Posts Tagged ‘paketa tandem bicycle’

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V2r customer testimonial

February 1, 2013

We just received a great email from a V2r customer. The interesting thing about this customer, is that he has ridden many of the competing tandems, including the Calfee carbon fiber tandem and our own V2. Read on to see his comparison.

“Hello and just a quick note to say we have been on the Paketa V2r for a few months now, and we are riding the perfect tandem! This is by far the best tandem bicycle we have ridden. Previous tandems owned were a Paketa V2, Calfee, Burley, and we still have a Co-Motion Supremo that is currently idle. The V2r is very close to the V2, but it rides closer to a single bike, plus a little lighter with the single bike parts. Visually it is much cleaner with the right side drive. It is very responsive and efficient while pedaling. You don’t feel the internal torque in the bars and across the tires contact patch. The bike is completely stable at any speed and tracks on rails. The smoothness vs stiffness does not make sense, as if they are incompatible with each other, but yet they are both present in the ride. Great job!” – Trey

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D2 Travel tandem with two S&S couplings

January 24, 2013

We just completed and delivered our first two-coupling version of the new D2 custom magnesium travel tandem. With two S&S couplings, this super light weight tandem fits in a standard single bike case and weighs in at less than 50 pounds with the case. The bike itself, weighed in at 24.7 pounds with a wide-range triple gearing (30/42/55 & 11-30 Recon Ti cassette), Campy 10s shifters/derailleurs, FSA carbon bars and seat posts, San Marco SLR Flow saddles, Ritchey WCS captain & Zona carbon adjustable stoker stems, Lightning tandem cranks with left side Gates Carbon Drive timing belt, Campy Super Record dual-pivot f/r brake calipers, American Classic 420 Aero 3 wheels with Conti 25 mm Gatorskins.

The two-coupler option is a great option for airline travel as you will only be charged as if it were a single bike. The four coupler tandem fits in two separate S&S travel cases, and travels on airlines at no additional charge. The two coupling option is also great for carrying the tandem on a rear-mounted car rack or for carrying on a roof rack. The convenience of breaking the bike in half can also help with storing the bike at home. The possibilities are endless…..

Click here to read more information about Paketa Travel tandems:

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A Letter from James Brown – bronze medal Paralympics

October 1, 2012

Here is a letter we received from James Brown, a Paketa tandem owner who won the Bronze medal in the 2012 Paralympics on a Paketa V2r magnesium tandem bicycle.

” Dear Jp and Nick,

We got bronze in the road time trial – on the Paketa V2r tandem!  We were delighted and we shocked many with our stunning performance – I genuinely believe a large part of the success was the bike.  I attach a couple of photos.  We totally trashed the Americans who had been expecting a medal – but the standard was exceptionally high.

So, can you do me a track bike next?  We failed to get a medal in the pursuit because the bike they gave us was not fit-for-purpose (in fact it was sh*t!); I think a Paketa tandem track bike would be just what we need!

MANY THANKS”

James

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Pinnaclife Racing takes 16 medals at Nationals, including 4 golds

September 11, 2012

 

We just wrapped up the tandem races in Bend and Pinnaclife racing takes home the most medals of any team represented at Nationals.

Included in all these medals were two National Championships with Dave and Gary winning the 90+ Men’s tandem Road Race, and Chris and Colleen taking the win in the Elite mixed Tandem Time Trial.

The team won the following:
4 gold medals: 2 in men’s 90+ RR and 2 in mixed elite tandem TT 
6 silver medals: 2 in Men’s Tandem elite TT, and 2 in men’s Tandem 70+ TT, and 2 in men’s 70+ RR
6 bronze medals, 2 in mixed tandem 110+ TT and 2 in mixed 110+ RR and 2 in men’s elite TT

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Paketa tandems take 1st, 2nd, and 4th at Haystack TT last weekend

April 25, 2012

Congratulations to the three Paketa tandem teams that raced at the Haystack TT last weekend. We are proud to announce that Paketa Tandems took 1st, 2nd, and 4th in the race. That’s just fantastic. Way to go to the racers.

There’s some professional photos from the event here: http://www.sportifimages.com/RoadRacing2012-1/Haystack-Mountain-TT/Individual-TT-AM/22576715_N3hb7s#!i=1808349707&k=9cwKF6p

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Dave and Fritz and the Paketa

December 10, 2011

Dave and Fritz and the Paketa

Dave and Fritz hold a Tandem National Championship and 8 Tandem CA State Championships. Dave and Fritz have been racing together for over 6 years and not only hold a National Tandem Championship, be they each hold an individual California Road Race Championship in thier respective age groups, 50+ and 65+. Look closely and you’ll see Dave and Fritz have set up thier V2 with a same side drive/timiming system. The V2 performs better than other Tandems this team has raced. It corners like a single bike and sprints stright under the stress of these two guys.

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Brother and Sister win the Mixed Tandem Nationals together

September 30, 2011

After two years of planning, some practice racing and training, and the good will of Paketa and wheel sponsors (Dave, Terry, Ella, Jeanne), and help from Bill S., Paul, and Len, the brother and sister team (Steve Worley and Beth Graff) arrived in Bend OR for the National Championship mixed tandem competition. Beth started the day with an ITT then after a short rest was back at the starting line for round two. Seven teams entered, mostly couples, making us odd since we are from Washington and Colorado. No one knew what to think!

paketa racing tandem wins racesThe race route began with a 7 mile climb, mostly big chain ring (56), but also some middle ring(44) efforts were needed. Wow, I thought the torture would never end. We were making progress relative to the teams in front of us, but when we turned for the return downhill run it was full gas – and really fun. The bike was a rocket, paketa = rocket in Russian, and we passed two teams on the decent. We were absolutely flying in the 56×11 – eyes watering and the wheels singing at 45-50 mph. The race was 2/3 done when we finally slowed for a turn into a golf community. This part was rolling and twisting terrain – not the best for a “big bike”. All the roundabouts, punchy hills, and downhill turns were negotiated with caution – did not really care for a pine forest or sage brush adventure to liven thing up. We pushed absolutely as hard as we could to stop the clock at the end. As we cooled down we speculated we should be in the top 3. And we about fell over when our friends (Lee and Corlet) informed us we won by 9 seconds and 3rd place it turns out was 19 seconds behind that. What a deal – a brother and sister win the 2011 Mixed Tandem 110+ Nationals together!!

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The biggest compliment came from second place team, who was chasing us the whole ride, and were the defending Champions (two ex-cateogory one riders) – when they said they “just could not close any distance anywhere” – that is sweet!

paketa magnesium racing tandem beth and steve worley win the race

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