Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lafayette, Colorado
Bikes: 1998 Co-Motion Co-Pilot, 2015 Calfee Tetra
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Our Co-Pilot has 3 cable spitters - 2 for the deraillers & 1 for the rear brake. While preparing the bike for our trip, I decided to replace the cables (mistake). In doing so, one of the set screws on the brake splitter stripped. This is not just a tandem specific part, not just a coupled tandem specific part but arguably one of the most important fasteners on the bike. With 2 days before the trip, I was worried. Fortunately, Da Vinci Designs (who makes the spitters) is about 20 minutes from where I work & I was able to get a set a lunch yesterday. I asked them why the splitters weren't made out of stainless (instead of aluminum) to avoid stripping the threads & they said that they had very few complaints about them.
Anyway, I was able to recover in time. This also caused me to question the need for a splitter for the rear brake cable. We have Dia Compe 287V brake levers with "V" brakes & no Travel Agents. It would seem nearly as easy to disconnect the cable from the brake arm as to disconnect the splitter. This would eliminate another point of failure in the braking system.
Has anyone else had problems with the splitters? I design mechanical equipment for a living & set screws are often seen as a necessary evil (they often don't work).