Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Tandem Cycling A bicycle built for two. Want to find out more about this wonderful world of tandems? Check out this forum to talk with other tandem enthusiasts. Captains and stokers welcome!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-02-09, 09:47 AM   #1
Monoborracho
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Monoborracho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Deep In The Heart
Bikes: Seven Ti Tandem, Blue T12 tri bike, 92 Paramount, 93 Schwinn Mesa MTB, Soma Saga
Posts: 2,611
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Tires and Handlebars for New Tandem Couple

So we've had the Burley Rock-n-Roll Softride out for three rides of about 12 miles each (first thread is here The New Tandem ). We now have a great setup for the stoker bars, have the seat pretty much dialed in, and really enjoyed the last ride. Many thanks to Mark at Precision Tandems who helped.

The stoker only screamed at me once on the last ride.

The tires are 26x1.3 Vedersteins and we want to replace them. They look to be in fair shape but I'd like a wider tire. Do you folks have any recommendations? I was thinking either a set of Scwalbe Marathon Racers in 26x1.5 (a little pricey) or a set of Geax StreetRunners in 26x1.6 size.

Also, the stem is a little low for my comfort and I want to raise the bars so I'll be experimenting with stems. I'm thinking of upgrading to 9 speed and changing the shifters to either XT rapid fire, or a set of bar end shifters. The change to XT would require changing the front D/R, currently 105. I have a set spare set of bar ends, so I'm inclined to use them.

If I go with bar ends, has anyone ever used a set of "moustache" bars for their tandem?

What about a stem raiser for a tandem in order to get the bar up higher for me? Has anyone seen or done that on a tandem?

Your thoughts appreciated.
__________________
Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.....Milton Friedman
Monoborracho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-09, 09:57 AM   #2
zonatandem
Senior Member
 
zonatandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
Posts: 10,858
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Delta puts out a stem riser.
zonatandem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-09, 07:04 PM   #3
filmxj
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Are you riding on particularly rough surfaces or do you just want the comfort of a wider tire? I've done ok even on carriage roads and crushed cinders with my 25mm 700c tires on our Burley Rhumba...it's bumpy but I've been surprised on how durable the narrow ones can be.
filmxj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-09, 08:41 PM   #4
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Posts: 26,614
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 89 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Monoborracho View Post
The change to XT would require changing the front D/R, currently 105.
Maybe not. That combination used to be a common factory spec. My daughter's Rock n Roll tandem has rapid fire shifters and a road front derailleur and it shifts just fine. My wife's Specialized Crossroads Pro hybrid also came from the factory with rapid fire shifters and a road (Tiagra) front derailleur. It's shifting is flawless too.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-09, 09:30 PM   #5
Monoborracho
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Monoborracho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Deep In The Heart
Bikes: Seven Ti Tandem, Blue T12 tri bike, 92 Paramount, 93 Schwinn Mesa MTB, Soma Saga
Posts: 2,611
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Maybe not. That combination used to be a common factory spec. My daughter's Rock n Roll tandem has rapid fire shifters and a road front derailleur and it shifts just fine. My wife's Specialized Crossroads Pro hybrid also came from the factory with rapid fire shifters and a road (Tiagra) front derailleur. It's shifting is flawless too.
No kidding? I didn't know that.
__________________
Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.....Milton Friedman
Monoborracho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-09, 05:05 AM   #6
rdaviesb
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Marathon Racers are a great tyre. The only downside is that they don't cope with UK road mud too well. We've just replaced with 2 inch Marathon Supremes, which really are fantastic.
rdaviesb is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:16 PM.