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Old 12-07-08, 12:04 AM   #1
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Should I get a tandem??

Just replaced the garage door opener in the garage. Let's see it's almost 1 am and just wrapped up that little project. Between all the side stuff I have going in these days it seems burning the midnight oil is truly appropriate.

My opener is the chain drive model. I bought the same make but one with 3 times the horsepower!! I tried to repair the old one and even tore out all the guts and drive gears but it turns out something went haywire in the control board. The old unit was 17 yrs old so I didn't feel too bad about getting a new one. The new one makes a nice birthday gift for me wife anyway.........

To the point, I used the old chain and bar that was already there and just slid in the new unit where the old unit was. A nice long new chain came with the new unit that I'm not using. That thing must be close to 25 feet long.

Since I have a chain long enough, all I need now is the tandem to put it on!!

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Old 12-07-08, 12:14 AM   #2
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Mail me the chain.

I think me and Mrs. Mono are on the verge of buying a starter tandem, not to be confused with a Starter Wife.

We found a Trek T-50, 7 speed, barcons and an extra drum brake, from about 1992 that is barely used. She wants to buy it. Who knows where this might go! (this is not a question).
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Old 12-07-08, 12:36 AM   #3
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I think that chain is long enough for this bike:
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Old 12-07-08, 12:43 AM   #4
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With a chain that long, you don't need a tandem, just loop it onto both bikes. Be sure to hold about 12.5' between you while riding.
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These use a lot of chain.

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Cheapskates like me are always on the lookout for Nashbar-branded tandem/recumbent chain deals because I got both.
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While I frequently recommend buying a tandem, I think that it's only fair to mention that there's a potentially more desirable solution to your problem.

Your problem isn't a garage door lift chain that's too long, your problem is a garage that's too short. Expand that puppy and start checking out Craigslist and Ebay for n+x deals to fill out the additional space.
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Does a tandem factor into N?
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Does a tandem factor into N?
Yup. That would be n+1squared.

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Everybody knows the person in the front is the captain and the second seat is the stoker unless that person is your wife or girlfriend in which case they become the rear admiral on a tandem.
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Everybody knows the person in the front is the captain and the second seat is the stoker unless that person is your wife or girlfriend in which case they become the rear admiral on a tandem.
Whatever you call them, the Operating Principle is: The stoker is always right.
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Yup. That would be n+1squared.
I agree with Retro, but in a tandem thread that should read N+1 to the power of 2
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i agree with retro, but in a tandem thread that should read n+1 to the power of 2
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