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02-21-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By LV2TNDM

There is no "correct" answer here. For some...

There is no "correct" answer here.
For some pairs, tandems are easy. For others, they're impossible.
I'm VERY lucky to belong to the former group. I bought a tandem for my future wife as a...
11-11-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,313
Posted By LV2TNDM

Thank you. I appreciate it. Yes, I still...

Thank you. I appreciate it. Yes, I still vividly remember tipping over on my new Bianchi Limited with Look pedals. It took a while, but I was immediately "hooked" to them. This is after about ten...
11-07-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,769
Posted By LV2TNDM

Carrot cake? WHAT!

Now THOSE are fighting words!
If it doesn't contain chocolate, it ISN'T DESSERT!
This is beyond debate, requires no supporting argument or evidence.
Open and shut case.
11-05-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By LV2TNDM

That's going to a LOT of effort to end up with a...

That's going to a LOT of effort to end up with a terrible result! Sheesh! Unless this rider was in the Kazakh outback without any hope of spare parts, this hack is really extreme.
11-05-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,769
Posted By LV2TNDM

There doesn't seem to be a direct correlation...

There doesn't seem to be a direct correlation between price and durability. However, extra steps in the production process SHOULD improve durability such as heat treating and applying coatings. In...
10-28-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,269
Posted By LV2TNDM

Another reason to achieve high spoke tensions is...

Another reason to achieve high spoke tensions is to improve rim life. Cracked rims are an eventuality for anyone using a wheel long enough. Bill Mould presents a very good explanation on YouTube on...
10-28-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,594
Posted By LV2TNDM

Funny you should ask! I just happened to discuss...

Funny you should ask! I just happened to discuss this issue in regards to the Chloe' Dygert's World Championships TT crash. I argued the bike was poorly designed, whereas others blamed the rider,...
10-28-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,095
Posted By LV2TNDM

Wow, hit a nerve? The US led the world in...

Wow, hit a nerve?

The US led the world in progressive taxation up until about 1980. Prior to that our GDP performed incredibly well. "Trickle-down economics" is a proven failure.

The US won't...
10-22-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,095
Posted By LV2TNDM

Nothing worse than adventuring in a country with...

Nothing worse than adventuring in a country with excellent mass transit that takes bikes, cool free universities that further humanity's intellectual endeavors, universal health care and social...
10-07-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,902
Posted By LV2TNDM

YIKES! That's been a big fear of mine for about...

YIKES! That's been a big fear of mine for about the last 10 years or so. About 15 years ago I started hearing Achilles tendon rupture stories from friends and acquaintances. I was coaching soccer at...
10-07-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,902
Posted By LV2TNDM

Ha! Part numbers? Same here: 22900100100 ...

Ha! Part numbers? Same here:
22900100100 Schrader 26" tube
22900100310 Presta 26" tube
100... bikes
227... tires
310... clothing
(Man oh man did I HATE doing inventory. But it taught me...
10-04-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,303
Posted By LV2TNDM

I would add that in this specific situation, a...

I would add that in this specific situation, a leverage or "cheater" bar was not the ideal solution. 6mm allen fittings are not really good handling high torque loads often needed to remove pedals. ...
10-04-20, 10:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By LV2TNDM

Your bead most certainly isn't too "long" or...

Your bead most certainly isn't too "long" or "short." It's the proper diameter, I'm sure. But tire/rim combos can vary in the way they work together and the tire beads seat. Some combos are tight,...
10-04-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 11,460
Posted By LV2TNDM

"Clueless analogy?" I'm pretty sure we know who...

"Clueless analogy?" I'm pretty sure we know who the clueless is here. Your blather actually does NOTHING to address the US's failure to accept its past failings and move forward. That we celebrate...
10-04-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,902
Posted By LV2TNDM

I was surprised to see "Breaking Away" somewhat...

I was surprised to see "Breaking Away" somewhat late in this thread. That movie is what cemented my love of cycling. Bikes have been a life-long love affair for me.

That said, I learned to ride...
10-03-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 11,460
Posted By LV2TNDM

The big difference is that Germany outlaws public...

The big difference is that Germany outlaws public display of Nazi propaganda and statuary. Only in legit museums. In the US, slavery owners and traitors against the country are memorialized in...
09-24-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,935
Posted By LV2TNDM

Thanks for the reminder. I remember that ad. I...

Thanks for the reminder. I remember that ad. I may have copied and saved it. Such a classic, so I had to look for it. Found it:

...
09-24-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,217
Posted By LV2TNDM

I just switched my helmet mirror onto my new...

I just switched my helmet mirror onto my new helmet yesterday. I've used handlebar end mirrors and I never liked their limited view. A helmet mirror, by contrast, looks backward wherever you need to...
09-24-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,935
Posted By LV2TNDM

Thank you! Old? Pshawww! Nice to see you two on...

Thank you! Old? Pshawww! Nice to see you two on that tandem!

Two neighbors 70 and 78 are avid Bike Adventure Club riders who tour Europe four times a year (when not in a pandemic, that is!)....
09-24-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 13,609
Posted By LV2TNDM

Thyssenkrup is doing exactly this with steel: ...

Thyssenkrup is doing exactly this with steel:
https://bikerumor.com/2019/07/18/thyssenkrupp-steelworks-to-revolutionize-bike-manufacture-in-lightweight-steel/

And to say welding tubes together is...
09-24-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 13,609
Posted By LV2TNDM

The difference between today's steel alloys and...

The difference between today's steel alloys and the stuff up through the eighties and early nineties is pretty big. Not to say the older steel wasn't great. My SLX Tommaso is still a joy to ride.
...
09-24-20, 01:24 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,935
Posted By LV2TNDM

Lucky captain here.

Your post reinforces my assertion that I'm the luckiest captain around! Captaining my tandem is the opposite: so easy. I really lucked into a great thing. I'm the cyclist, my wife is the dancer and...
09-24-20, 12:24 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,407
Posted By LV2TNDM

Good discussion. Thanks y'all!

I managed an LBS in San Francisco. You wouldn't believe how many people came in to replace the bicycle stolen by the thief who robbed their apartment. This surprised me at how common it was. Bicycles...
09-22-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,539
Posted By LV2TNDM

You'd be right if they were assembled by WalMart...

You'd be right if they were assembled by WalMart staff or one of their vendors. But they aren't. They're shipped direct to consumer after being fully assembled like what Bikes Direct does. This is...
09-22-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,407
Posted By LV2TNDM

Lock your damn bikes!!!

"Our bikes were stolen from our back yard!"
"My bike was stolen from my garage."
"My girlfriend's bike was stolen from our storage unit."

OMG the tales of woe from people who have had their...
09-11-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,379
Posted By LV2TNDM

Awesome post ThermionicScott!

Absolutely! Lots of replacements out there. But all bearings are not alike...

As far as bearing replacement goes, I'd look at Hambini on YouTube for suggestions. He evaluated all of the common...
08-17-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,468
Posted By LV2TNDM

Great link. Thank you for posting. I haven't...

Great link. Thank you for posting. I haven't spent much time on their site, but objective evaluation of chain durability is badly needed. I hope their results are indeed objective and valuable.
...
08-17-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,468
Posted By LV2TNDM

I don't think chain strength is the issue here. ...

I don't think chain strength is the issue here. It isn't snapping or bending, right? If not, it's a meshing problem which would be caused by alignment problems.

I think the chainstay flex...
08-03-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,128
Posted By LV2TNDM

Unfortunately, 26" cantilever forks are getting...

Unfortunately, 26" cantilever forks are getting harder to find. Harder still are tandem-rated forks. However, you should be able to find something. Assuming you have 1 1/8" threadless, you need to...
07-08-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,413
Posted By LV2TNDM

I know that trail! I suspect you had to stop,...

I know that trail! I suspect you had to stop, dismount and lift the rear around the switchbacks on the way up. Did you clear the steps on the way down? Not a simple trail for a tandem. Kudos![/QUOTE]...
06-27-20, 04:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,460
Posted By LV2TNDM

Wow!

Great find! THAT'S how you shop for used tandems right there. Absolutely nailed it. What a beautiful bike. Great color. And totally awesome. I can't imagine you'd outgrow that. And for $750. ...
06-27-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,415
Posted By LV2TNDM

Unless the wheel is old, has lots of accumulated...

Unless the wheel is old, has lots of accumulated damage, and/or spoke failure, don't replace!

It looks like the edge of the Velox rim tape is causing your problem. The line in the inner tube that...
06-17-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,377
Posted By LV2TNDM

"The stoker is always right." This one adage...

"The stoker is always right."

This one adage alone is almost all you need to know about tandeming together.


That said, finding a stoker who has experience riding on the back of a motorcycle...
06-17-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 627
Posted By LV2TNDM

Sure! I should add that I happened to talk to a...

Sure! I should add that I happened to talk to a Periscope owner who said he had ridden a Bike Friday and the difference between the two was astounding. In other words, the Periscope was FAR BETTER...
06-17-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,413
Posted By LV2TNDM

Hey, why not!

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_3880_95a0ac75880e10968b56d7e2270b993277873abc.jpg

Just about to begin the "real" riding in the Sierra Nevada. Hole in the Ground...
03-27-20, 01:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By LV2TNDM

Prohibited content: porn :)

Prohibited content: porn :)
03-25-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 619
Posted By LV2TNDM

And this is when we fall down the rabbit hole......

And this is when we fall down the rabbit hole... :)

Since the problem began after changing just one component (the cassette), one would assume it's the cassette. But you're right, it could be...
03-25-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,271
Posted By LV2TNDM

It wouldn't be a bad idea to also check dropout...

It wouldn't be a bad idea to also check dropout alignment when checking the derailleur hanger. Start with your foundation and work your way up. That said, the photo from below shows the chain and/or...
12-10-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,381
Posted By LV2TNDM

I don't think the common wheel failure scenario...

I don't think the common wheel failure scenario involves spoke failure due to exceeding its yield strength. I would anticipate the failure would instead involve rim failure or spoke/nipple...
12-10-19, 03:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,649
Posted By LV2TNDM

When you're cutting low-carbon, seamed pipes,...

When you're cutting low-carbon, seamed pipes, time is of the essence and the OD isn't much of an issue, especially if you're cutting threads on the end of the pipe afterwards. OD issues are...
12-06-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 10,414
Posted By LV2TNDM

Better living through chemicals!

This thread reads like an advertisement for the chemical industry!

Many of you apparently LOVE playing with volatile organic compounds. Anyone wear a proper carbon-activated respirator? Use a...
12-02-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,194
Posted By LV2TNDM

Ha, ha! Nice hat. Nicer jersey!!! No link...

Ha, ha! Nice hat. Nicer jersey!!!

No link that I could find, so for everyone looking, skip to 17:33.

Congrats!
12-02-19, 12:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,474
Posted By LV2TNDM

If she can go from in the 60's to 90's, then...

If she can go from in the 60's to 90's, then there should be no ceiling. This is a really good sign. Most non-cyclists find 90 RPM WAY too fast to sustain; it feels like a sprint. So that comes as...
08-16-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,893
Posted By LV2TNDM

I've lived and commuted on a nice commuter bike...

I've lived and commuted on a nice commuter bike for decades without theft. (I also tried the "ride a crappy commuter bike" approach and HATED it! I ride for utility AND pleasure, so riding junk is...
08-16-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,893
Posted By LV2TNDM

Nice solution!

Yes, I'm curious as well. However, given the NY Fahgettaboudit is 18mm, the difference is 1mm. And a powerful angle grinder will get through both sides in short order, unfortunately. I think you're...
05-14-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,362
Posted By LV2TNDM

Awesome!

Congratulations and enjoy!

No more ass-hatchetry for you and your partner! The speed on the flats and descents must be incredible!

Please post after you've gotten some "chair-time" to let us...
03-20-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,756
Posted By LV2TNDM

Thank you!

To answer one reply about repair: yes, it's repairable. But most certainly not even worth the trouble. A steel downtube can be easily replaced. But it's expensive and entails repainting the frame...
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