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Old 12-20-23, 06:29 AM
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I have now switch most of the bikes I own to Black tape. Even the Red '84 Cannondale ST-400. (God help me.) Black seems to last longer and wouldn't show the dirt as much. Anyone in the same boat as I am?
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Originally Posted by Colorado Kid
I have now switch most of the bikes I own to Black tape. Even the Red '84 Cannondale ST-400. (God help me.) Black seems to last longer and wouldn't show the dirt as much. Anyone in the same boat as I am?
I use black on one road bike. For another, as I mentioned in another recent tape thread, I use two layers of handlebar tape, the first white and the second clear.
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Black bar tape is my default. However for my two-tone tandem, which I sometimes solo for my commute, I am continuing to match the frame color scheme.


Keeps it flashy.

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You don't see that drivetrain layout very often (ever?). How many standard chains does that need? Did you have a problem with cross-chaining or do you simply hate asking the Stoker what ring you are on?
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm
You don't see that drivetrain layout very often (ever?). How many standard chains does that need? Did you have a problem with cross-chaining or do you simply hate asking the Stoker what ring you are on?
Yeah, I’ve never seen another tandem with front crossover drive. (See John Allen “How to build up your own tandem crankset” on Sheldon Brown.)

I bought it used. It is noisy because it has an idler to support the long chain span, but everything works well. I haven’t changed the chain yet.

​​​​​​….and we’re now two topics removed from commuting.. I use it sometimes to commute when my primary is down and I have compatible rack and pedals on the tandem.

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