We are relatively recently retired (2017) and live in North Hampshire. We’re active and keen cyclists who started tandeming in 2009 on a second-hand Thorn Explorer. After a couple of years we decided to invest in a new tandem – one that fitted us – and, for a variety of reasons, decided on a Hase Pino. It has some advantages over a ‘normal’ tandem – easier to communicate and a lot more comfortable for the stoker. The disadvantage is  that it’s a heavy beast, so not as ‘spritely’ as a normal tandem. Since buying it in 2011, we’ve had it resprayed and I fitted a Rohloff hub gear in place of the stock 3×9 derailers. In the autumn of 2019 I ‘electrified’ with the addition of a Bafang Fun8 250w motor and 17.5Ah battery.

Our Hase Pino after the addition of e-assist.

Karon has mixed connective tissue disease – an auto-immune disorder which damaged her pancreas, so she has been type 1 diabetic since age 16. Her own immune system also attacked her lungs and the lining of her heart, so she finds cycling up hill extremely hard. To keep her diabetes as stable as possible, she tries to follow to a low carb diet, which mainly means no bread, rice, potatoes or pasta. She tries to stick to meat or fish with green vegetables. This can often make finding a lunch or evening meal difficult, as most fast-food comes loaded with carbs.

Bob is the owner of a pacemaker (Dec 2018) which though it is adjusted as well as it can be, is a limiting factor when it comes to putting in sustained effort on a hill climb or sprint. So all-in-all, we are not the healthiest or fastest in our peer group, but I like to think we are cycling fit!

The Pino is our favourite, but we also have a second ‘normal’ tandem – a Cannondale – which is nice and light and fast for the odd sportive or ‘blast’ around local lanes. Then we have one or two solo bikes to add variety to our riding.

A little about the website

I first started a website back in 2001 – after a trip to Peru, Bolivia and Chile, using an early version of Macromedia Dreamweaver. We still use the website to document our holidays and over time the website has grown and evolved. So too has the software used to produce sites – Adobe took over Macromedia, Apple provided ‘iWeb’ with their Macs and for many years I used that. Then content management systems like WordPress came along which made things much easier. The trouble with the evolution of web software is that much of it is not really backward compatible, so when Apple recently stopped supporting iWeb, I was no longer able to maintain or update much of the site.

Of course, not much needs updating, as it’s more of a record of our exploits – it’s more a case of adding new. So much of the older parts of the site remain as they were created, and now, newer parts of the site (like these introductory pages) are all created and maintained using WordPress. So you will see a certain inconsistency in look and feel over the whole of the site which is unavoidable without re-creating it all.