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09-24-18, 10:03 AM
Replies: 1,405
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Posted By mwandaw

Here we are, with our two dogs in the trailer,...

Here we are, with our two dogs in the trailer, after a ride to the beach. It was a work out!
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05-31-18, 02:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 345
Posted By mwandaw

May 31 - Eat at Chipotle - Support California Bicycle Coalition

Go the Chipotle on May 31, mention CalBike, The California Bicycle Coalition, or even 'the Bike Fundraiser' before you pay, and 50% of the sale goes to support the California Bicycle Coalition.
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04-17-18, 10:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 723
Posted By mwandaw

SGRT Closed

The San Gabriel River Trail will be closed from 2nd Street/Westminster Blvd to Marina Drive in Seal Beach from April 23rd to May 4th, between 9 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Traffic on the...
03-29-18, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 893
Posted By mwandaw

If you want to test your abilities without having...

If you want to test your abilities without having to develop pack-riding skills, I think that most of the criterium races are preceded by a time trial competition.
03-27-18, 03:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,248
Posted By mwandaw

My wife and I have hiked through Santiago Oaks...

My wife and I have hiked through Santiago Oaks Regional Park. It looked like a lot of the roads in the park would be good for a gravel bike. Some are more suited to a mountain bike, so you should be...
10-31-17, 12:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,119
Posted By mwandaw

We bought a Crestline tandem new from Buena Park...

We bought a Crestline tandem new from Buena Park Bicycles (http://www.fullertonbicycle.com/) in California about 1998. As I remember, Crestline was a division of GT Bicycles.

The Crestline was a...
10-09-17, 12:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,447
Posted By mwandaw

I'm here! I frequently ride on the SART and...

I'm here! I frequently ride on the SART and Coyote Creek. I have a couple of lunch time routes through Long Beach, too.

Pedal on!
09-08-17, 10:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,640
Posted By mwandaw

It probably doesn't make sense to people who...

It probably doesn't make sense to people who don't ride tandems, but I usually say something like, "Oh, believe me... I can feel her pedaling back there!"

More important is to realize, as others...
08-05-17, 01:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,416
Posted By mwandaw

Our team + bike weight is about 315 lbs. I like...

Our team + bike weight is about 315 lbs. I like to reference the Berto Tire Pressure app on my phone. (See https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.edisongauss.bertotirepressure&hl=en for...
08-01-17, 10:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,097
Posted By mwandaw

We enjoy riding to Javatinis on Main Street in...

We enjoy riding to Javatinis on Main Street in Seal Beach. It's a couple of blocks away from the pier, and while it definitely attracts bike riders, they're just part of the crowd. They have great...
06-27-17, 02:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,027
Posted By mwandaw

I've had good results with KoolStop Salmons on...

I've had good results with KoolStop Salmons on our bike. Your KoolStops may just be old and hard.

+1 on the GP4000SII tires. We run 28s on our tandem, and I use 25s on my solo bike.
06-23-17, 09:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,443
Posted By mwandaw

Map out custom routes that suit you: ...

Map out custom routes that suit you:
http://RideWithGPS.com
06-12-17, 03:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,221
Posted By mwandaw

Just a while ago (Monday, June 12 at about 1:45...

Just a while ago (Monday, June 12 at about 1:45 pm) I rode southbound on the SGRT from Rynerson Park. I turned left onto the bridge that crosses Coyote Creek and rode northbound on the Coyote Creek...
06-09-17, 11:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,787
Posted By mwandaw

If you're looking for something a little exotic,...

If you're looking for something a little exotic, there is a new Rolf Prima wheelset with 160mm rear spacing for sale on my website: TandemClassifieds.com (http://TandemClassifieds.com). Scroll down...
03-02-17, 10:16 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,162
Posted By mwandaw

Here is the front of our tandem: ...

Here is the front of our tandem:
http://websites-graphics.biz/files/go-pro-mounts/20160528_091324.jpg

This is the back of our tandem. The mount attaches to the stoker's seat rails....
02-18-17, 11:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,352
Posted By mwandaw

My wife and I had a T900 and put a few thousand...

My wife and I had a T900 and put a few thousand miles on it. I thought the frame and components were rock solid. We never had any trouble with the bike.

The 26" wheels allow you plenty of options...
09-27-16, 10:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,972
Posted By mwandaw

We've had good a experience over the past several...

We've had good a experience over the past several years with the Rocky Mounts R4. I don't think mounting the rack is any trouble. As others have noted, be sure to size your cross bars so they extend...
09-25-16, 06:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,286
Posted By mwandaw

GP4000 SII Experience?

Do you have actual riding experience specifically with Continental GP4000 SII tires size 28-622 (700c x 28) on your tandem?

If so, how did they work for you?

Thanks!
07-26-16, 03:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 790
Posted By mwandaw

I've seen a video of a tandem descending a steep...

I've seen a video of a tandem descending a steep road with a drag chute. It looked effective, but I've never heard of anything coming out of it.

I guess that most tandem riders would rather have...
07-26-16, 03:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,392
Posted By mwandaw

Our calls: Ready? (are you ready to start...

Our calls:

Ready? (are you ready to start from a stop?)
Let's Go! (let's start from a stop)
Up (rear derailleur shift)
Down
Big Up (front derailleur shift)
Big Down
Bump
Car Up (I call that...
07-22-16, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 661
Posted By mwandaw

What do you do with the pedals when you go over...

What do you do with the pedals when you go over speed bumps or through a sharp dip in the road?
07-22-16, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 661
Posted By mwandaw

Obstacle Clearance When OOP

I'm interested in the possible benefits of going 90 out of phase, but I'm worried about one thing. Our Cannondale RT1000 has relatively low bottom brackets. As a result, it's pretty easy to hit the...
06-01-16, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,400
Posted By mwandaw

Trek has sold the T900 for many years. We bought...

Trek has sold the T900 for many years. We bought one about 2004 and rode it all over the place. That model had HUGE and HEAVY seats. I bought a saddle from Performance Bike and returned it. I...
05-10-16, 09:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,179
Posted By mwandaw

We really liked the smooth ride of the Schwalbe...

We really liked the smooth ride of the Schwalbe Ultremo ZXs that we had. Unfortunately, even though we are only a 280lb team, they only lasted about 1,500 miles. Hopefully you'll have better luck...
03-23-16, 08:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,330
Posted By mwandaw

We occasionally tow a small trailer with our two...

We occasionally tow a small trailer with our two 15lb dogs in it. When we first started we noticed a couple of things right away. First, we had to go down one gear. Second, drivers gave us a lot more...
03-19-16, 11:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,080
Posted By mwandaw

PLEASE don't ride with just a rear brake. Your...

PLEASE don't ride with just a rear brake. Your stopping distances will be more than twice as long, and no matter where you ride, you never know when you will need every bit of braking you can get.
03-17-16, 12:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,162
Posted By mwandaw

Sorry, but I'd be glad to make arrangements if...

Sorry, but I'd be glad to make arrangements if you'd like :)
03-16-16, 08:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,162
Posted By mwandaw

I have almost made the same mistake. Once traffic...

I have almost made the same mistake. Once traffic passes from one direction, humans seem to be tempted to assume it's OK to cross. Of course, what we forget is that there may be traffic coming from...
03-15-16, 12:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,162
Posted By mwandaw

I was actually going the other direction, so I...

I was actually going the other direction, so I turned right onto Seal Beach Blvd from North Gate. That's a right-hand turn, so of course it's easy. However, I have gone the other way and turned left...
03-15-16, 10:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,162
Posted By mwandaw

You're right, Rick. I've attached a...

You're right, Rick. I've attached a RideWithGPS.com screen print with most of my route.

Maybe the light traffic on Coyote Creek lulled me into a false sense of security. As usual, the SGRT was...
03-15-16, 09:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,162
Posted By mwandaw

I’ve done a lot of thinking about this incident...

I’ve done a lot of thinking about this incident since it happened two days ago. After all, if the timing had been a tenth of a second different, two people (one of them me!) could have had a very...
03-14-16, 09:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,162
Posted By mwandaw

One More Reminder... Please be Careful on the SGRT!

Yesterday I rode to Seal Beach along the San Gabriel River Trail. The trail was busy, as usual on the weekends, so I was being careful. Sometimes, however, careful isn't enough. I had a close call...
03-09-16, 09:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,084
Posted By mwandaw

My wife uses a Sigma Sport BC 1009 STS wireless...

My wife uses a Sigma Sport BC 1009 STS wireless on her stoker bars. It was a fairly inexpensive wireless unit that I bought after consulting with a support rep at Sigma (1-630-761-1106). He told me...
02-19-16, 09:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,156
Posted By mwandaw

You might get some good advice directly from...

You might get some good advice directly from Calfee.
02-17-16, 10:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,341
Posted By mwandaw

I am familiar with Beach Boulevard in Stanton,...

I am familiar with Beach Boulevard in Stanton, and there is a lot of bike traffic on the sidewalks there. Based on my research, it's up to the city whether bikes are prohibited on sidewalks, and in...
01-21-16, 12:47 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,183
Posted By mwandaw

I run the TandemClassifieds.com...

I run the TandemClassifieds.com (http://tandemclassifieds.com) website, so I want to respond to this.


Several months ago (mid-2015) I noticed a couple of ads that were suspicious, and one...
01-19-16, 10:21 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,183
Posted By mwandaw

Posting a Want-to-Buy ad on TandemClassifieds.com...

Posting a Want-to-Buy ad on TandemClassifieds.com (http://TandemClassifieds.com) is free.

However, as others have said, it may be hard to find the right used Calfee.
12-17-15, 12:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,567
Posted By mwandaw

I think Alcanbrad and waynesulak have great...

I think Alcanbrad and waynesulak have great advice. The only refinement I have is about frame flex.

We had a T900 for a few years. The frame was pretty solid for us medium-strong riders. Unless...
12-17-15, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 852
Posted By mwandaw

Local shops might not be interested unless there...

Local shops might not be interested unless there is something in it for them. Large club members might not be interested in entry level bikes. Instead, I recommend Craigslist.

Potential buyers...
12-04-15, 10:28 AM
Replies: 1,405
Views: 458,877
Posted By mwandaw

It was also the first tandem that my wife and I...

It was also the first tandem that my wife and I ever owned. However, ours wasn't half as nice. We bought it at a garage sale. It was full of rust and corrosion, and it had flats front and rear.
...
11-23-15, 10:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,116
Posted By mwandaw

Both of your theories seem plausible, and both...

Both of your theories seem plausible, and both serve as a reminder to ride along with traffic. That is where drivers will be looking for you!



You have the numbers on me, but I ride there...
11-23-15, 10:34 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,400
Posted By mwandaw

My wife tried a Thudbuster LT, but it bounced a...

My wife tried a Thudbuster LT, but it bounced a lot when we pedaled. Now she has a cheap spring-loaded seat post similar to THIS...
11-20-15, 06:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,116
Posted By mwandaw

I don't ride on Beach Blvd. There's no room for...

I don't ride on Beach Blvd. There's no room for bikes, and the traffic is crazy. As you said, it's "...the busiest of them all...". It really is like a freeway with stop signs.

However, when I...
11-19-15, 10:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,116
Posted By mwandaw

That's scary close to home. I have ridden through...

That's scary close to home. I have ridden through that intersection many times. Yikes!

I'll say a prayer for the man who was hurt.
10-28-15, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 722
Posted By mwandaw

I started a thread about this specialty license...

I started a thread about this specialty license plate back in April. There was a mixed reaction to the idea.

See...
09-29-15, 08:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,330
Posted By mwandaw

I think that part of this detour retraces the...

I think that part of this detour retraces the route taken by Damian Kevitt when he was run over by a car that dragged him onto the 5 freeway. He lost a leg, broke 20 bones and nearly died.

BE...
09-08-15, 10:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 971
Posted By mwandaw

I think the Cannondale tandems are good. After...

I think the Cannondale tandems are good. After all, my wife and I own and have thousands of miles on the predecessor to the Cannondale Road 1 Tandem you are considering.

Some couples love tandems...
09-08-15, 10:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,675
Posted By mwandaw

I'll give you another two thumbs up for Mel and...

I'll give you another two thumbs up for Mel and Barbara.

That looks like a great bike. I suggest that you quit looking at it, and go for a ride!
09-08-15, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,267
Posted By mwandaw

My wife and I have an RT1000, and I completely...

My wife and I have an RT1000, and I completely agree with qspencer.

I'm 5'9", and my wife is 5'3". We have a Large/Small (L/S) size RT1000, and I wish we had a Medium/Small (M/S). The bike in your...
09-07-15, 04:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,802
Posted By mwandaw

Go to Google Maps. Turn on the bike routes and...

Go to Google Maps. Turn on the bike routes and the terrain view. You'll be able to see where bike paths and terrain coincide.
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