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12-04-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,791
Posted By PaulGrun

We start with whichever foot happens to be down. ...

We start with whichever foot happens to be down. My stoker stays clipped in, so which foot goes down when coming to a stop is pretty much up to me, coulx be either one.
04-06-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 934
Posted By PaulGrun

You're kidding, right? Coming from Colorado? ...

You're kidding, right? Coming from Colorado? We're originally from PA (now in the Pacific Northwest) and lived in Colorado for 18 years or so. I've never done it, but it's hard to imagine that...
04-06-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,251
Posted By PaulGrun

Earlier this winter, we had an accident that...

Earlier this winter, we had an accident that resulted in the destruction of both rims. Even though both tires which were virtually new, look perfect, we replaced them anyway. My point is that you...
02-14-21, 04:17 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,893
Posted By PaulGrun

So we should be on the look out for a used tandem...

So we should be on the look out for a used tandem for sale?
02-14-21, 04:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,987
Posted By PaulGrun

Well, it certainly seems as though you are well...

Well, it certainly seems as though you are well on your way! It sounds as though you could easily write the book on how to treat a stoker while riding respectfully.
02-07-21, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,796
Posted By PaulGrun

My precious stoker and I do exactly as you...

My precious stoker and I do exactly as you described, she stays clipped in for the duration. I'm about 225lbs, and she's a measly 120lbs, so it works great for us.
Not to pick a bone or anything...
02-07-21, 04:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,796
Posted By PaulGrun

We've been using clipless pedals forever. For a...

We've been using clipless pedals forever. For a variety of reasons, my stoker needed to shift over to platform pedals like those in the previous post. She hated 'em. Found it really hard to stay...
01-28-21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,732
Posted By PaulGrun

I gave up on the Gates iPhone app after my finger...

I gave up on the Gates iPhone app after my finger got raw strumming the belt trying to get any kind of a reading at all, much less what seemed to be reasonably consistent, and now just use the Krikit...
01-20-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,676
Posted By PaulGrun

This is a very, very good point, and I think...

This is a very, very good point, and I think often overlooked. It really does take a special mindset to be able to be a tandem stoker. It requires emotionally setting aside the idea that someone...
01-17-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 73,468
Posted By PaulGrun

Here's our first tandem - a Bilenky Cycle Works...

Here's our first tandem - a Bilenky Cycle Works Sterling. Marvelous bike, served us well for more than two decades. Replaced just this past summer with a Calfee. So the Sterling is for sale.
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01-17-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 73,468
Posted By PaulGrun

For those of us in Oregon, I should point out...

For those of us in Oregon, I should point out that it's not easy keeping up with Simon and Jody. Nevertheless, it's fun to try. :-)
01-17-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,676
Posted By PaulGrun

Oh my - you're going to get a boatload of advice...

Oh my - you're going to get a boatload of advice on this one, and most of it is all different. :-) So let me start the ball rolling by describing what works for us.
To start, I am 5'11" and 220...
12-16-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 73,468
Posted By PaulGrun

Here's a pic of my wonderful stoker. Oh, and the...

Here's a pic of my wonderful stoker. Oh, and the tandem we're currently riding. We just got it this past summer.
...
12-16-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,336
Posted By PaulGrun

I now have our tandem configured to work exactly...

I now have our tandem configured to work exactly the same as "manual" STI - the big lever on each side pulls the cable, the small lever releases cable. Pulling cable means that the chain goes from a...
12-13-20, 04:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,336
Posted By PaulGrun

There were a couple of reasons, primary one being...

There were a couple of reasons, primary one being that we were much more limited in our choice of gear ratios. There were a couple of other reasons as well, but I've forgotten what they were. I was...
12-10-20, 11:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,336
Posted By PaulGrun

Yep, travels are in our future! A key reason for...

Yep, travels are in our future! A key reason for building a brand new bike was to get couplers ... we had traveled internationally a number of times with our marvelous Sterling tandem but had grown...
12-10-20, 11:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,336
Posted By PaulGrun

Thank you for the kind wishes - I expect we will....

Thank you for the kind wishes - I expect we will. We owned our last tandem for nearly 25 years (still have it), so I'm hoping for a similar lifetime from this one.
The forks are carbon fiber, and...
12-10-20, 11:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,336
Posted By PaulGrun

So far we've had no problems with it, although...

So far we've had no problems with it, although when I first set it up I did get some skipping, but I attributed that to insufficient belt tension. Since tightening the belt, we've had no problems...
12-10-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,336
Posted By PaulGrun

It's a bit intimidating getting started, but once...

It's a bit intimidating getting started, but once set up, e-tube is well worthwhile. It gives you a portal into the DI2 system on your bike and allows you customize the system to your desire. The...
12-10-20, 04:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,336
Posted By PaulGrun

Are you aware that there is actually a third...

Are you aware that there is actually a third button integrated into each side? There is the large paddle and the small paddle, and there's another hidden button on the top of the brake hood. You...
12-10-20, 04:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,336
Posted By PaulGrun

My brain is trained the same way yours is. The...

My brain is trained the same way yours is. The default programming for the switches felt counterintuitive to me.
So I reprogrammed the various switches on the DI-2 to mimic what I'm used to. So for...
12-08-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,336
Posted By PaulGrun

Thanks for your insightful thoughts ... much...

Thanks for your insightful thoughts ... much appreciated! Like you, we chose to go with rim brakes based on our long experience with our last tandem (a Bilenky Sterling) which was outfitted with rim...
12-08-20, 04:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,336
Posted By PaulGrun

New Calfee - photos

A few months ago I posted a lengthy description of the process of buying our new Calfee. The summary was that it was a wonderful experience. There were many requests for photos, so here they are....
11-17-20, 02:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,251
Posted By PaulGrun

Thanks for this thought. In the case of my...

Thanks for this thought. In the case of my stoker, it has more to do with the fore-aft placement of her feet relative to each other than it does with horizontal rotation. Odd, I know, but for her,...
11-14-20, 02:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,251
Posted By PaulGrun

This is exactly what it's like for us. When I...

This is exactly what it's like for us. When I pedal, she pedals; when I stop, she stops. I don't know how it works, but it does. It's almost like magic. (no, it's not due to the magic of the timing...
10-30-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,727
Posted By PaulGrun

I couldn't find a way to delete the thread, so I...

I couldn't find a way to delete the thread, so I just deleted my parts of it. Enough is enough. I thought that taking the time to relay our experiences in working with a top flight tandem company,...
10-30-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,727
Posted By PaulGrun

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10-29-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,727
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10-29-20, 06:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,727
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10-09-20, 12:19 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 155,228
Posted By PaulGrun

Revels are in very high demand these days. Not...

Revels are in very high demand these days. Not sure if that has impacted the price or not, but my sense is that they are becoming hard to get.
10-08-20, 01:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,096
Posted By PaulGrun

That's a good start! But since it's such a...

That's a good start! But since it's such a complex subject with so many variables (old or new battery, differences between Shimano gruppos, road vs mtb, etc), I'd suggest expanding what you have and...
10-07-20, 10:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,882
Posted By PaulGrun

We wanted to avoid the Santana Safecase because...

We wanted to avoid the Santana Safecase because of the $200 fee for oversize/overweight (which is the same price we usually paid when flying United with a full-sized uncoupled tandem).
Our new...
10-07-20, 09:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,096
Posted By PaulGrun

Yep, I've discovered the wonders of E-Tube...

Yep, I've discovered the wonders of E-Tube Project! It told me two interesting pieces of information: 1) It confirmed that our info display is the SC-MT800, and 2) it informed that in fact we don't...
10-05-20, 03:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,882
Posted By PaulGrun

Yep, which is exactly why I carefully chose my...

Yep, which is exactly why I carefully chose my words; "...optimized for a travel case." If the primary usage is to break the bike down and stick it in a car, putting couplers in front of the seat...
10-05-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,096
Posted By PaulGrun

Terry, This is GREAT information! As much as...

Terry, This is GREAT information! As much as I've poked around on Shimano's website, it completely escaped me that there might be three versions of the thing. But here's the question: How do I...
10-05-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,882
Posted By PaulGrun

The bike we were replacing was our much loved...

The bike we were replacing was our much loved Bilenky Sterling. Pure artistry in steel - a wonderful bike that served us well for 25 years. We thought seriously about having that bike retro-fitted,...
10-04-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,882
Posted By PaulGrun

As mentioned by others, if I were in your shoes,...

As mentioned by others, if I were in your shoes, I'd be talking to Steve Bilenky and/or R&E Cycles. Either one will build you a custom bike at a fraction of the cost of a Calfee. The downside is...
10-03-20, 01:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,096
Posted By PaulGrun

Slightly different, but related question: My...

Slightly different, but related question: My bike has the wireless unit installed in the stoker seat tube underneath the battery, although we are not using any wireless capability at present - i.e....
08-21-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 741
Posted By PaulGrun

Just guessing, but I'll bet that swapping in...

Just guessing, but I'll bet that swapping in carbon fiber bars would not be cost effective, and I seriously doubt you could find cf beach cruiser bars. Carbon fiber is e.x.p;e.n.s.i.v.e, and for the...
08-21-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,517
Posted By PaulGrun

I kinduv agree re; coaster brakes. Okay on the...

I kinduv agree re; coaster brakes. Okay on the boardwalk (maybe) or some other controlled environment, but otherwise no. The reason is because when you need to brake with a coaster brake, the...
08-11-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,153
Posted By PaulGrun

I was going to send you a link to the simple...

I was going to send you a link to the simple gadget we use to hang tandems from the ceiling, but as usual, Bike Forums decided I couldn't do that. It's a simple pulley system that works very well. ...
08-10-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,153
Posted By PaulGrun

Cool! Looking forward to seeing how it works out...

Cool! Looking forward to seeing how it works out for you.
Based on my experience using this in the back of a enclosed pickup bed, I haven't had a need to more rigidly attach the rear wheel. Just...
08-10-20, 02:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,153
Posted By PaulGrun

I'm not allowed to post pictures yet, so I'll...

I'm not allowed to post pictures yet, so I'll just describe what we've been doing for years. We have a full-size GMC half ton Sierra with extended cab and a Leer topper (flush with the roof of the...
06-22-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,918
Posted By PaulGrun

(I bet I know you guys ... something about a...

(I bet I know you guys ... something about a catboat and a canoe yawl named PickPocket ... but I digress). Your advice is worth its weight in gold. Among other nuggets is the idea that there are...
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