride downtown to the pier for the "Juno" -- one of three classic old steamers (now dieselized) that transverse the Gota Canal across southern Sweden (see http://www.scantours.com/gota_canal.htm). The crew put the bike up on the rear of the top deck, where it drew many comments and inquiries from other passengers during the voyage ("you're going to do WHAT?? Oh, that's marvelous!"). We put our single B/F trailer used for hauling our clothes and spare parts in the small cabin with us, which made it a bit of a challenge for those middle-of-the-night constitutionals. We also mounted a pair of medium-sized black panniers on the rear of the bike for raingear, snack food, tools, a small tire pump, etc. A handlebar bag carried the cameras and maps. After a splendid 4-day 'honeymoon' cruise across the canal/lake route on the "Juno," we arrived in Goteborg and prepared to ride back across the country to Stockholm by following four segments of the country's national "Sverigeleden" bike trail network (see: http://www.svenska-cykelsallskapet.se/www.svenska-cykelsallskapet.se/Engelska/Engelska/index.htm). For the next 7 days, we had a wonderful adventure together, staying at youth hostels, bed & breakfasts, a rural sportfishing camp and 4-star country inns, meeting wonderful people (everyone speaks English) and seeing the gorgeous Swedish countryside. Losing 1-1/2 days to rain prevented our making it all the way back to Stockholm, but gave us a much-needed rest after two mildly hilly 100 km days. We made it to Nykoping on the east coast of the country, about 80 km south of Stockholm, after a total 340-mile ride. There, we simply folded the front fork and the rear chainstay and piled the bike and trailer into the rear of our son-in-law's Volvo station wagon; everything fit just fine. The TwosDay performed flawlessly, except for one rear flat (I hadn't changed out the tubes after buying the bike used from a widow in Pennsylvania). Riding only became a 'chore' if we tried to exceed 100 kilometers a day -- 'pushing it' a bit by pulling the fairly heavily loaded single trailer. The delightfully longer summer days at the higher latitude of Sweden allowed extended riding times, and we took advantage of this. We also were blessed by a lusty southwest tailbreeze and brilliant sunny skies with puffy cumulus clouds most days. Temperatures were perfect for riding -- between 65 and 75 degrees. Sweden is a 'biking country', so the national bike trail is fairly well-marked and a real pleasure to ride for most of its distance. Trail routing deliberately sends riders past many interesting historical sites via lightly traveled back country roads that are virtually free of car and truck traffic. Most drivers give a courteous 'toot' and a wide berth when passing cyclists there. We ran on kevlar-belted Comet "Primo" tires at about 100 pounds pressure and took along two extra tubes and one extra tire for both the bike and the trailer, just in case. Some of the routing took us on back roads that were hard-packed dirt. One road was being freshly graded to reduce its crown height (while we watched in horror), so the next 15 kilometers was through soft gravel and dirt that forced us to walk part way. The narrow, high-pressure road "Primos" sink into such soft surfaces, making two-up riding with a trailer simply impossible. With two digital cameras recording our jaunt, we'll have years of memories of this trip to treasure and share. And we're staying in touch by email with many of the new friends we met. Combining the high quality of the TwosDay tandem with the scenic charm of southern Sweden is really hard to beat for one of those rare life experiences. It whetted our appetite for future tours together in other faraway places (New Zealand, anyone ?)

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Date: April 14, 2005
Posted by: Terry and Janice Whaley
Email: tjwhaley@msn.com
Terry and Janice have a new Two'sDay tandem!

The whole experience of working with Steve Strickland and purchasing our new tandem went very well. We purchased our bike on March 15th after several e-mails and a few discussions with Steve on the phone. When the bike was completed, Steve gave us the UPS tracking number and we were able to see it make its way from Eugene to Portland, Minneapolis, Des Moines and finally Marion Iowa one month later on April 15th. We even both took the day off because we were so excited to be getting our new bike. It arrived around noon and we had it unpacked and assembled by mid-afternoon. We rode a few miles out on the open road and only made a few adjustments to seat height. The video was very helpful. I stopped and watched a couple of sections a couple of times. We're looking forward to many years of riding both in Iowa and on our vacation adventures. I'm sure we will be practicing folding and packing a few times before we hit the vacation trail. I have heard nothing but great comments from everybody I have talked to including our local bike shop on the quality of Bike Friday. Now, we know why for ourselves. We can't wait to show off our new bike and pass along some referrals to our biking friends. Thank you Steve and keep up the great work Bike Friday! Terry and Janice Whaley Marion Iowa

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