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Tandems East 2018 Catalog Highlights
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Looking Back Complete 2019 Catalog PDF
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Evelyn Hill Cycling - a product line to meet the apparel needs of real women and men - everyday cyclists and commuters - with a cut that's both comfortable and flattering.

Tandem Expo 2019 - April 6 & 7, 2019

Tandem Sunday 2019 - May 5, 2018

Tandem Weekend 2019 - July 12, 13 & 14, 2019

Looking Back
by Barbara Kornbluh
I often spend this time of year gazing out of my office window enjoying the winter scenery as I type my annual love letter to cycling, my husband Mel, and the life we’ve built together with our friends, family, and customers like you at our sides. So many of you tell me how you enjoy this “back page update” with each edition of the Tandems East catalog and I want you to know how much I appreciate your interest and affection.

As Mel and I recently celebrated our 47th year of marriage, we took a look back at the “good old days” and we’re reminded of how many businesses and industries, not just ours, are experiencing the shift of change. We grew Tandems East from a two-person show to a company that carries nearly everything a tandem couple needs, whether those needs are tangible or experiential. As we age and adapt to quickly changing trends in manufacturing and sourcing, we hope our years of experience will guide us into the next set of challenges down the road.

Of course, technology is an ever-increasing part of our lives and the transformations we face both in the tandem business and in life are wrought with learning new methods, devices, and systems. Convenience is a wonderful thing, as shopping from our handheld devices dominates our everyday lives more and more, with nearly immediate gratification just a click away. But this comes at the price of the loss of a personal touch. There’s no “dash” button for a handshake, a careful evaluation of fit or performance, or a freshly baked banana bread.

One constant we’ve had from the start of our operation in 1987 was the personal touch. We love meeting and interacting with each and every one of you, learning about your life experiences and sharing our own. This makes our connection deeper and turns customers into friends. Some of our best memories with you have been around our dining room table, eating burgers Mel flipped on the grill after a long day of test rides, repairs, and advice. This is a major reason we still send out this newsprint catalog year after year. Even in an era that has been calling for the death of the physical publication for decades, we’re still mailing these to you… and you’re still reading it.

So many “brick and mortar” shops losing to the speed, convenience, and price insensitivity of online shopping. We’re certain you’ve seen these changes throughout your own community - they’re inescapable. From small towns to big cities, local stores are being replaced by national pharmacy chains and banks, turning every Main Street in to a homogenous blur of commercial branding. The local bike shop is certainly no exception to this shift and we are keenly aware of how lucky we are to have such great friends and family such as you and yours.

If you know us well you’ll know that we have no intention of losing our personal touch. It’s just how we roll. Thank you for being a part of our experience and helping shape our company and life into something we love. See you on the road.


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