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01-13-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 986
Posted By mikebian

Check out https://tandemclassifieds.com Ads...

Check out https://tandemclassifieds.com

Ads are free there, but you can make a donation to help pay for his costs. I think this is really the best place to buy or sell a used tandem.

Good luck
01-09-21, 11:32 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,803
Posted By mikebian

So, I'm a kind of a math geek and have been...

So, I'm a kind of a math geek and have been wanting to summarize this info for a while. If you're interested:

...
12-23-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,031
Posted By mikebian

In July, I bought a pair of GP 5000 28mm tires...

In July, I bought a pair of GP 5000 28mm tires for our Calfee. We run them with 100 PSI on a set of Rolf tandem rims.

With about 250 miles on them, we were climbing a big hill very slowly and the...
12-08-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,803
Posted By mikebian

Beginning Tandem Age: 87 Current Tandem Age: 117

Beginning Tandem Age: 87
Current Tandem Age: 117
10-07-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,301
Posted By mikebian

Santana places the couplers behind the captain's...

Santana places the couplers behind the captain's seat post. But they don't use S&S cases. They have one large case (called the SafeCase) that the whole bike and wheels fit into. It's oversize and...
05-27-20, 08:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 639
Posted By mikebian

I took it apart this morning and found wear on a...

I took it apart this morning and found wear on a ratchet that makes it un-repairable. Then I took it ALL apart. Buying the Microshift brifters now. Thanks for all of your input.
...
05-26-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 639
Posted By mikebian

Thanks for the advice, but unfortunately, it...

Thanks for the advice, but unfortunately, it didn't work. I tilted the handlebar down, put a pan underneath, and flushed it several times with WD-40 while moving the levers. The WD-40 dripped out...
05-25-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 639
Posted By mikebian

Shimano 9 Speed Ultegra Brifter Issue

My wife and I are mostly tandem riders, but she has an old Lemond Zurich road bike that she uses on an old trainer. It has 9 Speed Ultegra brifters on it. Recently, the right side brifter has a weird...
01-04-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,783
Posted By mikebian

BinghamBuilt - formerly Kent Eriksen cycles. ...

BinghamBuilt - formerly Kent Eriksen cycles.

Multiple best tandem in show at NAHBS.

Titanium.

We love ours. Its been all over with us and Adventures in Tandem.
07-13-19, 05:45 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,463
Posted By mikebian

I find that if Im not careful to put all the...

I find that if Im not careful to put all the heavy stuff as low as possible, I feel a bit of noodling also. Your paneirs are sitting kind of high. The bottom of mine are below the axle as my rack...
07-09-19, 02:14 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,463
Posted By mikebian

Can you post a pic of the bike in the case?

Can you post a pic of the bike in the case?
07-08-19, 01:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,463
Posted By mikebian

Which TriAll case did you get? The challenge with...

Which TriAll case did you get? The challenge with those cases is how much they weigh empty. I have a Kent Eriksen titanium tandem with only one set of couplers that I usually pack in an Evoc soft...
07-07-19, 03:17 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,463
Posted By mikebian

That is a beautiful bike! Titanium? Whos the...

That is a beautiful bike! Titanium? Whos the builder and whats the story behind that fork?

Enjoy it!
03-25-19, 01:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,426
Posted By mikebian

I spoke with DT and they said to stick with 18 as...

I spoke with DT and they said to stick with 18 as its the strongest setup.
02-12-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,426
Posted By mikebian

VeloViewer.com (https://veloviewer.com) is a...

VeloViewer.com (https://veloviewer.com) is a great add on to Strava. I still use the free version of Strava because there really isn't anything in the paid versions that I want enough to pay for. I...
02-12-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,426
Posted By mikebian

I had some email exchanges with DT Swiss support...

I had some email exchanges with DT Swiss support yesterday. They didn't really have much to say as to why this happened. I suggested shifting under load as a cause and they did not just say yeah,...
02-06-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,426
Posted By mikebian

Not that there would really be a difference, but...

Not that there would really be a difference, but the first time I opened it, I flipped the sides, which had no effect on where the damage continued. It really does seem like a defective part.
...
02-06-19, 01:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,426
Posted By mikebian

So we managed to finish the trip without the hub...

So we managed to finish the trip without the hub failing. But see the pic for what it looks like now. Probably going to send the pic to DT Swiss to see what they say.

415 miles with over 26k...
02-03-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,426
Posted By mikebian

Yeah, Im probably fairly guilty of that,...

Yeah, Im probably fairly guilty of that, especially on this trip. Ive never used my granny gear as much as this. Stats so far are 345 miles with 24,000 feet of climbing. Probably get to 400 if the...
02-03-19, 01:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,426
Posted By mikebian

Weve ridden about 6000 miles since the hub was...

Weve ridden about 6000 miles since the hub was last serviced and the grease was clean and plentiful when I opened it up. It was last serviced by DT Swiss as I had a warranty issue with it. Were...
02-01-19, 09:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,426
Posted By mikebian

DT Swiss Ratchet Chipping

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The other side had no chips.
Were 3/4 through...
11-14-18, 09:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,982
Posted By mikebian

UPDATE: I wound up not having to replace either...

UPDATE: I wound up not having to replace either BB. When I pulled the existing BBs out and examined them closely, I noticed two issues:

Dirt/sand had gotten under the outer plastic cap that...
11-10-18, 03:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,982
Posted By mikebian

Thanks all. I bought 2 new Shimano BBs. Should...

Thanks all. I bought 2 new Shimano BBs. Should get them in a few days.

The old ones feel smooth, but very stiff, which is why I wanted to replace them. I have similar BBs on another of my...
11-08-18, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,982
Posted By mikebian

New Bottom Bracket Bearings

Neither of the cranksets on my tandem are spinning smoothly and I am thinking of replacing the bearings. The bike only has about 10,000 miles on it but recent trips through Morocco and Israel where...
10-07-18, 06:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,355
Posted By mikebian

When I spoke to Gates about this, they suggested...

When I spoke to Gates about this, they suggested spraying little silicone onto a rag and then wiping the belt with it. I assumed they meant the wet spray, and that is what I use. Don't soak it. ...
09-14-18, 04:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 827
Posted By mikebian

We rode there on July 4th, 2016 after the Klamath...

We rode there on July 4th, 2016 after the Klamath Falls NWTR . They had just opened the loop to bikes but only a third of it was open to cars as there was still a lot of debris on the road. This is...
08-15-18, 05:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,355
Posted By mikebian

I've had squeaky belts also and I also called...

I've had squeaky belts also and I also called Gates about it. They said to quiet it on a ride, just squirt your water bottle onto the belt (assuming it's just water) and that will temporarily quiet...
06-07-18, 06:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,475
Posted By mikebian

As luck would have it, we went on a ride today...

As luck would have it, we went on a ride today and while riding on an overpass, we came upon a 3" expansion seam that I could not stop for and got a pinch flat on the rear tire. Put the new tube in,...
06-07-18, 06:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,475
Posted By mikebian

I've had this happen as well. Really thought I...

I've had this happen as well. Really thought I was going to be stuck one time when I got a flat on the road because I could not manage to tighten the core enough to get the pump to unscrew without...
06-04-18, 06:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,734
Posted By mikebian

Congratulations on the new bikes Alan! Can't...

Congratulations on the new bikes Alan! Can't tell from the pics - is the Symbiosis painted or anodized? They both look great! Hope you have many great adventures on them...
04-14-18, 06:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,465
Posted By mikebian

We got a new one yesterday. While pedaling up...

We got a new one yesterday. While pedaling up hill past a cyclist just finishing his ride, he said I see you have a turbo! Stoker loved that one!
03-30-18, 04:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,932
Posted By mikebian

I'd be afraid that the beam would start falling...

I'd be afraid that the beam would start falling apart over time at the cut. It's not like you could just get a new beam if you mess this one up. They don't make them anymore and aren't really for...
03-05-18, 08:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 917
Posted By mikebian

The plates are 3x6. Here are pics of the two...

The plates are 3x6. Here are pics of the two from our rallies, plus last year's. We don't have them on the bike anymore. We kind of got tired of people we don't know saying "hi Mike and Caren". ...
03-05-18, 05:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 917
Posted By mikebian

A lot of the tandem rallies give them out. The...

A lot of the tandem rallies give them out. The Eastern Tandem Rally has done so for many years. My wife and I ran the 2013 and 2016 ETRs. For 2013, we printed the license plates on paper and had...
12-20-17, 05:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,089
Posted By mikebian

I broke a Gates belt on my road bike recently...

I broke a Gates belt on my road bike recently because I banged it into something and it caused what appeared to be just a small scratch. Several rides later, the belt snapped. Unless you intend to...
10-30-17, 07:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,566
Posted By mikebian

Announcing Adventures In Tandem's 2018 & 2019 Tours

We had a great first year and are excited to announce our upcoming trips:


Southern Arizona - March 17-25, 2018
ETR Pre-Tour on Virginia's Eastern Shore - June 10-15, 2018
The Netherlands -...
09-29-17, 05:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,181
Posted By mikebian

The bike wasn't really in ride-able shape when I...

The bike wasn't really in ride-able shape when I got it, so I don't know yet. I'm putting a lot of work into it, so I sure hope I like it. I do know a few other people with Meridians and they all...
09-17-17, 08:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,181
Posted By mikebian

Meridian Tandem Graphics

I just bought a 20 year old coupled Meridian triple and I am restoring it. Over the years, it seems to have lost its head tube badges and all logo graphics. I am repainting it and would like to put...
08-30-17, 05:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,094
Posted By mikebian

The damage to my belt looked similar, but on the...

The damage to my belt looked similar, but on the outside. If your belt starts making a lot of noise, I'd definitely replace the belt ASAP. And having a spare ready and definitely with you if you...
08-29-17, 05:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,094
Posted By mikebian

I'd suggest that if you get a rock or a twig...

I'd suggest that if you get a rock or a twig between your belt and belt ring that you examine your belt very carefully for damage. I recently broke a belt. I'm not sure exactly how it happened, but...
06-23-17, 07:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,389
Posted By mikebian

I don't actually bring a BB wrench with me when I...

I don't actually bring a BB wrench with me when I travel, so the belt is only tightened to as tight as I can by hand, which is about 40-45hz. Like you say, lower than their recommended amount, but...
06-23-17, 04:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,389
Posted By mikebian

As interesting timing would have it, I had...

As interesting timing would have it, I had ordered a new belt to have as a spare just before we left on this trip. The new belt was waiting for me when I got back. Please note that the new belt is...
06-22-17, 07:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,389
Posted By mikebian

It was a center track belt. It was about 3...

It was a center track belt.
It was about 3 years old.
It did break at the scuff. Meant to say that in the original post.
I always loosen the eccentric to install or remove the belt.
My...
06-22-17, 01:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,389
Posted By mikebian

My Gates Belt Drive Broke!

My wife and I just got from a cycling trip in the Netherlands. It's a great place to ride! Very flat, but really beautiful and different than anywhere else that I've ever been. The cycling culture...
04-10-17, 05:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,992
Posted By mikebian

For the price of a second set of titanium...

For the price of a second set of titanium couplers, we can pay for a lot of baggage fees. And since most airlines now only give you one bag each, you wind up paying for extra bags anyway. If I had...
04-08-17, 06:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,992
Posted By mikebian

So I have an Eriksen also (hi CJ!) and I love it...

So I have an Eriksen also (hi CJ!) and I love it but keep in mind that since he generally builds bikes with one set of couplers you wind up with a case that is oversized and overweight (similar to...
12-05-16, 01:52 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 13,909
Posted By mikebian

I was debating how to word that. According to...

I was debating how to word that. According to one source I found, the average male height is 5' 10" and the average female height is 5' 4". I think anything within a few inches of that would be...
12-05-16, 08:16 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 13,909
Posted By mikebian

I'd say captain fit is most essential. I was...

I'd say captain fit is most essential. I was improperly fit on my first tandem and I could never ride it for more than 35 miles without being in pain. When we got our second, properly fit tandem,...
12-05-16, 08:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,662
Posted By mikebian

We also do the same thing. Never heard of anyone...

We also do the same thing. Never heard of anyone else doing it so this is very interesting. My wife likes to make sure she's working hard enough and can't always tell my effort without looking at...
11-23-16, 08:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,566
Posted By mikebian

Announcing a new bicycle touring company that specializes in Tandem Bicycle Tours!

We are excited to introduce Adventures in Tandem LLC (http://adventuretandem.com/wp/), a new tandem bicycle touring company!


Our tours are intimate with no more than ten tandem teams per tour....
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