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Picture of the Calfee Tetra Tetra(23 posts)

Picture of the Calfee Tetra Tetramrcelloboy
Aug 29, 2001 12:15 PM
Here you go...
Better to come soon.

Look and drool.
re: Picture of the Calfee Tetra TetraMike
Aug 29, 2001 12:21 PM
Very nice. What's the color? I can't tell if it's purple or blue, or somewhere in between. Happy riding.
EXACTLY!mrcelloboyhotmail.com
Aug 29, 2001 12:49 PM
It's DuPont Chromalusion "Coarse Blasberry".
It's a colorshift paint that primarily appears Purple or Greyish blue with a greenish and Copper colored glint here and there. We had it painted over the raw carbon so the weave is there at certain angles when you're up close.

We're thinking of naming it "Metaphor."
For you and the wife??Bruno
Aug 29, 2001 12:26 PM
The other day I say two guys riding a tandem and the whole thing looked kind of gay. Anyways the bike is very nice.
Me and the domstic partner... and...mrcelloboyhotmail.com
Aug 29, 2001 12:51 PM
I bet the guys you saw could've set a pace that might be difficult to maintain. There's nothing "gay" about riding tandem.
Me and the domstic partner... and...Bruno
Aug 29, 2001 1:54 PM
They were hammering. Both riders are racers and at some point I though riding a tandem could have some kind of benefit for track racers since they have to ride very close together. Most of the time I see couples on tandems doing recreational rides.
Gay...Schmay...mrcelloboy
Aug 29, 2001 2:19 PM
I realize now that you weren't commenting on the riders sexual preference but how it looks. Track tandem teams REALLY look like they're humping eachother.
The guys you saw were probably just out for a speed rush.
Drool? over what?J.S.
Aug 29, 2001 12:33 PM
Sorry, but I've always found tandems to be just about as exciting as recumbents. I have never understood why someone would NOT want to steer their own bike, or why someone would want to be in control of another persons destiny.I could understand if the stoker has a disability but for an able bodied person it seems very boring, kind of like a spin class. It is a nice quality piece but I'm still not drooling. Remember this is just my opinion and you left yourself open assuming eveyone was going to "drool" over your new.... bike?
If you can't say something nice... (nm)UncleMoe
Aug 29, 2001 12:39 PM
All bikes are nice, tandems are twice as nice.MB1
Aug 29, 2001 12:40 PM
The shared workout with your SO is a bonus on top of the speed available on a tandem. Since you don't like them I assume you stay off their wheels when they fly by.
All bikes are nice, tandems are twice as nice.mrcelloboyhotmail.com
Aug 29, 2001 12:59 PM
It's a favorite pasttime of strong tandem teams to torture unwilling paceline suckers who won't take a pull with unbearable speed increases. My sweetie and I especially like kicking up a couple of gears and standing over a "roller" right when the singles are downshifting.
Later! The rumor that tandems are slower uphill is alive and well. Let them continue to think that.
Drool? over what?mrcelloboyhotmail.com
Aug 29, 2001 12:56 PM
Actually it was an invitation for those who like to drool.
Tandems, like fixed gears, are not for everyone. If you feel smug about your cycling abilities at some point I suggest you try either. Both are (cycling) world expanding experiences. Part of the kick is that the "stoker" (in back) can enjoy the scenery while cruising at a speed difficult to attain on a single. Also, if you're "mates" (of ANY persuasion) it allows for arrival at the same time and a chance to bond while sharing a mutually enjoyed activity.
What would make this sweet...UncleMoe
Aug 29, 2001 12:36 PM
Not that it needs anymore sweetening, but if you had a couple of Brooks saddles on there, that would be sweet.

Was your wife already into biking b4 you started tandem riding? My wife hates to bike alone, she hates to bike with me because I go to fast, I hate to bike with her cause she goes to slow, so we are thinking of renting a tandem a few times at a LBS to see how we do. Tandem riding sounds like it can be a lot of fun (and improve a relationship) after some practice. My wife and I get along great, but we could use something else to do together.
Take it easy on yourselves at first.MB1
Aug 29, 2001 12:51 PM
Don't explore the speed side of things on your first few rides and your wife should love it.

I am generally much steadier when I captain our tandem than when I ride half bikes.

Miss M loves flying down hills on the tandem now that she is sure of my abilities and common sense. When we took our first rides she was somewhat unsure of not being in control. I took it easy and we got better together, teamwork-another tandem bonus.
Luckily...mrcelloboyhotmail.com
Aug 29, 2001 1:07 PM
we've biked a thousand or so miles on different tandems previously. I'm taking it a bit easy while I get used to the Calfee's "quick" manners, and Kathy has gotten more comfortable with speed, even on her single, during the last couple of years. She's happy as long I stay in my comfort zone.
Speed on the "flats" and rollers is not scary to her. She loves cruising at 25-30 then standing up as we approach a roller. What fun with this super-light steed!
What would make this sweet...mrcelloboyhotmail.com
Aug 29, 2001 1:03 PM
Thanks for the thought, but we like the Terry Butterfly's just fine.
It sounds like a tandem might suit you two well. Even if your pedaling styles are different there are solutions in various forms. Be prepared for some give and take with your honey in the learning proccess. The experience on a tandem can distill the whole relationship into each ride.
That makes our tandem twice as sweet...MB1
Aug 29, 2001 1:26 PM
Brooks Swift & Finesse. Ti rails on the Ti tandem.
Trollman is confused after reading these reponsesTrollman
Aug 29, 2001 12:51 PM
why anybody would be mad at Trollman for his posts.

There is a serious vein of venom in the posts here.
Trollman, you are clearly in your own world...(NM)mrcelloboyhotmail.com
Aug 29, 2001 1:08 PM
worth the waitJohnnyA
Aug 29, 2001 2:28 PM
Sweet - that paint is fantastic. What really catches my eye is there is hardly any rake on that fork! What did you upgrade from and how much more agile is the Calfee?

Drool, drool, pant pant......
worth the waitmrcelloboy
Aug 29, 2001 3:52 PM
It's the top-of-the-line AME fork w/carbon steerer.
Wait til you see the paint in real life! It's alive!
We'll be going to lots of centuries in the coming years.

We upgraded from a Burley Samba Softride that we'd upgraded as far as components (to a degree).
Dropped 15 lbs. getting the Calfee.
It is QUICK turning. Disconcerting at first, but with nothing to compare it to anymore it feels great! Kathy made a u-turn on an uphill within 50 yards of getting on as captain for the first time on this bike. I was SO ready to dive off. Takes nerves of Ti to be a stoker when you're usually the Cap'n. Cracks me up!
Saw a NICE calfee the other day.JamesTKirk
Aug 29, 2001 3:03 PM
Saw a nice Calfee being ridden down the PCH while on vacation in Long Beach last week. Man it was sweet. Nice green paint job. I've always thought they were nice but all I'd seen till then was plain carbon w/ a clear coat. Now I REALLY want one! Wouldn't it figure?? I go on vaction in SoCal and when I stop at Supergo they have NOTHING I need. Thought I'd take advantage of some of the in-store only specials. not. that's t years in a row!!! oh well. rant over. sorry.
Saw a NICE calfee the other day.JamesTKirk
Aug 29, 2001 3:04 PM
Saw a nice Calfee being ridden down the PCH while on vacation in Long Beach last week. Man it was sweet. Nice green paint job. I've always thought they were nice but all I'd seen till then was plain carbon w/ a clear coat. Now I REALLY want one! Wouldn't it figure?? I go on vaction in SoCal and when I stop at Supergo they have NOTHING I need. Thought I'd take advantage of some of the in-store only specials. not. that's two years in a row!!! oh well. rant over. sorry.