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02-22-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 512
Posted By LV2TNDM

Add to this my perceived observation that...

Add to this my perceived observation that competitive collegiate cycling is mostly mountain bike racing these days, you have even less interest in road events. Given the prevalence and popularity of...
02-21-21, 10:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,359
Posted By LV2TNDM

Cracked rims are definitely bad and need to be...

Cracked rims are definitely bad and need to be addressed. But they really don't explain the sound stopping when you stop pedaling. I'm guessing it isn't that. But if it is, then great! Problem...
02-21-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 307
Posted By LV2TNDM

Avoid any shoe covers that are tight though! ...

Avoid any shoe covers that are tight though! Similar to wearing two pairs of socks, they defeat (defeet!) the goal of warmer feet by restricting blood flow and making your feet cold! I ride with...
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...
02-06-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 855
Posted By LV2TNDM

This isn't a bad idea. However, "stronger" may...

This isn't a bad idea. However, "stronger" may not mean longer life. But given the higher torques ebikes put out, common sense would say an ebike chain SHOULD last longer. Tensile strength would...
01-13-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 982
Posted By LV2TNDM

My Suggestions

I penned this after making an offer on a 10 year old Co-Motion. The seller's price was WAY too high. They basically admitted selling it for their original closeout purchase price. It was laughable...
11-29-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,385
Posted By LV2TNDM

The dynamics of a stoker-less tandem are less...

The dynamics of a stoker-less tandem are less than ideal. I quickly noticed that, for example, a left turn of the wheel causes the front end of the bike & frame to swing right slightly. Not an...
11-29-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,223
Posted By LV2TNDM

Before ordering or taking delivery on a fork, did...

Before ordering or taking delivery on a fork, did you read the other tandem fork discussion on this board? You do not want a basic replacement fork for your tandem. You need a tandem-rated fork. ...
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...
11-11-20, 02:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 628
Posted By LV2TNDM

Spoke or sharp rim edge, if using double-wall...

Spoke or sharp rim edge, if using double-wall rims. Rubber rim strips "sink" into the spoke holes, exposing the spoke hole edges on the rim and wear through your tube. Don't use rubber or cheap,...
11-11-20, 02:05 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,769
Posted By LV2TNDM

I just HAVE to add this tidbit from today... ...

I just HAVE to add this tidbit from today...

There I was on a long climb I hadn't done in 30 years when just about a mile up my chain starts to squeak in a few spots. DAMMIT!

You see, this is...
11-11-20, 01:56 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,010
Posted By LV2TNDM

Nice job shearing the cassette spider! I'm...

Nice job shearing the cassette spider! I'm impressed! Now, not to minimize the awesomeness of snapping your "flanges," but those spoke end beds seem REALLY flimsy if you ask me.
11-11-20, 01:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,313
Posted By LV2TNDM

This statement is HIGHLY debatable. (No offense...

This statement is HIGHLY debatable. (No offense reburns, but I have to rebut your advice here.) And I say this as a true devotee of clipless pedals. I first used clipless in 1987 when racing road....
11-08-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,010
Posted By LV2TNDM

Yeah! So glad to hear the culprit has been...

Yeah! So glad to hear the culprit has been identified and the problem solved!

The only thing I could add is suggesting you opt for a stainless steel chainring instead of aluminum. It will last...
11-08-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,010
Posted By LV2TNDM

Your torque will always be higher with a smaller...

Your torque will always be higher with a smaller chain ring. It's simply due to the fact that the smaller the ring, the longer the effective leverage arm the crank becomes. Rear cog has no bearing...
11-08-20, 04:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 446
Posted By LV2TNDM

Oops! Sorry, missed that :(

Oops! Sorry, missed that :(
11-07-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 446
Posted By LV2TNDM

This is the classic symptom of a chain that got...

This is the classic symptom of a chain that got too old/worn/stretched, or elongated, and as it wore and got longer, it "re-spaced" the teeth on one or more cogs in your cassette. You most certainly...
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.
11-07-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,995
Posted By LV2TNDM

Excellent! To be honest, I'm surprised it came...

Excellent!
To be honest, I'm surprised it came in under $20k with both wheelsets. I assumed it would top that amount with just one.

Thank you for sharing!
11-07-20, 05:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,995
Posted By LV2TNDM

Your Calfee is a thing of beauty. Congrats and...

Your Calfee is a thing of beauty. Congrats and thanks for the review. I have a few questions:
1) Given that this is your second Calfee, and an adventure version, I'm curious why you didn't go with...
11-06-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,190
Posted By LV2TNDM

I appreciate your post, especially in reference...

I appreciate your post, especially in reference to empirical data and objective observation and conclusions.

Well, let's see. You get behind the hypothetical coal truck and realize your options:...
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, 04:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,138
Posted By LV2TNDM

This was the tried-and-true method for addressing...

This was the tried-and-true method for addressing the DREADED Dia Comp 986 cantilever squeak nightmare! Some brakes simply will NOT comply! Toe in, greased canti posts and everything else fail. ...
11-05-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,138
Posted By LV2TNDM

The brake pads will quickly render the polish...

The brake pads will quickly render the polish moot, especially after the first wet ride. I agree with the later posters, but ultimately, all that polishing will be for naught - your rims will...
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...
11-05-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,769
Posted By LV2TNDM

The problem today is that 12 speed cassettes now...

The problem today is that 12 speed cassettes now range in price from about $100 to $400, with the average in the $200-$250 range. Plus, you're only using one ring these days, and they're small, so...
11-05-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,769
Posted By LV2TNDM

There simply is no "max mileage" of a chain.

One chain will vary considerably in its lifespan given different riders and conditions. A 95 pound rider on a road bike in pristine conditions who is meticulous with chain care will get TONS of...
11-05-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,194
Posted By LV2TNDM

Absolutely!

But it really depends on the two riders involved. It would be a big advantage for both of you to have mountain biking experience so you know what to expect. Learning the skill set off road on a...
10-28-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,594
Posted By LV2TNDM

Speaking of non-tandem fork usage... After...

Speaking of non-tandem fork usage...

After building up my Cannondale mountain tandem, I realized the Pepperoni fork had to go. But at the time, I didn't have a whole lot of choice in forks. I...
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, 10:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,394
Posted By LV2TNDM

The model I have from '97 does not "self-adjust."...

The model I have from '97 does not "self-adjust." Yes, a the gap between rim and pad increases with pad wear. You can adjust for this by moving the entire brake piston housing closer to the rim. ...
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...
10-28-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,971
Posted By LV2TNDM

Quick Question

As far as bare frames are concerned, what's consensus on paint* protection prior to building?

I ask as someone who always took advantage of a bare frame by waxing the paint before ANYTHING went on...
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...
10-19-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,394
Posted By LV2TNDM

I just replied to the other brake topic and...

I just replied to the other brake topic and mentioned my Maguras. I have them on my mountain tandem. As a mechanic, I've always had pretty strong hands, but found the Maguras didn't provide enough...
10-19-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,048
Posted By LV2TNDM

Additionally, the XT and XTR utilize a "parallel...

Additionally, the XT and XTR utilize a "parallel push" or parallelogram design that ensures the brake pads are traveling a straight line to the rim, which means no more pad dive under high braking...
10-16-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 946
Posted By LV2TNDM

Your bike is BEAUTIFUL! Oh, and to have that...

Your bike is BEAUTIFUL! Oh, and to have that slip through your hands, so painful! Good luck tracking it down. There are a few other tandem groups to post on, like Tandem Club of America, so make...
10-11-20, 03:06 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,407
Posted By LV2TNDM

As I've already said before, there is no...

As I've already said before, there is no unbreakable lock (or rack) and thieves are lazy. Sure, someone COULD steal your bike if they wanted ONLY YOUR BIKE! That's not the point. The point is that...
10-11-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,234
Posted By LV2TNDM

If you find a painter or powdercoater who blasts...

If you find a painter or powdercoater who blasts off powdercoat, RUN AWAY! Old powerdercoat needs to be chemically stripped to remove it. It's too difficult to remove with blasting. And if someone...
10-11-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,637
Posted By LV2TNDM

"Is there better?" Are you kidding? Have you...

"Is there better?" Are you kidding? Have you not heard of carbon rims? You bet there's better! There's such a selection of 700C rims now, it's almost too much. Every shape and width to meet your...
10-07-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,217
Posted By LV2TNDM

Plug the bottom of the seatpost and pour in...

Plug the bottom of the seatpost and pour in liquid nitrogen while simultaneous heating of the seat tube with torches on both sides. You'd think you'd get enough differential expansion & contraction...
10-07-20, 09:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,217
Posted By LV2TNDM

That's a beautiful post and it would great to...

That's a beautiful post and it would great to save. But saving it will most certainly not be possible. All depends.

Freeze-thaw cycle would be a good idea. It would be nice if you could allow an...
10-07-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,234
Posted By LV2TNDM

This MAY be true and if the OP is lucky, it will...

This MAY be true and if the OP is lucky, it will come to pass.

But let me share this: a former friend who is now a professor of metallurgy had a seatpost get stuck in an Italian frame. He rode and...
10-07-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,237
Posted By LV2TNDM

I just pulled apart a set of Dura Ace pulleys. I...

I just pulled apart a set of Dura Ace pulleys. I was being careful and all, but I still screwed up and dropped 7 teeny-tiny ball bearings on the shop floor! Total rookie move!

Found all but...
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, 10:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 645
Posted By LV2TNDM

It looks to me like the left side has bulged out...

It looks to me like the left side has bulged out a little bit and this is "catching" your brake pad. Is the other side off the same amount but in the other direction? I've seen this before where...
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, 10:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,237
Posted By LV2TNDM

I'd suggest you clean & lubricate your pulleys...

I'd suggest you clean & lubricate your pulleys more frequently. Typical non-DuraAce/XTR Shimano pulleys are simple bushings. They run fine when clean and lubricated. They have no real pulling load...
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