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08-25-13, 09:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,512
Posted By specbill

What TG says....the Manufacture month and year...

What TG says....the Manufacture month and year are the second four digits...not the first four.
08-22-13, 07:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,512
Posted By specbill

It is a first generation C'dale Tandem. The first...

It is a first generation C'dale Tandem. The first four digits of the serial # (Under the left chain stay) will give you the month and year the frame was welded up. It looks to be in nice shape and...
08-21-13, 07:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 558
Posted By specbill

$1600 !!! Unless that thing is beat up something...

$1600 !!! Unless that thing is beat up something terrible that price is unbelievable...at least by left coast sales prices.

Bill J
08-10-13, 09:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 643
Posted By specbill

Rick, sorry to hear your wife is on the DL....

Rick, sorry to hear your wife is on the DL. Please give her our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Bill and Patti J.
08-09-13, 09:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,191
Posted By specbill

I'd say the cut came first, a bottle cap cut is...

I'd say the cut came first, a bottle cap cut is as good a possibility as any. We've done 10's of thousands of miles on Conti 4 Season GP's on many nasty roads and never a slightest hint of a...
06-20-13, 02:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 746
Posted By specbill

+1

+1
02-09-13, 11:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,106
Posted By specbill

For our tandem purposes I am a conservative guy...

For our tandem purposes I am a conservative guy and have not been able to convince myself to go down to a 25c on the tandem despite the many years we've been riding. I know many teams are quite...
02-08-13, 04:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,106
Posted By specbill

We only ride 32c's on non paved trails such as...

We only ride 32c's on non paved trails such as The Allegheny Passage, Katy Trail or the Route of the Hiawatha.
We usually ride 4000 + miles a year on pavement, mostly in the steeps and twisty...
02-03-13, 11:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,106
Posted By specbill

'Always enjoy threads on tire mileage for Tandems...

'Always enjoy threads on tire mileage for Tandems as we can never get more than 1200 to 1500 miles out of our rear 28c Conti 4 Season GP's that we love.
Rudy...what is your team's weight again?
12-30-12, 11:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By specbill

We also have numerous chainrings with tens of...

We also have numerous chainrings with tens of thousands of miles on them. We rarely ride in rain, I clean everything all the time, we don't make big power but do a lot of climbing. Also replace...
12-29-12, 12:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,461
Posted By specbill

...I must say I'm all for simplicity too......

...I must say I'm all for simplicity too... but....I ride similar terrain to yours on a FS Epic Marathon and I got to say "no way would I ride my trails on a fully rigid MTB. It would beat me to...
12-23-12, 06:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,270
Posted By specbill

I don't want to bring you down but based on the...

I don't want to bring you down but based on the two bikes detailed above, if the 19" fitted you perfectly and gave you a 'down in the bike feel', I don't see how the 17.5 will get you to the same...
12-20-12, 10:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,066
Posted By specbill

Congrats that is a great MTB...of course you...

Congrats that is a great MTB...of course you already know that. Now I get the other sale.

Bill J.
12-11-12, 08:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,891
Posted By specbill

Our simple low tech wireless solution for having...

Our simple low tech wireless solution for having two individual computers reading from a single speed/ cadence reader on our tandems are two ' Cateye V2C' bike computers. We've used them for the last...
12-02-12, 10:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,234
Posted By specbill

I have a 140 tandem rear wheel in very good...

I have a 140 tandem rear wheel in very good condition taken from a '91 C'dale Tandem. Phil Hub, Sun Chinook Tandem Rim, 48 spoke. It has a Sack's 7 speed freewheel on it (12-28)...not a cassette as...
11-08-12, 11:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
Posted By specbill

You sound like you are a knowledgeable bike guy...

You sound like you are a knowledgeable bike guy that can turn a wrench, so the short answer is, if the condition is serviceable for you then yes, that is a fair to good price. If it has the better...
11-06-12, 10:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 962
Posted By specbill

Once you have the 'fit' for you and your stoker...

Once you have the 'fit' for you and your stoker dialed, I would highly recommend replacing or modifying your bottom bracket eccentric (bbe) if it is the style that has a tiny 'c' clip as the stop...
10-15-12, 08:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,292
Posted By specbill

twocicle....you do live in a summer/autumn riding...

twocicle....you do live in a summer/autumn riding paradise....'sunbirding' indeed. We had the good fortune to spend a couple weeks camping/riding in your neighborhood last Sept. In addition to The...
10-12-12, 09:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,292
Posted By specbill

....another thought, if you are in the Phoenix...

....another thought, if you are in the Phoenix area in late January or early February and looking for a great century ride then consider an easy 4 hour drive over to Palm Springs for the February 8th...
10-11-12, 07:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,292
Posted By specbill

For the last few January through March's we have...

For the last few January through March's we have been going to the Phoenix/Scottsadale/Mesa area for two or three weeks and them on to Tucson for three or four more weeks. The opportunities for road...
10-01-12, 08:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 747
Posted By specbill

Congrats to you and the Mrs on your longest ride,...

Congrats to you and the Mrs on your longest ride, you picked the right event because the vibe there is always so cool. I trust that new Brooks Flyer was satisfactory?
We really enjoyed most of the...
09-28-12, 08:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 747
Posted By specbill

We're going to miss it this year Hup after doing...

We're going to miss it this year Hup after doing it for the last five...we really enjoy that event and staying at the campground right there at El Chorro. We were surprised that they moved the start...
09-26-12, 03:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,219
Posted By specbill

....I'm right with you always looking for a great...

....I'm right with you always looking for a great deal on cycling items, but one caution I would offer is on wheelsets, particularly for tandems. Chase a quality builder more so than price and you'll...
09-15-12, 08:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,122
Posted By specbill

Rudy has it absolutely right....."enjoy your life...

Rudy has it absolutely right....."enjoy your life NOW" and "get and do what you want" and I'll add "NOW or "the moment you can afford it" to that one too.

Bill J.
09-07-12, 09:06 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,918
Posted By specbill

.......for anyone interested there is a L/S for...

.......for anyone interested there is a L/S for sale on the showroom floor of Action Sports in Bakersfield, Ca....saw it there yesterday.
Bill J
09-05-12, 09:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 750
Posted By specbill

Kudos to you both.....great Job! Bill J,

Kudos to you both.....great Job!

Bill J,
09-05-12, 09:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,875
Posted By specbill

I think it would make a great 1st Tandem for the...

I think it would make a great 1st Tandem for the money.... that is, if it is the red one that is for sale on E'bay and if it is as stated. Burley was a solid builder, nice aluminum frame (should be a...
09-02-12, 10:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,466
Posted By specbill

Sorry for your bad luck , we've all done that or...

Sorry for your bad luck , we've all done that or something just as silly. Regarding damage to the frame, I don't want to bring you down here, but I would also be very concerned about the the shape...
08-28-12, 08:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,761
Posted By specbill

....do yourself a favor, get one! Even if it...

....do yourself a favor, get one!
Even if it is only the simple inexpensive 3rd Eye Chain Watcher. They weigh nothing, are simple, unobtrusive and will save you grief...I promise.
Bill J.
08-23-12, 06:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,070
Posted By specbill

We had the good fortune to ride the Trail of the...

We had the good fortune to ride the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes last year after doing a good amount of the Selkirk Loop up into BC.
That is beautiful country and having a long paved rail trail...
08-10-12, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,100
Posted By specbill

I love the current generation C'dale BUT..it has...

I love the current generation C'dale BUT..it has the worst EBB ever. I recommend the first time that anyone loosens that ebb it to replace or modify it immediately, because if you don't, sooner or...
07-17-12, 06:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,138
Posted By specbill

I love this ride and as others have said, 395...

I love this ride and as others have said, 395 from Bishop all the way past Mammoth and June Lake to almost Lee Vining (to highway 120 East for sure ) has a nice wide shoulder almost every where...
07-15-12, 08:50 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,700
Posted By specbill

Terry Butterfly for the last couple of years. ...

Terry Butterfly for the last couple of years. But Patti goes through cycles of love and hate with the same saddle. I do pretty much the same....happy for thousands of miles and then uncomfortable...
07-09-12, 08:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,420
Posted By specbill

I chased the same problem on my cross bike with...

I chased the same problem on my cross bike with those for a very long time and finally just gave up on them completely. I never tried the loctite solution.
Bill J.
07-09-12, 08:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,033
Posted By specbill

I don't know your market, but around here that is...

I don't know your market, but around here that is a very nice buy for the money particularly if it really is a 300 mile Tandem. It should fit you well, I would grab it quick before it is gone. Good...
07-05-12, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 594
Posted By specbill

Great ride report, excellent job with a first...

Great ride report, excellent job with a first time stoker! thanks for sharing.
I've always liked that great looking Pinarello.
Bill J.
07-02-12, 08:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,770
Posted By specbill

While I would prefer no gloves, we do wear gloves...

While I would prefer no gloves, we do wear gloves all the time including full finger for my off-road events. I just don't want to go through the healing process after tearing half the flesh off the...
06-14-12, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,167
Posted By specbill

A photo sure would help. My WAG is that it is a...

A photo sure would help. My WAG is that it is a first generation C'dale Tandem from 1989-90-91. It so, the date of manufacture (month and year). frame size(s), and serial number will be stamped on...
05-24-12, 08:39 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,918
Posted By specbill

Action Sports in Bakersfield Ca. had one on...

Action Sports in Bakersfield Ca. had one on their floor a few days ago....if it works for you I'd make the drive in a heartbeat.
IMHO this RT 2 package is a super value that we will not see...
05-21-12, 08:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By specbill

.....bad news, time for a new tire! It that...

.....bad news, time for a new tire! It that first internal patch was done correctly, and still blew through, it's done.

Bill J.
05-12-12, 08:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,606
Posted By specbill

.....2500 miles on a set of 25's, I am very...

.....2500 miles on a set of 25's, I am very jealous!

Bill J
04-28-12, 05:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,509
Posted By specbill

Quite surprised with your wheel issue. We have a...

Quite surprised with your wheel issue. We have a '10 RT 2 with the same wheels and well over 5000 miles on it with not a hint of an issue. I am not easy on those wheels. We ride some very rough and...
04-18-12, 10:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,056
Posted By specbill

From what I've seen around here, the newer and...

From what I've seen around here, the newer and the more expensive ($2000 and up) the longer it takes to sell even when well priced. Your is in mint condition and sounds reasonably priced but in that...
04-15-12, 07:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By specbill

...I'm a big fan of wheel set upgrades. I don't...

...I'm a big fan of wheel set upgrades. I don't know what your new set will weigh compared to what you are riding now, but if they will be lighter, I would definitely go for the wheels first unless...
04-12-12, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,328
Posted By specbill

Santa Cruz Superlight - Upgrade?

Need some advice...is this upgrade package worth the extra $500?

I'm replacing my '05 Giant with a newer lighter rig. Budget $2000 +/-. Use is for trail and some xc/endurance racing at a...
04-01-12, 03:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,112
Posted By specbill

Pamestique....what is the weight on your new SC...

Pamestique....what is the weight on your new SC Superlight? Size?

sorry guys, I'm not trying to hi-jack this thread.

Bill J.
04-01-12, 03:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 19,414
Posted By specbill

....just picked up an entry level new Nishiki...

....just picked up an entry level new Nishiki Wasatch for my wife. It is a limited production model exclusively produced for Dick's Sporting Goods. Not a bad full suspension package for only $499. It...
03-23-12, 09:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By specbill

......anyone want to venture what it will sell...

......anyone want to venture what it will sell for...and why? I'm thinking around $4500'ish. The 9 peed package and wheels would impact my enthusiasm some, but it would not eliminate it It looks...
03-21-12, 07:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,757
Posted By specbill

..we have your same Ultegra's on our '07 T2000,...

..we have your same Ultegra's on our '07 T2000, and we have Gossamer's on our "10 C'dale. I like them both, but I would not spend the money to convert either to the other. When the chainrings go on...
Forum: Southwest
03-19-12, 10:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,035
Posted By specbill

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. To...

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

To close this thread I thought I would offer our own final findings on this subject for anyone that may be looking for the same info with a future 'search' of...
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