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10-22-13, 04:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,620
Posted By mrfish

I did not like the idea of spending a large...

I did not like the idea of spending a large amount of money on what is a very basic and simple device, so put together a tandem rack for 30 from 4x trailer axle u-bolts (holds the wooden rack to the...
04-30-13, 03:55 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 13,172
Posted By mrfish

Personally I would try and eliminate as many...

Personally I would try and eliminate as many unknowns as possible if you are wanting to build one CF tandem. That will keep time manageable and minimise blind alleys. Then on your next tandem you...
11-12-12, 08:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 10,538
Posted By mrfish

I would be surprised if it makes sense to buy a...

I would be surprised if it makes sense to buy a huge car or van specifically to carry a tandem. I have not done the maths, but I drive maybe 1,000-2,000 miles per year with the tandem, so the petrol...
11-07-12, 07:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,340
Posted By mrfish

I also bought the reports. The reports were good...

I also bought the reports. The reports were good in that they quantify what we intuitively know already:
- Ceramic bearings are faster, but not so much that they turn a carthorse into a tour...
10-26-12, 01:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,922
Posted By mrfish

If you want to run Di2 and are happy with the...

If you want to run Di2 and are happy with the minimum 38t small ring, then you could just unbolt the 30t inner ring, add Di2 and off you go. If you can do all your rides comfortably without using the...
10-22-12, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,196
Posted By mrfish

Regarding whether or not Calfees were $4.5k in...

Regarding whether or not Calfees were $4.5k in 2007, see here on the Livingood blog for prices. In fairness $4.5k is about the least you could pay for a Calfee; add couplers, custom sizing and you...
10-22-12, 09:21 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 23,682
Posted By mrfish

What??? What's not to like about external...

What???

What's not to like about external bbs? Current Shimano and Campag stuff just works, the sealing works, the crank is light and stiff and very simple to maintain. The same can't be said for...
10-19-12, 05:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,196
Posted By mrfish

Interesting, fit would probably be about right...

Interesting, fit would probably be about right for us, but the price seems a bit much. Price of today's model is not really the right comparison point as the later models solve issues around...
10-11-12, 02:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,764
Posted By mrfish

Correct. It wil mount but the shape is different....

Correct. It wil mount but the shape is different. Close inspection of photos somewhere like competitive cyclist will confirm.
10-11-12, 01:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,229
Posted By mrfish

Yes, supposedly. On aluminium frames I can...

Yes, supposedly. On aluminium frames I can understand it as the shell can be distorted from welding. But I find it hard to understand on carbon frames where a precisely machined tube can be bonded...
10-10-12, 09:29 AM
Replies: 454
Views: 77,884
Posted By mrfish

Now that Bilenky just screams class. mmmm

Now that Bilenky just screams class. mmmm
10-10-12, 09:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,229
Posted By mrfish

The Calfee is very nice, but you should mention...

The Calfee is very nice, but you should mention that Cannondale cranks are not exactly cheap. Then using a secondary eccentric and dremeling the chainstay seems odd as the main thing about these...
10-08-12, 03:04 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,724
Posted By mrfish

I found you only get 50% as wet on a tandem as on...

I found you only get 50% as wet on a tandem as on a single bike so no need to bother with mudguards in the summer. The captain gets slightly wet feet (the down tube catches more water than on my...
09-18-12, 02:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,410
Posted By mrfish

+1. On the rare occasions I've had bike shops do...

+1. On the rare occasions I've had bike shops do work, they have consistently taken the opportunity to screw something up. It's not that I do everything perfectly, but when it goes wrong I generally...
09-17-12, 02:31 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,337
Posted By mrfish

Interesting that there appear to be no standards...

Interesting that there appear to be no standards for tandem fork testing. When I bought my Alpha Q fork, I recall hearing that their tandem and cyclo cross forks were tested using the same standard,...
09-12-12, 08:50 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,755
Posted By mrfish

Plenty - I live in Switzerland at the top of 5km...

Plenty - I live in Switzerland at the top of 5km climb. (sorry, I couldn't resist - my profile location is outdated)

But to return to logic and facts - Shimano, Campagnolo, SRAM all work hard to...
08-29-12, 02:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,755
Posted By mrfish

Dropping a chain is no fun, but IMHO people tend...

Dropping a chain is no fun, but IMHO people tend to use these as a substitute for adjusting their bike properly. And if you start down this route, where to stop? Pie plate on the rear wheel? tyre...
08-29-12, 02:46 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,673
Posted By mrfish

Regarding tyres, I would use the Ultremos if you...

Regarding tyres, I would use the Ultremos if you are looking for lowest weight and ride clean dry roads. I tried the first version Ultremos when they came out and found that UK roads would cut the...
08-29-12, 02:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,310
Posted By mrfish

If you want pure road fast tyres GP4000s is...

If you want pure road fast tyres GP4000s is consistently the top tyre in every Tour magazine test. For those not in German-speaking europe, Tour publishes the gold-standard tyre test every 12 months...
08-27-12, 05:51 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,673
Posted By mrfish

Very nice bike. I would recommend some...

Very nice bike.

I would recommend some Thomson seat clamps as they work much better than some lighter weight alternatives I tried. I found that the captain's seatpost needs to be clamped more...
07-16-12, 11:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,200
Posted By mrfish

I wouldn't bother. Instead get yourself a...

I wouldn't bother. Instead get yourself a light-ish aluminium rear rim and a disc cover. That will be more aero, and unless you're going uphill at <10mph the weight makes less difference than the...
05-25-12, 05:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,082
Posted By mrfish

I thought the caliper / canti brakes on my tandem...

I thought the caliper / canti brakes on my tandem were no good (they would only just lock the wheel if squeezed really hard) until our ex pro racer friend came for a ride on his single bike with us....
03-26-12, 06:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,995
Posted By mrfish

Shop bought racks are good, but it's very easy to...

Shop bought racks are good, but it's very easy to build something which looks very similar to Hermes' rack for very little. I looked at modifying a Thule single bike rack by bolting on a longer wheel...
03-26-12, 04:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,632
Posted By mrfish

Is it really worth trying to get the stoker...

Is it really worth trying to get the stoker lower?

I would imagine that as long as the stoker is not increasing the hole punched in the air by the captain (assuming the mostly female stokers are...
03-23-12, 05:03 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 20,482
Posted By mrfish

Ouch! I wish you well on your recovery. My...

Ouch! I wish you well on your recovery.

My experience though is that if a sharp object does cut through a tyre tread, it will probably cut through almost any tyre.

Luckily this is very rare.
03-19-12, 11:58 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,660
Posted By mrfish

P.S. 200mm crankset - How do you get round...

P.S. 200mm crankset - How do you get round corners?
03-19-12, 11:53 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,660
Posted By mrfish

The aluminium frame on the tandem is neither here...

The aluminium frame on the tandem is neither here nor there. This is not an opinion, it's physics: Climbing speed comes from having 2 riders who produce decent power while at reasonable weights:
...
03-15-12, 06:46 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,777
Posted By mrfish

The angle of the stem makes no difference to the...

The angle of the stem makes no difference to the load which the captain's seatpost 'sees' where it is clamped into the frame, whether it clamps at the top, bottom or somewhere in between. If you...
03-15-12, 06:08 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,673
Posted By mrfish

I think avoiding an eccentric is a great idea....

I think avoiding an eccentric is a great idea. Contrary to other posters I don't see changes in the bike length as a big issue at all. In my experience the eccentric doesn't need frequent adjustment...
03-06-12, 09:28 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,673
Posted By mrfish

Please keep us updated - I think this sounds like...

Please keep us updated - I think this sounds like a really cool build, and I like the idea that you could swap the pipes to improve stiffness or ride. Re-setting the RD tension is no big deal, since...
03-06-12, 08:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,292
Posted By mrfish

I think there were much simpler and cheaper...

I think there were much simpler and cheaper solutions than ditching the Campy altogether - use a shiftmate. But since you're already shimanoed-up, I would get 10 speed shifters and cassettes. Then...
02-09-12, 10:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,787
Posted By mrfish

Well I've ridden both an Edge 2.0 on my Parlee Z4...

Well I've ridden both an Edge 2.0 on my Parlee Z4 a few years back and tapered fork on my Z5SL now. Obviously the frame is also different, but the difference in the handling is very very small.
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02-09-12, 10:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,936
Posted By mrfish

Our max was 54mph down the Old Bristol Road into...

Our max was 54mph down the Old Bristol Road into Wells, Somerset while on a sportif. I think we overtook 5 or 6 roadies like they were standing still ;-D That was without pedalling - we just hit the...
02-09-12, 09:52 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,190
Posted By mrfish

I've done the red bolt thing on my tandem, but...

I've done the red bolt thing on my tandem, but mainly to get rid of unnecessary steel bolts which would soon rust and because I like red. I've not measured the weight saving, but it probably cost...
11-15-11, 12:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 642
Posted By mrfish

Well, we live approximately 300m from Herne Hill...

Well, we live approximately 300m from Herne Hill velodrome, but we have not yet ridden the tandem there. Riding the track on a 'casual' basis isn't somethign I would do unless doing an organised...
09-13-11, 04:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,027
Posted By mrfish

+1 on all the above - we stand to give the bottom...

+1 on all the above - we stand to give the bottom a break, to get up hills without shifting into the granny ring and losing momentum and occasionally to sprint on the flat.

More recently we...
09-13-11, 03:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 852
Posted By mrfish

Nice bike. But there are lighter, more aero...

Nice bike.

But there are lighter, more aero and stiffer wheels out there. Or did you get them to get aluminium brake sufaces with good aero?

If new I would personally have chosen a different...
09-04-11, 02:21 PM
Replies: 1,405
Views: 458,999
Posted By mrfish

Us on the Tour of Wessex Day 1. We did the medium...

Us on the Tour of Wessex Day 1. We did the medium route, which was 76 miles with a mix of flats round Glastonbury Tor (in the background in second picture) and a tough stretch up Cheddar Gorge (third...
04-14-11, 06:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 687
Posted By mrfish

Please don't throw away a tyre after one...

Please don't throw away a tyre after one puncture. If it's a minor puncture from a thorn or glass rather than a 1cm cut this seems a bit silly. This isn't formula one, and it seems highly...
04-11-11, 04:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,391
Posted By mrfish

Regarding batteries and wireless, the issue is...

Regarding batteries and wireless, the issue is that servos under load require high peak currents. So likely the FD and RD work best running from one battery. Also this allows the brain (in the FD in...
04-01-11, 05:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,391
Posted By mrfish

Re. the linked front and rear shifting you need...

Re. the linked front and rear shifting you need to talk to Fairwheel bikes. But it's not a production system.

I think Fairwheel would mastermind building you a very good tandem if you asked Jason...
03-30-11, 05:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,344
Posted By mrfish

Well, all of those solutions work well, but if...

Well, all of those solutions work well, but if you already have roof bars and baulk at paying $300 for a few bits of pressed steel and aluminum it's very easy to make your own wooden rack.

Just...
03-27-11, 03:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By mrfish

A couple of thoughts - why do you think the lever...

A couple of thoughts - why do you think the lever shape will help your elbows? I'd try a quick ride on a demo bike before you part with $$s

Regarding the chain, the 10 speed is as strong as a 9...
03-27-11, 03:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,391
Posted By mrfish

Not tried it on a tandem, but I did try a Trek...

Not tried it on a tandem, but I did try a Trek Di2 on a trainer while on a business trip in Sydney. It shifted just like a bike should shift. Yes the chain did not rub, and the drivetrain wouldn't...
03-21-11, 08:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,319
Posted By mrfish

I have a Trek T2000, which has a notoriously bad...

I have a Trek T2000, which has a notoriously bad rear brake from stock and is pretty similar to a Galaxy.

The good news is that after some fine tuning my single bike buddies report that the...
10-19-10, 05:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,893
Posted By mrfish

Yes Not quite - there is considerable...

Yes



Not quite - there is considerable confusion around this. Rotor rings have their long axis aligned with the crank. This means that the short axis is at 90 degrees to the crank. So when the...
07-20-10, 04:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,850
Posted By mrfish

I'm not seeing an inner of the double chainrings...

I'm not seeing an inner of the double chainrings on that Calfee. It looks like it just has a 50t ring and a wide ratio rear cassette. Are the pictures misleading, or is it set up for riding in...
06-29-10, 06:15 AM
Replies: 1,405
Views: 458,999
Posted By mrfish

Nice! I thought for a moment you had the Schleck...

Nice! I thought for a moment you had the Schleck brothers on a tandem, but then realised you've got Cancellara on the back to drive things along.
06-14-10, 12:42 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,568
Posted By mrfish

Regarding efficiency of the Rohloff, the question...

Regarding efficiency of the Rohloff, the question is who uses their derailleur gears optimally? Most people don't because it involves double shifts all the time. And who avoids cross chaining gears...
06-14-10, 09:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,204
Posted By mrfish

Ditto - I have them on my 9speed Ultegra setup on...

Ditto - I have them on my 9speed Ultegra setup on the RH shifter only. Generally it's obvious, but if uncertain I just ask the stoker what chainring we're in.

The indicator works really well, and...
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