Twin Cities Tandem 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.
THE WISCONSIN 2 FER RIDE!
When: Friday evening (gather at hotel) July 6....ride Saturday and Sunday July 7-8, 2018.
Where: Sparta Wisconsin on the Elroy-Sparta Trail (Saturday). Ride the Buffalo River State Park Trail (Sunday) on the way back to Minnesota.
Lodging: Best Western Plus Sparta Trail Lodge: 4445 Theater Road. AARP weekend rate would cost about $250 for both nights taxes included.
THE PLAN! (Weather permitting).
- We gather together at the Best Western Friday evening.
- If you are not familiar with the Elroy-Sparta Trail, it is characterized by railroad grade climbs in tree lined canopy to a train tunnel....walk through the tunnel (one is 3/4 mile long), and then a descent to another town, all
on hard packed crushed limestone trails. 700 X 25 tires work fine, but 700 X 28 tires are better. Virtually all bike trails in Wisconsin are crushed limestone.
- Convenient Round Trip distances would be 22 miles to Norwalk, about 36 to Wilton, 54 to Kendall, and about 66 to Elroy.
- Sunday, on the way back home, we travel to the Buffalo River State Trail, probably getting off of Highway 94 at Osseo, WI. We have never done the trail. We will have things figured out by then.
HERE’S THE DEAL!
Because of the cost of the hotel, the distance to Sparta, the weekend commitment, and the relative spur of the moment announcement, we need to know how many tandem teams would attend the event... BY SUNDAY JUNE 24! Not enough interest we cancel the event. Enough people sign up, we can probably come up with a group rate for the hotel.