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Is Dunkin’s $500 Tandem Bike Real? An Investigation.



This holiday season, beloved coffee chain Dunkin’ decided to sell a branded bicycle — and it took me for a ride.

The company formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts has rolled out a line of merchandise emblazoned with its iconic orange and pink logo. Items ranged from the expected — hoodies and jogger sweatpants — to the less conventional — a dog leash and a duvet cover, for example.

Then there was the $500 tandem bicycle.

Online reactions to the unusual offering ranged from enthusiasm to befuddlement — especially as the bike remained available for purchase after other, perhaps more practical, Dunkin’ merch sold out.

The product description promises the bike to be “insanely fun” and “easy-riding,” but offers little else in the way of specifications. There’s no info on size, weight or gearing — details you’d hope to have before deciding to slap down a cool half-grand in the name of coffee brand loyalty.

The more I looked at the bike, the less I understood. While I’ve never ridden a tandem bike myself, I’ve seen a handful in my lifetime, and something about the Dunkin’ one didn’t add up. Could the back rider sit on it without tipping the whole thing backward? Did it make sense to have the back pedals on top of the derailleur? Was this really just a single-rider frame with some extras haphazardly welded on?

As GearJunkie’s Adam Ruggerio put it: “It reminds us of those renderings of bikes drawn from memory. They look almost rideable, just not quite — kind of like if M.C. Escher was a frame welder.”

The $500 price tag also seemed low for a tandem — or “sketchy as hell,” as one Reddit user on the site’s r/bikeboston forum wrote. A bicycle built for two can easily cost upward of a thousand dollars, like Trek’s $1,359.99 bike or Co-Motion’s $2,995.00 model.

But one cannot write a tandem takedown on assumptions alone. I reached out to bike experts.

“At first glance at this photo, this is not a tandem that is rideable,” said Zoe, a longtime salesperson at WheelWorks bike shop in Belmont, Massachusetts, who declined to give a last name. “The rear end of the bike is totally wrong, from the crank to the double chain, and we would not guess that it can work with the physics of this planet.”

The price, Zoe added, seemed low — “most single bikes start at about $500 — a two-person would start at four figures at minimum.”

Tandem bike riders cycle along the seafront on June 24 in Weymouth, United Kingdom. Here, the tandem bike frame is clearly lo

Tandem bike riders cycle along the seafront on June 24 in Weymouth, United Kingdom. Here, the tandem bike frame is clearly longer than the one depicted on the Dunkin’ website.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Kevin McCutcheon, owner of Tandem Cycle Works in Denver, via email. The rear seat’s position behind the rear wheel, he said, would make handling the bike difficult and possibly unsafe.

“In my opinion, this design would make rider weight distribution such that the front end could be very light and the steering could be potentially less than responsive,” McCutcheon said.

While the balance might be an issue, McCutcheon said he could see how the bike could work from a mechanical standpoint. 

“There are two chains on the bike, which is normal on a tandem: the right side chain is the drive side where the gears can be changed, the left side is the timing side, where the chain connects [the two riders] together to keep them synchronized and pedaling in unison,” McCutcheon said.

Still, he pointed out that the timing chain going to the rear pedals and rear wheel was “odd.” Without being able to see the bike from the other side, however, he wasn’t able to determine exactly how it might work.

It was difficult to find a tandem bike for sale that resembled the Dunkin’ bike — suspicions confirmed by bike sellers I contacted. But it wasn’t the only one out there. A search for “tandem bike” turns up an image of this white model that looks identical to the Dunkin’ one.

Eerily similar, no?

Eerily similar, no?

I reached out to Macdeonia-based photographer Ljupco Smokovski, who created the stock image seen above, to ask whether the bike was real. In an email, he confirmed that it is a photograph of a real bicycle, albeit a unique one.

“Nothing is photoshopped,” Smokovski said. “It is a custom-made bike that we borrowed for a shoot from a friend of a friend who has ridden it and still rides it with a partner.” So, if Dunkin’ is selling a bike, it likely isn’t this exact one.

“How it came to be offered for sale by Dunkin Donuts I really have no idea,” Smokovski added.

When I reached out to Dunkin’ for more information, an outside public relations representative sent me specs on the “Micargi Sport tandem,” which features a Shimano derailleur, shifters, and 7-speed freewheel. It weighs 60 pounds and measures 81 by 27 by 7 inches. Measurements seemed promising — it meant there was a physical thing to be measured.

The rep said Dunkin’ began fulfilling orders on Nov. 23, and provided an additional photo of the bicycle.

A breakthrough! Another photo of the bike was what I needed, proof the mechanical wonder was indeed real and not just a cursed fever dream of 2020. I opened up the link.

It was an entirely different bike.

An image of the Dunkin' tandem bike provided by the company.

An image of the Dunkin’ tandem bike provided by the company.

This just led to more questions: If this was the version of the bike that Dunkin’ customers would receive, then what was the clearly different one doing on its website? Why bother mocking up two bikes at all? Why can’t we just have nice things — among those an uncomplicated, simultaneously niche and outlandish gift for iced cappuccino devotees?

If this were the image on Dunkin’s online shop to begin with, I might not have started this mystifying journey at all. Shoddy photo-editing notwithstanding, this version is at least less brain-breaking to envision in our physical world, with a longer frame, higher handlebars and additional space between the rear pedals and the rear wheel. It looks like a tandem bike. I could actually picture two people riding this down a sun-dappled street to pick up a to-go cold brew order without imminent risk of bodily harm.

Googling “Micargi sport tandem” shows the same bike for sale on for $499.00. It can also be found on the Micargi brand website, although it’s sold out.

It’s unclear why Dunkin’ chose to use a different photo to advertise its bike. The company’s spokesperson responded to follow-up questions by directing me to the original photo that started it all.

But it is somewhat reassuring to think that anyone who adds the mythic Dunkin’ bike to their cart will hopefully, 10 or 15 business days down the line, receive a rideable bike instead of the confounding model advertised on its site.

And if the Dunkin’ model is being sold for just $1 more than a generic equivalent, some fans might find it worth the splurge. After all, the difference is less than a cup of coffee.




Jets vs. Vikings final score prediction



Jets vs. Vikings

Week 13 may be a non-conference matchup for the New York Jets, but this certainly isn’t a game that should matter to the Jets. With a chance to distance themselves from the New England Patriots in the AFC East, which would boost their playoff chances, the U.S. would take on the Minnesota Vikings. Will head to Minneapolis. The Jets head to Bank Stadium. Can the Jets steal the win in the North Dome?

If Sauce Gardner can continue his incredible rookie season and hold his own against Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson, the Jets certainly have a shot.

But quarterback Kirk Cousins is a spot the Jets can take full advantage of. With Christian Derrisau still out, the Jets have a chance to stabilize their pass-rushers after Cousins, with Blake Brandle starting at left tackle in Derrisau’s place.

The Jets could also take a page from the Cowboys’ playbook when Dallas received Cousins nine times in their 40-3 trashing two weeks ago. The Jets have the firepower to trouble Cousins in the pocket and turn them into primetime Kirk Cousins, even though the game is a 1:00 kickoff.

But of course the key is Mike White. After throwing for 315 yards against an injury-plagued Bears defense, White faced a much tougher test in Minnesota, however, with the Vikings losing to Patriots quarterback Mack Jones (28/39, 382 yards, two touchdowns) on Thanksgiving. . But got involved in the shootout. ,

Can White pull off another big day and hold off Jack Wilson for another week? Can the Jets keep the momentum going in the AFC East?

We’re guessing… yes. The Jets could match up well with the Vikings, Gardner could limit Jefferson and the Jets would leave Minnesota with an 8-4 record.

Prediction: Jets 24, Vikings 20

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Steelers inactives for Week 13 vs. Falcons



Some weeks the Steelers are determined by nagging injuries, other times they are determined by who is healthy.

This week, it’s the latter.

The Steelers enter today’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with a healthy stable of running backs, with Najee Harris, Jaylen Warren and Benny Snell Jr. all active as they have spent time on the injury report multiple times over the past two weeks.

Harris, who left Monday night’s game against the Colts with an oblique injury, returned to practice for the first time on Friday.

“I felt good,” Harris said after practicing. “Just going back to the movements and moving around. It felt good. Rest would help. That’s what I was doing and letting it heal on its own for a bit.”

Still active today is DeMarvin Leal, a defensive lineman. Leal was activated from the reserve/injured list to the 53-man roster on Saturday.

Leal returned to practice on November 16 and the Steelers had a 21-day window to activate him or remain on the reserve/injured list for the rest of the season.

Leal has played in five games in 2022, starting one. He had nine tackles, including five solo stops. He also had three passes defensed and one tackle for loss.

“I’m ready to do whatever it takes,” Leal said after returning to practice. “I am hungry.”

With the players healthy, inactive today are quarterback Mason Rudolph, cornerback Josh Jackson, offensive lineman Kendrick Green, defensive end Isaiah Loudermilk and linebacker Mark Robinson.

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Steelers Inactives
No. 2 QB Mason Rudolph
No. 16 CB Josh Jackson
No. 53 G Kendrick Green
No. 92 DE Isaiahh Loudermilk
No. 93 LB Mark Robinson

Falcons Inactives
No. 20 S Jovante Moffatt
No. 21 CB Rashad Fenton
No. 47 OLB Arnold Ebiketie
No. 55 ILB Nate Landman
No. 71 OL Chuma Edoga
No. 88 WR Frank Darby
No. 94 DL Jalen Dalton

Get out and vote: Voting is now open for the 2023 Pro Bowl Games, which will be a completely different format than in the past.

The traditional Pro Bowl game will be replaced by four days of action, culminating with the AFC vs. NFC Flag Game on Sunday, February 5 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Leading the game will be skill competitions, giving fans a fun look at all the top players in the league.

Fans can vote for their favorite Steelers players from now until December 15. A social aspect of voting is now available.

Steelers inactives for Week 13 vs. Falcons

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Trump rebuked for call to suspend Constitution over election



Donald Trump Farmer President United States of America

WASHINGTON – (AP) – Former President Donald Trump faced a rebuke from officials in both parties on Sunday after his lie about “abolishing” parts of the Constitution that said the 2020 election was stolen.

Trump, who announced last month that he was running for president again, made the claim over the weekend on his Truth social media platform.

“A colossal fraud of this type and magnitude warrants the abolition of all rules, regulations and articles found in the Constitution,” he wrote. “Our great ‘Founders’ did not want and will not condemn false and fraudulent elections!”

Incoming House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Sunday called Trump’s statement “strange and extreme” and said Republicans must make a choice whether to continue with Trump’s anti-democratic views.

“Republicans are going to have to work through their issues with the former president and decide if they are going to break away from him and get back to a cause or continue to bow to the extremism of Trumpism, not Trump. ” Jefferies said.

Trump, the first person to be impeached twice and whose term expires on January 6, 2021, has been a rising offender, with supporters violently attacking the Capitol in a deadly bid to block a peaceful transition of power. is facing probe, involving multiple cases. for a fee. These include an investigation into classified documents seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago, and ongoing state and federal inquiries related to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Asked about Trump’s comments on Sunday, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said he “strongly” disagrees and “absolutely” condemns the remarks, adding that his The pass is a factor as Republicans decide who should lead their party in 2024.

“There is a political process one has to go through before one can move forward or even become a party candidate,” he said. “I believe people are certainly going to consider a statement like this as they evaluate a candidate.”

Rape. Elector Mike Lawler, R-New York, also objected to the remarks, saying it was time to stop focusing on “grievances from prior elections”.

“The Constitution was laid down for a reason, to protect the rights of every American,” Lawler said. “I think the former president would be well-advised to focus on the future if he is going to be president again.”

Trump’s comments come after Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, said he would reveal how Twitter was complicit in “free speech suppression” in the run-up to the 2020 election. Hunter, don’t show the Democrats trying to limit the story.

The White House criticized Trump on Saturday, saying “you can’t love America when you win.”

“The US Constitution is a sacred document that has guaranteed liberty and the rule of law in our great country for more than 200 years,” spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. soul of our nation.”

Jefferies spoke on ABC’s “This Week”, Turner appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and Lawler appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union”.

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Trevor Lawrence suffers leg injury on sack during game against Lions, but able to return



Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Trevor Lawrence suffered an injury to his left foot at the end of the first half of Sunday’s game against the Lions, an injury that looked devastating and had Jaguars fans praying for the best.

Lawrence was twisted awkwardly by James Houston swinging his left leg under him on the sack. He was writhing in pain after the play and was being looked after by the coaches. Lawrence was able to run under his own power and returned to the sideline early in the second half.

Lawrence has been durable throughout his career, missing only a few snaps last year while under investigation for an ankle injury.

Lawrence is in the midst of a redemptive second season in the NFL. His rookie year was overshadowed by Urban Meyer’s disastrous tenure and Lawrence’s struggles. He had just 12 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions last year. Lawrence has looked like a franchise quarterback this season, throwing for 16 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

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Russian Troops Dead After Getting ‘Treated’ to Poisoned Meals, Ukraine Officials Say



Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry / Facebook

In a show of hospitality, Ukrainian citizens in the besieged region of Kharkiv have reportedly been “treating” Russian troops local delicacies—laced with poison.

At least two troops from the 3rd Motor Rifle Division of the Russian Federation died immediately after eating stuffed buns served by the residents of Izium, a town about 80 miles southeast of Kharkiv, the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine wrote Saturday in an announcement posted to Facebook.

Another 28 Russians are being treated in intensive care from eating the contaminated treats. The condition of these poisoned invaders has yet to be confirmed.

According to the Intelligence Directorate, several hundred Russian soldiers have also suffered severe illnesses from drinking poisoned alcohol while occupying the region. Ukrainian officials said that the Russian military is “writing off these cases as so-called ‘non-combat losses.’”

Though Russian troops have reportedly retreated from the capital of Kyiv. The New York Times reports that insurgent forces are still fighting to gain control of Izium, despite the locals’ culinary efforts. Control of the eastern town would allow Russians to strategically secure access to the occupied Donbas region.

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Massive ship called Ever Forward is stuck in Chesapeake Bay



Despite two failed attempts to free it this week, a sister container ship to the Ever Given that got stuck in the Suez Canal last year has been lodged in the Chesapeake Bay for 21 days — and now cargo holders have to pay to help free it.

Why it matters: The Ever Forward (yes, bask in the irony) is the largest ship to get stuck in the Chesapeake Bay and it’s carrying 5,000 containers of … stuff.

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What’s happening: The ship’s owner — Evergreen Marine Corp. — has invoked a maritime law dubbed “General Average,” under which people whose belongings are on a ship must share in the cost of freeing it.

Zoom in: It’s unclear what’s in the thousands of containers aboard the Ever Forward, but at least one cargo holder — a Bloomberg journalist who recently moved from Hong Kong to New York — has been sharing her experience waiting on her furniture.

  • “The entire contents of our apartment, all of our furniture, lots of books, things of sentimental value are all in a container stuck in the Chesapeake Bay,” Tracy Alloway told NBC Washington.

  • The U.S. Coast Guard, which is handling Ever Forward’s PR, per the Port of Baltimore, told Axios that “general cargo” is on the ship and referred further questions to Evergreen.

Zoom out: The Ever Forward has been idling near Baltimore, en route to Norfolk, since a wrong turn leaving Baltimore on March 13 ran the boat aground in shallow water (24 feet of water — when it needs 42 to float, per NBC Washington.)

  • The Ever Forward has been stuck thrice as long as its sister ship sat marooned between the Mediterranean and Red seas last year.

  • The ship is not disrupting trade — or blocking passage out of Baltimore Harbor, William Doyle, director of the Port of Baltimore tweeted.

  • Tuesday and Wednesday were the first attempts to refloat the boat using tug boats.

  • A third attempt will be coming soon, “using two anchored pulling barges from the stern and five tugs,” Doyle wrote on Twitter.

The big picture: You can stay informed on the progress via, a website that went viral last year during the Suez fiasco.

  • The boat has become a tourist attraction and Downs Park (there’s a $6 entry fee) in Pasadena, Maryland is apparently the best place to see it.

By the numbers: Comparing giant, stuck container ships.

  • The Ever Forward — currently lodged in Baltimore en route to Norfolk for 21 days and counting — 1,095 feet long, 117,340 gross tons. Ran aground due to a wrong turn in the Bay.

  • The Ever Given — stuck in the Suez Canal for 6 days – 1,312 feet long, weighing in at 224,000 gross tons. Ran aground due to a large wind gust.

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California has $600M in unclaimed can, bottle deposits



SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is sitting on a $600 million pile of unclaimed nickel and dime deposits on recyclable cans and bottles and now wants to give some of that back to consumers.

To get the state’s nearly 40 million residents to recycle more and send more deposits back to them, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration unveiled a plan Friday to temporarily double to a dime the refund for a 12-ounce (355 milliliters) bottle or can. California already pays 10 cents on containers over 24 ounces (709 milliliters), and that would temporarily double to 20 cents.

The move would make California among the highest-paying recycling programs in the country. Rachel Machi Wagoner, director of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, said the effort would help California again become the recycling leader it was 35 years ago when it started its cash refund program.

When someone in California purchases a regular-sized soda, a 5-cent charge is applied that can be recouped if the container is brought back for recycling. Under Newsom’s plan, the deposit charge would remain the same but the return amount would double. The goal is to raise the recycling rate for beverage containers from 70% to at least 80%.

Oregon and Michigan already offer 10-cent refunds and advocacy groups say that amount for each glass or plastic bottle or aluminum can has been enough for consumers to recycle at least nine of every 10 containers.

The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog’s President Jamie Court, a frequent critic of the recycling program, called the plan “a very positive step” and “a bold proposal to give people their money back.”

“That money isn’t doing anybody any good sitting in the bank,” Court said. “We need a complete structural fix, but this is a good interim step.”

California’s proposal feeds the latest national effort to boost recycling as beverage distributors face increased pressure to include higher percentages of recycled material in their containers, National Stewardship Action Council executive director Heidi Sanborn said.

Just 10 of the 50 states have deposit programs now, but many are considering them — potentially creating a confusing patchwork and beverage labels crowded with different states’ deposit amounts, something she said distributors want to avoid.

California’s doubling of refunds would be temporary — a duration for the change has yet to be decided — and is expected to cost $100 million. If approved by the Legislature the refund increase would take effect sometime during the next fiscal year that starts July 1.

It’s uncertain if any boost in recycling would last once the higher price ends, Sanborn acknowledged, but she hopes instead California will decide to make the increase permanent. She’s also hopeful pressure from states will spur attempts by U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon to craft a national bottle bill.

Newsom’s plan also attempts to ease a bottleneck that began years ago as more neighborhood recycling centers closed and Consumer Watchdog said many grocery stores also were refusing to take back empties in-store as required.

To increase access, Newsom’s administration proposes spending $100 million on grants to add about 2,000 automated recycling machines, also known as reverse vending machines, at high schools, colleges and retailers. Consumers dump their empty containers into the machines, which issue a refund.

Another $55 million would go for state-funded mobile recycling programs in rural areas and other places with few recycling options.

Consumers are very upset that “they are unable to return their bottles and cans and get their money back as promised,” said Sanborn, who also heads California’s Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets & Curbside Recycling.

Sanborn blamed the closure of many California recycling centers on the state’s failure to quickly adjust its complicated payment formula to meet changing market conditions.

Many of California’s recyclables go to China, which toughened standards in 2017 on accepting contaminated material, including plastics. The move “totally slammed the recycling industry” nationwide, said Kate O’Neill, a University of California, Berkeley, environmental science professor and author of the 2019 book “Waste.”

The U.S. market is recovering now with the addition of domestic recycling facilities, but there still is a problem matching supply to demand, O’Neill said.

Recycling officials had expected beverage consumption to drop during the pandemic, as it does during most economic downturns, Wagoner said. Instead, container sales in California increased by 2.5 billion over three years, to 27 billion last fiscal year, meaning a record number of deposits flowing into the state’s recycling fund.

The number of refundable containers recycled in California meanwhile hit a record high of more than 18.8 billion in 2021 — but that still left plenty of money on the table.

Repeated attempts to improve the state’s recycling system have struggled in the Legislature, even as California tries to boost its recycling rates, minimize food waste, and work toward a circular-use economy.

Wagoner said Friday’s proposal is an interim step while the administration continues talks with lawmakers over permanent fixes.

Democratic state Sen. Bob Wieckowski said he tried a bill last year with proposals similar to what the administration is now suggesting, “and they didn’t want to hear about it.” He anticipates people now hoarding their recyclables until the double redemption period, then facing long lines once it begins.

His proposal this year would put more responsibility on producers to recycle their containers.

“It has a little gimmicky nature to it,” Wieckowski said of the state’s plan. “We have 45 Band-Aids on this program, and sometime you have to get out of the Band-Aid business.”


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