S2=Spencer + Sheila
S2Cycle was born in 1990 when we decided to ride a three-day bike event, the Tri-Island Tour. It went from Seattle to Victoria, BC and was a fund raiser for the Lung Association. We were riding single bikes then. The next season Sheila broke her foot in a cycling accident and the cycling hobby went dormant for most of the decade. Then in 1999 we began to explore the idea of tandeming, renting a bicycle built for two and traveling the Burke-Gilman trail. It was a disastrous experience. The day was too hot, the bike wasn’t fitted to us well, and Sheila almost had heat stroke. Amazingly, it didn’t turn us off the idea of tandeming.
With about 24,500 miles under our belt since then, we’re on our third tandem, a daVinci with independent coasting. We’ve been chronicling our journey since 2001 on our website. There you can read more about our tandem adventures including the STP (Seattle to Portland in one day) and RAMROD (Ride Around Mt. Rainier), RAW, GABA, Hawaii, an Erickson Tour in France among others. In 2001 we helped form the Evergreen Tandem Club and in 2004 we organized the Northwest Tandem Rally in our area.
You can also learn more about Spencerand Sheila elsewhere on the website. But briefly, Spencer is from Salem, Oregon and is an elementary school PE teacher. Sheila is from Newport, RI and is a graphic designer. We’ve been together since 1983 and will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary as well as Spencer’s 60th birthday on our return home from Cycle America. We live on Capitol Hill in Seattle with our cat Morrie and we continue to be deliriously in love with each other and life. In addition to tandeming our interests include meditation, yoga, progressive politics, community and eating a healthy plant-based diet.
New pages have been added including an FAQ about tandeming, a page about why we’re doing the cross-country ride and a page called TMI that tells you all about what we’ve packed on this trip.