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09-23-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,550
Posted By reburns

Same here. We needed the whole road when we first...

Same here. We needed the whole road when we first practiced out of the saddles. After much practice, I got to the point as captain where I can keep the bike on the fog line if necessary. Iím fine...
09-17-22, 02:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 184
Posted By reburns

I am using Schwalbe Aerothan tubes on our rim...

I am using Schwalbe Aerothan tubes on our rim brake tandem. I decided to try them about 18 months ago based on their claims of increased resistance to failure and heat. They have been trouble free to...
09-15-22, 04:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 446
Posted By reburns

My Park TM-1 read 30% low out of the box. I...

My Park TM-1 read 30% low out of the box. I didn’t realize it until I started cracking rims. Even after returning to Park for recalibration, it was still off. I ended up jury rigging my own...
08-23-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,345
Posted By reburns

Just a word of warning: if you buy both CF...

Just a word of warning: if you buy both CF assembly paste and grease lube from Park, don’t confuse the tubes, as they look very similar. Don’t ask how I know this 🥴
08-22-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,345
Posted By reburns

The CF bar will work fine with any stem that...

The CF bar will work fine with any stem that fits, aluminum or whatever. The only CF stoker stem I found when I was looking years ago was hand made as a special order by Craig Calfee. You can see a...
08-21-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,345
Posted By reburns

I bought the AliExpress bar as part of a quest to...

I bought the AliExpress bar as part of a quest to make our ride as smooth as possible, in part by using carbon fiber components. (My stoker especially noticed the vibration reduction from the carbon...
08-20-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,345
Posted By reburns

We’ve always had bullhorn bars for the stoker,...

We’ve always had bullhorn bars for the stoker, and they stick up well above my saddle. I don’t try to swing my leg over them as I would if I was trying to mount or dismount like I would my single...
08-15-22, 05:05 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,550
Posted By reburns

I’m a bit faster on my single, but far prefer...

I’m a bit faster on my single, but far prefer riding the tandem with my sweetie.
07-29-22, 03:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 568
Posted By reburns

Could be good for tandems

I ride a tandem in hilly country with my wife, combined age 135 years. I have our 3x9 drivetrain set up for 618% range, and we use all of it.
05-16-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,473
Posted By reburns

👍I can offer a few additional ideas if you are...

👍I can offer a few additional ideas if you are interested.
04-07-22, 09:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,766
Posted By reburns

I wonder if it could be repaired. Iíve heard that...

I wonder if it could be repaired. Iíve heard that Calfee will repair CF frames. Maybe some CF specialty shops as well. Might not save $ or time, but could be worth a couple of calls.
04-06-22, 12:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,913
Posted By reburns

A bit off topic but interesting story: my...

A bit off topic but interesting story: my wife/stoker and I drove our tandem from our home in the south sf bay to the coast to ride one of our favorite routes near Pescadero, CA. Driving back home up...
03-30-22, 12:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,594
Posted By reburns

Here’s another online calculator:...

Here’s another online calculator: https://www.renehersecycles.com/tire-pressure-calculator/
It seems to align pretty well with what I’ve found empirically. It’s pretty sensitive to tire width, so...
03-29-22, 06:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,594
Posted By reburns

With very similar equipment and team weight,...

With very similar equipment and team weight, mid-80s is working very well for us.
02-15-22, 03:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,321
Posted By reburns

Perhaps a picture would help: ...

Perhaps a picture would help:

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1449/f96c65e2_e862_4e1e_97be_09564d14201d_3ec65a0d07afbc2f0fbd9c0f19a1d738509fe395.jpeg
02-12-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,010
Posted By reburns

Iím attaching pictures of the crank that was...

Iím attaching pictures of the crank that was loosening under use. FSA SL-K. Once I solved my problem by finding a replacement, I stopped trying to understand root cause, but my impression was that it...
02-12-22, 06:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,177
Posted By reburns

I used this:...

I used this: https://www.amazon.com/SKS-Germany-11231-Anywhere-Bicycle-Attachment/dp/B0144NTZOU/ref=sr_1_1?crid=FHISCL2XOHUB&keywords=sks+bottle+cage&qid=1644711419&sprefix=Sks+bo%2Caps%2C233&sr=8-1 ...
02-12-22, 02:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,010
Posted By reburns

My experience confirms this. We were on a tandem...

My experience confirms this. We were on a tandem tour in 2018 and one of the other captains was having a problem with the crank arm loosening. The tour mechanic made a temporary fix by disassembling...
01-30-22, 04:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,407
Posted By reburns

Wheels4, congratulations on your accomplishment...

Wheels4, congratulations on your accomplishment and bravo to your wife!

My wife and I also started tandeming at the beginning of January, but 16 years ago. I somehow got convinced to do this...
01-20-22, 10:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,763
Posted By reburns

Thanks! Youíre motivating me to make the switch....

Thanks! Youíre motivating me to make the switch. Our weights are essentially identical to yours. 60 psi would be like riding on pillows. Is that tubeless or tubed?
01-20-22, 07:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,763
Posted By reburns

Im thinking of moving to 700x38 on our Speedster....

Im thinking of moving to 700x38 on our Speedster. Which tires do you use?
01-04-22, 02:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,767
Posted By reburns

ĎMake sure you replace the shifter cable wire and...

ĎMake sure you replace the shifter cable wire and housing when you replace the derailleur, and use a generously curved loop of cable between the chain stay cable stop and the derailleur.
11-14-21, 08:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,324
Posted By reburns

I havenít sensed a difference in handling or wet...

I havenít sensed a difference in handling or wet weather grip, although I should say that I get very cautious on wet surfaces. I believe the 4 seasons roll slightly stiffer, but on the rear it is...
11-14-21, 05:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,324
Posted By reburns

I’ve been happy with 32mm GP5000 front and Conti...

I’ve been happy with 32mm GP5000 front and Conti 4 seasons on the rear of the tandem, both at 90 psi with Schwalbe Aerothan tubes. As ridden, total weight is probably about 350 lbs. This combination...
11-04-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 30,788
Posted By reburns

Thank you for that very well written report of...

Thank you for that very well written report of your recent experience. As someone who has participated in quite a few Santana tours and events over the years, I have to admit that everything you have...
09-25-21, 08:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,747
Posted By reburns

Not a silly question. The primary reasons cited...

Not a silly question. The primary reasons cited for a suspension seatpost for the stoker are 1) the fact that the stoker canít see a bump coming and so is unable to prepare instinctively as would the...
09-20-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,620
Posted By reburns

Yes, thatís what I mean. Youíre all set if you...

Yes, thatís what I mean. Youíre all set if you have an alignment tool, just check for parallelism with the wheel in all directions: top-bottom, fore-aft. It wouldnít be surprising if during a loaded...
09-20-21, 04:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,620
Posted By reburns

Have you checked RD hanger alignment?

I have found that small changes to rear derailleur hanger alignment can have a noticeable effect upon shifting crispness.
09-13-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,149
Posted By reburns

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/7cc64c44_22ad_4d6e_a442_e516ead7dd71_5e4a5f857372a552330788e49603adbccefd14b6.jpeg
08-07-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,885
Posted By reburns

Since it stops when the stoker stands, the first...

Since it stops when the stoker stands, the first thing on the list should be the stokerís seatpost. But since youíve checked that off, #2 would be the Thudbuster bushings or saddle rails. Itís not...
08-05-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,842
Posted By reburns

In my case, that would not prevent mishaps...

In my case, that would not prevent mishaps involving myself or others walking around the car while it is parked 🥴
08-05-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,842
Posted By reburns

I applaud your resourcefulness, which is an...

I applaud your resourcefulness, which is an important quality in any tandem owner in my opinion. And I’m glad you’re happy with the result. But just looking at the pictures, especially the middle...
07-26-21, 09:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,692
Posted By reburns

I bought my first Gates timing kit from...

I bought my first Gates timing kit from https://www.precisiontandems.com. His advice was tension just enough to hear a tone when you pluck the belt.
07-16-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,692
Posted By reburns

Yes, Iím using the Gates app on an iPhone. The...

Yes, Iím using the Gates app on an iPhone. The app recommends 60-65 Hz which I find unnecessarily high. 40 Hz is low enough that I donít notice appreciable drag when spinning the cranks backwards....
07-15-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,829
Posted By reburns

Are you camping along the way, or is this...

Are you camping along the way, or is this inn-to-inn, or…?
07-15-21, 07:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,692
Posted By reburns

Well, maybe all that time I spent playing bass...

Well, maybe all that time I spent playing bass guitar as a teenager didnít go completely to waste after all! 🙂
07-15-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,692
Posted By reburns

I have used the method of strumming the belt and...

I have used the method of strumming the belt and measuring the tone frequency at various rotation angles to find where the belt may be tightest, then simply loosened the ring bolts and retightened to...
06-21-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 891
Posted By reburns

Great post, very interesting and informative.

Great post, very interesting and informative.
06-18-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,466
Posted By reburns

Rim brakes and heating concerns

Our tandems use linear pull rim brakes coupled with an Arai rear drum drag brake that the stoker invokes on command to control downhill speed. Using SwissStop pads on the rim brakes, I am completely...
05-14-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 30,788
Posted By reburns

We are in the same situation with a trip in...

We are in the same situation with a trip in Tahiti/French Polynesia now scheduled for November aboard a Windstar boat. If that interests anyone, let me know.
03-29-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,409
Posted By reburns

I suspect that we tend to overestimate the margin...

I suspect that we tend to overestimate the margin available for pressure beyond the specified maximum on tire sidewalls, many of us hypothesizing that tires are designed to take upwards of twice the...
03-29-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,694
Posted By reburns

On a different note... I decided to try as an...

On a different note... I decided to try as an experiment these tubes: https://schwalbe.com/aerothan/en
My upgrade priorities are safety and endurance (minimizing fatigue). Although these tubes are...
03-28-21, 12:32 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 30,788
Posted By reburns

The trip we booked for May has now been moved to...

The trip we booked for May has now been moved to November. It is for Tahiti on a Windstar boat. November won’t work for us and Bill has offered to try reselling our booking and returning 90% of the...
03-22-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,721
Posted By reburns

Same here, with the exception that I occasionally...

Same here, with the exception that I occasionally use the commands "brake on" and "brake off" since my wife/stoker is responsible for the drag brake as well as navigation.
03-13-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 874
Posted By reburns

I bought a 4 position Draftmaster more than 20...

I bought a 4 position Draftmaster more than 20 years ago, when the company was still starting up before ATOC. Bought a tandem rail for it when we started tandeming in 2006. Iíve used it to haul...
03-10-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,408
Posted By reburns

We bought our Speedster about 4 years ago from...

We bought our Speedster about 4 years ago from the original owners in Petaluma. We had flown several times with our uncoupled tandem and had decided to buy one with couplers. I was ready to go full...
03-01-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,408
Posted By reburns

I also bought a 1-owner used Speedster of similar...

I also bought a 1-owner used Speedster of similar vintage, condition and configuration to yours, and each S&S connector contains foam plugs. I suppose it helps keep loose parts from finding their way...
02-27-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 927
Posted By reburns

28c 4000s run 31+ mm on my 19mm rims. I bought...

28c 4000s run 31+ mm on my 19mm rims. I bought 32c 5000s and they measure 33+. I use 32c 4 seasons for rear tires and they measure 34+. All at ~90psi
02-22-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,816
Posted By reburns

On our Speedster with Wound Up fork, I am using...

On our Speedster with Wound Up fork, I am using Shimano XTR v-brakes (the old style with parallelogram structure) and SwissStop green pads (which are now no longer available, I am sorry to say, as...
02-22-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,816
Posted By reburns

My experience with the Wound Up fork is very...

My experience with the Wound Up fork is very different. I did install a brake booster on a steel fork, to control brake squeal, but never felt the need on either of my Wound Up forks as the v-brake...
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