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    New Mocha in Pasajes, Basque Country

    As promised, here is the first picture of our new Co-Motion Mocha with S&S couplings. Sorry picture shows no technical detaills, but a great view. It is a stock bike plus a Thudbuster suspension seat post and an Avid drag brake controled by the stoker with a standard brake lever.

    Picture is taken on the warf of Pasaje San Pedro, the waterway into the port of Pasajes, just west of San Sebastian, Spain. Bike rides very well, you can see a happy stoker. Granny gear is 28x34, which sounded awfully low to me, but here on these hills we have used it enough. You can't go anywhere around here without a good hills.

    I have now built up the bike twice and packed it once, I was surprised by how much work it is to pack and unpack the bike, I have reasonable mechanic abilities, but it takes a while (over an hour, closer to two) and some skill, I would not recomend a coupled bike to a novice mechanic, unless you can receive a hands on tutorial. Bike came with a Co-Motion video which shows very little datail of the process.

    We have gone on local rides so far, with either wife or daughter stoking, max 35 Km climbing to 400 meters. Not too far from where the Tour de France will ride through Navarra in the Pirineos, but too far to go there and back in a day. I have my eyes set on some longer and higher rides, but cycling competes with family, food, and beach, and stokers are not very happy on the climbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanti Andia View Post
    I was surprised by how much work it is to pack and unpack the bike, I have reasonable mechanic abilities, but it takes a while (over an hour, closer to two) and some skill
    How far down are you taking the disassembly process?

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    Picture did not appear with posting . . .
    On the S&S pack/unpack: Practice will cut down on time a bit!
    On 28 x 34: Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it!
    Years ago when we did a 5 week Euro tour we decided not to take the tandem . . . as stoker said: 'hey, we ride 6 days a week, give the tandem a break!'
    Enjoy the vacation (and the Mocha)!
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    Rudy and Kay/zonatandem

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    Have a great trip...there was no pic.
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    Raining today.

    The picture I took turned out to be 1.5 M, and forum only takes 100 K so it had not posted, I'll have to take another one.

    TG - the disassembly for packing is pretty standard I think, fork, handlebars, cranks, pedals, seats, rear derailleur, rack, bottle cages. Cables remain attached, the chain remains laced with the derailleur, unravelling the puzzle of kinks on the chain took me a while, perhaps I will break the chain next time, though I only know how to brake chains with a chain tool, I understand this SRAM chain requires a tool and a master link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanti Andia View Post
    the disassembly for packing is pretty standard I think, fork, handlebars, cranks, pedals, seats, rear derailleur, rack, bottle cages. Cables remain attached, the chain remains laced with the derailleur, unravelling the puzzle of kinks on the chain took me a while, perhaps I will break the chain next time, though I only know how to brake chains with a chain tool, I understand this SRAM chain requires a tool and a master link.
    FWIW, I too removed water bottles at first, but quickly realized they didn't need to come off. I found some other efficiency improvements as well once I had Margarita and re-thought the whole packing process. I'm about to experiment with using foam sheets to replace the PIA neoprene & velcro frame tube covers as messing around with those things seems to drive about 30% of the packing & unpacking effort, if not more.

    As for your chains, any brand of chain can be fitted with a re-useable chain link like my personal favorite, the SuperLink. SRAM calls theirs a PowerLink and packages one with every new chain and also sells them separately. I find the SuperLinks to be more durable and also easier to work with. Wipperman has the Connex. The only time you may need a tool to get one of these things off is if the chain becomes exceptionally grimey. Rather than using a tool, I've found that flushing out the master link with WD-40 or some other solvent frees them up quite nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanti Andia View Post
    Raining today.

    The picture I took turned out to be 1.5 M, and forum only takes 100 K so it had not posted, I'll have to take another one.
    The BF forum server limits the size to 100K. If the pic is posted to the Internet on another site such as Google, Kodak or Photobucket, you need to enclose the URL link with software code. Hit reply to my post and look at the software code that shows the pic of us. Note the IMGs around the URL. The other way is using Windows Picture. Double click on the picture on your computer and open the picture. Hit edit and there is a tool to resize the picture. Save it under a different name and you then have the original and a 100K version.

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