JD Tandems News - Archive for 9/2011

Cycling Back to Gargrave **UPDATED
It all seemed so easy in theory – well perhaps not so easy. The idea was to do parts of the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway in a loop from home in Middlesbrough, in the process returning our new Orbit tandem to JD Tandems for its first service, requiring only a modest diversion to Gargrave. This was also to be our first retirement adventure to be enjoyed whilst the September weather and early autumn colours would add to the experience. The planned route from home took in Richmond, then Swaledale before crossing over to Wensleydale to stay the second night in Hawes. From there we would go via Dentdale and Ingleton to Clapham for the third night’s stay. All of this was intended as a prelude to the fourth day, which was always going to be the hardest of the trip, from Gargrave to near Leyburn. However, Hurricane Katia intervened to make life more interesting and certainly more tiring.
Published Monday 19 September 2011, Updated Monday 19 September 2011

Canals, cheese, cherries, cycles – a family tandem tour in Holland **UPDATED
Our son hits six years old – so it must be time for our first proper family cycling tour. The set up is, a Dawes Kalantar tandem with kiddie cranks fitted to the back, for Dad and son, and me (mum) trailing along behind on my trusty solo. We have a bob trailer, a veteran of 200 miles round New Zealand’s south island, for our luggage. In theory the trailer can go behind either bike, but in practice, on the flat cycle paths of Holland, it goes behind the tandem, creating a very long vehicle that hangs out over tram tracks at junctions in towns!
Published Sunday 18 September 2011, Updated Monday 19 September 2011

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