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10-27-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 273
Posted By merlinextraligh

As to why are single tracks are more work, the...

As to why are single tracks are more work, the double tracks you environments are typically roads that a forest service truck could pass over, and a bike can roll over at a decent pace.

Many...
10-27-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 273
Posted By merlinextraligh

As to Width of tire for Gravel, You can do it on...

As to Width of tire for Gravel, You can do it on 28mm tires, but to really be considered a gravel bike, Iíd say you need to be able to run at least 35mm, and most people these days want bigger. ...
10-27-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By merlinextraligh

142 thru axle. We had 148 Boost on our...

142 thru axle. We had 148 Boost
on our Co-Motion Java.
not sure I can tell any practical difference
10-26-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By merlinextraligh

So, we’ve ridden it enough now on and off road to...

So, we’ve ridden it enough now on and off road to form some impressions. On road, it rides and handles very similar to our Dragonfly. Riding both of our Calfee’s I think is about as close to riding a...
10-26-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 273
Posted By merlinextraligh

We bought our new tandem specifically to ride...

We bought our new tandem specifically to ride gravel. With a gravel tandem, I.e. road bike with the ability to take wide tires, we’ve ridden dirt roads, double track trails and some easy to moderate...
10-25-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 1,445
Views: 525,705
Posted By merlinextraligh

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First ride with the Gravel wheels in Pisgah National...
10-25-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By merlinextraligh

I don’t have experience with 1x12 on a tandem (we...

I don’t have experience with 1x12 on a tandem (we are running 2x11 which works well for us.)

I do use 1x11 on my mountain bike, and that experience tells me that I don’t believe I’d be happy with...
10-25-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By merlinextraligh

We came to our first Calfee from a relatively...

We came to our first Calfee from a relatively high end Co-Motion Robusta. The Improvement was so great, that we felt somewhat let down riding the Co-Motion and decided to get this Calfee for our...
10-17-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 532
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think they are. I just saw hydraulic and...

I think they are. I just saw hydraulic and assumed disc.
10-14-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,690
Posted By merlinextraligh

Rained out from Hurricane Delta this weekend. So...

Rained out from Hurricane Delta this weekend. So didnít do the ride with the long descent.

Today however did a 1000 foot vertical descent and tried to really abuse the brakes.

On a descent that...
10-13-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 532
Posted By merlinextraligh

Hydraulic dis brakes are a dramatic improvement ...

Hydraulic dis brakes are a dramatic improvement in braking performance over cable actuated rim brakes for a tandem.

Magura is one of the original manufacturers of disc brakes for bikes and have a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 740
Posted By merlinextraligh

Caleb Evan, 5’5”, seems to do ok. As does Nairo...

Caleb Evan, 5’5”, seems to do ok. As does Nairo Quintana,
10-09-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,690
Posted By merlinextraligh

We’ve now done a full on panic stop bombing down...

We’ve now done a full on panic stop bombing down a 23% grade. The rear wheel locked almost immediately, and the front was at the threshold of locking. Had to let off a bit to avoid swapping ends.
...
10-09-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 820
Posted By merlinextraligh

With Disc wheels, you likely can go to 650b...

With Disc wheels, you likely can go to 650b wheels, assuming you have the clearance.
10-09-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 820
Posted By merlinextraligh

We’re getting a set of Light Bicycle wheels, CF...

We’re getting a set of Light Bicycle wheels, CF rims, DT Swiss hubs, 28 spokes, and extra strength rims, which add about 100 grams but are recommended for low spoke tandem use, for under $800.
...
10-08-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,690
Posted By merlinextraligh

I know the V4ís have bigger pistons than the...

I know the V4ís have bigger pistons than the E4ís, as I stated.

The RX4ís have 2 bigger pistons than the E4ís.

whatís unclear between the now dated 2012 chart, and the link I posted is whether...
10-08-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,690
Posted By merlinextraligh

And as a practical matter, you can’t use V4’s ...

And as a practical matter, you can’t use V4’s with Shimano Di2 levers, so whether V4’s have better heat modulation becomes an academic question.
10-08-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,690
Posted By merlinextraligh

I don’t see using Hope RX4’s and 203 mm rotors as...

I don’t see using Hope RX4’s and 203 mm rotors as peeing on the electric fence. People are riding tandems in the mountains with Shimano 785 brakes. By all accounts, the RX4’s have better stopping...
10-01-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 386
Posted By merlinextraligh

Rocky Mounts tandem tray works with European...

Rocky Mounts tandem tray works with European factory rails, it looks like it should work with Jetstream. Unfortunately they,don’t make them anymore.
09-28-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 1,445
Views: 525,705
Posted By merlinextraligh

Us with our new Calfee ...

Us with our new Calfee
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Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 944
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíve got wheelsets in tubular, tubed clincher and...

Iíve got wheelsets in tubular, tubed clincher and tubeless clinchers.

Other than some gravel and endurance races, I havenít raced in the last 5 years. Before that I raced on tubulars, given that...
09-27-20, 04:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By merlinextraligh

We do, and we took advantage of your experience...

We do, and we took advantage of your experience in specing it. Thank you.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 944
Posted By merlinextraligh

Thereís basically one advantage left for...

Thereís basically one advantage left for tubulars. You can ride them flat. That can be a big deal racing; ask Abraham Olano.

Other than that, with really good clinchers and tubeless options, there...
09-26-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,690
Posted By merlinextraligh

Based on our experience, and other accounts, I...

Based on our experience, and other accounts, I think thereís a disconnect between Hopeís technical reps, and their legal department.

Based on the European tech guys, Iím confident using them on a...
09-24-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,022
Posted By merlinextraligh

Another, albeit expensive, answer would be a new,...

Another, albeit expensive, answer would be a new, more rigid, frame

We had a Co-Motion Robusta. With oversized aluminum tubing, and a lateral tube, it was theoretically very stiff. Likely as stiff...
09-23-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,690
Posted By merlinextraligh

Hope RX4 Discs Not Warranted For Tandem Use

We spec'd our new Calfee tandem with Hope RX4 discs in part due to recommendations on here. We wanted the most robust brakes we could get. The thought was the 4 piston design Hopes would be a bit...
09-23-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By merlinextraligh

New Calfee Adventure Tandem

Finally got the new Calfee Tandem. Technically, its a custom modified Tetra. The goal was a dual use bike that 1) would ride on the road as close as possible to our Dragonfly, and 2) be capable for...
09-23-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 721
Posted By merlinextraligh

Itís good it works for you. However, as a review...

Itís good it works for you. However, as a review with general application, I think the reasons it works for you are pretty specific. Most folks donít have motors they need to route cables around.
...
09-21-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 721
Posted By merlinextraligh

To me, eliminating brifters is a negative. With X...

To me, eliminating brifters is a negative. With X shifters, you've separated the shifter from the brake lever, eliminating the integration that was the whole point. I've only see the setup on a mtb,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 517
Posted By merlinextraligh

That assumes you can find one. In many areas,...

That assumes you can find one. In many areas, buying a new bike now means 2021 delivery.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 8,921
Posted By merlinextraligh

If that bag is on a high end aero bike with...

If that bag is on a high end aero bike with expensive aero wheels, it doesnít make much sense to carry your stuff there. Without wind tunnel,testing, Iíd bet you dollars to donuts itís way more...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,470
Posted By merlinextraligh

To explain why the answer is a unequivocal yes. ...

To explain why the answer is a unequivocal yes. You’re putting a static load of 20 pounds or less on the wheel. On the road, you’re asking the wheel to hold up under loads that are orders of...
09-19-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 721
Posted By merlinextraligh

So we’re going to add a motor to pull the cable...

So we’re going to add a motor to pull the cable on a cable actuated derailleur? Seems to me this adds complexity, cost and weight with little benefit.

It shortens cable runs, so I guess that...
09-19-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 589
Posted By merlinextraligh

I don’t think I would like the loss of 1)...

I don’t think I would like the loss of 1) precision in steering, and 2) efficiency.

if the bar is moving vertically, as well as fore aft as it arcs, it has to result in some loss of precision. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,894
Posted By merlinextraligh

Setting aside the no bad bikes viewpoint, my...

Setting aside the no bad bikes viewpoint, my worst bike would have to have been a Lambert with the death fork.


they had nice adds though.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By merlinextraligh

I had a teammate earn an upgrade to Cat 1 in his...

I had a teammate earn an upgrade to Cat 1 in his mis 50’s

if your willing to do the work, most anyone can race Cat 3 in their 50’s.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,894
Posted By merlinextraligh

Likely something specific to Johnny V, ( or some...

Likely something specific to Johnny V, ( or some difference between you and Johnny V). Speed wobbles are the result of oscillation at a resonant frequency. You have to have the right conditions for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,894
Posted By merlinextraligh

I replaced my Varsity with a Bianchi as soon as...

I replaced my Varsity with a Bianchi as soon as imported bikes started to become available, and I could afford to, because a lot of things sucked about the Varsity.

However, without the Varsity...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 06:35 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,894
Posted By merlinextraligh

^ No doubt the Varsity was absurdly heavy. The...

^ No doubt the Varsity was absurdly heavy. The electro forged frame approach was destined to build boat anchors.

But I think you missed my point; the Varsity was affordable ( a few months of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,894
Posted By merlinextraligh

Had the same bike in the same color. Weighed 41...

Had the same bike in the same color. Weighed 41 pounds. Having owned a number of pro tour level and custom bikes, including Willier, Giant, Calfee, Bianchi, Paramount, Merlin, (some of which well...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,894
Posted By merlinextraligh

Also,fwiw, Trump took over title sponsorship of...

Also,fwiw, Trump took over title sponsorship of the premier us cycling race at the time from Du pont in the late 80’s
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,894
Posted By merlinextraligh

you do realize that Ben Serotta built ďHuffyís...

you do realize that Ben Serotta built ďHuffyís for 7-11?. A rose by any other name.
09-03-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 962
Posted By merlinextraligh

is the fork drilled for a caliper brake? If your...

is the fork drilled for a caliper brake? If your only running 25 mm tires calipers will fit, and a good shimano caliper will give you very good stopping power.
09-03-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,325
Posted By merlinextraligh

Weíve put over 25,000 miles on low spoke count...

Weíve put over 25,000 miles on low spoke count paired spoke Rolfs, equivalent to the wheels in the OPís Trek. There have been issues with spokes pulling through rims,and hubs, and a lot of parts...
09-03-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 675
Posted By merlinextraligh

Unless you have some very unusual dimensions, if...

Unless you have some very unusual dimensions, if your correct saddle height doesn’t expose an inch and a half of seatpost, the bike in all likelihood is too big for you.

you bought it used. You...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,433
Posted By merlinextraligh

Did 55/rad ever get his frame back form the...

Did 55/rad ever get his frame back form the repaint?
08-26-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,325
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think most tandems wheels are way overbuilt. I...

I think most tandems wheels are way overbuilt. I like to think our team weight is around 340, but it fluctuates, and honestly has like been up to 375.

at that higher weight, we’ve ridden carbon...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,072
Posted By merlinextraligh

position the bike is a bit different, little core...

position the bike is a bit different, little core muscles get worked a bit different.

Also doing the actual climbing you learn things about your gearing your bike fit. How much to sit, how much to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,072
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iím suprised this is still available on line....

Iím suprised this is still available on line. everest challenge x2: July 2008 (http://everestchallengex2.blogspot.com/2008/07/)

Itís my take on training for the mountains as a flat lander. While I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,073
Posted By merlinextraligh

I hear that, and itís true. However have you...

I hear that, and itís true. However have you tried to find a 10 speed Shimano brifter recently? I think at some point youíre going to being scrounging for a depleted stock of used and NOS. How fast...
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