A Couple Questions about upgrades
We have a Giordano tandem that we love. It was inexpensive to start out with. A good way to see if we liked it more than our singles. I have upgraded the brakes to 105's and swapped out the bar tape.
I want to replace the tires on it now. They have 1400 miles on them. No flats or scuffs but They are the factory no name 700 X 32. I would like to go to a 28mm. What are some good tire choices? We do load the bike a bit for long rides. Bike loaded weighs in at 75 lbs, and we weigh 300 lbs combined. I would like to keep the cost around $100 for the pair if possible.
I also want to replace the rear derailleur and all the cables and housings. Rear derailleur is a Shimano RD-TX51D. What would be a good upgrade for it. Bike is a 3X8. Does anyone have some advice on cables and housings? Our shifting on RAGBRAI went downhill after the 3rd day. Delayed shifts, missed shifts, shifting when I hit a bump.
I know its a cheap tandem. Our goal now that we love riding together is to purchase a better higher end tandem in late 2014.
Thanks in advance!