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    Accessories for new Tandem Riders

    After not riding for several years my wife and I decided to try a tandem. After much research on this forum and other places we bought on a Cannondale Street Tandem for three reasons. 1: It fit both of us. 2: it rides comfortably and 3: although it was more than we had intended to spend it was doable. We plan to most of our riding in the near future in the neighborhood or on local bike paths. I have installed a Serfas tail light. what other items should we carry or install to get through normal emergencies?

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    Make sure your multi-tool or tool kit has a chain tool, and know how to use it. You're more likely to break a chain on a tandem than on a single bike due to the additional power.

    A hand pump that you can get to well over 100 psi without killing yourself. A lot of mini-pumps are rated up to this pressure, but it is really hard to get there.

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    • One or two spare tubes + a patch kit.
    • A pair of tire levers.
    • The aforementioned mutli-tool that has the right tools for your tandem, e.g., torx-heads if you have torx head bolts on a disc rotor.
    • A chain tool if your mutli-tool doesn't have one. In either case, make sure you know how to use it before hitting the road.
    • A couple of the correct size re-usable chain links for your chains. Lickton has about the best price on the Forster models. SRAM, KMC and Wipperman also make these links.
    • A small tube of sunscreen to use as hand degreaser.
    • The aforementioned pump or CO2 cartridges (at least 2).


    A couple other things to consider. A small container with Tylenol in case anyone starts to get aches out riding. Consider making a photo copy of your license and medical information card then write emergency contact numbers on the backside of them and then stick them into a small ziplock baggie stashed your seat pack along with a $10 bill as "just in case" cash on hand.

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    Nitrile gloves. You'll appreciate these if you have to do any road-side repairs, especially if you have to touch the chain.

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    Great lists. I'll just add:
    Link up with the Hoosiers Out On Tandems in Carmel Indiana.
    They made us feel very welcome last spring as relatively new tandem riders.
    http://tandemhoots.ning.com/events/h...-kick-off-ride

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    Mrs. Grouch and I are probably going to replace our Santana with a recumbent this spring so we're contemplating all new accessories ourselves.

    So far, people have covered flat tire fixing pretty adequately. Here's some other suggestions:

    1. Bike computer. Shimano Flight Deck computers really come into their own on tandems because they have a gear indicator function. I also used the virtual cadence function to clue me when it's time to resume pedaling after a downhill coast. Unfortunately, a flight Deck isn't going to work on our recumbent.
    2. Rear rack and trunk bag. Two riders = two rain jackets, two pairs of tights, two hats, two pairs of spare gloves etc. Bigger is better. We also carry a flat bungy cord or net to tie up the stuff that won't fit into our bag. We're getting a BIG bag for the recumbent.

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    I tend to be minimalist

    - Conti supersonic inner tube, very mini mini pump (think large pen), patch kit including tyre boot, chain links, tyre lever, chain tool, mini tool - all of which goes in my pockets
    - Mobile phone / blackberry gps
    - Credit card + map + cereal bars if going beyond usual range
    - 4x large bottles, 2 of which energy drink, 2 water

    No need for extra clothes - look at the sky before leaving and put the right clothes on. It's only early / late summer it makes a difference as my dry winter gear is the same as my drizzly winter gear.

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    I'd recommend a Topeak Road Morph pump. It's reasonable size and works better than most full-size frame pumps. If you don't mind using a pump you can skip the CO2 cartridges. Water bottle cages and bottles of course. I you're not a minimalist small handlebar bags for stoker and captain are very handy if you don't like to fill your jersey pockets; something big enough to hold money, cell phone, snacks and such. We use an Arkel trunk mainly because my wife doesn't like to stuff jackets and such in her jersey pockets; you do pay a penalty in terms of needed a rear rack, but we're not the lightest team on the planet!
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    Agree with all the stuff mentioned above.
    We carry a Topeak Mt.Morph pump (a tad lighter/shorter than the road version). This pump also converts to a mini-floor pump (with hose, T-handle and foot rest + some have pressure guage built in). A hundred easy pump strokes gets you 100 psi in 700x25 tire; 3 times faster/better than a mini-pump.
    We have rear rack to carry and expandable trunk bag to toss in stuff like jackets, arm warmer, snax, etc.
    We can expand it to carry small amount of groceries, bread, fruit, etc. and it acts as a rear fender in case of inclement weather. Have a small bungy cord if we need to carry more.
    We use an empty CoffeeMate creamer container as a tool/spare parts carrier that fits just right into one of our bottle cages.
    Also a mini-garage door opener on a special glue-on on stoker's stem for easy ingress/egress of garage. And a PlanetBike bicycle computer.
    Stoker has a whistle on lanyard around her neck: has helped against dogs, geese, a goat and even an overly curious coyote!
    Add or substract as you see fit!
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    Rag to wipe your hands or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrfish View Post
    No need for extra clothes - look at the sky before leaving and put the right clothes on. It's only early / late summer it makes a difference as my dry winter gear is the same as my drizzly winter gear.
    Don't know if its more us or our climate, but except for the hottest days, we need a place to store extra clothes as they come off. Any ride more than 15 minutes and we're shedding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TandemGeek View Post
    • A small tube of sunscreen to use as hand degreaser.

    Cool. There's one I hadn't tried. We use the kind of hand cleaner you find in the automotive supply section, but if sunscreen works equally well, that'll be a superior solution for extended touring [Honey, we ran out of hand cleaner, so I bought some more, and all it came in was these quart-sized containers... ;-) ]

    The basic philosophy is on a single, if you have to bail because you are missing some simple part or tool, you get on the phone and someone picks you up. On the tandem, that someone might be your stoker.

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    Thanks for the great ideas. I bought a Cat Eye Cadence computer when we got the bike so we could track how much we use it. I would never thought of a whistle! Is it like a refree whistle or some other kind? Is there a brand of multi-tool that is good or brands that should be avoided? Again thanks everyone.

    Bruce

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    New Cannondale Street Tandem as well--from Magnificent Mel at Tandems East. Brought it back with me last month. Had him add on a Thudbuster ST, Arai drum brake, Terry Liberator saddles, cpt'n stem riser, and Control Tech stoker stem. Mel tossed in some bottles, etc. and I think some extra chainrings that I ordered--at least the math on the price seems not to include them... so a fantastic deal and excellent customer service.

    But decided to do a bit more accessary shopping at Soma Fabrications. They had a larger stash bottle; their mini pumps are fantastic as they fit nicely in their stash bottles and have a threaded coupler for secure fit on presta valves; nice multi tool; and their BPA-free water bottles have no plastic taste in the broiling sun. Also picked up some of their fenders given the rain here, but like a lot of fenders, the mounting took some creativity and a trip to the hardware store and LBS. Went to Crank 2 to get an Arkel Tailrider to put on an old blackburn rack (also some creative mounting given the Cdale's less then ideal boss placement on my frame anyway), and while there bought a pair of Continental Top Contacts for the roads/trails here. They are a bit more bomber, and less ballooney than the stock Continental Town and Countries. Put the T&C's on stoker's single.

    About 450 miles on it so far, and breaking in nicely. Some frustration with what I would characterize as too short a head tube (design) as I needed the stem riser merely to get the bars a bit below the seat level. And the Delta stem riser requires scary, ultra torque to adequately clamp to the steerer (Mel even sent out a replacement, but the same problem). Have never had a riser on any other bike. It's a Jumbo frame, and I'm far from maxed-out on the seatpost. I think I miss the adjustability of threaded steerers.

    But the bike's here and it's giving us miles of fun already.

    Oh, and thanks to all on this forum. You've been a valuable resource in our five-month quest for the bike, and I'm sure will be enriching us further as our tandem lives progress.

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    +1 on the morph pump. Get it with a gauge. We tried a number of mini and frame pumps and nothing comes close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indykid View Post
    Is there a brand of multi-tool that is good or brands that should be avoided?
    I'm somewhat partial to the Crank Bros. Micro models; very minimalist design with just the essential tools.

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    +10 on the nitrile gloves BTW. Broke a chain a few months ago and had a pair on hand. Without these gloves I would have had to replace my handlebar tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
    +10 on the nitrile gloves BTW. Broke a chain a few months ago and had a pair on hand. Without these gloves I would have had to replace my handlebar tape.
    Black shorts and handlebar tape; it's more than a fashion statement.

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    We got a seat tube mounted bottle holder. It's more convenient than trying to reach the lower bottle holders. YMMV
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    The whistle can be anything as long as it is shrill/loud. Stoker has a plastic one that works.
    BTW forgot to mention we also carry a short/light cable with a ti-mini combo lock in case we have to park it somewhere out of view.
    We don't worry about getting hands dirty with chain problem as we use the hot wax method; if hands do get dirty, wipe 'em on the grass (hard to find in AZ) or use your cycling cap or bandana.
    Enjoy the ride TWOgether!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indykid View Post
    We plan to most of our riding in the near future in the neighborhood or on local bike paths. I have installed a Serfas tail light. what other items should we carry or install to get through normal emergencies?
    For your 'near future' riding not far from home you need to carry very little. Water bottles and a cell phone.
    A couple of small seat bags might hold what you need at first.

    When you start getting more ambitious, you will need more and more of the stuff recommended in this thread.
    On our rides we usually carry what we need in a rack top bag (Arkel Tailrider) on a rear rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    The whistle can be anything as long as it is shrill/loud. Stoker has a plastic one that works.
    Whistles are actually illegal in some localities. Go figure!
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