S2Cycle was actually 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 had her big bike crash, breaking lots of bones and leaving pins in her foot. This experience put her off cycling for nearly a decade. Spencer continued to ride around town including commuting to school for two years while Stevens was being renovated.
We began to explore the idea of tandeming in 1999, 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 a heat stroke. Amazingly, it didn’t turn us off the idea of tandeming.
That winter we happened on a tandem for sale at an auction. It ended up costing us $1000, an amount we could easily make back selling it on the open market. We took a chance and bought the yellow “Schoolbus”.
These pages chronicle our time beginning with riding the Schoolbus in 1999. In 2000 we bought a Rodriguez Toucan we call “SweatHard” (that’s SweatHard we’re with on the right) and rode her 2000 miles in the year 2000. In 2001 we covered more than 3000 miles. So there are two pages about the big trips that year, Ride Across Washington and our New England trip.
At the end of 2000 we decided we wanted to increase our contacts in the tandem world, so we’ve helped start the Evergreen Tandem Club. ETC was officially launched in April, 2001 and had 150 teams the first year. Sheila was the first president and Spencer served as rides coordinator. The club produced the 19th annual Northwest Tandem Rally Memorial Day weekend, 2004 under Sheila’s leadership.
In 2002 we decided we liked traveling with the tandem so much that we upgraded to a new daVinci coupled tandem. Use the drop-down navigation buttons at top to read about our annual travels as the adventures continue! Of special note is our cross country tour in 2012.