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01-06-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,245
Posted By MikeAndJean

Back in the old day, when pedals could be...

Back in the old day, when pedals could be disassembled, it was common to switch pedal axles to allow the reversing of the captain's cranks (and the stokers left crank) on tandems. As several have...
12-16-20, 10:40 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,530
Posted By MikeAndJean

Thank you for the kind thoughts. A few months ago...

Thank you for the kind thoughts. A few months ago I posted a writeup of our accident titled "Bad things happen" (www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=10206108). Last weekend was the 6-month...
12-13-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,530
Posted By MikeAndJean

Start: 45 End: 139 (broken hip)

Start: 45
End: 139 (broken hip)
11-23-20, 11:05 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 21,749
Posted By MikeAndJean

That really looks nice. Now you just have to find...

That really looks nice. Now you just have to find some matching yellow water bottles. Your placement of the pump is interesting. We put our pump behind the stoker's seat tube because the space...
10-28-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,286
Posted By MikeAndJean

What you describe is roughly what we used for...

What you describe is roughly what we used for components on our Ritchey two years ago. However, I agree with the comment that double chain rings might be preferable to triple chain rings. The only...
10-20-20, 06:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,095
Posted By MikeAndJean

Do you know where it was sold?

it looks like one of the tandems Ritchey made for a friend of ours back in 1978.
09-15-20, 10:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,188
Posted By MikeAndJean

Front axles and disk brakes

We have ridden Ritchey’s earlier breakaway tandem frame for 18 months and find it to be an excellent bike. His new frame addresses the one complaint we had by including a mounting points for a rear...
08-25-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,513
Posted By MikeAndJean

Looking good!

Was that photo taken on their actual ride across the country or on a local training ride?
08-10-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,296
Posted By MikeAndJean

Our standard route crosses Stanford campus, which...

Our standard route crosses Stanford campus, which has plenty of tourists with video cameras. We are in more than one family vacation video, as part of the scenery. A few years ago we had a random...
08-10-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,083
Posted By MikeAndJean

I have resurrected bikes in far worse condition...

I have resurrected bikes in far worse condition than yours. The expensive tandem-specific parts (i.e., the crankset and the frame itself) look to be intact. Everything else is easy to replace. Used...
08-10-20, 01:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,083
Posted By MikeAndJean

You're going to need a new chain. What fun.

You're going to need a new chain. What fun.
08-09-20, 11:57 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 21,749
Posted By MikeAndJean

Looks great. The gearing look like a big...

Looks great. The gearing look like a big improvement over the arrangement we used for 40+ years.

It does not look like Tom built this bike for a hub brake; however, you can find the necessary...
08-04-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,083
Posted By MikeAndJean

Until I followed your sensible suggestion and...

Until I followed your sensible suggestion and searched for "Bob Jackson tandems" I had not realized how unusual our old tandem was with its single set of diagonals. It was much stiffer than the older...
08-04-20, 12:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,083
Posted By MikeAndJean

Really? All of the frames I could find had two...

Really? All of the frames I could find had two sets of split diagonals (like our old Ritchey frames) but the diagonals seem to always run from lug to dropout rather than from mid tube. ...
07-31-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,083
Posted By MikeAndJean

Our Bob Jackson had that step but the split...

Our Bob Jackson had that step but the split diagonals ran from the top of the head tube to the rear dropout rather than from the middle of the head tube to part way up the chain stays.
...
07-30-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,083
Posted By MikeAndJean

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This is the Pogliaghi I mentioned in my earlier message. Like your...
07-30-20, 12:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,083
Posted By MikeAndJean

It looks a lot like a Pogliaghi tandem

I bought a 70s vintage Pogliaghi tandem frame on eBay for use as a beater. Except for the step on the top tube, it looks almost the same as your bike. That trick for compensating for the different...
07-29-20, 12:49 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,513
Posted By MikeAndJean

That would make sense if the only load on a...

That would make sense if the only load on a tandem frame was a bending load - like shown in the following crude sketch. Think of a load that bends the frame while keeping the seat tubes parallel....
07-28-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,513
Posted By MikeAndJean

I believe that most of those "50 tandems"...

I believe that most of those "50 tandems" mentioned in that article are the Skyliner design. Tom complained to me about the work that went into building our frames. The diagonals and the fancy cross...
07-28-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,513
Posted By MikeAndJean

My memory was wrong about the color of JOE...

My memory was wrong about the color of JOE Breeze's and Guy Otis' tandem.

So you also have one of those original Ritchey tandems. It is by far the best tandem frame we ever rode - both stiff and...
07-28-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 780
Posted By MikeAndJean

We find it depends on the time of day and the day...

We find it depends on the time of day and the day of the week. Week days and early on weekends, our roads have been dominated by what might be called older riders. As you describe, those older riders...
07-28-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,513
Posted By MikeAndJean

Late response to your question

Sorry that I missed your question last week. As I described in another thread (Bad things can happen) we fell and broke my wife's hip in early June. Since then tandems have not been a big part of our...
06-23-20, 10:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,687
Posted By MikeAndJean

Exactly.

Exactly.
06-23-20, 12:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,687
Posted By MikeAndJean

The stoker-captain relationship is no less...

The stoker-captain relationship is no less complicated than the relationship in a marriage. How two people solve those complex relationships cannot be judged from the outside. If your stoker is more...
06-17-20, 10:48 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 28,264
Posted By MikeAndJean

This is a our current tandem. We set it up last...

This is a our current tandem. We set it up last year and have been riding it for over a year now.
...
06-13-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,233
Posted By MikeAndJean

Thank you for the kind wishes. Jean now has a new...

Thank you for the kind wishes. Jean now has a new hip and is on her way to recovery. All of those accumulated miles should help her with that long process.

Like some of you (maybe most of you) we...
06-11-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,233
Posted By MikeAndJean

Bad things can happen

We hit the ground on Sunday. My wife and I have ridden tandems together since 1973. This was only our second fall. The first was back in the late 70s when we were still made out of rubber, so there...
06-01-20, 10:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,687
Posted By MikeAndJean

Riding tandems

Living in Nevada City means that you have access to the type of terrain that will make use of that large disk on the rear wheel. Braking is a serious challenge for tandems, especially in the hills....
02-29-20, 11:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,558
Posted By MikeAndJean

We had a lot of fun on that triple

We didn't ride it as much as our two-seat tandems, but our family got a lot of mileage on that big bike....
02-28-20, 01:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,558
Posted By MikeAndJean

It depends on who you ride with

My wife and I had ridden tandems together for over 20 years before we bought a triple so that our daughter could join us. Controlling a bike with the additional seat was not a problem for us because...
11-27-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,479
Posted By MikeAndJean

I would replace those rims

We rode low profile rims like those for many years. All tandem riders did until deeper rims became available. Once we switched to deeper rims we stopped breaking spokes.
11-18-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,116
Posted By MikeAndJean

Banana Slugs

Our daughter named our triple after the molluscs she used to keep as pets. For those of you not familiar with these creatures, the following photo shows their color and size, both of which made that...
11-11-19, 10:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,188
Posted By MikeAndJean

You are correct about the cogs on that cassette....

You are correct about the cogs on that cassette. So this is the only 11-speed cassette I can use on those wonderful Swiss DT hubs?

Also, your comment about triple-chainring drive trains is...
11-08-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,188
Posted By MikeAndJean

We used DT Swiss 540 hubs, which I thought would...

We used DT Swiss 540 hubs, which I thought would support any 11-speed cassette. However, the first Shimano 11-speed cassette I brought home wouldn't clear the frame. I don't know the names for the...
11-05-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,188
Posted By MikeAndJean

We put together a tandem based on Tom Ritchey’s...

We put together a tandem based on Tom Ritchey’s Double Switchback frame last March. This replaced the tandem – also made by Tom – we had been riding since 1977. We loved that older tandem and only...
09-26-19, 08:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,078
Posted By MikeAndJean

Thread drift

It fits into two bags, one the same size as used for a Breakaway single. The second bag is slightly larger.
09-25-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,078
Posted By MikeAndJean

Sorry but the middle piece, which appears black...

Sorry but the middle piece, which appears black in this photo, has no part number or markings of any kind. I bought it at the local bike shop because it "looked" about right. Of course, it wasn't...
09-25-19, 04:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,078
Posted By MikeAndJean

Yes, pictures being worth the proverbial...

Yes, pictures being worth the proverbial kilo-words, here is a photo. Note the additional spacers directly between the caliper itself and the mounting.
...
09-24-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,078
Posted By MikeAndJean

225mm Hope rotors

This photo shows the 225mm Hope rotors we put on our new tandem (a Ritchey Breakaway). They are great. When the calipers are adjusted correctly, we can slide the rear wheel, which is more braking...
08-18-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 21,749
Posted By MikeAndJean

Nice bike. Here is my Ritchey Classic, which I...

Nice bike. Here is my Ritchey Classic, which I have ridden since 1990.
...
08-17-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 21,749
Posted By MikeAndJean

Until last March my wife and I rode Tom's first...

Until last March my wife and I rode Tom's first tandem - at least the first tandem he sold. We met Tom in the late 70's on Sunday morning rides led by an interesting guy named Jobst Brandt. At that...
07-24-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,513
Posted By MikeAndJean

It is the best tandem frame we have ever ridden

Were it not for the problem with brakes and the drive train, we would still be riding that frame.
07-24-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,513
Posted By MikeAndJean

I know your problem

We are one step further along on your decision.

Last March we replaced the tandem we rode for 41 years. Our reasoning was much like yours. We enjoy hill climbing but did not like the marginal...
07-05-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,611
Posted By MikeAndJean

We have toured on a triple with 32mm tires

We rode our triple successfully with 32mm tires. This is roughly the same dimension as a 1.25 inch tire. These were Avocet slicks, which are no longer available; however, I did not consider Avocet...
05-25-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 1,451
Views: 559,303
Posted By MikeAndJean

Great posting. For serveral years we rode a...

Great posting. For serveral years we rode a Co-motion triple with our daughter. The following is the only photo we have of the three of us.
...
05-25-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 1,451
Views: 559,303
Posted By MikeAndJean

Unusual photo

I expect that like many tandem riders, we have very few photos of ourselves. However, the other day we came across our photo in an unexpected place. While looking at the Google street view of a road...
04-29-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,089
Posted By MikeAndJean

The color was nice; however, I chose it to...

The color was nice; however, I chose it to highlight any cracks that might form. Multi-seat bicycles break if you ride them enough. Over the past 45 years of riding tandems we broke cranks, axles,...
04-28-19, 10:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,089
Posted By MikeAndJean

We had roughly the same problem with our...

We had roughly the same problem with our daughter. She was a good sport about riding with us, and enjoyed the trips, but turned out to be a runner instead of a cyclist. Eventually we solved our...
04-28-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,116
Posted By MikeAndJean

From your photo it looks like you achieve about...

From your photo it looks like you achieve about the same minimal volume we do when we pack our tandem. Ours is the bike on the left in the photo attached to posting #32...
04-25-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,089
Posted By MikeAndJean

By the way, don't buy a new triple. Most families...

By the way, don't buy a new triple. Most families outgrow these expensive investments, which are a pain to store. After our daughter went away to college we sold our triple for half of what we paid...
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