Malkin and I took delivery of our new Co-Mo Speedster Co-Pilot on Monday. Today we finished the first 100 miles. We love the bike but are still dialing in a few adjustments and could use some advice/help.
1. We chose to put Avid discs on rear and front. This may have been a bit of an error on my part--I just think the discs look cool! The rear disc is broken-in and working great. The front disc causes a lot of "chatter" in the front fork during even light braking. The headset seems to be properly installed and adjusted. Is the braking vibration something that will go away with additional break-in, something I can address with a simple adjustment myself, or something that needs the attention of my LBS?
2. The rear shifter works great--smooth shifting in both directions. The front shifter (Ultegra STI and derailleur on a FSA Gossamer MegaExo 53/39/30) is painful. We have trouble getting off the middle chainring in either direction. Going to the 30 requires us to nearly stop pedaling. Moving to the 53 requires me to move the shift lever 1.5 times (start with a single click, release, then do the double click) and to also pause our cadence. So do I learn to live with this, perform a simple adjustment myself, or go back to the LBS for more work? I'm also considering taking to the bike to a different LBS for a second opinion...
And now for the good news.
1. Stoker is +2 on the Thudbuster seatpost. Highly recommended, although it does cost a bit of space for adjustment (not a problem for us) and clamping onto a shop stand.
2. We took off the front third of the bike to see if we could fit it into our Toyota Yaris. It's a tight fit, but the entire bike fits into the back with the rear seats folded down. No need at all for a mini-van!
3. Both I and Malkin have had an experience similar to not being able to hear the engine running in a new car. We've become accustomed to the sounds and vibrations of the Burley which are completely absent in the Speedster. It's a bit like riding on air!