Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Melbourne, Australia
The trials and tribulations...
Having had an opportunity to ride brother WPH's tandem a couple of times, I was a bit disappointed to pack it up and send it off to Perth. So began the search for a tandem of my own.
I'm now the happy new owner of a low mileage 2009 KHS Milano tandem, picked up for a very reasonable price off ebay. I have seen specs sheets which suggest this model came with Tiagra running gear, but for whatever reason, mine is a flat bar option with SRAM shifters and RD, and V-brakes.
I have ridden it with one of riding mates as stoker, which was enormous fun (won the sprint, no less!), and have started to get Mrs TRH up and running as a regular stoker.
Having paid not too much originally, I have decided to spend a little money converting it to a drop bar bike. The first of the trials is that SRAM don't seem to make a 9sp road bar shifter, and to convert it all to 10sp starts to run up a sizeable bill. On further investigation, it would be more reasonable to convert the RD to Shimano and use bar-end shifters.
To this end, I ordered a pile of various bits and pieces from Chain Reaction which was delivered unbelievably quickly. I enthusiastically opened my box of parts, and was particularly struck by the new XT RD. As I was admiring its very blingness, I noticed that it doesn't have a barrel cable adjuster on the RD. This struck me as a serious issue on a bike without downtube adjusters. With bar-end shifters, there would be no ability to adjust the cable at any point. My enthusiasm was displaced by disappointment. I could change parts around from other bikes, which wouldn't be a disaster, its just the frustration of dealing with apparently minor changes in construction which can impact on unsuspecting users who have a slightly non-cnforming use. I'm sure I won't be the only person who realises their very bling XT derailleur won't work on their road bike.
At this point, I don't see any immediate solution. I suppose in-line cable adjusters would work, but I don't have any personal experience with them.
I'm hoping that someone on this incredible resource can give me some guidance on how this could be tackled.
I look forward to putting up many more miles on my new bike, and already enjoy the camaraderie of the forum. I may even post a photo when i get around to it!