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Tandem Bicycling America: Border to BorderCoast to Coast Paperback – June 12, 2002
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About the Author
Paul Wittreich bought a bicycle at the age of 58 after hiking the whole Appalachian Trail and running 13 marathons. This propelled him into a new adventurebiking across the USA, 4300 miles, coast to coast, and pedaling the length of TransCanada highway, 4,400 miles, again ocean to ocean. So at the age of 66 and 70 there was more to come.
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Each day is briefly summarized with time they started, where they ate, how hot it was, if it rained, how far they went, when they called it a day. All presented in a very plain toast way - like a police report. It was actually painful to read this entire book.
To save you the trouble here is a summary of all of the useful information:
- don't use lightweight tires on a long tour
- bring spare tubes
- bring a tire pump capable of pumping up the tires
- know how to change a tire
- don't put new saddles on the tandem the first day of your tour
- know how to do basic maintenance on the bike
There is no information on the gear they brought, what worked well and what didn't, riding techniques, things they learned, how they felt about the ride. Just nothing.
I can't really describe how poor a book this is. If you are considering touring on a tandem don't even think about reading this book. It makes tandem touring sound excruciatingly boring and pointless.
At least it's short. Even though it's over 150 pages, the font is large as is the line spacing so there are probably about enough words for 75 pages in a normally formatted book.
One more thing - there are only a few pictures, they are small low quality black and white, and again, contain nothing of entertainment or other value.