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06-05-12, 10:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,549
Posted By Brad Bedell

While aero bars might be a remedy, I'd say that...

While aero bars might be a remedy, I'd say that you should look VERY closely at your bike fit. If your palms are hurting, you're not moving your hands around enough or are stretched, too much drop,...
Replies: 4
Views: 600
Posted By Brad Bedell

Dragging this one thread up from the dead. I...

Dragging this one thread up from the dead. I never did anything with the bike. It's just sitting outside the house slowly rotting. It would still ride with air in the tires. I will give it to...
05-03-12, 01:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,005
Posted By Brad Bedell

I agree. It looks fishy. However, you can ask him...

I agree. It looks fishy. However, you can ask him for specific details/angles on the bike. There's far more ways to verify something is legit than just speak to them on the phone.
04-30-12, 01:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,192
Posted By Brad Bedell

Wheel building is an art. I suspect (95%) of...

Wheel building is an art. I suspect (95%) of all wheel problems are related to the builder not stretching the spokes or balancing the wheel correctly. To determine if it's a mechanical failure,...
04-02-12, 07:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,463
Posted By Brad Bedell

If it's aluminum, it's best to make it yard art. ...

If it's aluminum, it's best to make it yard art. One could attempt to fix it, but aluminum tends to fatigue and generally does not take kindly to repairs. I'd start with the manufacturer....
04-02-12, 07:16 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 12,700
Posted By Brad Bedell

After 15 years, we found tandem riding actually...

After 15 years, we found tandem riding actually improved the relationship. She's a faster runner than I am and I'm a stronger biker. With the tandem, we are able to exercise together and both...
04-02-12, 07:12 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,567
Posted By Brad Bedell

Generalizations yes, based on my experience with...

Generalizations yes, based on my experience with the materials. My 2011 Specialized Epic buzzes like heck on the trail. I've ridden several modern road bikes out of Aluminum (BH was the most...
03-27-12, 08:34 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,567
Posted By Brad Bedell

In my order of preference and experience. (note...

In my order of preference and experience. (note I said preference)

Carbon: I feel this is the ultimate building material. It can be exceptionally stiff or customized in ways that is simply not...
03-19-12, 02:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,321
Posted By Brad Bedell

Arundel side feed or Bontrager side feed. Make...

Arundel side feed or Bontrager side feed. Make sure it 'snaps' into the bracket. You'll find some bottles just don't stay put. The insulated bottles are the worst at staying.

I use two...
03-19-12, 02:08 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,567
Posted By Brad Bedell

I Specified rack mounts on *our* Cyfac. I don't...

I Specified rack mounts on *our* Cyfac. I don't have it dressed super light, but still tips the scales under 26lbs *ready to ride* (bottle brackets, computer and pedals). Didn't want to clutter up...
03-05-12, 02:20 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,128
Posted By Brad Bedell

Very likely. I have some 10s Record Campy levers...

Very likely. I have some 10s Record Campy levers in my parts bucket. I may try it. A little epoxy would lock the shortened levers in place with minimal weight penalty. (my wife prefers dummy levers...
09-23-11, 11:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,354
Posted By Brad Bedell

Speedplay Zero's here. No slipping. Of course,...

Speedplay Zero's here. No slipping. Of course, I also come to a complete stop before attempting to put a foot down. Maybe this shop owner drags their feet or tries to slow the bike when coming to...
08-29-11, 07:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,864
Posted By Brad Bedell

This would pretty much sum it up: ...

This would pretty much sum it up:

http://bedellracing.smugmug.com/Other/NAHBS-Tandems/IMG3610/1201366578_PB5xS-X2.jpg

Cyfac has been great to work with. We pushed their creativity envelope a...
08-29-11, 07:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,091
Posted By Brad Bedell

Ask the group to call when you're clear of their...

Ask the group to call when you're clear of their wheel so that you keep the paceline efficient and moving. Your stoker can also help with this and gives them something to focus on instead of your...
08-29-11, 07:22 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 17,148
Posted By Brad Bedell

Did our first century (HH100) together. 4 hours...

Did our first century (HH100) together. 4 hours 50 minutes, which was her first ever, my first in 3 years. I bet we got 900 'she's got her legs up' comments. After about mile 80, the heat was...
04-04-11, 08:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,723
Posted By Brad Bedell

This almost makes me want to go ride it. :) Two...

This almost makes me want to go ride it. :) Two more weeks and this silly marathon thing will be behind me... Then back to cycling.
03-25-11, 06:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 909
Posted By Brad Bedell

Heat gun/hot hair drier and a dental pick will...

Heat gun/hot hair drier and a dental pick will get it open enough to get the tap through it. Air craft stripper is messy, it's hard to control and can take more off than you intend.

+1 on...
02-28-11, 10:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,723
Posted By Brad Bedell

That was my wife's favorite. Though, 3 days at...

That was my wife's favorite. Though, 3 days at the show, we grabbed all the tandems several times. Multiple settings on most setups. Tandems usually don't get enough coverage. I wanted to make...
02-28-11, 09:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,723
Posted By Brad Bedell

45 in total. Some are trash, some are in need of...

45 in total. Some are trash, some are in need of editing and some are good as is. 45 in total, all are uploading now.
...
02-27-11, 10:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,723
Posted By Brad Bedell

I'll have my photos up in the next day or two. I...

I'll have my photos up in the next day or two. I took about 380 photos and I'm sure my wife got that many.

I'll separate the tandems so that they are easy to find. Ironically, I only took...
02-03-11, 01:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 917
Posted By Brad Bedell

I've never had any issues with DT's. I use...

I've never had any issues with DT's. I use DT240's almost exclusively these days. (though, I had to build a custom axle to make a 145 spacing)

DT does have a 36t engagement prawn available...
Replies: 4
Views: 600
Posted By Brad Bedell

Okies... If I part it out, I'll keep the frame...

Okies... If I part it out, I'll keep the frame for practice repair.
Replies: 4
Views: 600
Posted By Brad Bedell

1951 Raleigh Dawn(?)

I've had this gem for about 24 hours now. I'm not 100% certain on the "Dawn" It has 26" wheels. It's a 1951 for sure, based on the serial number (17018-BD) and the hub date...

Beyond that,...
01-10-11, 05:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

TwoBadFish: I didn't mean that to sound...

TwoBadFish:
I didn't mean that to sound pretentious. I really do not know. Some of the parts were sponsorship, the tandem frame was a special show deal, some of the stuff was bought at...
01-10-11, 12:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

Thanks for the offer, I ended up building a shim...

Thanks for the offer, I ended up building a shim to use the Bushnell also.
01-08-11, 02:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

I don't know.

I don't know.
01-08-11, 01:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

Rick: they say Diacomp on them. I don't recall...

Rick: they say Diacomp on them. I don't recall what they weigh, but they were not all that light.
01-06-11, 04:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

added a photo above. 27.0lbs (flicking...

added a photo above.

27.0lbs (flicking between 26.98 and 27.02) with me just holding the scale and bike up.

As you see, I did away with their eccentric. I built a custom shim for the...
11-17-10, 08:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,653
Posted By Brad Bedell

Interesting, I rode with speedplay zero's and...

Interesting, I rode with speedplay zero's and didn't modify the pedals when using a road crank. I suppose there might be a difference, but I didn't feel it when using the pedals.
11-16-10, 03:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,653
Posted By Brad Bedell

Yes, they are specific. Though, with the...

Yes, they are specific. Though, with the invention of locktite and occasional checking, it can be done with standard cranks. Some companies offer a rethread service, drill it out, new insert.
11-15-10, 11:04 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 17,148
Posted By Brad Bedell

That's like the heckling I get from my racing...

That's like the heckling I get from my racing buddies when I show up on a low-racer recumbent... Just more proof that it's really about the engine and not the bike.
11-12-10, 09:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

I'm sure it's maiden voyage will be there. WRL...

I'm sure it's maiden voyage will be there. WRL is about 3 miles from the house.



Thanks! I'm very pleased with the finished product. There were a few little nitpicks, but nothing that's...
11-11-10, 11:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,788
Posted By Brad Bedell

CFboy: this is a bit of thread drift, but it...

CFboy: this is a bit of thread drift, but it sounds like you're experiencing something similar to what I experienced. I think I'll set up the dial indicator when I do the install for the new...
11-11-10, 10:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

Drill press on the holes, didn't spend much time...

Drill press on the holes, didn't spend much time there. (as it shows 10:00 hole also drifted). Not to mention, the holes were only worth 15 grams for the pair. I used a parting tool and HSS...
11-11-10, 09:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,788
Posted By Brad Bedell

1. yes. I installed it. Did not need to...

1. yes. I installed it. Did not need to re-install it.
2. Yes, I checked it.
a. by feel.
b. finger, deflected about 3/4" (without pressure on any of the pedals)
c. years of...
11-11-10, 09:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

Actual weight on this one is 3810grams. I...

Actual weight on this one is 3810grams. I suspect the extra weight is the disc brake dropout, tapered head tube and aero rear seat tube. Regardless, we're looking forward to getting it together...
11-11-10, 11:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

one more for good measure

one more for good measure
11-11-10, 11:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

finally got it mostly together. Still need to do...

finally got it mostly together. Still need to do the final 'fit'. I rode it around the block today, everything seemed in order. Once I get fit dialed in, I'll do a proper ride review.

...
11-11-10, 11:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

I'll make this one about the components: ...

I'll make this one about the components:

Weights with Park DS-2 or tabletop scale. All weights actual.

Rear wheel: Dt swiss 240 6 bolt disc brake, Edge 65 clincher. 900grams, 2.0lbs
...
11-11-10, 11:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Brad Bedell

Teaser thread, New tandem

I "think" this is the first in North America, after 6 months she's here:

http://bedellracing.smugmug.com/Other/Cyfac-Tandem/tandem/1086758199_6rDoN-XL.jpg...
Forum: Texas
11-08-10, 08:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,154
Posted By Brad Bedell

The irony, one of the Recumbent guys compiled a...

The irony, one of the Recumbent guys compiled a statistic list about the likely hood of being killed in your living room via a car driving through. I think it was 3-5 times more likely to be killed...
Forum: Texas
11-08-10, 08:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,124
Posted By Brad Bedell

Good rides, can be as fast as you want them to...

Good rides, can be as fast as you want them to be. The Sunday coffee ride at least; I know there are several pace groups. I know the Saturday ride is often brutal for the group I ride with. I...
Forum: Texas
11-05-10, 01:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,124
Posted By Brad Bedell

The Irony of the Airport ride is that the ride...

The Irony of the Airport ride is that the ride leader is one of the last people to the rest stops...
11-05-10, 08:58 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 17,148
Posted By Brad Bedell

Be careful, you're showing your age. :)

Be careful, you're showing your age. :)
Forum: Texas
11-03-10, 10:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,124
Posted By Brad Bedell

That's GDB that has that Sunday ride from Poteet....

That's GDB that has that Sunday ride from Poteet. Brent Aston (I think) is the leader.

It's considered a beginner ride and quite often the stronger riders will show up on the mountain bikes so...
11-02-10, 02:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,176
Posted By Brad Bedell

Talk one of your friends into letting you test...

Talk one of your friends into letting you test out their bike. (don't thrash it). This should be a quick decision maker for you. A good shop might set you up with a test ride of something...
Forum: Texas
11-02-10, 02:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,072
Posted By Brad Bedell

No, it won't increase time automatically. But it...

No, it won't increase time automatically. But it could be the difference between hitting one's head directly on the pavement or having time to get a limb out to break the fall.

Although, I...
Forum: Texas
11-02-10, 12:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,072
Posted By Brad Bedell

Doug: You are correct. There are way too many...

Doug: You are correct. There are way too many variables. I had to guess some numbers. The formula is far to variable to do much more than analyze a crash 'AFTER' it happened. Or at the least,...
Forum: Texas
10-29-10, 08:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,072
Posted By Brad Bedell

I couldn't find anything in the statutes of this....

I couldn't find anything in the statutes of this. Can you cite it for me?
Forum: Texas
10-29-10, 10:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,072
Posted By Brad Bedell

The *ONLY* way a radar will get an accurate lock...

The *ONLY* way a radar will get an accurate lock is when the trail is free and clear. Of course, speed really isn't the issue, it's poor judgment of cyclists, runners and walkers. Until there...
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