burley softrides bikes
are burley softride bikes any good and are parts still available thanks also what is a good one in exc cond worth
are burley softride bikes any good
From a March '08 posting....
are parts still available
Originally Posted by me
what is a good one in exc cond worth
Hard to know given the potential obsolescence issues. However, some things to consider can be found here: http://www.thetandemlink.com/usedhome.html
In addition to important points noted by the geek a parenthetical
observation based on watching a local singleton softride: the
rider bounces up and down a good bit which messes a bit with
your cadence, resonance can occur with certain cadences at
lower cadence RPM than most bikes (resonance means rider
starts bouncing up and down at some point-usually at cadences
in the 100rpm + range). Since stoking means exposure to some
considerable road shock softride has its attraction, but can be
bouncy with longer wavelength undulations.
While it's recommended that the pivot bolt be replaced @ 5K miles, know several folks who put on many more miles and have not replaced the bolt ever.
Do not personally know of any beams ever failing.
While stoker observed a bit of excessive bounce at very high rpm, that was easily resolved by shifting down to the next smaller cog.
We regarded the beamer as the best suspension system for most tandems.
Pedal on TWOgether!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
I didn't distinguish between the shock absorption bounce which is the whole
point of having the soft ride and the bounce from energetic pedaling, which
at certain cadences can result in the noted 'resonance' where the bounce
exagerates. On a DF or the tandem this occurs about 105-110 rpm cadence.