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07-22-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 918
Posted By Philly Tandem

They've been around for a long time. Look up...

They've been around for a long time. Look up Magura brakes: https://www.magura.com/en/components/bike/rim-brakes/

They seem to be more popular in Europe than in the USA for some reason...
07-22-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,200
Posted By Philly Tandem

I put a Gates belt on our Santana Arriva last...

I put a Gates belt on our Santana Arriva last year and now you guys have me all stressed out! All this tech-speak hurts my tiny English-major brain...
05-04-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,946
Posted By Philly Tandem

Bluebook is useless for specialty bikes like...

Bluebook is useless for specialty bikes like tandems (and honestly most bikes in general, IMO)
04-12-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 759
Posted By Philly Tandem

We ride our tandem and triplet often in Lancaster...

We ride our tandem and triplet often in Lancaster County, on many of the same roads. For sure the hills are more "punchy" than you'll find in Colorado, but most are short(ish). You'll be fine. You'll...
04-12-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,825
Posted By Philly Tandem

I have the TRP HY/RD mechanical-hydro brakes on...

I have the TRP HY/RD mechanical-hydro brakes on my coupled Co-Motion single bike. I think they are the best of both worlds: hydro power and modulation, with mechanical ease of setup and the ability...
Forum: Touring
02-07-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,680
Posted By Philly Tandem

My only complaint with the Bike Packers is that...

My only complaint with the Bike Packers is that the top hood does not "float" and allow you to expand capacity on times when you need a bit extra (like after buying food, etc.). There is a big...
Forum: Touring
02-05-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,094
Posted By Philly Tandem

I did a sort of "test" day ride in the section...

I did a sort of "test" day ride in the section south of Lisbon, from Trafaria and then south past Costa da Caparica, on a day off from a business trip, as exploring for a future longer tour. I came...
02-05-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 117,235
Posted By Philly Tandem

Revised price of $795: motivated to sell, feel...

Revised price of $795: motivated to sell, feel free to make an offer! Located in Philadelphia, Pa.

Santana Sovereign aluminum tandem bicycle. Standover height of 32.75” front and 30” rear (XL...
Forum: Touring
01-28-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,043
Posted By Philly Tandem

Sounds like maybe you got a crankset already, but...

Sounds like maybe you got a crankset already, but if not, I have an XTR triple crank with 46-34-24 9/10 speed rings. $70. Takes Octalink BB. Details at...
01-28-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 11,844
Posted By Philly Tandem

I work for a European company that typically has...

I work for a European company that typically has a lot of employees traveling around the world. The guidance we've heard repeatedly is not to expect European travel to open up much, if at all, is...
01-28-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,020
Posted By Philly Tandem

As others have noted, cable splitters are well...

As others have noted, cable splitters are well worth the cost for a tandem or triplet IMO, as it makes it much easier to source cables, especially if you are traveling/touring away from regular...
01-28-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,046
Posted By Philly Tandem

As a data point, our Santana triplet has a QR...

As a data point, our Santana triplet has a QR rear axle (160mm spaced) and it's held up fine for 10+ years, even with touring loads when the bike, passengers, and gear are likely pushing 500# total...
12-14-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,559
Posted By Philly Tandem

We've used the Pletscher for years on both our...

We've used the Pletscher for years on both our tandem and triplet, including with touring loads, with no issues. And I can tell you our triplet, loaded with front and rear bags, weights a lot more...
12-14-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,252
Posted By Philly Tandem

We'll probably be selling our Santana Cabrio S&S...

We'll probably be selling our Santana Cabrio S&S triplet in the spring. Size medium, 700c wheels, steel frame. How soon are you looking to buy and where are you located?
08-17-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,966
Posted By Philly Tandem

On cranks with the bolt "hidden" behind the...

On cranks with the bolt "hidden" behind the crankarm, I do indeed put the nut facing out and the bolt in from the backside. Usually a small chainring nut spanner will fit behind the crankarm, but...
02-28-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By Philly Tandem

Triple on the Santana Europe used page for 5400...

Triple on the Santana Europe used page for 5400 Euro: https://www.santana-tandem.com/en/news/second-hand-tandems.html
02-28-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By Philly Tandem

Get a coupled triple...

Get a coupled triple...
02-28-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,116
Posted By Philly Tandem

You don't "have" to disconnect the cable spliters...

You don't "have" to disconnect the cable spliters if you are just basically "folding" the bike to put inside a car or on a rack. Just leave the cables attached.


For the OP's type of use,...
02-28-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,116
Posted By Philly Tandem

You don't "have" to disconnect the cable spliters...

You don't "have" to disconnect the cable spliters if you are just basically "folding" the bike to put inside a car or on a rack. Just leave the cables attached.

For the OP's type of use,...
02-28-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By Philly Tandem

Yup, +1 on Santana Europe/Wolfgang in Rosenheim,...

Yup, +1 on Santana Europe/Wolfgang in Rosenheim, Germany (between Munich and Salzburg, AT). From what I've seen, he has a lot of experience in the 3+ seater bikes. We spent a day with one of his...
02-28-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,564
Posted By Philly Tandem

We got our first tandem in 1994 and our triple in...

We got our first tandem in 1994 and our triple in ~2009. I really didn't feel much of a learning curve moving from the tandem to the triple. Partially because 1) We were pretty experienced with the...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,858
Posted By Philly Tandem

Nice job on the video! I've had the route on my...

Nice job on the video! I've had the route on my to-do list for years, the video was great to help me visualize it. Maybe this summer...
01-19-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,461
Posted By Philly Tandem

Since the Arai usually acts as a drag brake for...

Since the Arai usually acts as a drag brake for long descents, using a ratcheting shifter allows you to set the brake at a certain level and easily maintain that during the descent. You can do that...
Forum: Touring
01-13-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,511
Posted By Philly Tandem

I've had Rhyno Lite rims on my touring tandem for...

I've had Rhyno Lite rims on my touring tandem for years and they are still going strong. So, they have held up well with 450 pounds +/- between riders, tandem, and front/rear panniers over all kinds...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-26-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,785
Posted By Philly Tandem

Thanks for the comments everyone, and sorry I...

Thanks for the comments everyone, and sorry I haven't been able to check back in before now. I did, in fact, pull the seatpost (photos attached), and don't see any radiating cracks inside. However,...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-22-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,785
Posted By Philly Tandem

Failing aluminum weld: repair?

I searched the archives but didn't find anything related to this type of issue: I just noticed that the seaststay welds on my son's Niner EMD MTB (XS size) are basically lifting off the adjoining...
Forum: Touring
12-22-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 649
Posted By Philly Tandem

Do you have AAA? Many clubs now offer bike...

Do you have AAA? Many clubs now offer bike "roadside service" to get you home. Worth checking at least.

Or just take the metro as far as you can from AMTRAK Union Station (up to Wheaton or...
12-17-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,716
Posted By Philly Tandem

They have their new models on it (Synergy, and...

They have their new models on it (Synergy, and Evolve "coming spring 2020"), so it's at least somewhat updated. Still a lot of older content, though. Could definitely use a refresh.
The URL with the...
12-10-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,560
Posted By Philly Tandem

I had Bilenky Cycles add a kickstand mounting...

I had Bilenky Cycles add a kickstand mounting plate to both my Santana tandem and Santana triplet (pictured earlier in this thread). Money very well spent, as it makes the twin-legged kickstand setup...
12-03-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,560
Posted By Philly Tandem

Love my double-leg kickstands! Unless you are...

Love my double-leg kickstands! Unless you are trying to be ultra-light, they are well worth their weight (less than a full water bottle, likely).
...
11-21-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,642
Posted By Philly Tandem

A few thoughts: 1. Pack a few full-size...

A few thoughts:

1. Pack a few full-size tools rather than just relying on a multi-tool. I have a few cheap T-handle Allen wrenches (with ball ends to work at an angle if needed) from Harbor...
Forum: Touring
09-26-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 756
Posted By Philly Tandem

Nice, thanks for sharing! Grossglockner is no...

Nice, thanks for sharing! Grossglockner is no joke. I've driven it a few times, but haven't biked it. The surrounding Hohe Tauern National Park is beautiful. We've biked the Tauern Bike Path a few...
09-03-19, 05:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,398
Posted By Philly Tandem

There's a Fandango DC-9 on Ebay right now, with a...

There's a Fandango DC-9 on Ebay right now, with a starting bid of $2800. Not mine, although I was lusting after it yesterday....
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,462
Posted By Philly Tandem

Well, I guess to be pedantic, yes and no. Yes if...

Well, I guess to be pedantic, yes and no. Yes if they have a baggage car (besides the bike car). No if they don't. On this route they do have a baggage car usually, I think.

I wasn't thinking...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,297
Posted By Philly Tandem

I'm sure any frame builder would be able to build...

I'm sure any frame builder would be able to build you one. Check out Bilenky (http://www.bilenky.com/)in Philadelphia or Rodriguez (https://www.rodbikes.com/index.html)in Seattle
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,462
Posted By Philly Tandem

I think the C&O Bike Shop in Hancock does...

I think the C&O Bike Shop in Hancock does shuttles, too.

AMTRAK only takes something like 6-8 bikes per train, so hopefully you have those spaces reserved already. Why in the world would someone...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 870
Posted By Philly Tandem

I would say check around and see what used Surly...

I would say check around and see what used Surly Long Haul Truckers are selling for, and price a bit under that. Unfortunately, you don't have a well-known brand (I had never heard of them, and I'm...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,220
Posted By Philly Tandem

Yes, the cut-over the C&O Canal trail is about a...

Yes, the cut-over the C&O Canal trail is about a mile or so before the end of the WMRT. You cross a road with a gate and there's a pretty big sign there. Alternatively, you can ride to the end of the...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,220
Posted By Philly Tandem

So having ridden Cumberland to DC this past...

So having ridden Cumberland to DC this past Saturday-Monday, I guess I should report back in!

Day one, the first 20-30 miles east of Cumberland were rough with a fair amount of muddy patches. It...
08-09-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,935
Posted By Philly Tandem

I just finished a tour along the C&O Canal,...

I just finished a tour along the C&O Canal, riding Schwalbe Marathon 26x1.5 tires. These were on my single Co-Motion touring bike, but I'm sure would be fine for a tandem, too. I was pleased with...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,142
Posted By Philly Tandem

Burley flatbed or cargo trailers pack down fairly...

Burley flatbed or cargo trailers pack down fairly compactly, but sounds like you want a single-wheel trailer.
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,609
Posted By Philly Tandem

I would HIGHLY suggest that for a "first" tour...

I would HIGHLY suggest that for a "first" tour you do a simple local overnight out and back to see how it goes and work out any issues. For example, we had toured plenty before we had our son. But...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,220
Posted By Philly Tandem

Thanks! Fingers crossed for no big dumps of rain...

Thanks! Fingers crossed for no big dumps of rain over the weekend.
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 03:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,220
Posted By Philly Tandem

C&O Current Conditions?

My 14yo son and I are riding the C&O this Saturday-Monday from Cumberland to DC. Looking for any recent (past week or so) updates on trail conditions (overly muddy?). Yes, I have looked at the NPS...
07-25-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,389
Posted By Philly Tandem

I kept the OEM Santana cable adjusters on my S&S...

I kept the OEM Santana cable adjusters on my S&S Santanas that you described and also added inline cable adjusters to the housing before the frame adjusters. I agree, it's a bad design. Plus, the...
Forum: Touring
07-04-19, 05:05 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 99,575
Posted By Philly Tandem

It was a while ago, so I don't recall. They...

It was a while ago, so I don't recall. They probably have pricing on their website. You will lose some paint on the frame from where they do the brazing. I wasn't too picky and just touched it up...
05-15-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,471
Posted By Philly Tandem

A new Speedster is $5k+. Depending on what...

A new Speedster is $5k+. Depending on what components yours has (wheels, etc.), the size, your location (urban area vs. rural, west vs east coast), etc., I'd personally start at around $2400 or so...
05-04-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,724
Posted By Philly Tandem

Totally a zombie thread, I know, but I just came...

Totally a zombie thread, I know, but I just came across this from a Google search. My first MTB was a Cycle Pro Ram, bought used when I was in college circa 1986 or 1987. Definitely a well-made bike...
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,241
Posted By Philly Tandem

I've ridden the section from Seaside near...

I've ridden the section from Seaside near Monterey down through 17-Mile Drive many times, and consider it a beautiful ride and well worth doing. Riding through Asilomar State Park along the coast,...
Forum: Touring
03-04-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,870
Posted By Philly Tandem

I have and use both. The Logo is nice when I'm...

I have and use both. The Logo is nice when I'm running larger panniers (like on our tandem/triplet) and want the weight to be lower-centered. It's also nice for panniers that stick up higher (like...
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