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    Re: Southern Cal Tandem Teams

    We live in Redlands and have a full suspension Ventana. There is another couple Jeff and Lisa who ride a tandem. I've never seen a group of mountain tandems here but would definitely be interested to meet up for a group ride either at Hulda, Crafton, Loch Leven etc.

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    We are pretty undisciplined when it comes to keeping a schedule, especially early morning rides. We're more mid-day to afternoon kind of riders.

    We've been gearing up to make it to the "Ride in the Rocks" out in Lucerne in a couple of weekends. We've done this ride three times, and we're the only tandem there. It would be great if there were others!

    There isn't really a tandem "entry fee" on their list, but we usually pay the family rate.
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    Hi,

    We're looking to organize a ride around Redlands/Yucaipa either Sunday, November 17 or November 24. Thinking of riding either Crafton Hills, Hulda Crooks, or Loch Leven (maybe Thomas Hunting Grounds). If you have a preference on date and location, please let us know!

    I think we prefer Loch Leven, because of the scenery and we could also grab lunch at the cafe in Angelus Oaks before the descent back to our cars.

    Jeff & Katie

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    The ride is set. We'll meet at Loch Leven at 9:00am. Loch Leven is about 15 minutes outside of Redlands. There is a good amount of singletrack, but most of it is pretty wide singletrack and tandem friendly. No tight switchbacks. We have 5 groups of tandems who've said they are likely to make it.

    Route will be similar to this ride - Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Loch Leven + a little SART near Mentone | Times and Records | Strava

    More details on the facebook events page - https://www.facebook.com/events/177139225813210/

    Or post up here and Jeff (drdoak) or I will reply.

    Jeff and Lisa

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    We're going... to suffer. That's a lot of climbing for us old folk.

    Jon & Teresa
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    Sounds like a fun ride. I'm picking up my stoker(Maria) from the airport that afternoon. Let us know how the ride goes, sounds like a fun time with 5 teams going. Keep us in mind for future rides. I might even break out my new stoker(my 7yr old son) and make Maria ride her single.
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    I'm sure we'll look to do this a few times a year, probably at different locations.

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    Hi Pinnacle10, looks like a great ride. It's a long drive for us from Southern OC but I'm going to try to talk the Stoker into going. It would be cool to see some new tandem friendly trails and get the tandems out in mass.

    Thanks,

    Paul and Lisa

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    From last Saturday's Ride in the Rocks, Lucerne Valley
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    Between here and Facebook it looks like there are 6 tandems that are in, and at least another 3 I know of that are possible. My wife and I went out and did the first and last 5.5 miles of the ride. For anyone not familiar with the area, this is where most of the elevation is, after about 6.5 miles there's a lot more up and down and the elevation tends to come easier.

    Here's the ride we did - Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Up and down Loch Leven near Mentone | Times and Records | Strava

    Once we get to Angelus Oaks at 6.5 miles we'll regroup. There's a store and restaurant and you can usually fill up water there without any problems. We'll hop on the fireroad just past the Post Office and continue towards Thomas Hunting Grounds. I think we'll skip the first sections of the SART (it gets a little narrow with exposure in areas), but if some want to do it we can meet back up at the next section. I think the SART through Thomas Hunting Grounds will be great on a tandem. After THG we'll head back up the fireroad and back towards Angelus Oaks.

    If people want we can stop and eat at the Restaurant on the way back down so bring some money if you think you might want to. If not, the ride back to the cars is the same way we came up to start.

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    We'll probably skip eating at the resturant... saving our money for beers at Brew Rebellion in Yucaipa!
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    Sunday's ride was great. 7 tandem teams, and the fabulous Loch Leven area to ride.
    More photos here also: https://www.facebook.com/#!/bikeforbender

    Thanks to Jeff S. (pinnacle10) for getting us together. We had never met any of these teams before, and now we have an extended IE tandem family to ride with
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    Hey all how have you all been? We took a year off as my 8yr old got his own 26" mtb. We've been doing rides on the singles but are now starting to get back in shape and ready for some summer fun on the big red bike. Just trying to relieve this thread and get the local bikes talking again.

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    Anyone interested in a tandem ride out of Julian? We just got ours up and running. Be nice to ride with some other teams.

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    My wife and I haven't ridden our tandem since the group ride over a year ago. I've had some knee problems and we now also have a 3 month old baby. We are, however, helping to organize a new ride Bike for Bender will be putting on and I'm posting about it here as it'd probably be a great ride for tandems and there is already 1 that is signed up.

    It starts and finishes at Pioneertown and is primarily fireroad. There is a 35 and a 50 mile option. The ride is free. For more details you can go here - Pioneertown Gravel Grinder | Bike for Bender

    Or sign-up on our Facebook Events page - https://www.facebook.com/events/935381463160987/

    Jeff and Lisa

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    Great to hear the chatter of riding going on here. It getting me stoked to get off my rear and get back in shape and get big red back on the trails. We had a drunk driver rear end us over the holidays and totaled out our tandem hauler :-( now were looking for a new bike hauler, until then were stuck at home riding the Fullerton loop.

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    Hey, Patrick and all, great to hear everybody is thinking big bikes.

    We too have been off ours since the Divide in August, but are now set up for trail riding and have it in mind to sweep away some cobwebs.

    We did sign up for Bike for Bender (thanks, pinnacle10), but we hope to hit some OC stuff before then. My hitch is my studious wife, who loves to hit the books all day. Thus, lots of single bike riding...

    Thanks for bringing this thread back to life, P. Best wishes to Maria and for getting your car situation dialed. Glad you guys were not hurt! Cheers...

    Mike/Moria

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    Hey Tandem teams! My Stoker's mom and sister live in San Diego we get down there fairly often, would love to hook up with some you guys and Ride. We have ridden with Mike and maria they rock! We live in Mendocino where we have miles of cross-country singletrack great for tandems and it never gets too hot in the summer to ride. We are thinking of doing a tandem rally up here wondering how many people would like to go? Mike get a list the names let's do this!
    Happy trails Jesse and Sojo

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    Hey Jesse & Sojo a tandem ride/rally up in Mendocino sounds like a blast. I'll need to bring a couple of single bikes for my stoker and mini stoker(my 8 yr old son) so all 3 of us can ride i will just need to switch between stokers. Let us know when and well need to schedule time.
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    Jesse and Sojo! Great idea!

    I made it up there last November, wow...they have the goods in spades, and Jesse is an ace guide and captain. Wish my stoker had made it...

    What I rode was very tandem friendly; redwood forests with loamy trails, not too twisty. Just beautiful, including some riding right on the coastline. Worth the trip up, but a guide is pretty much mandatory in Jackson Demo Forest (zero signage).

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    Here is a picture from our ride on Saturday. Part of the Charlie Kelly Borrego weekend with a movie, talk and book signing Friday and a 14 mile mostly downhill ride down Grapevine Canyon. Fun!
    The tandem handled the sand just fine and unlike others we never crashed!Southern Cal Tandem Teams-tandem.jpg

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