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    Bill, we're running a 20t front with a 36t rear so we can tow our little guy up the trails we ride. Thats the lowest I could find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zibell View Post
    Bill, we're running a 20t front with a 36t rear so we can tow our little guy up the trails we ride. Thats the lowest I could find.
    You guys have given me new hope. I'm running a 22/34 and I thought that was the lowest gear possible. I ordered a 12-36 9spd cassette, and now I'm going to look for a 20t chainring. Man that's a serious low gear. I can't wait to try to make it up some of the climbs that relegate us to walking.

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    Hey, troops, we are back on our bikes, and digging the cool weather and trail conditions. We got tandem runs on Mentally Sensitive, Car Wreck and Gridley Trail, so we're feeling reasonable. We'll be bikepacking in the Santa Anas this WE (go ahead, snicker), but after that are mostly free next week and WE. Holler if you want to hook up for some fun in or around OC...no criteria other than having fun.


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    I know this is really late notice but Jeff's team and my team will be riding Santiago Oaks tomorrow (1-2-12) at 9:00 We will park at school located at Knoll Ranch and Serrano.

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    Once a month ride

    Ok guys, after today's ride with Tim (not Jeff) and Hope. We have decided to try and organize a once a month ride with the Big Bikes as Tim calls them. So we don't have to wait, the last Sun. Of this month is projected and then every last Sun. As we get closer we can discuss location. Let us know who is in? Anywhere in So.Cal.

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    Hey Bill, how did the ride go today? Keep us informed on the last Sunday rides. If they aren't too hard we'll show up with our son in tow. We have a sitter set up for the 3rd Saturday of the month so we'll have our son on his trail-a-bike for the last Sunday.

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    Thanks for the call for teams. Look fwd to joining up next time.

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    So that would be Sunday the 29th for January? We are definitely interested and available.

    Jeff & Katie (Redlands)

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    Let's start throwing out locations so we can all plan. To make things smooth,somebody has to know the trail,so our kids in tow riders can decide. Should be fun!!

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    Had a chance to ride the big bike the last few weekends at CHSP. We went late in the day and the trails were pretty empty. Just a couple of hikers. Temps have been real good too. The significant other had to work so I took a longtime riding buddy out. He giggled like a school girl during the ride. It was very funny. His first times on a mtn tandem.

    It was interesting and a bit different. Fun none the less.

    Anyone interested in, or have done the Full Moon night mtn bike rides organized by Rock and Road Cyclery? Only problem I see is they are on a school night and start late 7:30pm. Look like fun though.

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    Ok, so tomorrow is the last Sunday of the month and I haven't heard anything about any of the SoCal Tandem's getting together for a ride! So Hope and I are planning on riding the Fullerton Loop at about 8:30 tomorrow and would love to ride with other teams.
    If anyone wants to do a little riding tomorrow, we'll be in the upper parking lot of the court house at 8:30.

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    Tim, we're just getting home from a party but we'll be ready to meet you and Hope at the Loop tomorrow morning. Thanks for posting this up.

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    Sorry about this last minute reply. This week has been a hectic one, my 86yr mom fell and broke her hip so we won't be able to hook up.

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    Thanks to Tim & Hope for getting us home safe. Wow what a ride. We did have fun, because on the tandem no matter what you do it together. This ride was just a comedy of flat tires. First off Tim & Hope had a flat and their spare was flat. We gave them our spare tube and all was good and we had a great ride.......until......we flatted comming down Morman hill. I tried to patch it but it didn't hold. Thats when Tim & Hope rode back to their truck and came back to pick us up. I must say after all the was said and done we still had a fun ride. You know what....even a bad day on the bike is still better then the best day at work.
    Thats why we were talking about next Sunday hitting up Bonelli for a morning tandem ride. Anyone wanting to join us, the more the merrrier.

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    Thanks for the holler, sounds like it worked out. "even a bad day on the bike is still better then the best day at work" ...roger!

    We were a little off this weekend but made some afternoon trail time. Looking good for this weekend; would love to meet up with y'all. Happy week...

    Mike

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    Just throwing it out there...anybody interested in riding this Sunday (2/5) we are planning to ride Bonelli Park in San Dimas. We'll meet at the park and ride lot at the 210 freeway and Via Verde exit (the lot is west of the freeway). We'll be there @ 8:30-8:45 if anybody would like to join us. Any questions let me know.
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    Hey, Patrick we're committed to a rest day Sunday; will be riding Holy Jim out/back from the TH near the fire station at about 9am tomorrow and ? on Monday. Anybody who wants to dismount numerous switchbacks is welcome to join us

    m&m

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    Hey Patrick, Hope and I will be riding with you and Maria on Sunday. Hope to have some other teams show up as well.

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    Hey MTBR, why bother with the 10-post requirement (or whatever it is) when that just forces noobs to post nonsense to reach the marker?

    And here I thought we had a new shooter in SoCal...

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    Hey gang,

    Doug "dirtvert" is having a Cholla-thon at Aliso Woods, Sunday AM at the bottom of the trail starting 8:15-8:30am. I thought it would be fun to see if we can survive some laps while doing something good for Project Rwanda and IMBA.

    If any other big bikes were inclined to show up, it would be pretty nutty. Anyway, we'll be there.

    Happy trails wherever!

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    Hey gang,

    Doug "dirtvert" is having a Cholla-thon at Aliso Woods, Sunday AM at the bottom of the trail starting 8:15-8:30. I thought it would be fun to see if we can survive some laps while doing something good for Project Rwanda and IMBA.

    Rides & Things

    If any other big bikes were inclined to show up, it would be pretty nutty. Anyway, we'll be there.

    Happy trails wherever!

    Mike

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    My wife and I don't ride our tandem much, but it would be fun to ride with other tandems sometime. The last Sunday of each month sounds like a good idea. We're in Redlands, but are usually pretty free on Sundays to drive somewhere.

    Jeff

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    Howdy, Jeff,

    We haven't gotten together yet with the other SoCal suspects, but I'll throw out a greeting to you and yours anyway. Hope to catch up with you guys for a ride soon

    Cheers,

    Mike (& Moria)


    PS: Hey, last Sunday of the month is this weekend...we could do either day of the weekend as it looks. Holler with your pleasure, anyone.

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    We're stuck locally until summer due to workload. We have great trails close to us, but here in Newbury Park we're pretty far from everyone else.

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    My wife and I are starting to ride the tandem a little again.
    I'm going to mix some road rides in with the dirt rides to help get us back in riding shape.
    Somehow, we've become much older and slower...

    Anyway, we're in the San Berdoo mtns, but we'll be riding down the hill for awhile.
    Rides like the paved SART, Crafton Hills, and Hulda Crooks.
    We're not big on early morning starts, more like mid-day starts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JokerW View Post
    Somehow, we've become much older and slower...
    Thankfully you can do something about the "slower" part

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    Yes, I know I've been absent from this thread. And we haven't ridden our tandem in a long time. Why? Newborn boy and girl twins last September. We look forward to when they're old enough and we can pull them around in a double stroller. Maybe when they're old enough, I'll build them a matching mini tandem.
    May the air be filled with tires!

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    All in good time, Lee. Way to prioritize.

    Good to have your voice on the tandem boards.

    Mike

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    Lee, congrats on the twins. I bet they are keeping you two very busy. You may need to build a special trailer wide enough to fit 2 car seats. We were lucky enough to have Adam in a car seat in a Burley @ 4 months, no problems, 5pt harenss on the car seat and 5pt harness on the Burley. The Loop is his now. We'll see you when we see you, best wishes.

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    I'm still usually out on the loop at least once a week on my single bike, and my wife gets out every couple weeks. We trade off, which has been really nice. All things considered, the twins have been real easy (sleeping through the night since the second month).

    I'll probably wait until they're at least 12 months or so before we start hitting the river trail. We'll be moving houses soon (same area), but I have to do a full remodel before we move in, so that may limit my riding time. I know it's going to be so much fun getting the kids out on the trail. I'm really looking forward to that. Maybe eventually, I'll build a quad mountain bike, like that white roadie quad often spotted around Fullerton.
    May the air be filled with tires!

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    Hey guys & gals, Maria & I have a sitter this coming Saturday the 21st for our son and are looking to get out and do a ride. If anybody would like to join us that would be great. A word of caution we haven't been riding much so we're kind of slow. Haven't yet picked a trail, we're open to suggestions. Our sitter shows up about 8am and we're in Fullerton so we can meet around 8:30ish. Hit us up and lets plan a fun ride.

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    zibell, we would be happy to meet up for something. Open to trails/areas. The Luge would be a hoot, not too long a day. We've not ridden Whiting or Sant. Oaks, so anything at either would be great. The beach areas are fun too. No problem with any pace

    Mike/Moria

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    Hey Mike, how about we do the Oaks? Lets meet in lot #3 in Irvine Regional Park around 8:30. There are fun trails there. And if we get out early we should beat the heat. Let me know what you think?
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    Sounds like a winner, Patrick.

    Looking at their map
    www.ocparks.com/uploadgraphics/lbirvbrocv8.pdf
    I'm guessing "P3" is where we meet.

    I'll PM you my cel number.

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    Well, just sending it out one more time. Come out and ride with us (Patrick/Maria & Mike/Moria) at Santiago Oaks this Saturday @ 8:30. We are meeting in parking lot #3 in Irvine Regional Park. If you haven't had a chance to ride with other tandems, this is your chance. There is dirty fun to be had.

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    Hear hear, fun will be #1 on the agenda.

    Woot!!

    Mike

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    Thanks Mike & Moria for the fun ride today. Maria and I had a blast with you guys. Here are a couple of pictures that Maria took. Can't wait to ride with you guys again.
    Patrick & Maria
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    p.s. If you feel like riding tomorrow we're riding the Fullerton loop. Hit us up.
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    Three cheers for Patrick and Maria!

    It was a nice survey of a sweet area and super fun ride. Thanks for hosting!

    We're off to Idy this AM; hold down the OC fort and we'll ride again. Cheers...

    M/m

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    So we're doing our Sunday morning run to the beach and back. On our return, we come across another tandem! Very surprising, to say the least. We've heard of this team, they're based in Simi Valley, but this is the first time we've seen them out on it. They're leading another couple on single bikes, but that couple also has a tandem and are based in Big Bear. Too excited about seeing another tandem and two tandem teams, I forgot to get names of Team Big Bear. Anyone on here?

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    Argh I should have not hit this forum you folks are killing me. We are currently in Simi now too. The tandem is "on blocks" for service while my wife is carrying our first child. It is amazing how much I miss having her to ride with. The great thing is how much she misses riding too; already planning a trip down the coast when the baby is about 8 months old (we will see on that one).

    Anyways have fun on the tandems it really is a special opportunity to enjoy cycling together.

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    Hey tandem people, we've got a sitter again for this Saturday the 19th. So we're heading out for another ride and checking the boards to see if anyone wants to join us? We're open to suggestions, Santiago Oaks is always fun. We can leave Fullerton around 8:00am when our sitter arrives and meet wherever. Its time to get out and ride!
    Patrick & Maria

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    Wish we could hook up with the Big Red Train, Patrick, but my stoker is away for a spell and I have a few balls in the air 'til June. I hope you get a good crew out or have a sweet time alone/together

    Yo, please note: Patrick and Maria are super fun to ride with! They crank hard, have skills and are very easy-going. Couldn't imagine a nicer couple to ride with.

    Thanks for the call...have fun!

    M (+m)

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    Mike, Thanks for the nice reply. When you and Moria are able to ride again let us know we'd love to join you two on another ride.

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    We only really have time for a local 7:30 ride...and we didn't even get out last weekend. School's out in June, however.

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    Well, the sitter just called and canceled for this Saturday so we won't be riding Santiago Oaks. We are thinking about still doing a ride. Towing Adam and doing something like Peters Canyon, Turnbull Canyon, or Bonelli, maybe Aliso. If anybody wants to join us you're welcome to join we'll just be slow towing a tag-a-long.

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    OMG, when I saw the forum's title, I thought it was a joke until I saw this picture. How the hell do you guys mountain bike on a tandem bike!? The turns, bumps, climbs!

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    Teamwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balldoc54 View Post
    OMG, when I saw the forum's title, I thought it was a joke until I saw this picture. How the hell do you guys mountain bike on a tandem bike!? The turns, bumps, climbs!
    Don't feel alone. Lots of folks, experienced riders included, sort of balk at the notion of a tandem on real MTB trails. Tight switchbacks/maneuvering between obstacles and mandatory wheel lofts are the downfalls. Other than that, you can tandem down any trail you can ride on a single. You can actually descend steep terrain with less likelihood of an endo. The core workout is phenomenal. Wanna make single biking seem easy? Get hot on a tandem

    Cheers,

    Mike

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    I'll add:

    You may think you know how to ride a bike, and then you try a tandem.
    It's kind of like learning to ride all over again...

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