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06-03-22, 08:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,064
Posted By Philly Tandem

pipeliner Here you go: two Santana-specific...

pipeliner Here you go: two Santana-specific Octalink V1 BBs on PinkBike (with cranks and belt drive) https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/3073300/ (not mine) I'd buy the belt and matching belt chainrings...
05-27-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,064
Posted By Philly Tandem

Yes, I have a few squirreled away in my parts...

Yes, I have a few squirreled away in my parts bin. But I also have three Santana tandems, so I'm not going to part with them anytime soon ;-)
05-27-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 916
Posted By Philly Tandem

By the way, we often pair our Ortlieb panniers...

By the way, we often pair our Ortlieb panniers with their rack-top duffle bag. It's super handy. Its buckles are designed to interface with the Top Roller pannier, but we manage to make it work with...
05-27-22, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 916
Posted By Philly Tandem

I have two sets of the Bike Packer Plus (one is...

I have two sets of the Bike Packer Plus (one is easily 20 years old) and have generally been pleased with them. My only design complaint is that the top lid is fixed on the back side, meaning it...
05-24-22, 11:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 916
Posted By Philly Tandem

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

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.
05-24-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,064
Posted By Philly Tandem

FYI Meridian tandems with 160mm rear spacing use...

FYI Meridian tandems with 160mm rear spacing use 127.5mm BB axles, not the "standard" 118 that is commonly used on other tandems with 145mm spacing. (Meridian used the same rear spacing as Santana...
05-24-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,402
Posted By Philly Tandem

Santana Europe in Germany has used tandems listed...

Santana Europe in Germany has used tandems listed on their site. See "Gebrauchte tandems" on the left side menu. https://www.santana-tandem.com/de/news
05-24-22, 09:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,275
Posted By Philly Tandem

See if there are any REI stores near the seller....

See if there are any REI stores near the seller. I used them to pack and ship a tandem I bought on the West Coast to me on the East Coast. They did a very good job and were reasonable. That said, the...
05-24-22, 09:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,129
Posted By Philly Tandem

Your Rio is probably vintage late 80s, likely...

Your Rio is probably vintage late 80s, likely 1989ish. We had the same model as our first tandem, bought used in 1994, so I'm pretty familiar with the model. Around 1990 Santana switched to...
05-24-22, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 883
Posted By Philly Tandem

I don't have that hub so can't be completely...

I don't have that hub so can't be completely sure, but based on other tandem hubs I have used (Hadley, etc.), my guess is that there is a spacer in the endcap that can be removed to make space for...
01-12-22, 04:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,751
Posted By Philly Tandem

No experience with the Bike Friday tandem, but I...

No experience with the Bike Friday tandem, but I do own two BF New World Tourist single bikes and am happy with them. They ride very much like a full-size bike. Have you also considered an...
01-12-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,228
Posted By Philly Tandem

I've owned and extensively ridden both small and...

I've owned and extensively ridden both small and medium-framed Santanas, as I'm basically right in between the two sizes. I ended up selling my medium tandems and bought smalls due to the dropped...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,279
Posted By Philly Tandem

Good review on your website! Thanks for the link....

Good review on your website! Thanks for the link. I've biked the Danube (self-supported) several times and have always wondered about the bike-boat experience.
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,320
Posted By Philly Tandem

I've taken the Capitol Ltd a few times from...

I've taken the Capitol Ltd a few times from Cumberland to Pittsburgh, and it's been late each time. Once really late (like 1:30 am into PGH). So check for updates frequently. I think AMTRAK has an...
09-03-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 881
Posted By Philly Tandem

FYI: New Co-Motion Group on Facebook

Those who own, or are interested in, Co-Motion bikes and/or tandems may want to check out a new Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/comotionowners
09-03-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,206
Posted By Philly Tandem

FYI, for those interested in Co-Motions, there is...

FYI, for those interested in Co-Motions, there is a new(ish) Facebook Group just for Co-Motion owners (single or tandem) or those interested in the brand:...
09-03-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,592
Posted By Philly Tandem

I've sold probably 10-12 used tandems over the...

I've sold probably 10-12 used tandems over the past 15 years or so (either upgrading, changing sizes, or simply fixing up and reselling), and similarly have bought quite a few used ones, too. I sold...
08-22-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,513
Posted By Philly Tandem

Usually it's the cassette, as you found out. But...

Usually it's the cassette, as you found out. But a worn chain can also wear the chainrings enough that they will slip under load (climbing, etc.). So be sure to also test each of the front rings with...
Forum: Touring
08-16-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,551
Posted By Philly Tandem

Just updated my comment. No, don't lock anything,...

Just updated my comment. No, don't lock anything, at least when in the airport (in a taxi, at a hotel, etc., is a different story). TSA may have to break it, non-TSA entities (foreign customs, etc.),...
Forum: Touring
08-16-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,551
Posted By Philly Tandem

We have checked S&S cases and bags dozens of...

We have checked S&S cases and bags dozens of times, and I'd say about 50% of the time we get the TSA (or foreign equivalent) notice in the bag that they have been opened. Never had any problems. I...
08-16-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,332
Posted By Philly Tandem

That's pretty cool! I've thought of doing...

That's pretty cool! I've thought of doing something similar for my 2016 Odyssey but am too lazy :-)

Questions:
1. How does it bolt to the seat mounts (I assume) in the second row? Do you have a...
07-22-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,074
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: 4,469
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: 2,347
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: 929
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: 4,004
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: 2,899
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: 1,272
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: 243
Views: 162,305
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: 2,203
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: 73
Views: 30,335
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: 1,632
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: 2,844
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: 2,884
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: 2,571
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: 2,615
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: 1,165
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: 1,165
Posted By Philly Tandem

Get a coupled triple...

Get a coupled triple...
02-28-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,528
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: 2,528
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: 1,165
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: 1,801
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: 6,142
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: 1,967
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: 2,257
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: 3,988
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: 3,988
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: 737
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: 1,853
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: 4,757
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...
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