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    Just a data point. I have posted numerous times...

    Just a data point. I have posted numerous times over the years that my stoker has never used a suspension seatpost on our Santanas. She did use one on our first tandem, a Comotion, then she...
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    Thanks for the update. It is nice to see what...

    Thanks for the update. It is nice to see what Santana can do in the carbon department.
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    If weight is the concern then lighter is faster...

    If weight is the concern then lighter is faster going uphill - it is just physics. Since it is physics, I suggest doing the math and making a decision based on your facts.

    Bicycle Speed...
  4. I have not used Stronglights but believe they are...

    I have not used Stronglights but believe they are a good brand.

    Another possibility but only 170mm and 175mm arm lengths. I have used the single version of this crank.
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    I like usually run kelvar bead tires as well. ...

    I like usually run kelvar bead tires as well. That said I think steel beads might have saved us once. I have had a cut tire deflate immediately at 20 mph and think in that situation our steel...
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    Most likely because they do not manfactuerer...

    Most likely because they do not manfactuerer them. Overseas supply chains can be complex.
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    My memory tells me that I saw a man in a police...

    My memory tells me that I saw a man in a police uniform however I am well aware of the problems with the brain filling in what a person expects to see. Given the speed of the incident all I can be...
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    I agree. Our front shifting, especially down to...

    I agree. Our front shifting, especially down to granny under load, improved greatly when we moved to campy pre 07 shifters from ultegra / da 10 speed shifters.
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    I agree factor can be very important depending on...

    I agree factor can be very important depending on the individual. In our case the stoker must have a wide Q factor rather than narrow. One nice thing about old square taper BBs is that they allow...
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    Tandems wheels have been an issue for decades. ...

    Tandems wheels have been an issue for decades. There was general agreement in the industry that a wider spacing was needed and while Santana attempted to make 160mm the standard, most companies...
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    I posted my comment on flashing bike lights...

    I posted my comment on flashing bike lights unaware that flashing lights was a religious issue akin to helmets in its ability to get emotional responses.

    All I will add is that the door zone...
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    We always ride withe a bright steady front light....

    We always ride withe a bright steady front light. I do believe it increases visibility during the day by a large margin. In my opinion front flashing lights are a hazard and should be avoided for...
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    The Door Zone and the police

    I always try to avoid the door zone when passing a parked car. We do some intervals on a nice road near our house. The road actually has a nice bike lane and one car lane each direction. There are...
  14. I think having a spare wheel for the tandem is a...

    I think having a spare wheel for the tandem is a good idea but don't know that buying one specifically for the trainer is economic. The cost of a tandem rear wheel will pay for the price difference...
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    I ordered an SMP Drakon saddle. XXCycle also had...

    I ordered an SMP Drakon saddle. XXCycle also had good prices on them but did not have the Drakon in stock. I am ready for slow shipping as long as it gets here.
  16. Very good summary. Tire width does also play a...

    Very good summary. Tire width does also play a role because the larger contact patch requires more turning input and offsets some of the lower trail. Our tandems are similar to the Bilenky in...
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    Www.bike-discount.com

    anyone with a comment about this German website?
    Prices look good.

    Title is incorrect. Should be
    https://www.bike-discount.de
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    I agree. On the other hand I believe there are...

    I agree. On the other hand I believe there are some that buy a Calfee primarily for reasons other than weight reduction. Some may just want the best and feel or have been told that Calfee is the...
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    I agree that it is important for a tandem owner...

    I agree that it is important for a tandem owner to learn how to make adjustments. While adjusting the rear shifting can seem complex taking a methodical approach can help most become skilled at it. ...
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    The stress on brakes varies greatly from team to...

    The stress on brakes varies greatly from team to team. I know most of our local routes put very little stress on brakes. Very little braking at the bottom of hills and most stops our at the top of...
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    Thru-axle questions Even on a rim brake bike,...

    Thru-axle questions

    Even on a rim brake bike, the thru-axle would appear to add security which on a tandem fork is a good thing. Looking vendor web sites it appears that there are a lot of...
  22. I agree. I fear marketing is invoking the golden...

    I agree. I fear marketing is invoking the golden rule. Think of some of the huge pile ups early in the Tour on live TV...
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    We often see wind surfers some with parachutes on...

    We often see wind surfers some with parachutes on a lake near one of our routes but only on the when the winds are well in excess of 20 mph. The mental image of our tandem leaning at 30 degrees or...
  24. As far as I know there is no functional benefit...

    As far as I know there is no functional benefit to lugs over TIG welding. Bob likes to put them there for the same reason that da Vinci likes to polish their cranks.:D
  25. Yes it is a lugged tandem. The lugs were a bonus...

    Yes it is a lugged tandem. The lugs were a bonus and not in my original request. Tandem lugs are not commercially available so each lug must be had built from tubing. He has some basic pictures on...
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