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09-27-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 425
Posted By Alcanbrad

Clothing does attract pollenating insects,...

Clothing does attract pollenating insects, specifically bright floral colors and the color black. Face it, we tend to dress up like an all you can eat smorgasbord to a stinging insect. Also, they are...
09-21-22, 07:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 425
Posted By Alcanbrad

I have been stung many many times over the years....

I have been stung many many times over the years. The most common spot is 3 times on my lower lip all by wasps. Twice on the hand by yellow jackets. And many single stings in various other spots. ...
09-02-22, 07:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
Posted By Alcanbrad

+1 and they offer a very wide toe box available...

+1 and they offer a very wide toe box available if needed.
08-31-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,313
Posted By Alcanbrad

There are one or more sites that have old sears...

There are one or more sites that have old sears catalogs online. With a little forensics you might have some luck there.
08-26-22, 05:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 605
Posted By Alcanbrad

I too have been curious about this and devised a...

I too have been curious about this and devised a way that I think you can capture fairly accurate data with a single set of dual sided power meter pedals. My interest was both curiosity and to...
08-21-22, 11:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 401
Posted By Alcanbrad

Most of it looks very clean. The chain rings ...

Most of it looks very clean. The chain rings and wheel rims show wear and the handle bars have been tapped. It may have been ridden before or maybe it’s a new frame that was in the process of...
08-03-22, 06:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 597
Posted By Alcanbrad

Looks like a great adventure. It’s the shared...

Looks like a great adventure. It’s the shared experiences, challenges,and accomplishments that make tandeming so rich and rewarding.
07-28-22, 04:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 802
Posted By Alcanbrad

By your description it sounds like the brake shoe...

By your description it sounds like the brake shoe assembly (#2 in the pdf) is being displaced, or moved out of perpendicularity with the axle when the wheel is tightened in the dropouts. I would...
07-23-22, 04:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 638
Posted By Alcanbrad

Personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with that...

Personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with that setup. This based on little more than concern of any outcome from a failure.

If your goal is to raise your handle bars a large amount, you might...
06-27-22, 06:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,934
Posted By Alcanbrad

We have Topeak MTX racks and bags on our tandems...

We have Topeak MTX racks and bags on our tandems and my stoker has complained about the trunk bag crowding her behind. You can see in the first picture how the bag sits right up the back of the...
06-25-22, 01:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,181
Posted By Alcanbrad

Great! Glad you found it. One thing you can...

Great! Glad you found it. One thing you can count on with a tandem, when you find and fix a vexing noise, another one will soon appear 🙄
06-21-22, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 687
Posted By Alcanbrad

I have been happy with the FSA BB-7000/TD MegaExo...

I have been happy with the FSA BB-7000/TD MegaExo tandem bottom brackets, they’re as good as any other. The cartridge bearing BBs are not life time items on a tandem. I think of them as I would...
06-21-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,181
Posted By Alcanbrad

Not necessarily IMO, pedaling introduces forces...

Not necessarily IMO, pedaling introduces forces and torques throughout the bike, so it would indicate that it is related to putting power into the drivetrain. It could be drive train, it could be...
06-19-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,181
Posted By Alcanbrad

If you have disc brakes, check if the pads are...

If you have disc brakes, check if the pads are seated properly and carefully check your wheel bearings. Worn bearings or loose cups or quick release can cause the wheel to wobble with pedal cadence...
05-18-22, 05:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,475
Posted By Alcanbrad

You might try giving Mel at Tandems East a call. ...

You might try giving Mel at Tandems East a call. He may have connections that might be able to help.
04-25-22, 03:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,233
Posted By Alcanbrad

Common causes of trashing bottom bracket bearings...

Common causes of trashing bottom bracket bearings include a bottom bracket shell that is not radially aligned side to side and/or a timing chain that is way too taught possibly coupled with one or...
04-12-22, 05:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,349
Posted By Alcanbrad

Our first tandem is a late '90's Santana with...

Our first tandem is a late '90's Santana with cantilever brakes. When we moved to a hilly region, we were not comfortable with the stopping power of the brakes (we are heavy team). I added a drum...
04-01-22, 05:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,218
Posted By Alcanbrad

Having electrified a tandem, I'll add a few...

Having electrified a tandem, I'll add a few comments based on my experience. I electrified an older Santana steel tandem with a front hub motor and rear rack mounted battery. The bike now weighs 70...
03-15-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,898
Posted By Alcanbrad

We run the the same brifter/calipers on our CoMo,...

We run the the same brifter/calipers on our CoMo, but have never experienced what you describe. Towards the end of last season the rear became spongy so I added some fluid but did not do a full...
02-14-22, 05:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,624
Posted By Alcanbrad

Assuming you have same size rotors, try swapping...

Assuming you have same size rotors, try swapping rotors and pads front to back. If the undesirable behavior moves to the front, replace pads and rotor, if it stays at the rear, you got something...
01-17-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,737
Posted By Alcanbrad

The click stand is a great light weight option to...

The click stand is a great light weight option to hold up the bike but I would have second thoughts about using It in the scenario the OP stated. Loading and unloading a kid trailer will undoubtedly...
01-10-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,269
Posted By Alcanbrad

+1 on Leisestrum's advice and welcome. It's...

+1 on Leisestrum's advice and welcome.

It's not hard to spend 10K on a tandem. From your post I don't know the extent of your experiences with Tandems, nor did I pick up on that if you went for...
12-19-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,314
Posted By Alcanbrad

If you are looking at only occasional 1 way...

If you are looking at only occasional 1 way trips, you might take a look at 1 way car/van rental. Leave your travel case(s) at the origin, then rent a car/van one way returning to your case(s)....
12-07-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,714
Posted By Alcanbrad

I would tend to agree with your point of view for...

I would tend to agree with your point of view for most riding conditions cyccommute. I would not expect a bike to hydroplane while going straight, but I would not be surprised if the point of loss...
12-06-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,714
Posted By Alcanbrad

This should be classified under “Hey Alcanbrad,...

This should be classified under “Hey Alcanbrad, get a life 😁”, however I believe you have the tire mounted backwards. The tread pattern should be oriented to drive captured water away from the...
12-01-21, 05:32 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,916
Posted By Alcanbrad

I believe that Precision tandems sells both and...

I believe that Precision tandems sells both and 34 and 36 in 74BCD. I put a 36 on our gossamer triple when I converted it to a double when upgrading to eTap Red 11 speed a year or so back.

We...
10-30-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,554
Posted By Alcanbrad

I hear you, having to work bent over or on my...

I hear you, having to work bent over or on my knees is very painful for me. I solved by using a tall work stand, there is a thread from last August with examples. Its tall enough to be able to...
10-12-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,390
Posted By Alcanbrad

I have both the Park DAG 2.2 and the Wolf Tooth...

I have both the Park DAG 2.2 and the Wolf Tooth Pack Hanger tools. I got the Wolf Tooth tool first as it appeared innovative and compact. After several unsuccessful straightening attempts, I bought...
10-12-21, 06:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,390
Posted By Alcanbrad

Excellent point! This can indeed have a large...

Excellent point! This can indeed have a large impact.

A cautionary warning: I tried to straighten a slightly bent hanger with a road link installed and the road link snapped in half with very...
10-11-21, 05:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,390
Posted By Alcanbrad

One more point I missed above: When putting...

One more point I missed above: When putting together these unsupported configurations, you can usually push the capacity by 1 or 2 links without too much trouble, but not always.
10-11-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,390
Posted By Alcanbrad

Don't confuse drive train capacity with a...

Don't confuse drive train capacity with a derailleur max cog size. From SRAM website:
Drive train tooth capacity for Force eTap AXS 36t-max rear derailleurs is 39t. (Drive train tooth capacity is...
10-11-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,390
Posted By Alcanbrad

I can't speak to the Sugek cassette. There are a...

I can't speak to the Sugek cassette. There are a lot of cheap cassette options that only available on Alibabba (and maybe a few choices of other suppliers) with various positive and negative...
10-11-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,244
Posted By Alcanbrad

If you take the time to watch the GCN video, ...

If you take the time to watch the GCN video, Notice how the drivetrain starts skipping on the steep sections, then they cut away to a more reasonable grade where everything is hunky-dorry. I wonder...
10-11-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,390
Posted By Alcanbrad

Two places I would check right away: 1 - Custom...

Two places I would check right away:
1 - Custom cassette? Is this mixing cogs from different makers? Are the problem gears from one of the donner cassettes and the other works fine? What is the...
10-07-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,652
Posted By Alcanbrad

It looks to be made up from different frames. ...

It looks to be made up from different frames. The head tube and seat tube angles are different, and spacing between the top tube and down tube at the head tube is different. I would tend to mark it...
10-02-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,453
Posted By Alcanbrad

:roflmao:

:roflmao:
10-01-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,453
Posted By Alcanbrad

We do pretty much the same, but with different...

We do pretty much the same, but with different words. I use STOPPING for stopping, PAUSE to pause pedaling without stopping, SHIFT when announcing a shift of rear gears, and FRONT to announce a...
09-24-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,790
Posted By Alcanbrad

Our team is on the heavy side and I am not...

Our team is on the heavy side and I am not comfortable stabilizing the bike with my tip-toes while sitting on the saddle. I straddle the bike with both feet firmly planted, My stoker gets clipped in...
09-13-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,151
Posted By Alcanbrad

We have a similar co-mo frame (no middle down...

We have a similar co-mo frame (no middle down tube) and my stoker also finds it very difficult to reach a bottle. Our solution: I play 2 roles: captain and water boy. I fetch and pass, and ...
09-12-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,247
Posted By Alcanbrad

I was being funny (in my mind anyway 😂). I have...

I was being funny (in my mind anyway 😂). I have used shoe goo on shoes and it is very effective (and goopy)
09-12-21, 05:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,247
Posted By Alcanbrad

+1 on reaching out to tandem manufacturers. I...

+1 on reaching out to tandem manufacturers. I purchased a replacement guide a few years back from Co-Motion and IIRC it was only a few dollars.

It may well stay in place if you leave it as is,...
09-03-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By Alcanbrad

This is not uncommon though it is difficult to...

This is not uncommon though it is difficult to balance the braking force of the shared brakes. More typically done is to control the drum brake with a friction bar end shifter. Or, some folks give...
08-27-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,907
Posted By Alcanbrad

You will receive a lot of opinions that will be...

You will receive a lot of opinions that will be all over the road. For us, we're are 400 lb team also riding northern NJ roads. We have 3 road tandems and run Gator skin 28's on 2 of the bikes (one...
08-25-21, 04:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,133
Posted By Alcanbrad

I originally had a PRS-6 as above and replaced it...

I originally had a PRS-6 as above and replaced it a couple of years ago with a Park PCS-4. I was looking for 2 things: A clamp that would fit the large diameter frame tubes, and one that was tall...
08-18-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,591
Posted By Alcanbrad

I completely agree with the above responses,...

I completely agree with the above responses, however, do you know where the chain is slipping? If you have been riding on worn (stretched) chains, the cogs on the chainrings, cassette, and timing...
08-02-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,843
Posted By Alcanbrad

Looks like a good solution to your needs. With...

Looks like a good solution to your needs. With the tandem and tandem rack being measurably longer than the original rails on the hitch mount, there will likely be greater torque on the hitch mount. ...
07-27-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,695
Posted By Alcanbrad

Are you talking about using the tandem specific...

Are you talking about using the tandem specific BB for the stoker? If so, I think you could flip the eccentric around, however, BBs (and pedals) are threaded the way they are to prevent the cups...
07-26-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,695
Posted By Alcanbrad

It sounds like to have SRAM's GXP vintage BB's. ...

It sounds like to have SRAM's GXP vintage BB's. The captains BB should a standard SRAM GXP, the stoker requires a Tandem specific Bottom bracket.
07-26-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,695
Posted By Alcanbrad

After all the comments and trying with the belt...

After all the comments and trying with the belt tension looser, I believe that in addition to having excessive runout, I have been running the belt way too tight which is likely my problem (I never...
07-25-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,872
Posted By Alcanbrad

I recently converted our older steel Santana with...

I recently converted our older steel Santana with a front hub motor. If you haven't seen them already, take a look at these threads...
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