Group ride with the mayor of Fort Worth-me and my wife showed up on the Santana tandem and had a great time.
I was looking for ways to carry gear on the front end of the Santana. I tested out an Iberra handlebar bag, which was inexpensive and a really great bag, but I ended up going with a Wald basket.
The wife has really taken to the whole tandem bike thing. She actually brought up the idea of buying a tandem that is capable of running wider tires, since we end up riding a lot of gravel and hardpacked dirt trails. We started researching steel framed tandems. We passed on the Salsa Powderkeg-the 32 spoke wheels didn't inspire confidence (we're not a lightweight team),
We also passed on a Co-motion Mocha-again, we're not lightweights and the Mocha lacks a lateral support bar which would mean the frame would flex quite a bit.
We settled on a Hokitika Haka, an American made steel tandem produced by Tandems East, a tandem specialty shop in New Jersey. This bike was a fantastic deal, saving us about $1,400 over the Powderkeg or the Mocha.
Racks and accessories have been added:
Rides have been made to several local coffee vendors.
We participated in a local benefit ride, The Cowtown Classic, and made a short video with cheesy royalty free music:
We have met up with our friend Chris, aka Pondero, on a couple of occasions. Coffee was brewed and enjoyed.
That pretty much sums things up. Till next time.