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Forum: Tandem Cycling 07-26-16, 03:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 233
Posted By mwandaw
I've seen a video of a tandem descending a steep...

I've seen a video of a tandem descending a steep road with a drag chute. It looked effective, but I've never heard of anything coming out of it.

I guess that most tandem riders would rather have...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 07-26-16, 03:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 360
Posted By mwandaw
Our calls: Ready? (are you ready to start...

Our calls:

Ready? (are you ready to start from a stop?)
Let's Go! (let's start from a stop)
Up (rear derailleur shift)
Down
Big Up (front derailleur shift)
Big Down
Bump
Car Up (I call that...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 07-22-16, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 224
Posted By mwandaw
What do you do with the pedals when you go over...

What do you do with the pedals when you go over speed bumps or through a sharp dip in the road?
Forum: Tandem Cycling 07-22-16, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 224
Posted By mwandaw
Obstacle Clearance When OOP

I'm interested in the possible benefits of going 90 out of phase, but I'm worried about one thing. Our Cannondale RT1000 has relatively low bottom brackets. As a result, it's pretty easy to hit the...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 06-01-16, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 923
Posted By mwandaw
Trek has sold the T900 for many years. We bought...

Trek has sold the T900 for many years. We bought one about 2004 and rode it all over the place. That model had HUGE and HEAVY seats. I bought a saddle from Performance Bike and returned it. I...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 05-10-16, 09:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By mwandaw
We really liked the smooth ride of the Schwalbe...

We really liked the smooth ride of the Schwalbe Ultremo ZXs that we had. Unfortunately, even though we are only a 280lb team, they only lasted about 1,500 miles. Hopefully you'll have better luck...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 03-23-16, 08:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,133
Posted By mwandaw
We occasionally tow a small trailer with our two...

We occasionally tow a small trailer with our two 15lb dogs in it. When we first started we noticed a couple of things right away. First, we had to go down one gear. Second, drivers gave us a lot more...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 03-19-16, 11:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 788
Posted By mwandaw
PLEASE don't ride with just a rear brake. Your...

PLEASE don't ride with just a rear brake. Your stopping distances will be more than twice as long, and no matter where you ride, you never know when you will need every bit of braking you can get.
Forum: Southern California 03-17-16, 12:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,858
Posted By mwandaw
Sorry, but I'd be glad to make arrangements if...

Sorry, but I'd be glad to make arrangements if you'd like :)
Forum: Southern California 03-16-16, 08:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,858
Posted By mwandaw
I have almost made the same mistake. Once traffic...

I have almost made the same mistake. Once traffic passes from one direction, humans seem to be tempted to assume it's OK to cross. Of course, what we forget is that there may be traffic coming from...
Forum: Southern California 03-15-16, 12:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,858
Posted By mwandaw
I was actually going the other direction, so I...

I was actually going the other direction, so I turned right onto Seal Beach Blvd from North Gate. That's a right-hand turn, so of course it's easy. However, I have gone the other way and turned left...
Forum: Southern California 03-15-16, 10:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,858
Posted By mwandaw
You're right, Rick. I've attached a...

You're right, Rick. I've attached a RideWithGPS.com screen print with most of my route.

Maybe the light traffic on Coyote Creek lulled me into a false sense of security. As usual, the SGRT was...
Forum: Southern California 03-15-16, 09:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,858
Posted By mwandaw
I’ve done a lot of thinking about this incident...

I’ve done a lot of thinking about this incident since it happened two days ago. After all, if the timing had been a tenth of a second different, two people (one of them me!) could have had a very...
Forum: Southern California 03-14-16, 09:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,858
Posted By mwandaw
One More Reminder... Please be Careful on the SGRT!

Yesterday I rode to Seal Beach along the San Gabriel River Trail. The trail was busy, as usual on the weekends, so I was being careful. Sometimes, however, careful isn't enough. I had a close call...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 03-09-16, 09:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,032
Posted By mwandaw
My wife uses a Sigma Sport BC 1009 STS wireless...

My wife uses a Sigma Sport BC 1009 STS wireless on her stoker bars. It was a fairly inexpensive wireless unit that I bought after consulting with a support rep at Sigma (1-630-761-1106). He told me...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 02-19-16, 09:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,233
Posted By mwandaw
You might get some good advice directly from...

You might get some good advice directly from Calfee.
Forum: Southern California 02-17-16, 10:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 893
Posted By mwandaw
I am familiar with Beach Boulevard in Stanton,...

I am familiar with Beach Boulevard in Stanton, and there is a lot of bike traffic on the sidewalks there. Based on my research, it's up to the city whether bikes are prohibited on sidewalks, and in...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 01-21-16, 12:47 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,639
Posted By mwandaw
I run the TandemClassifieds.com...

I run the TandemClassifieds.com (http://tandemclassifieds.com) website, so I want to respond to this.


Several months ago (mid-2015) I noticed a couple of ads that were suspicious, and one...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 01-19-16, 10:21 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,639
Posted By mwandaw
Posting a Want-to-Buy ad on TandemClassifieds.com...

Posting a Want-to-Buy ad on TandemClassifieds.com (http://TandemClassifieds.com) is free.

However, as others have said, it may be hard to find the right used Calfee.
Forum: Tandem Cycling 12-17-15, 12:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 851
Posted By mwandaw
I think Alcanbrad and waynesulak have great...

I think Alcanbrad and waynesulak have great advice. The only refinement I have is about frame flex.

We had a T900 for a few years. The frame was pretty solid for us medium-strong riders. Unless...
Forum: Southern California 12-17-15, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 679
Posted By mwandaw
Local shops might not be interested unless there...

Local shops might not be interested unless there is something in it for them. Large club members might not be interested in entry level bikes. Instead, I recommend Craigslist.

Potential buyers...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 12-04-15, 10:28 AM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 359,336
Posted By mwandaw
It was also the first tandem that my wife and I...

It was also the first tandem that my wife and I ever owned. However, ours wasn't half as nice. We bought it at a garage sale. It was full of rust and corrosion, and it had flats front and rear.
...
Forum: Southern California 11-23-15, 10:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 695
Posted By mwandaw
Both of your theories seem plausible, and both...

Both of your theories seem plausible, and both serve as a reminder to ride along with traffic. That is where drivers will be looking for you!



You have the numbers on me, but I ride there...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 11-23-15, 10:34 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,699
Posted By mwandaw
My wife tried a Thudbuster LT, but it bounced a...

My wife tried a Thudbuster LT, but it bounced a lot when we pedaled. Now she has a cheap spring-loaded seat post similar to THIS...
Forum: Southern California 11-20-15, 06:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 695
Posted By mwandaw
I don't ride on Beach Blvd. There's no room for...

I don't ride on Beach Blvd. There's no room for bikes, and the traffic is crazy. As you said, it's "...the busiest of them all...". It really is like a freeway with stop signs.

However, when I...
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