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12-25-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,664
Posted By jnbrown

I was always fascinated with tandems from a young...

I was always fascinated with tandems from a young age.
Our first tandem around 1982 was an Andy Gilmour made in Arizona.
I had ordered a tandem from Mercian from my local shop but after waiting a...
12-25-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,533
Posted By jnbrown

We used to use Conti 4K and had no problem with...

We used to use Conti 4K and had no problem with them.
But switched to Schwalbe One and ride is better and durability is as good if not better.
10-31-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,679
Posted By jnbrown

I am kind of miffed as what is going on with this...

I am kind of miffed as what is going on with this thread as the OP deleted all of his posts.
We have had a Calfee Tetra since 2011 and we love it.
Unfortunately I have been injured for the past 2...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 19,401
Posted By jnbrown

It could be tendinopathy which for your sake I...

It could be tendinopathy which for your sake I hope it is not.
I have had it and is has kept off my bike for most of the past 2 years.
08-23-20, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 540
Posted By jnbrown

I am a pretty good bike mechanic having worked on...

I am a pretty good bike mechanic having worked on my own and others bikes for 45 years, but pulling out BB30 bottom bracket bearings is something that is not in my skill set or want to try. The...
08-23-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 540
Posted By jnbrown

I really can't see how it can be the shifters...

I really can't see how it can be the shifters because both shifters would have to be disconnected at the same time. I can disconnect one shifter and the other shifter still works and shifts the...
08-22-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 540
Posted By jnbrown

Correct, nothing at all works, bike has never...

Correct, nothing at all works, bike has never been dropped.I am thinking it is not the shifters because neither shifter works and the LEDs on the junction box are dead. So both shifters would have to...
08-22-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 540
Posted By jnbrown

Strange Di2 Problem - Need Help

My wife's bike has Ultegra Di2.
We always put our bikes in the back of our minivan to go someplace to ride. When I took her bike out of the van and she started to ride the shifting was dead. The...
Forum: Recumbent
03-14-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,085
Posted By jnbrown

Are Recumbents easy to ride?

I am a 62 year old road cyclist currently suffering wth a hamstring injury.
The injury makes it difficult to ride my road bike since the saddle puts direct pressure on the injury where the tendon...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-20, 10:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,059
Posted By jnbrown

Synapse is a good bike, my wife got one last...

Synapse is a good bike, my wife got one last year.
It is an endurance bike but won't slow you down.
Lighter wheels are nice to have but probably won't make you any faster.
Training more will...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,895
Posted By jnbrown

Have you considered Cannondale Synapse? When my...

Have you considered Cannondale Synapse?
When my wife was looking for a new bike we went to test ride the Domane, but they also had a good deal on the Synapse and she liked the ride a lot more and...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,469
Posted By jnbrown

I have this exact wheelset and it is great, built...

I have this exact wheelset and it is great, built them myself. Those Easton Rims are really nice.
$900 seems hight I didn't spend anywhere near that.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,264
Posted By jnbrown

I live in San Diego (north county) and agree. The...

I live in San Diego (north county) and agree. The roads within the city are terrible with potholes and drivers are hostile towards cyclists.
North county is much better.
Also agree about Santa...
08-04-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,005
Posted By jnbrown

I used GP4000 for a long time and then switched...

I used GP4000 for a long time and then switched to Schwalbe One.
Even better comfort, low rolling resistance and seem just as durable if not more so.
07-06-19, 09:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,607
Posted By jnbrown

Where are the riders? Nice bike - Enjoy

Where are the riders?

Nice bike - Enjoy
03-30-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,458
Posted By jnbrown

That is really cool. If you only use it only on...

That is really cool.
If you only use it only on hills how far does it go on a charge?
We our in our sixties and I think it is inevitable will need / want something like that someday.
08-21-18, 09:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,492
Posted By jnbrown

We use drop bars but my wife sits pretty upright....

We use drop bars but my wife sits pretty upright. She has used Terry Butterfly Gel and Selle Italia Diva.
She prefers the Diva. Both are fairly wide and somewhat cushy.
07-21-18, 04:50 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,980
Posted By jnbrown

Our Calfee does not have any noticeable flex and...

Our Calfee does not have any noticeable flex and yet rides super smooth.
I am wonder what your weight is? Our combined weight is 260 lbs.
I would definitely not accept the bike if it is flexing...
07-07-18, 01:10 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,690
Posted By jnbrown

I also have the same issue, but notice it most...

I also have the same issue, but notice it most when we are standing while pedaling. My wife has gradually adjusted to a higher cadence. I prefer 90 RPM or higher but I am willing to compromise and go...
06-28-18, 08:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,746
Posted By jnbrown

I don't have any direct experience mixing Campy...

I don't have any direct experience mixing Campy and Shimano front shifting.
But I have tried mixing Campy / Shimano, Campy / SRAM on the rear. Bottom line is it doesn't work well and I think the...
06-24-18, 04:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,746
Posted By jnbrown

I like my Campy Centaur triple shifter and front...

I like my Campy Centaur triple shifter and front derailleur that has been on the bike since I built it 2011.
I am using SRAM Red 10 speed for the rear which the best rear shifting I have used.
My...
06-13-18, 10:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,798
Posted By jnbrown

We bought our Calfee in 2011 and have been super...

We bought our Calfee in 2011 and have been super happy with it, I can't imagine a tandem getting any better.
Previous to that we had a Santana Sovereign. It was a great bike but the Calfee rides so...
06-08-18, 09:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,097
Posted By jnbrown

We have 50/39/28 on front and 12-32 on back (10...

We have 50/39/28 on front and 12-32 on back (10 speed). It has been working well for us and we are in our 60's. Max gradients we ride are maybe 15%.
I am tempted to go to 11 speed 11-32 because we...
05-18-18, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,747
Posted By jnbrown

Well we did the ride yesterday. Starting from...

Well we did the ride yesterday. Starting from Kapalua and riding clockwise around the island. It was raining as we left and that persisted for about 45 minutes. My wife wore a plastic trash bag to...
05-16-18, 09:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,747
Posted By jnbrown

I found a Cannondale Los Dos at Island Biker near...

I found a Cannondale Los Dos at Island Biker near the airport. Will be doing the ride tomorrow
05-16-18, 09:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,733
Posted By jnbrown

Very Nice!

Very Nice!
05-16-18, 09:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,379
Posted By jnbrown

We have tried various suspension posts including...

We have tried various suspension posts including Thudbuster and Tamer. Bodyfloat is by far the best
05-13-18, 04:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,747
Posted By jnbrown

Renting a tandem on Maui

Does anybody know of of a place in Maui where we can rent a road tandem? We used to rent from West Maui Cycles but they no longer have a tandem.
Would like to do the West Maui loop that we have done...
04-28-18, 10:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,793
Posted By jnbrown

We have 50/39/28 front and 12-32 (10 speed) rear...

We have 50/39/28 front and 12-32 (10 speed) rear on our Calfee and it has worked out well. When I first built the bike I had Campy Centaur shifters and a J-Tek shiftmate to adapt to a Shimano...
03-24-18, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,098
Posted By jnbrown

You could have a helicoil installed to reverse...

You could have a helicoil installed to reverse the threads, that is what I did on my front crankset.
02-27-18, 09:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,303
Posted By jnbrown

Maybe this will help: ...

Maybe this will help:

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html
02-25-18, 10:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,901
Posted By jnbrown

You might need a tandem specific derailleur clamp...

You might need a tandem specific derailleur clamp that positions it further out.
02-21-18, 08:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,245
Posted By jnbrown

We have the original AL version. Works great

We have the original AL version. Works great
02-10-18, 11:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,705
Posted By jnbrown

I used to use Conti GP4000S on our tandem and...

I used to use Conti GP4000S on our tandem and Michelin Pro series on my single. I switched to Schwalbe One on both bikes about 2 years ago and love them. Smoother ride than the Conti and durability...
01-14-18, 08:59 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 27,694
Posted By jnbrown

I had that same problem on my single. Turned out...

I had that same problem on my single. Turned out I had the 13 and 14 tooth cogs reversed. Since they are small it is not that obvious when looking at the cassette.
01-09-18, 11:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,303
Posted By jnbrown

Rock n Roll Gold works for me

Rock n Roll Gold works for me
11-10-17, 10:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,726
Posted By jnbrown

We have a Kirk Kinetic trainer we use the garage...

We have a Kirk Kinetic trainer we use the garage and a TV on the wall.
I really really hate riding on it, but when it is dark and cold after work it is our only option.
1 hour is most we can do on...
09-22-17, 03:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,196
Posted By jnbrown

Look Keo 2 Max. Use the red cleats for plenty of...

Look Keo 2 Max. Use the red cleats for plenty of float. No complaints.
My wife actually prefers the grey cleats with less float so she can click out easier.
09-22-17, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,362
Posted By jnbrown

We have Gossamer crankset on the rear of our...

We have Gossamer crankset on the rear of our Calfee since 2011 and zero problems, have not even had to replace bearings. Its not the lightest or best looking crank but it came in 165mm which is what...
09-12-17, 04:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,145
Posted By jnbrown

5 Nm

5 Nm
06-20-17, 09:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,677
Posted By jnbrown

+1 on Swiss Stop pads, use them on all my bikes. ...

+1 on Swiss Stop pads, use them on all my bikes.
Conti GP4000S are great tires, but I have switched to Schwalbe One because I feel the ride is smoother and durability about the same.
06-19-17, 09:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,668
Posted By jnbrown

I use 42cm FSA bars which are more like 40cm at...

I use 42cm FSA bars which are more like 40cm at the shifters. I don't have problem on the tandem with control. Stoker also has the same size bars, can't go narrower or my rear end interferes with her...
06-19-17, 09:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,019
Posted By jnbrown

Clip on aero bars

I have always been a purist when it comes to road bikes and have resisted using aero bars other than my days a long time ago when I did a few triathlons. But some recent rides in stiff headwinds and...
05-13-17, 01:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,652
Posted By jnbrown

We have used many different suspension seat posts...

We have used many different suspension seat posts over the years including the Thudbuster and the Body Float is by far the best. It does not move at all under normal pedaling, it only moves on bumps...
02-22-17, 11:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,268
Posted By jnbrown

Another Calfee owner here, I also agree the...

Another Calfee owner here, I also agree the carbon tubes Calfee uses are very robust and could be used off road.
I would be concerned though if hit by a rock that was kicked up or crashed it could...
02-13-17, 10:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,541
Posted By jnbrown

Shouldn't be a problem at all. I used to run...

Shouldn't be a problem at all. I used to run 23F/25R, now 25F/25R I like skinny tires.
02-12-17, 10:18 PM
Replies: 1,449
Views: 551,456
Posted By jnbrown

Riding near Camp Pendleton today came upon this...

Riding near Camp Pendleton today came upon this Osprey aircraft on the side of the road which is normally only open to bicycles. We asked the marine standing outside about and he said he didn't know...
02-09-17, 10:33 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,296
Posted By jnbrown

For teams concerned about weight the biggest...

For teams concerned about weight the biggest impact for the lowest cost is to lose body weight.
I know - easier said than done.
02-03-17, 07:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,808
Posted By jnbrown

That is an interesting idea I would have never...

That is an interesting idea I would have never thought of, maybe I will give it a try.
02-03-17, 11:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,808
Posted By jnbrown

Yes we ride through Camp Pendleton to San...

Yes we ride through Camp Pendleton to San Clemente all the time.

I will take another look at her position, but some ago with the help from a friend who has worked at bike shops his whole life, I...
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