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10-12-07, 10:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,020
Posted By rjberner

Help please?

Noting that this forum has largely become a fishing hole for cheap tandems, I thought I would reluctantly post this and help a buddy out.

My good friend is very shy and introverted and is afraid...
10-05-07, 07:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,175
Posted By rjberner

Yes, ZonaT is a very great man -- truly one of...

Yes, ZonaT is a very great man -- truly one of the saints of the cycling world. I just wish he could write in complete sentences and paragraphs instead of the biblical shorthand we've come to know...
10-05-07, 05:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,175
Posted By rjberner

By God, there may be hope for the Dutch after...

By God, there may be hope for the Dutch after all.

I wonder which of these three materials leave the lightest footprints on the environment. Are carbon gizmos actually carbon sinks?

If we knew...
09-26-07, 05:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 666
Posted By rjberner

The cranks are fine, but know that the outboard...

The cranks are fine, but know that the outboard bearings they require can be problematic and will probably have to be replaced more often than you would like. Have a pro shop face your BB housings...
09-26-07, 05:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,606
Posted By rjberner

Feel your pain -- I've done it twice in the past...

Feel your pain -- I've done it twice in the past with single bikes, to the tune of about $4500 in damages to the car, the house, the bikes, and the racks. Insurance will pay, minus the deductibles,...
09-10-07, 10:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,615
Posted By rjberner

+1 to all the comments above. Seatpost + saddle +...

+1 to all the comments above. Seatpost + saddle + shorts + fitting = The Solution. It’s a four dimensional problem and it’s probably the most vexing thing about setting up a stoker on a tandem.
...
08-30-07, 05:28 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,297
Posted By rjberner

I tried and tried to feel some empathy for...

I tried and tried to feel some empathy for someone having to deal with cactus thorns down there in sunny Tucson. But I can't. While we're dealing with blowing snow, sloppy crud, and potholes...
08-30-07, 05:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,029
Posted By rjberner

Awesome ride! For the privilege of making us all...

Awesome ride! For the privilege of making us all drool uncontrollably on our keyboards, you owe us some serious ride reports on that bad boy. A good number of us cowboys are anxious for some real...
08-29-07, 05:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,297
Posted By rjberner

I took off our Rubino Pro 25's shortly after I...

I took off our Rubino Pro 25's shortly after I got the bike last year and went to Vredestein Fortezza 25's because I wanted yellow striped tires. I just put the Rubinos back on after the V's showed...
08-29-07, 04:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By rjberner

The unit loosened up on a ride. I retorqued it,...

The unit loosened up on a ride. I retorqued it, it loosened again. I disassembled it and the left bearing fell out of the cup. The cup would not hold a new pressed-in bearing, so we scrapped it. It...
08-28-07, 07:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,840
Posted By rjberner

Don't buy a $300 tandem. You will quickly break...

Don't buy a $300 tandem. You will quickly break something on it, or you, and it will be a waste of time and money to fix it and resell it.
08-27-07, 06:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,974
Posted By rjberner

After my stoker’s comfy but cheap saddle broke...

After my stoker’s comfy but cheap saddle broke down around the cut-outs, I coupled a Thudbuster ST to a Brooks B17 S saddle, with the grey elastomer for her 130#. Although it’s her first experience...
08-27-07, 05:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By rjberner

Mechanical Question...........

Any ideas on what’s wrong with the outboard bearing designs on BB’s? From everything I read, they’re just not holding up, especially (but not limited to) the FSA designs. We’re running FSA Mega Exo...
08-23-07, 12:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,100
Posted By rjberner

"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be...

"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research."
08-23-07, 06:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,100
Posted By rjberner

"Give Bush an inch and he thinks he's a...

"Give Bush an inch and he thinks he's a ruler."
08-01-07, 06:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 611
Posted By rjberner

No offense, but your's is about the 500,000th...

No offense, but your's is about the 500,000th open-ended request for help buying or finding a tandem with preconceived notions about what you don't know. All you're going to get are lukewarm, highly...
07-26-07, 10:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,003
Posted By rjberner

Don't know, it's a stock Burley alu frame and...

Don't know, it's a stock Burley alu frame and eccentric. The problem does suggest that something(s) are seriously out-of-round, or pinched, or can't stand up to the stresses involved. I presume the...
07-26-07, 07:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,003
Posted By rjberner

FSA Mega Exo BB's

FYI: The FSA Mega Exo BB on my front crank was totaled after somewhere far less than 3000 miles and I just found it after a routine disassembly to clean, check, grease, and readjust the BB/eccentric...
07-12-07, 10:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 716
Posted By rjberner

Co-Mo's Macchiato

Anybody out there pounding on a new Macchiato? If so, what's your take so far? Co-Mo's site doesn't have any testamonials up yet -- says it's too new.
07-12-07, 09:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,132
Posted By rjberner

Sooo…. out of curiosity, why did you buy a...

Sooo…. out of curiosity, why did you buy a “crappier” C-dale tandem?

I’m a retro guy too at heart. But the “crap” sold 20 years ago is as bad, and arguably worse, than the “crap” sold today. SSDD....
07-12-07, 07:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,132
Posted By rjberner

Everyone wants to get in this game, or try this...

Everyone wants to get in this game, or try this game, for as little as possible. Understandable. It’s a risk. Like the guy who drags home a $300 tent camper so the fam can enjoy camping together,...
07-12-07, 04:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,666
Posted By rjberner

+1 for TG’s comment. Unless you have broken some...

+1 for TG’s comment. Unless you have broken some cable strands at the pinch point, even if your cable is stretched, retentioning and readjustment should bring it back into line. Even with proper...
06-18-07, 05:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 822
Posted By rjberner

It’s funny, and it’s sad. Whenever we’re flipped...

It’s funny, and it’s sad. Whenever we’re flipped off or honked down on my bike by sedentary, air-conditioned motorists, I get this overwhelming feeling that their sense of road ownership is secondary...
06-07-07, 08:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,408
Posted By rjberner

The big one.

The big one.
06-07-07, 07:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,408
Posted By rjberner

Burley alu frame FSA SLK Mega Exo carbon cranks...

Burley alu frame
FSA SLK Mega Exo carbon cranks
Looks like 52-53mm chainline
53-42-30 FSA rings
11-12-14-16-18-24-26-28-32 DA cassette, which is all wrong, but it’s there
SRAM PC-99 hollow pin...
05-30-07, 06:45 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,528
Posted By rjberner

Soy-based butt butter.

Soy-based butt butter.
05-30-07, 06:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,102
Posted By rjberner

Pretty good

Pretty good
05-30-07, 09:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,102
Posted By rjberner

Here we go again! Go for the toilet bowl...

Here we go again!

Go for the toilet bowl wax experiment dude. Knock yourself out and let us know. There's something strangely enticing about knowing your tandem is somehow connected to a toilet....
05-30-07, 05:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 978
Posted By rjberner

Alarm bells should go off when a 5-store outfit...

Alarm bells should go off when a 5-store outfit won't take a credit card to move an '04 Co-Mo. What comes to mind is that the transaction isn't complete until you, not they, complete it.

If the...
05-29-07, 08:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,203
Posted By rjberner

Say it ain't so! You can hurt yourself riding a...

Say it ain't so! You can hurt yourself riding a bike? It never occurred to me. And thank God for our esteemed journalists for pointing that out. Like an (un-named) kayak / canoe publication that...
05-29-07, 07:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,365
Posted By rjberner

Wisdom of the ages from a perpetually young guy...

Wisdom of the ages from a perpetually young guy named Zona. Remember when you could open the hood of your car and just about climb inside and get to everything, and fix it without a $20,000 computer...
05-29-07, 05:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,405
Posted By rjberner

I have to laugh at this thread because it was...

I have to laugh at this thread because it was just about a year ago when this same thread appeared and about half of the respondents giggled about using wax to lube chains. Deja vu all over again,...
05-23-07, 04:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,165
Posted By rjberner

Please, PLEEEZE buy the bike Ginny.

Please, PLEEEZE buy the bike Ginny.
04-30-07, 06:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By rjberner

Ask if they would apply the $600 toward purchase...

Ask if they would apply the $600 toward purchase of the bike if you like it. What are they renting?
04-04-07, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 938
Posted By rjberner

Would if I could, honey. Forgive us male pigs for...

Would if I could, honey. Forgive us male pigs for embracing the one thing that allows us to escape the insidious emasculation we have experienced since the ‘60’s - as women have taken our jobs, our...
04-03-07, 06:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 938
Posted By rjberner

Brown-nose!

Brown-nose!
04-03-07, 09:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,206
Posted By rjberner

All good stuff: 1) Interested in how you can...

All good stuff:

1) Interested in how you can say this? Care to share? CoMo has done some very different things with their "deeply machined head tube" and tubing design for the Macchiato.

2)...
03-29-07, 06:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,197
Posted By rjberner

Would love to go Campy and I wish I had the $1000...

Would love to go Campy and I wish I had the $1000 to go to a Record upgrade. Probably will on my dream machine if they still have the wide indexing on the front der. brifter. But that's still only a...
03-28-07, 07:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,197
Posted By rjberner

Amen on friction shifters. Always liked 'em...

Amen on friction shifters. Always liked 'em because they could be dialed in on the fly. If it wouldn't look so silly, I'd opt for a rear der. STI brifter and a friction shifter on the downtube for a...
03-11-07, 07:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,646
Posted By rjberner

$25,000???? GONG! Next,...

$25,000???? GONG! Next, please...............and show this nice gentleman to the door.
03-05-07, 06:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,575
Posted By rjberner

Ahhh, the search for the holy rail……it can make...

Ahhh, the search for the holy rail……it can make or break the sport of bicycle riding and I firmly believe that, aside from fear of riding with cars, it is a prime reason why the sport is not more...
03-01-07, 06:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,530
Posted By rjberner

The Thorn may be a great tandem, but a light...

The Thorn may be a great tandem, but a light touring and day-ride machine it's not. At 48lb (with racks and fenders), it will sit there at over 50lb with pedals and water bottle cages. It looks like...
01-23-07, 06:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,781
Posted By rjberner

Have had difficulties keeping my Ultegra front d....

Have had difficulties keeping my Ultegra front d. adjusted (on 145mm rear spacing) and will sometimes have to adjust the cable tension slightly while I'm riding. The cable tension must be dead bang...
01-23-07, 06:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,521
Posted By rjberner

You gotta stand sometimes, I think. What finally...

You gotta stand sometimes, I think. What finally worked for us was for the stoker to stand first. When she tells me she's up, then I get up, and away we go. My job is to keep the machine on the...
01-12-07, 10:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,164
Posted By rjberner

Okay TG, where exactly did you see me ride? Huh? ...

Okay TG, where exactly did you see me ride? Huh?

Hmmmmm......great piece on the zen of tandem buying, a classic. I'm not entirely sure what a "racing tandem" is, except one (any one) that is being...
01-12-07, 09:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,164
Posted By rjberner

What are the geometry differences between Santana...

What are the geometry differences between Santana and CoMo? Can't find geometry data on Santana's website.
01-11-07, 05:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,321
Posted By rjberner

So, summarizing this noxious thread (thanks...

So, summarizing this noxious thread (thanks Fenlasen) perhaps we can end it here and join hands around the campfire and sing Goom-bah- yah:

1. We’ve been pretty good doobies here – there has not...
01-11-07, 02:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,321
Posted By rjberner

I hear what you're saying, but I'm struggling...

I hear what you're saying, but I'm struggling with the logic. We've already seen what Apple was like when they fired Steve, and it wasn't pretty. If Bill left Santana, it could be good; it could be a...
01-11-07, 01:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,321
Posted By rjberner

How so?

How so?
01-11-07, 01:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 543
Posted By rjberner

320lbs on Rubino Pro 25's. I wouldn't go any...

320lbs on Rubino Pro 25's. I wouldn't go any wider.
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