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06-12-22, 07:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By jethro00

My first impression of the Ortlieb Bike-Packer...

My first impression of the Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus panniers is that they are impressive - well designed, engineered, and made. They are spacious. They are very easy to put on and take off - a big...
06-02-22, 10:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By jethro00

We ordered a pair of Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus in...

We ordered a pair of Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus in Salsa/Dark Chili and they are on their way to us from Oregon. I'll report back after we get them and take them on a ride. Thanks so much for all the...
05-29-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By jethro00

<<I would just get Ortelibs and deal with the...

<<I would just get Ortelibs and deal with the roll up design. They otherwise meet your requirements.>>

The Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus actually seems to meet all our requirements because it has a...
05-28-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By jethro00

<<We use the Topeak MTX Trunk Bag EXP. along with...

<<We use the Topeak MTX Trunk Bag EXP. along with their quick rack system.Works great!>>

Thanks for the suggestion. Alas, the Topeak MTX Trunk Bag EXP and other similar panniers by Topeak only...
05-27-22, 08:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By jethro00

Philly Tandem, that is helpful. When we carry our...

Philly Tandem, that is helpful. When we carry our portable table (about 23" long rolled up), I guess I will tuck the top lid inside, let the table ride 6" or so out of the pannier, and just use the...
05-27-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By jethro00

Our portable chairs should just fit inside the...

Our portable chairs should just fit inside the Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus. The table (rolled up) would extend out the top. But, the Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus has a draw cord to cinch it closed and keep...
05-27-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By jethro00

"Is red bright enough? We love our truly massive...

"Is red bright enough? We love our truly massive Ortlieb Back-Roller Plus Pro (https://www.ortlieb.com/en_us/back-roller-pro-plus+F5254) panniers"

Holly cow! The Ortlieb Back-Roller Plus Pro...
05-27-22, 09:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By jethro00

<<You could also look at the Tubus Logo rack,...

<<You could also look at the Tubus Logo rack, which has a top platform and then another lower mounting point for panniers. Might solve your issue.>>

​​​​​​​That was a good thought. Alas, that...
05-24-22, 10:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By jethro00

Rear Rack Panniers suggestions

We ride our tandem every morning. We keep a Banjo Brothers Rack Top Expanding Bag on our rear rack and really like. That bag attaches with 2 velcro straps running under the rack and a loop in front...
05-21-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,178
Posted By jethro00

""It wasn't an old Burley tandem, was it? My...

""It wasn't an old Burley tandem, was it? My folks bought one off ebay many years ago and the transaction went just fine. https://www.bikeforums.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"

No, it was a bright...
05-19-22, 08:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,178
Posted By jethro00

FWIW, we sold our first tandem on eBay. We had a...

FWIW, we sold our first tandem on eBay. We had a local bike shop pack and ship it at the buyer's expense and it worked fine.
05-17-22, 01:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 968
Posted By jethro00

Try searching for a bike club in or near...

Try searching for a bike club in or near Fairfield. If you find one, as them if they know anyone who can assist. Start with : https://www.soundcyclists.com
04-08-22, 11:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 689
Posted By jethro00

<<Some Tndems do have the ability to allow the...

<<Some Tndems do have the ability to allow the stoker to pedal out of synch and this creates a problem for corners and Kerb crossing>>
Actually, tandems with ICS (independent coasting system) make...
03-23-22, 11:31 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 575
Posted By jethro00

WSJ article on 3800 mile cross country ride

Here is the link to an article in the WSJ about a couple who rode their tandem from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean on their Co-Motion tandem:...
03-04-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,346
Posted By jethro00

Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, test...

Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, test riding the bike before taking it home from the LBS is not an option for us. I can't go to pick it up and the LBS is under-staffed these days and not...
02-18-22, 10:05 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 12,517
Posted By jethro00

I went through college and part of graduate...

I went through college and part of graduate school without a car. So, my old childhood bike was my means of transportation other than public transportation. I used to carry my cocker spaniel in a...
02-16-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,346
Posted By jethro00

Yamato72...

Yamato72 (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/yamato72-380114.html), I have denatured alcohol. So, I'll clean the rotors and pads with that. It's running smoothly now and with good stopping power....
02-15-22, 07:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,346
Posted By jethro00

I don't think I am up for swapping the rotors and...

I don't think I am up for swapping the rotors and pads from rear to front. I could not get the new pads to click into place and the piston came out when I tried to install new rear pads. I imagine...
02-15-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,709
Posted By jethro00

A T900 for $450 should be a reasonable choice if...

A T900 for $450 should be a reasonable choice if it's in good condition. We bought one new over 15 years ago and still ride it as our backup. It's a good bike, comfortable, and not complicated to...
02-10-22, 02:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,346
Posted By jethro00

Motochick, I have not had the disc mounts made...

Motochick, I have not had the disc mounts made flat. I see that the Park Tool disc mount facing tool costs $500+. Looks like our disc mounts may stay as they are :)
02-10-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,346
Posted By jethro00

I used the degreaser to wipe down the rotors...

I used the degreaser to wipe down the rotors before Chilepines suggested using alcohol. The next day, I used alcohol to wipe down the rotors. If nothing else, we now have very clean rotors:) We are...
02-08-22, 08:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,346
Posted By jethro00

H-m-m-m, I use a spray bottle of oil on the...

H-m-m-m, I use a spray bottle of oil on the chains. I wonder if some spray got on the rotor. I have a chain degreaser and will use that on the rotor. Then, we'll try your suggestion about riding and...
02-08-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,346
Posted By jethro00

Joe, that might work where you are, but where we...

Joe, that might work where you are, but where we live there are no hills that take 20 seconds to traverse :). It's all flat around here. The only "hills" we get to descend are when we come down the...
02-08-22, 10:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,346
Posted By jethro00

Disc Brake noise/vibration

We have disc brakes on our daVinci Grand Junction. With help from this forum, I have become competent at most maintenance tasks. While I can adjust the brakes, I have not mastered them. So, we took...
01-27-22, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 857
Posted By jethro00

Our first tandem in the 1980s was a cruiser by...

Our first tandem in the 1980s was a cruiser by Trailmate. When we went to pick it up, we could not get it in the car. So, for its maiden ride, I had to ride it home solo, not a short ride and on busy...
10-09-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

I want to once again thank all of you who chimed...

I want to once again thank all of you who chimed in with information and advice. Our area is still getting put back together in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Starting with the second morning after...
09-18-21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,574
Posted By jethro00

Renting a tandem for a day is a good way to start...

Renting a tandem for a day is a good way to start out. See if the seller can tell you the size of the Burley Zydeco Mixte. How well a tandem fits each of you will be a major factor in how much you...
09-09-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 779
Posted By jethro00

We carried a cocker spaniel in a large delivery...

We carried a cocker spaniel in a large delivery basket on the front for over a decade. She loved it. We put a cushion in the bottom of the basket and hooked a harness on the dog to the captain's...
08-23-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

We have ridden twice since installing the new...

We have ridden twice since installing the new freewheels, about 1.5 hours on Sunday and 45 minute this morning. We had a flat front tire on Sunday about half way into our ride. Fortunately, a set of...
08-22-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

That's a really good video! I learned something...

That's a really good video! I learned something from watching it. Thanks for doing the video. Seeing the process is better than just reading the directions and looking at a diagram.
08-21-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

<<Shift into the largest front sprocket, smallest...

<<Shift into the largest front sprocket, smallest rear sprocket, hold the rear brake, and stand on the captain’s pedal for a moment. The torque from the chain on the freewheel will thread it on the...
08-21-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

While a chain whip is not a specialty tool like...

While a chain whip is not a specialty tool like the DFB tool, what I meant is that most bike owners don't have one.

I have a bike stand. But, with the bike on the stand, I had difficulty holding...
08-21-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

I am not kidding. Pulling and disassembling the...

I am not kidding. Pulling and disassembling the intermediate shaft is not a simple task and involves tools typical bike owners do not use very often, further complicating the job. While I can now...
08-20-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

jccaclimber...

jccaclimber (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/jccaclimber-30433.html), thanks for all the info and pics.
<<Shift into the largest front sprocket, smallest rear sprocket, hold the rear brake, and...
08-20-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

Tonight, I am going to compare the new freewheel...

Tonight, I am going to compare the new freewheel assembly to the old one. I wonder if the new one is a tad less thick. That could cause a gap.

Edit: I checked and they are the same thickness. I...
08-20-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

There is about 1/8" play from side to side. I...

There is about 1/8" play from side to side. I can't recall whether there was any gap when I removed the assembly. Is this normal or is something not assembled correctly?
08-20-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

I'll measure. I am wondering if I installed the...

I'll measure. I am wondering if I installed the lockring backwards. The lockring that goes on the right side of the BB has a tapered side. I put the tapered side toward the BB. I am now wondering iff...
08-19-21, 07:42 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

Got my new freewheels and tried to reinstall the...

Got my new freewheels and tried to reinstall the intermediate shaft. After I tightened the assembly with the chain whip and the daVinci tool, it has some play side to side. By that I mean, if I hold...
08-18-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,440
Posted By jethro00

We currently ride a T900 every day while I...

We currently ride a T900 every day while I complete my odyssey of repairing our daVinci Grand Junction, which odyssey began when we rode it with stretched chains. A lesson I learned is to buy a chain...
08-18-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

Well, now you've got me curious. What tool would...

Well, now you've got me curious. What tool would be needed to remove the inner freewheel? I don't see any special tool for that on Todd's website.
08-18-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

I am not sure what the "freewheel removal tool"...

I am not sure what the "freewheel removal tool" is. I have the tool with the 4 prongs on one side and the tab on the other side for removing the intermediate shaft. That's a good tool and well worth...
08-17-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

I spoke with Todd. Although he cannot say for...

I spoke with Todd. Although he cannot say for sure that the captain's freewheel is causing the problem, that's about what is left to replace. So, freewheels and new bearings are in transit to me. I...
08-17-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,322
Posted By jethro00

Took the plunge and ordered a Bulltools 1/4-inch...

Took the plunge and ordered a Bulltools 1/4-inch Drive Click Torque Wrench Set Dual-Direction Adjustable 90-tooth torque wrench 20-200in.lb / 2.26-22.6Nm) from eBay for a lower range set. It's $50 on...
08-16-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,322
Posted By jethro00

My impetus in getting a torque wrench is that...

My impetus in getting a torque wrench is that when I removed a crank arm, I had to slip a piece of galvanized pipe (from a pipe clamp) over the handle of my Allen wrench to loosen it. When I replaced...
08-16-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,322
Posted By jethro00

Well, I see some of you know a thing or two about...

Well, I see some of you know a thing or two about torque wrenches :) This is useful information. I have good ratchet sets with socket adapters. My reading indicates a big issue for cyclists is to...
08-15-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,322
Posted By jethro00

Click Torque Wrench

As much work as I find myself doing on our 2 tandems, I think it is time to get a Click Torque Wrench.
Most of my bike tools are from Park Tools and they are nice.
But, I have to wonder whether the...
08-15-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

Thanks for the info. I got it back together...

Thanks for the info. I got it back together without incident. The problem seems to be the freewheel. I'll contact Todd and see if he has anything available. If not, there are a few shops around the...
08-15-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,790
Posted By jethro00

As we get older, what we really need is a...

As we get older, what we really need is a hydraulic lift :)
08-14-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,816
Posted By jethro00

I removed one of the front cranks (by the...

I removed one of the front cranks (by the hardest). Park Tool has a good YouTube video that helped.
There is no noise upon rotating the spindle. Based on that, is there any point in removing the...
08-11-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,790
Posted By jethro00

I use: Bikehand Bike Repair Stand (Max 55 lbs)...

I use:
Bikehand Bike Repair Stand (Max 55 lbs) - Home Portable Bicycle Mechanics Workstand - for Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes Maintenance
that I got from Amazon.

I use it about once a week to...
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