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08-26-21, 02:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,158
Posted By geoffs

We were booked in for this tour for April last...

We were booked in for this tour for April last year. We didn't go but we left our deposits with the company as I've done a previous tour with them and they are great guys...
10-07-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,513
Posted By geoffs

I'd second most of what oneisallyouneed said. ...

I'd second most of what oneisallyouneed said.
Have a look at the DT350 Hybrid hub which has a steel freehub body so you wont have problems with the cassette cutting into the body.
For your weight...
10-06-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,667
Posted By geoffs

Our Co-motion Mocha is fairly big (59cm top tube)...

Our Co-motion Mocha is fairly big (59cm top tube) and fits into a S&S cases ok with the couplers forward of the seatpost. The issue with a big frame is that we have to completely remove the forks and...
09-30-20, 05:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,667
Posted By geoffs

This is what we do as well. Not having to remove...

This is what we do as well. Not having to remove the timing chain and being able to quickly remove the front has made it easy to fit our tandem into lists, cars, trains etc. I would never have the...
06-08-20, 01:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,257
Posted By geoffs

This is a backyard, let's weld a couple of frames...

This is a backyard, let's weld a couple of frames together and make a tandem even though I don't have a clue what I'm doing. I'd avoid it like the plague
05-31-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,878
Posted By geoffs

Nice ride. I'd be swapping the fork for carbon...

Nice ride.
I'd be swapping the fork for carbon with disc brake mounts.
Some new wheels with Lightbicycle AR46 rims (ask for tandem layup which costs and extra $20), CX-ray spokes and White...
05-17-20, 01:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 749
Posted By geoffs

Mel at Tandems East (http://www.tandemseast.com/)...

Mel at Tandems East (http://www.tandemseast.com/) will have a reasonably priced replacement and will have the size you need in stock.
05-03-20, 06:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,601
Posted By geoffs

Looks very nice. We're interested in something...

Looks very nice. We're interested in something similar but with the Australian dollar so low it might be a while before we get ours.
02-09-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,977
Posted By geoffs

Ax-lightness rims might be rated at 140kgf but...

Ax-lightness rims might be rated at 140kgf but most hubs aren't. CK, DTswiss etc are only rated to 120kgf, I9 are 90 to 105kgf.
So what hubs were you building to 140kgf?
I build to just under...
02-09-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,977
Posted By geoffs

Carbon rims are much stronger than aluminium rims...

Carbon rims are much stronger than aluminium rims for the same weight and are a much better option if you are using disc brakes. It's also possible to specify a custom heavier layup (costs about $20)...
02-04-20, 03:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,251
Posted By geoffs

We had a look at specific insurance for our 2...

We had a look at specific insurance for our 2 Seven road bikes, our tandem and various other bikes and it was going to cost us around $3000 per annum. We're covered to a certain extent through our...
02-02-20, 02:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,850
Posted By geoffs

What went wrong? I was just about to order a SRAM...

What went wrong? I was just about to order a SRAM eagle setup using Gevenalle shifters and interested to know what was going wrong
12-14-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,839
Posted By geoffs

??? https://www.santana-tandem.com/en/

???

https://www.santana-tandem.com/en/
11-23-19, 01:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,786
Posted By geoffs

I did the trick of not checking that the tyres...

I did the trick of not checking that the tyres were seated properly in Luton airport many years ago. It happened in the baggage collection area and we were talking to some air hostesses and some...
Forum: Touring
11-19-19, 05:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,514
Posted By geoffs

I'd be listening to your friends who are pro...

I'd be listening to your friends who are pro photographers. Sony's RX100 series are brilliant for the size.
I travel with a DSLR camera with a pro quality 24-70 2.8 lens which takes great shots but...
11-19-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,786
Posted By geoffs

Nice looking bike! Our tandem is on the big...

Nice looking bike!
Our tandem is on the big side so we have to remove the fork completely and also both cranksets. Take lots of photos while the paint is in pristine condition because when you pack...
Forum: Touring
10-31-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,778
Posted By geoffs

That's Joff who's back touring again on his penny...

That's Joff who's back touring again on his penny currently doing the NC500 in Scotland.
There's a few guys in our club who have their own penny farthing but they mainly use them for racing.
They...
Forum: Touring
10-31-19, 04:01 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,263
Posted By geoffs

Work your way through the free faq section of...

Work your way through the free faq section of www.stevehoggbikefitting.com and work it out for yourself.
I know Steve usually recommends bars with a short reach and shallow drop like 3T Superergo...
Forum: Touring
10-31-19, 03:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,240
Posted By geoffs

As a wheel builder I'd be recommending something...

As a wheel builder I'd be recommending something like 36h Velocity Cliffhanger or DT TK540 with 14/15/14 Sapim/DT spokes and DT350 hubs. If you wanted something even stronger and don't mind the...
10-29-19, 09:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,654
Posted By geoffs

I'm not Jim but we do have a custom Co-motion...

I'm not Jim but we do have a custom Co-motion Mocha Co-Pilot so I'll chip in. I'm 6'2" and Marian is 5'3" so we went the custom route as standard wouldn't fit. We had ours made with a 30.5" boom tube...
10-14-19, 12:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,430
Posted By geoffs

Gorgeous looking frames. Wish I had the budget to...

Gorgeous looking frames. Wish I had the budget to buy one
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,477
Posted By geoffs

57mph has been our top speed rolling down a hill...

57mph has been our top speed rolling down a hill on our tandem when we've been on tour with panniers on
Forum: Touring
09-19-19, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,200
Posted By geoffs

Not an off the shelf frame unfortunately. Big...

Not an off the shelf frame unfortunately.
Big guy 187cm with a stiff back so I get frames custom made. It helps to that I used to be Steve Hogg’s mechanic so I have the worlds best bike fitter to...
Forum: Touring
09-17-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,200
Posted By geoffs

I'd buy one of these frames in a heartbeat if it...

I'd buy one of these frames in a heartbeat if it was the right size for me. Lynskey have been making frames for a long time and know what they are doing. The geometry looks good for touring and it...
Forum: Touring
09-17-19, 06:06 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,640
Posted By geoffs

I/We have had a few sets of non waterproof bags...

I/We have had a few sets of non waterproof bags before we upgraded to Ortlieb waterproof bags. We've ridden many times in torrential rain while touring and not once have they ever let us down. It's...
09-12-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,974
Posted By geoffs

We found TRP Spyre a lot better than the Avid BB7...

We found TRP Spyre a lot better than the Avid BB7 for braking but we are using 203mm discs with the rear disc being a Hope V2 vented disc which managed fine on our recent tour in Italy. The only...
09-12-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,977
Posted By geoffs

As a wheel builder I'll just wade in and say that...

As a wheel builder I'll just wade in and say that lowering the spoke tension would make it far more likely to have problems. Jan at Wheelfanatyk who was one of the founders of Wheelsmith makes no...
Forum: Touring
08-29-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,917
Posted By geoffs

If the cable breaks it can be a nightmare to...

If the cable breaks it can be a nightmare to remove.
When I used to used mechanical shifting, I always used to carry a bar end lever in my spares bags for an emergency repair
Forum: Touring
08-29-19, 02:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,917
Posted By geoffs

Brifters are so much more comfortable and...

Brifters are so much more comfortable and convenient, especially in traffic.
105 or ultegra level shifters are good for at least 60-100,000kms before causing any problems. Newer Shimano brifters do...
08-28-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,644
Posted By geoffs

Chinook tandems sells a longer pilley cage which...

Chinook tandems sells a longer pilley cage which would solve your chainwrap problems. We're using a Digirit pulley cage on our eTap rear derailleur but a bit longer would be good
08-28-19, 10:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,314
Posted By geoffs

DaVinci cranks are what we use as my wife uses...

DaVinci cranks are what we use as my wife uses 165mm cranks on ALL her bikes.
I would be getting 170mm cranks for your girlfriend if that's what she's used to.
Tandems are all about compromise...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 02:04 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,154
Posted By geoffs

Save the campy hubs for an eroica bike that gets...

Save the campy hubs for an eroica bike that gets just used occasionally. If you are carrying a load then old hubs with screw on freeewheels are not reliable. You might be lucky but there is a big...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 01:58 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,154
Posted By geoffs

Wow, they are old. I had yellow cannondale...

Wow, they are old. I had yellow cannondale panniers that were the same. They used to leak like a sieve so i changed to Karrimor Iberian panniers for my first tour.
08-07-19, 11:15 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 21,795
Posted By geoffs

We have done our last 2 tours on Schwalbe G-One...

We have done our last 2 tours on Schwalbe G-One speed 650B x 40 tyres and found them to be really good both for rolling on road and on the gravel. I recently installed 650B x 47 Gravelking Slicks and...
08-04-19, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,287
Posted By geoffs

Yokozuna Motoko Road Disc Brake

Has anyone tried these on their tandem yet? I'm just wondering them as an alternative to the TRP Hy/Rd as I can buy them wholesale
Forum: Touring
07-30-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,311
Posted By geoffs

Feel exactly the same way Dan.

Feel exactly the same way Dan.
Forum: Touring
07-30-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,793
Posted By geoffs

This looks about the same amount that I carry ...

This looks about the same amount that I carry for short trips when staying in pubs so you should be fine. I only carry one change of cycling clothes and do a wash as soon as I check in to...
07-30-19, 05:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,651
Posted By geoffs

Wider tyres are so much better than narrow tyres...

Wider tyres are so much better than narrow tyres I would never go back to anything under 38/40mm unless it was 28's on a set of deep dish aero wheels for a time trial. We have a set of 26" Blunt35's...
07-19-19, 01:17 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 16,943
Posted By geoffs

Fark!!! Just glad you're ok and the failure...

Fark!!! Just glad you're ok and the failure wasn't at 42m/hr. If Enve aren't able to make the 32 hole rims you need then perhaps Lightbicycle might be an option. They will do custom layups and hole...
Forum: Touring
07-14-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,580
Posted By geoffs

If I was going to be doing an epic journey then...

If I was going to be doing an epic journey then I'd be replacing wheel bearings and most probably the BB bearings as part of trip preperation.
For a few thousand km tour, I'd just be greasing any...
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 02:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,142
Posted By geoffs

low gearing is what counts. We're using 42/28...

low gearing is what counts.
We're using 42/28 chainrings and an 11/42 cassette on our tandem for touring with rear panniers and we managed fine in Italy recently. 20% grades were tough but anything...
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 02:32 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,580
Posted By geoffs

Problem with Shimano hubs is that when the cups...

Problem with Shimano hubs is that when the cups wear out the hubs become a throw away item. Also getting new cones when the old ones are worn can be a painful process waiting for stock, at least here...
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 02:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,403
Posted By geoffs

Sicily is great to cycle. We rode from Palermo to...

Sicily is great to cycle. We rode from Palermo to Agrigento (spend a couple of days so you can go to the valley of the temples) via Corleone, San Stefano Quisquina, Cianciana. We then rode to Gela...
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 01:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,365
Posted By geoffs

Light, Strong, Cheap. Pick any two is the general...

Light, Strong, Cheap. Pick any two is the general rule of thumb for bikes.

If you want light and strong, it's not going to be cheap. If you want Strong and cheap like a Trek 520 or an LHT it will...
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 01:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,091
Posted By geoffs

With Marathon Plus tyres we average 27kmhr on our...

With Marathon Plus tyres we average 27kmhr on our tandem when we are riding on a flat road with panniers. With Marathon supremes we manage about 32-33 kmhr with the same effort. Suremes wear well and...
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,898
Posted By geoffs

I'm using Kinetarelay which slip on shoe by...

I'm using Kinetarelay which slip on shoe by Saucony that weighs not very much and packs down to nothing. They are fine for walking around town but I wouldn't want to use them for hiking
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 05:34 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,408
Posted By geoffs

When I was touring in BC many years ago I had a...

When I was touring in BC many years ago I had a bee get caught inside my sunnies and sting me on the eyelid. Instantly blind in one eye at 30+kmhr.
Three days before I could open my eye enough to...
Forum: Touring
06-20-19, 10:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,719
Posted By geoffs

Being the height you are, I would be getting a...

Being the height you are, I would be getting a bike fit so you know exactly what size to get then I would order a frame from XACD titanium, Titan frames, Habanero etc that was made for you. Anything...
Forum: Touring
06-15-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,909
Posted By geoffs

I'm finding that if I don't exercise for any...

I'm finding that if I don't exercise for any reason my fitness level seems to drop off quicker than it used to. Before the 2 month tandem tour in Italy that we've just returned home from I had our...
06-14-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,278
Posted By geoffs

BB386 denotes a pressfit bottom bracket so they...

BB386 denotes a pressfit bottom bracket so they won’t fit your tandem. If you have octolink bb’s then as they will have a bsa thread you will need to replace them with another crankset which uses a...
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