An Open Letter to the Organizers of the Catalina Island Bicycle Ride: ("Get Ready to Pedal Around Catalina," People in View, Oct. 11).
It's distressing to write this letter: I had a wonderful time and I ought to be writing about how fabulous the Catalina Island Bicycle Ride was--the people who gave their time unselfishly, Mary Stein's music, the refreshments, the vistas, the clean air.
Instead, there was a major flaw--ferrying the bicycles to and from Avalon.
My wife and I own a tandem, an Arriva (manufactured by Santana), which we bought new last year for $2,800. On the return trip, it was tied to the makeshift plywood deck of a vintage World War II landing craft and covered by a tarp that must have come off, because when it arrived in San Pedro, the bicycle was covered with sea water, perhaps doused continuously by spray during the three-hour crossing.
In any event, by the time we drove home, the corrosion was visible almost everywhere: chain, spokes, derailleur, generator, computer, etc.