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It's Not December Forever Complete 2014 Catalog PDF
It's Not December Forever
by Barbara Kornbluh
The house is still quiet and the sun has not risen yet on this early snowy December morning. It's just a regular day soon filled with the usual routine. After walking Bella, our one- year- old Cavalier King Charles, I'll whip up a hearty breakfast and perform the normal gym workout before teaching piano back at the house.
The students have become accustomed to harmonizing their classical piano music with the melodies of the Tandems East phone ringing all day.
Our eager tandem customers and friends have tandems on the brain - Some are placing orders for stocking stuffers and gifts from our selection of tandem themed beer glasses, vintage posters, custom jewelry (designed by me), assorted cycling jerseys and great fitting and fun to wear women specific cycling clothing. Others are pondering that long-overdue service needed or part upgrade they have been saving for in the off-season.
If you have not already made the worthwhile trip to Tandems East, you may have seen us at the numerous events around the country such as ETR (Eastern Tandem Rally), MTR (Midwest Tandem Rally), Seagull Century, VeloSwap, Covered Bridge Century, Philly Bike Expo, Endurance events, The Big Stampede and the Westminster Swap Meet, to name a few. Although most bike shops keep usual daily business hours, the Tandems East hustle and bustle begins around the time most are sitting down to dinner. It's then that Mel and I, plan how we will spend our time at events, discuss the upcoming orders to take to the Post Office, or dream about our next destination tandem trip like our past journeys to New Zealand, Italy, and beyond (don't worry, you're invited).
Each year I write this back page article reflecting on Tandems East, the amazing people we have met and all the rides in various parts of the country that have enriched our lives beyond belief. Friendly tandem enthusiasts often make a point to stop me at events to say how much they enjoy catching up on our lives within these few short paragraphs.
Our year kicked off with riding along the Pacific Ocean from a rental condo in Solana Beach, Ca. for a little R&R and winter training. Each season we meet up with Rich and Ina Wolf, Dennis and Cindy Spillane and their group of San Diego County tandem friends where they treat us to fabulous rides, great California cuisine and Rich's wealth of historic knowledge.
Tandem Weekend 2013 was a great success, held at the beautiful beachfront Golden Inn Hotel in Avalon, New Jersey. Tandem owners creating a rainbow peloton of bright red, pink, yellow, orange, a variety of fades and black tandems pedaled some of our favorite roads along ocean waters before turning into the country side and back over a series of causeway bridges. The constant hum of the ocean worked as a natural backdrop. During several weekend rides along these same roads with great friends Debby and Dave Schwartz, Janet and Dave Heilman and Janice and Norm Haber we observed a bird family raising their newborn from chicks to adulthood, perched at the base of the North Wildwood bridge against bay waters. Definitely nature at her best.
One of our yearly highlights is having the opportunity to ride with you. We were thrilled that many of you joined us at Tandem Sunday, Tandem Weekend, and at organized fundraises and rallies. One of our favorite rides has always been the MS150 - a worthwhile cause which raises awareness and funding for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis by hosting fun and challenging rides throughout the nation. Our local MS150 is the City-to-Shore Ride held each September starting in Cherry Hill and finishing in Ocean City. Our close friend, Nan Stekette, organizes a team made up of singles and tandems for this worthy cause. And you can't miss us - Our jerseys, created by Sommerville Sports, are bright yellow and pink with the name TEAM JOELLE in bright pink. Our team is named in honor of Nan's cousin who battles MS each and every day and sits at the end of the finish line, cheering us on as we pass through the final stretch. We are so glad to share the route with hundreds of cyclists with one common goal... finding a cure for this awful disease.
Although we don't have any new tours lined up but, like you, we are dreaming of new adventures to share with our friends via tandem.
We have been busy and 2014 promises to hold some exciting news: We have a new storefront!
Tandems East now has a building less than a mile from our home. Yes, you read that correctly - we've realized our dream and have expanded to better serve our customers. Situated in the country on a few acres of open and wooded land, this small warehouse is helping to take the bulge out of our house and allow plenty of space for Tandems East to grow. We're now able to offer a selection of choice used tandems at affordable prices, as well as our complete line of off-the-rack or custom tandems, ranging in every price to fit all budgets. Tandems East will continue to be headquartered at our home on Gwynwood Drive. Don't despair - I will continue to bake banana bread for our daily visitors!
Ladies , our clothing showroom is ready for you to shop! Colorful, great-fitting jerseys, shorts, arm and ear warmers, and other accessories have racks and shelving to be displayed neatly in a cozy setting, as well as newly designed tandem jewelry, in our dedicated retail space. Mel has been working hard getting this all ready for a spring time debut. Stay tuned for more exciting news about our ever-expanding women's clothing assortment.
Natalie and Roy continue to live in Connecticut working in the design world where they are raising their one-year-old son.
Jed and Sara and their three children are still in Hopewell, NJ and aren't planning on going anywhere too soon - it's a cycling paradise! Jed's business, the custom clothing manufacturer Sommerville Sports, continues to grow at a swift pace, taking him around the country and the globe to expand his brand and their customer base. They are expanding their line in 2014 and will be on the backs of several UCI Professional teams, as well as their many customers around North America.
So as you see the Tandems East family is full of joy and looks forward to sharing the road and making new memories with you. Here's to 2014 filled with safe miles, family and warm friendships.

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