Posts Tagged ‘v2r’

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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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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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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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Team Radsport update

March 29, 2011

Sacramento Criterium
Gary and Steve race up north this weekend with Gary getting in a 4 man break and getting away to solo in for the win!  Steve then takes the field sprint for 5th overall.  The two man wrecking crew does it again!

Sacramento Road Race
Steve and Gary work hard to make a break stick, but it comes down to a field sprint and Steve guns it through the last corner and takes 2nd place by just inches.  It was a photo finish.  Nice work guys.

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Team Radsport update: Season going well so far.

February 7, 2011

Mothballs Criterium

The team gets its first rain race of 2011 in Santa Barbara for the Mothballs Criterium. Gary Wall, Steve G, and Mark Palmer take control of the race early. The rain pours down as Gary attacks over and over. All the breaks are covered and Mark takes his shot at the front. The last lap is fast with Gary leading the pace, Steve G. comes out of the last corner first and powers in for second. Great result on a wet coarse!

Red Trolley Criterium

The team is out in force with Gary, Steve G. Steve M, Mark, Kenny and Dave P showing up on the line. Gary goes to work early making several attacks stick. They are brought back and Steve takes a shot at the group. His attack sticks with Gary and Mark in the break. The break gets too big and is brought back. Steve G. gets in another break with Dave and Gary later but it’s brought back. It sets up to be a field sprint and Steve powers up the last hill into 6th place. Nice finish in this very tough race.

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