Category Archives: Tandems

Hello 2016! Events, Rides and Tours

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Happy New Year Cycling Friends!

The Crooked Letter Cycling Blog and I have been on an extended vacation since I took a seasonal position with VBT (Vermont Bicycle Tours). I am happy to be back at the computer and will have more blogs coming soon!

However, I wanted to share the 2016 Crooked Letter Cycling Calendar with you now! It contains rides all across the state of Mississippi as well as a few popular rides across the south.

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Go ahead and pick at least one ride that is outside of your comfort zone and start mentally and physically preparing for it.

If you are a beginner, set your sights on the 25 mile ride at the Natchez Trace Century Ride May 7 or the 20 mile route at Bikes Blues & Bayous in August. If you are already a casual cyclist, I hope to see you at JMC’s First Flora Ride March 5.

Have you ever completed a tour? Check out Louisiana’s Cycle Zydeco or find Frank Jarmin and ask him about RAGBRAI!

Looking for a new adventure out of state? Search the calendar by by state in the search field. We have events included from Arkansas, Alabama, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee.

If you have never completed a century ride, it should be on your 2016 goals. Even if you don’t own a bike right now, we have enough century rides scheduled for anyone to train for one before the year is out.

I know I am missing several rides that have not been confirmed for late summer and fall of 2016. If you are the organizer of a ride and would like to have it listed on the calendar please contact me!

2016 is going to be a great cycling year! What event are you most looking forward to? How many of the in-state rides do you think you will participate in?

RAGBRAI: Sh!t People Put on Their Helmets!

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One of the challenges of RAGBRAI is keeping up with your group.  Just like our Mississippi crew, many cycling clubs take on the challenge of RAGBRAI together. However in the throng of cyclists it is easy to become separated from the friends you want to ride with.

Most of the Mississippi cyclists elected to ride their own ride as many of us ride at different paces or preferred leaving earlier in order to get out ahead of the cycling masses. Somehow, Caroline Cyclists, Ann, Frank, Gaines and Melissa survived the week staying together.

Gaines, Ann, Melissa and Frank miraculously stayed together throughout the week.

Gaines, Ann, Melissa and Frank miraculously stayed together throughout the week.

I am not sure what their strategy was to keep within sight of each other, but many groups pick a spot in each pass-through city to stop and re-group.  Others are a tad bit more creative and add a flair to their helmets! Read More

Bike Trail Etiquette for Bikers, Walkers and Drivers

By | Beginners, Mountain Bikes, Racing, Recreational Cycling, Road Riding, Tandems, Triathlons, Women's Cycling | 4 Comments
This blog originally appeared in the June-August Ridgeland Life Magazine; however, it is applicable to all bike and multi-use trails.

Riding a bike has changed my life.

Fifteen years ago I could not have dreamed of all the things I would accomplish by bike. Since 2000 I have met hundreds of other cyclists, many who are now close friends. I have participated in bike rides all over the United States, including a cross-country tour in 2010. I am part of a very active cycling group – the Jackson Metro Cyclists – as well as co-leader of a monthly women’s bike ride. I am honored to say that I earlier this year I traveled to Washington, D.C., to discuss cycling with our Mississippi congressmen.

Me at Heatwave booth (1)

My name is Michelle Williams, and I am publisher of the Crooked Letter Cycling website. Read More

Natchez Trace Century Ride: Not Your Grandma’s Ride!

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NT century ride logoSaturday May 2 brings around the seventeenth pedaling of the Natchez Trace Century Ride. Since its inception as a companion ride to the Tour Lefleur Bike Race in 1998, the Natchez Trace Century Ride has always been a family-friendly ride that meanders on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway.

The ride is still family-friendly, but did you know it no longer meanders quietly out and back on the Natchez Trace?

Not any more! The new course is definitely not your grandma’s century ride. Since 2013, those participating in routes of 50 miles or longer are treated to views of the Mississippi countryside with approximately 4,000 feet of elevation gain.

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House of Tandems Supporting Ridgeland OBO Tandem Rally April 17-19

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Ric and Marcia Becker at Ft. Davis

When I started working with the Ridgeland Tourism Commission to plan the Ridgeland OBO Tandem Rally, one of the first items on our agenda was to find a tandem-bicycle dealership to partner with. And since no bike shops in Mississippi specialize in tandems, finding a tandem dealership required a little bit of a search.

We are thrilled to have found House of Tandems, in Spring, Texas, owned by Ric and Marcia Becker. The Beckers will be on hand at the OBO tandem rally April 17-19, providing support and answering questions for tandem rally couples. They’re bringing a tandem for Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee to try out, and they’ll have a tent with their tandem bikes on display at the Ridgeland Arts Festival.

I spoke to Marcia Becker about tandems, cycling and more. Read More

OBO Tandem Rally Biography: Linda Wood and Eric Osgood

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Linda Wood and Eric Osgood, from Georgia, have been cycling together since they met and were married in 1984.  The couple finally bought their first tandem, a Santana Visa, in 1991. A week later, they toured from Nashville to St. Louis and became hooked on tandeming – so much so, that in 1993, they quit their jobs, sold their house, and toured through much of the United States and southern Canada.

Eric Osgood and Linda Wood

Eric Osgood and Linda Wood

In 1998, Linda and Eric upgraded to a custom S&S Erickson tandem and have flown with it to over 20 destinations including Hawaii, France, England, the Canadian and Colorado Rockies, Finger Lakes, California Wine Country, and the southern coast of Maine. Read More

OBO Tandem Rally Bio: Scott Lent and Linda Creagh from Texas

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Scott Lent and Linda Creagh like many others, decided that they could stay together on their rides much more easily by getting a tandem.  So, they did just that about four years ago by getting a Santana Sovereign.

Scott Lent and Linda Creigh riding their tandem

Scott Lent and Linda Creigh riding their tandem

Scott and Linda continue to ride their single bikes, but make sure to get out on the tandem at least once per week. They have ridden in the Southwest Regional Tandem Rally for the past couple of years and enjoyed it very much.  There aren’t a lot of other tandem teams in the Denton, Texas area, so they enjoy the chance to ride with other teams at events such as the Ridgeland OBO Tandem Rally.  They look forward to seeing everyone in April. Read More

Bicycling Built for Two: Ridgeland Tandem Rally Takes Place in April

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Ridgeland OBO 720x3002015 brings many new bike rides to Mississippi. Over the next few weeks, Crooked Letter Cycling will feature each of the new rides. One of them is the Ridgeland OBO Tandem Rally. It is being held the weekend of April 17-19 in the Ridgeland Township.

The Ridgeland OBO (One Behind the Other) Tandem Rally is a ride that Ashton and Renee Page are proud to have coming to the area. For those of you who don’t know Ashton and Renee, they are among our few local tandem riders.

Ashton and Renee started riding tandem 10 years ago, about six months before they were married. Ashton had cycled on and off since he was a teen in New Orleans. Renee was a runner and cardio junkie, so cycling on a tandem fit her perfectly. Read More