What is Tandem@Hobbes?
is an international subscription based electronic mailing list
for tandem bicycle enthusiasts. There are approximately 2000
subscribers presently on the list. The list hosts about 20 very
active members, another 20 - 30 occasional contributors, and
hundreds of passive, non-posting readers. Message volume ranges
from 5-20 messages per day and there is a digest version available
which is highly recommended. Topics include questions and answers
related to tandem componentry, riding technique, brands, equipment
selection, repairs, upgrades, prices, clubs, tandem anecdotes,
rides, rallies and just about anything else related to tandems
that comes to mind. This list was created by Wade Blomgren to
supplement to the various rec.bicycles newsgroups with a tandem-specific
forum. Tandem@Hobbes, because it is focused on tandems, results
in faster, more detailed responses to tandem-specific questions,
a slightly more private forum in which opinions can be expressed
with reduced fear of repercussion, and (mainly) a place to carry
on about tandems far beyond what might be considered "polite"
in the general purpose newsgroups are some of the benefits of
the mailing list.