Twin City Tandem Bike Club The Loons
The Twin Cities Tandem Club is a group of tandem enthusiasts from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding area. We get together once or twice a month from May until November to ride tandem bicycles. We like to ride tandems for many reasons. We are a social or touring club, as opposed to a racing club. While many of our members do ride fast, the main purpose of our rides is to enjoy each other's company, and a "bite to eat" at the food stops.
I am sure if you were to ask the club members why they like to ride a tandem, you would receive many different answers. The following list is not all inclusive, but it does reflect what I have heard various people say over the years:
- Riding a tandem is a shared experience, and we enjoy the sense of team work that it brings.
- Riding a tandem allows two partners of unequal strength to ride together.
- Tandems have some aerodynamic advantages. While you have the effort of two people, the frontal profile is only that of a single person. So usually, a team's speed on a tandem is slightly faster than their average speed on individual bikes.
All of these reasons are in addition to the usual benefits of bicycling -- exercise, fresh air, and just plain fun.
Even if you are just considering a tandem bicycle or interested in tandems, you are welcome at our rides.
Root Beer Float Ride
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Hosts: Helmut and Joan Porcher
On Saturday, October 21st, Joan and Helmut Porcher will host a ride in the Lake Elmo, Grant Township and Stillwater areas using the Gateway and Brown's Creek State Trails and some county roads. Estimated distance is about 34 miles with shorter and longer options.
Briefing at 12:00 pm and ride starts at 1:00 pm from their home at 4990 Jasper Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN.
Refreshments (the ride's name sake) will be available at Pine Point Regional Park. Let’s hope for a nice warm fall afternoon!
For more information about the Gateway Trail go to: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/gateway/index.html