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Forum: Touring
07-11-22, 02:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,111
Posted By scycheng

I have ridden most of this route over the years....

I have ridden most of this route over the years. The OBC's Ottawa to Kingston and back weekend ride uses some of this route on one or 2 of their routing options. The main route form Kingston to...
06-18-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,367
Posted By scycheng

We have done a fair amount of credit card touring...

We have done a fair amount of credit card touring in Provence and surrounding areas. Other than getting on and coming off the plateau, it's not that hilly. I have a cantilever brake in the front and...
06-18-22, 07:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,195
Posted By scycheng

Check the saddle clamp and the saddle itself...

Check the saddle clamp and the saddle itself would be where I start.
05-15-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 861
Posted By scycheng

Spoke count seems a bit low at 32 but that's my...

Spoke count seems a bit low at 32 but that's my prejudice.
02-14-22, 01:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,053
Posted By scycheng

I have done the conversion the other way from...

I have done the conversion the other way from flat bar to drop bar on a MTB. In my case, the handling felt floppy afterward and I never liked it.

Have you tried raising the handlebars and...
02-08-22, 02:10 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,925
Posted By scycheng

When I did 3x8 to 2x11 conversion on my Merlin...

When I did 3x8 to 2x11 conversion on my Merlin road bike, I needed to replace the chain ring spacers on the Mavic crankset so the chainring spacing is correct for 11S chain and chainring. Vague...
01-29-22, 08:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,968
Posted By scycheng

Are the split belts reliable enough for touring...

Are the split belts reliable enough for touring use ie. a long way away from one's favourite bike shop/mechanic?

I converted our bike from 4x8 to same sided 2x11. Long term reliability remains to...
01-03-22, 09:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By scycheng

We might be going into pademic restrictions with...

We might be going into pademic restrictions with the omicron wave picking up steam so it's tricky to tell. As long as you are not in a hurry, we can make something work.

Tracked parcel to MA via...
12-24-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By scycheng

I do have one set of Strange brake in my parts...

I do have one set of Strange brake in my parts bin. It was used on our last tandem. Good condition from what I can recall.
12-19-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,317
Posted By scycheng

In regions with decent train service ie. not most...

In regions with decent train service ie. not most of North America, we would take the train one way with the tandem. Works particularly well in western Europe.

For flying, couplers are worth every...
12-15-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,931
Posted By scycheng

One thing I hate, and I find impractical, trying...

One thing I hate, and I find impractical, trying to fix a flat on the side of the road with tubeless tires is trying to get enough pressure with a hand pump (even a decent Topeak with can be used as...
12-11-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,931
Posted By scycheng

I have a gravel bike which was set up tubeless...

I have a gravel bike which was set up tubeless from the manufacturer. Because of the pandemic, I couldn't ride it for 6-8 months. By the time I saw the bike again, the tires has gone flat and would...
09-14-21, 02:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,169
Posted By scycheng

We do the same. I am captain and water boy. This...

We do the same. I am captain and water boy. This way she remembers to drink when I do so she won't get dehydrated.

The only time she reaches for her bottles is when we swap bottles if I run out...
09-11-21, 01:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,030
Posted By scycheng

TA makes craksets with inter-changeable spiders....

TA makes craksets with inter-changeable spiders. Not sure if they make a tandem crankset but Peter White lists a 58mm granny diameter.

TACARSPI94x58B 94mm - 58mm Triple, Black, Smallest ring, 20...
08-23-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,989
Posted By scycheng

We use Schwalbe Kojak 26x2 on our (touring)...

We use Schwalbe Kojak 26x2 on our (touring) tandem. It's a slick and still in the Schwalbe catalog. On hardpack and dirt roads, it works fine. Not good for loose stuff since there is no tread but I...
08-11-21, 05:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,141
Posted By scycheng

I use a Park PRS-6A (something like that) which I...

I use a Park PRS-6A (something like that) which I bought 25+ years ago. No problem with holding the tandem in the air.
07-10-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,228
Posted By scycheng

I think the biggest challenges for the 2 of you...

I think the biggest challenges for the 2 of you will be:

Cadence - usually tandem riding require compromising your cadences (slower/faster). In this case, I assume you must adapt to his cadence...
07-09-21, 06:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,228
Posted By scycheng

My first thoughts are not a bad idea but: ...

My first thoughts are not a bad idea but:

He should consult his physiotherapist first. Depending on the nature of his knee injury and his current stage of recovery, this may or may not be a good...
04-08-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,831
Posted By scycheng

Shipping cost for large parcels outside of China...

Shipping cost for large parcels outside of China is not quite as economical if you ever want to take that tandem outside of China. 😀

You can easily recover the cost of extra set of couplers after...
04-07-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,831
Posted By scycheng

I've seen rental beach boardwalk tandems in...

I've seen rental beach boardwalk tandems in Shenzhen with double side driven rear wheel. 48H wheels probably don't have enough volume for parts to be easily available inside China. 36H wheel with...
04-01-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,831
Posted By scycheng

Your wheels seems a bit under engineered for...

Your wheels seems a bit under engineered for tandem touring. Chinese courier service is very fast, reliable and cheap inside China but getting the right parts could be an issue in the backwoods of...
02-24-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,989
Posted By scycheng

Saddle is key to enjoyment for people who don't...

Saddle is key to enjoyment for people who don't or rarely ever ride. She may have to try several. My wife did before we settled on a Terry saddle.

We were in similar situation when we started...
11-16-20, 01:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,251
Posted By scycheng

One pedal she may wish to consider is Speedplay...

One pedal she may wish to consider is Speedplay Frog. Recessed cleats and no rotation resistance. I have so-so knees and I find Speedplay Frogs a blessing. My wife has better and very flexible knees...
11-03-20, 03:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,925
Posted By scycheng

That is certainly one way to avoid the pinch flat...

That is certainly one way to avoid the pinch flat problem.:)

Something to be considered though. If one is getting snakebite punctures with properly inflated relatively wide tires like the 37mm Top...
11-02-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,925
Posted By scycheng

Swaged/butted spoke would make a more durable...

Swaged/butted spoke would make a more durable wheel. We use 2.0-1.7 (I think - a long way from the tandem right now) spokes on our 26" wheel. Butted spokes are less likely to break.

About 10-15...
11-02-20, 01:57 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,925
Posted By scycheng

I get a 404 so something might be wrong with the...

I get a 404 so something might be wrong with the URL.

I had written a longer comment but it disappeared when I tried to submit it so an abbreviated version

Don't go cheap on wheels. This is...
09-19-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,583
Posted By scycheng

How is this differnt from te Softride suspenstion...

How is this differnt from te Softride suspenstion stem from 20 years ago?
05-30-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,237
Posted By scycheng

Thanks everyone for your feedback. 11s chain...

Thanks everyone for your feedback. 11s chain seems to work fine. The quick connectors for the Wipperman Connex 11s chain is designed to be re-usable so I will probably go with a few of those chains. .
05-11-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,237
Posted By scycheng

I have re-used SRAM's power link for years on our...

I have re-used SRAM's power link for years on our tandem. Once, when we were climbing some hill in Tuscany, it gave away and the drive chain rolled right off the end. Fortunately, I carry spares so...
05-11-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,237
Posted By scycheng

Given that every time we fly with a tandem, I...

Given that every time we fly with a tandem, I have to break and reassemble the drive chain at least twice. Timing chain I can de-rail so I don't normally have to break it for travelling. If special...
05-10-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,237
Posted By scycheng

11 speed chain on tandems?

For my winter project at the end of the year, I am thinking about converting my tandem to use Shimano GRX 2x11. One question I have is whether 11 speed chains are strong & durable enough. I usually...
05-09-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 696
Posted By scycheng

It's been a few years since we switched to 26"...

It's been a few years since we switched to 26" for bigger tires but we use to run CT Top Touring 37C at max rated pressure with about 300# team + bike + credit card touring load, total around 400#.
03-22-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,597
Posted By scycheng

The bike looks a bit too big for you by your...

The bike looks a bit too big for you by your description. On a triple I would put both foot down at a stop because of how much weight is behind you. So whether you can touch one toe to the ground on...
11-22-19, 01:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,827
Posted By scycheng

We do loop tours so we make sure the start/end...

We do loop tours so we make sure the start/end accomodation is willing to store the 2 hard cases for us. It's a restriction but it works well for us in Western Europe.
11-18-19, 01:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,827
Posted By scycheng

Since you bought a Co-Motion, try their packing...

Since you bought a Co-Motion, try their packing video first. The best way to pack any S&S coupled tandem is highly dependent on the positioning of the couplers.

We use 2 hardcases. Basically most...
06-27-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,615
Posted By scycheng

Rim protection is usually provided by a properly...

Rim protection is usually provided by a properly sized (for the road condition and total weight) tire at a reasonable air pressure so the tires won't either bottom out or blowout. If you look at the...
06-27-19, 02:35 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,615
Posted By scycheng

Schwalbe's website lists maximum pressure and...

Schwalbe's website lists maximum pressure and maximum weight for all their tires. I find that, for the sake of my stoker's comfort, we don't tour at recommend max pressure.

A lot will depend on...
06-24-19, 02:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,189
Posted By scycheng

If there are rack mounts, you should be able to...

If there are rack mounts, you should be able to use the same mounting bolt. Just mount the fenders stays to the outside of the rack stays. This reduces the lateral stress on the bolts. If you have a...
06-19-19, 06:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,051
Posted By scycheng

We use 26x2 slicks (Schwalbe Kojak) on our tandem...

We use 26x2 slicks (Schwalbe Kojak) on our tandem which is good for hardpack but not loose stuff. We mostly do credit card touring and general riding on roads and, sometimes dirt roads.

Only time...
06-06-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,455
Posted By scycheng

I am well aware of "stab braking" called by...

I am well aware of "stab braking" called by different name other places. :) I do have a cantilever in the front which I do pulse and, yes, I can tell when the front rim gets hot.

I have an Arai in...
06-05-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,455
Posted By scycheng

The reason to switch to disk in the back, other...

The reason to switch to disk in the back, other than long cable run, is that I can't tell how hot the rear rim is getting during sustained braking on the rear of a tandem. The front rim I can tell by...
06-03-19, 06:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,455
Posted By scycheng

I use some ancient ergopower levers (8 speed) on...

I use some ancient ergopower levers (8 speed) on our tandem. The left lever works fine with Shimano front cantilever due to short cable run. I was only happy with Strange cantilever for the rear...
05-12-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,690
Posted By scycheng

I am dying of envy. Love to see your tandem in...

I am dying of envy. Love to see your tandem in person in Ottawa.
04-22-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,788
Posted By scycheng

If those are 2" couplers, that's a lot of $$$....

If those are 2" couplers, that's a lot of $$$. Certainly will pack well. :)
04-16-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,451
Posted By scycheng

Analog speed sensors don't have the range for...

Analog speed sensors don't have the range for tandem in my experience (3 feet/1m). Sometimes it might work. Other times, it doesn't. ANT+ or BTLE sensors has the range. I don't think there are many 2...
04-04-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,847
Posted By scycheng

You really should read Jobst Brandt's book on the...

You really should read Jobst Brandt's book on the bicyle wheel if you haven't done so already. Butted spokes makes for a more durable wheel.

It all depends on where you ride. Over the years, our...
02-06-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,260
Posted By scycheng

Somehow I find a design that would suffer...

Somehow I find a design that would suffer mechanical issues like this disquieting and truth be told, really make me want to replace the hub with a more robust design. Racing is one thing. Touring is...
07-31-18, 05:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,400
Posted By scycheng

We Blackburn/Rhodes Gear oval mirrors. My stoker...

We Blackburn/Rhodes Gear oval mirrors. My stoker gets one for all the obvious reasons. I have much more experience riding on the road and don't like being blinded like you. I use one that straps to...
06-20-18, 10:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,540
Posted By scycheng

I patch tubes even when they are cheap. It is...

I patch tubes even when they are cheap. It is best to avoid those glueless patches. They tend to fail (leak) over time.

When we are on tour, I take 2 spare tubes and 2 patch kits because it can...
06-15-18, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,363
Posted By scycheng

If you will enounter unpaved sections on tours,...

If you will enounter unpaved sections on tours, use the widest tire that will fit under the fenders. Forget worrying about ride quality unless it is really bad. We've gotten pinched flats using...
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