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05-15-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 937
Posted By Philly Tandem

A new Speedster is $5k+. Depending on what...

A new Speedster is $5k+. Depending on what components yours has (wheels, etc.), the size, your location (urban area vs. rural, west vs east coast), etc., I'd personally start at around $2400 or so...
05-04-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 853
Posted By Philly Tandem

Totally a zombie thread, I know, but I just came...

Totally a zombie thread, I know, but I just came across this from a Google search. My first MTB was a Cycle Pro Ram, bought used when I was in college circa 1986 or 1987. Definitely a well-made bike...
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 788
Posted By Philly Tandem

I've ridden the section from Seaside near...

I've ridden the section from Seaside near Monterey down through 17-Mile Drive many times, and consider it a beautiful ride and well worth doing. Riding through Asilomar State Park along the coast,...
Forum: Touring
03-04-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,299
Posted By Philly Tandem

I have and use both. The Logo is nice when I'm...

I have and use both. The Logo is nice when I'm running larger panniers (like on our tandem/triplet) and want the weight to be lower-centered. It's also nice for panniers that stick up higher (like...
Forum: Touring
02-23-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 634
Posted By Philly Tandem

Yes, take it on the plane. Not only will it be...

Yes, take it on the plane. Not only will it be cheaper, but when shipping unaccompanied there is always the chance that it will be held up in customs or you'll have to pay import duties on it. Look...
Forum: Touring
02-20-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,202
Posted By Philly Tandem

I've used Schwalbe Marathons in 26x1.25" for...

I've used Schwalbe Marathons in 26x1.25" for years for all sorts of touring, including riding lots of gravel (like the GAP trail) and plenty of pavement. My wife has the same thing, but in 1.5" on...
Forum: Touring
02-18-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,233
Posted By Philly Tandem

The challenge is that if you have Beckman...

The challenge is that if you have Beckman panniers, usually they are made to fit almost exclusively on Bruce Gordon or Beckman racks. So moving to a Tubus setup messes up the "solidness" of the...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 05:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 844
Posted By Philly Tandem

If you have room for them in your frame, the 1...

If you have room for them in your frame, the 1 liter sized Zefal "Magnum" water bottles are great for touring and fit snugly in any standard cage. I've used them for years. The large Camelbak-style...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,037
Posted By Philly Tandem

I carry a small, cut-off piece of a Scotch Brite...

I carry a small, cut-off piece of a Scotch Brite nylon abrasive pad in my touring kit. Great for cleaning brake residue off the rim sidewall and even for roughing up brake pads if needed (although a...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,190
Posted By Philly Tandem

You may want to try a combo of an MTB-style flat...

You may want to try a combo of an MTB-style flat pedal (with gripping pins) and shoes like Five Tens. Having ridden clipless/SPD (a little, decided I don't like them), clips and straps (mostly, and...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 04:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 724
Posted By Philly Tandem

Regarding your German parts of the trip, a few...

Regarding your German parts of the trip, a few thoughts are below. We have bike-toured in Germany many times on both tandem and triplet (self-supported, non-camping), and I've also done a few short...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 03:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 998
Posted By Philly Tandem

I'd suggest you search the forum for past...

I'd suggest you search the forum for past threads. This question gets asked about once a month ;-)
Forum: Touring
01-02-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 868
Posted By Philly Tandem

We've used both trains and rental cars many times...

We've used both trains and rental cars many times in Europe for our trips, to connect sections, get to a start point, etc. We're usually traveling with either a tandem or a triple (three-seat tandem,...
Forum: Touring
12-05-18, 02:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,555
Posted By Philly Tandem

I remember when that book first came out. I was...

I remember when that book first came out. I was managing an outdoor store in the late 80s/early 90s and we got that in for our book section. Could not keep it in stock, especially around...
12-05-18, 02:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,029
Posted By Philly Tandem

It's fine to drill out the axle hole on the drum...

It's fine to drill out the axle hole on the drum brake (assume you have an Arai?) to fit the larger axle. I've done this before with no issues. Not sure what you mean by the outer plate with the pads...
12-04-18, 09:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,029
Posted By Philly Tandem

Agree with the above comments. Assuming it's a...

Agree with the above comments. Assuming it's a DT/Swiss hub (or clone) I wouldn't worry about taking the end caps on/off on occasion. I have several of those hubs and as reburns stated, they are...
11-14-18, 10:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,010
Posted By Philly Tandem

Here's one of the stokid crank setups that I'd be...

Here's one of the stokid crank setups that I'd be interested in selling. Cranks are Burley Designs 125mm, square taper. The BB shell adapter is by Santana and is a nice block of machined aluminum,...
10-31-18, 11:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,010
Posted By Philly Tandem

Hey sorry just catching up and will reply to the...

Hey sorry just catching up and will reply to the PM. Yes I still have one. Just have to go put hands on it.
10-18-18, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,193
Posted By Philly Tandem

I have an OEM Santana disc brake caliper and...

I have an OEM Santana disc brake caliper and rotor for sale off a Santana Team tandem. I'll have to check for the details. Let me know if you are interested and I'll take pics and provide more...
09-27-18, 07:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 750
Posted By Philly Tandem

Depending on your pedals, sometimes you can also...

Depending on your pedals, sometimes you can also just switch the pedal axles left to right to use with "regular" cranks on a tandem.
08-23-18, 09:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,636
Posted By Philly Tandem

We also have a Santana triple, which at 10+ feet...

We also have a Santana triple, which at 10+ feet long is a bit long (and heavy) to hang. When not riding it regularly it's stored upright, leaning against one wall of the garage. I remove the pedals...
Forum: Touring
08-23-18, 07:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 762
Posted By Philly Tandem

The Riv one is probably the nicest new "stock"...

The Riv one is probably the nicest new "stock" one you'll find nowadays, at least in the US market. You don't say what your price range is, but custom builders will obviously give you what you want...
08-23-18, 07:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,636
Posted By Philly Tandem

I have two cheap bike hoists from Harbor Freight...

I have two cheap bike hoists from Harbor Freight Tools, and have hung my tandem from one of them for probably 8-10 years at this point with no issues (the second holds my single touring bike). I...
08-20-18, 08:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,342
Posted By Philly Tandem

Yeah, duh, you're totally right. Doesn't look...

Yeah, duh, you're totally right. Doesn't look anything like the DT star ratchet in my 540 or 340 hubs from my Co-Motions.

What it does kinda look like is my Hadley hub ratchets from my Santana OEM...
Forum: Touring
08-17-18, 10:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,197
Posted By Philly Tandem

We did that a few weeks ago when starting out our...

We did that a few weeks ago when starting out our GAP ride from our hotel near the train station. Was a bit annoyed that the bike path was actually closed at what I think was the convention center...
Forum: Touring
08-08-18, 02:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,034
Posted By Philly Tandem

Another vote for Ortlieb. I have a few of them...

Another vote for Ortlieb. I have a few of them and they hold up really well. The waterproofness is a key feature for me, as I keep my camera, wallet, passport, electronics, etc., in it and it's never...
Forum: Touring
08-08-18, 02:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By Philly Tandem

I just got back from riding the GAP from PGH to...

I just got back from riding the GAP from PGH to Cumberland with my 13-year-old son. Plenty of free long-term parking in Cumberland under the highway bridge. I've parked there twice before when I've...
08-08-18, 02:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,342
Posted By Philly Tandem

Co-Motion sometimes used rebranded DT Swiss hubs...

Co-Motion sometimes used rebranded DT Swiss hubs on some of their wheels. You could search for schematics for a DT 340 or 540 hub and see if they match up.
Forum: Touring
08-07-18, 09:19 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,392
Posted By Philly Tandem

As someone posted, training is #1...

As someone posted, training is #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) thing to carry with you! If you are going to be in a somewhat-remote area, check out a two-day...
Forum: Touring
08-07-18, 08:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By Philly Tandem

My son (13) and I just rode the GAP this weekend,...

My son (13) and I just rode the GAP this weekend, Pittsburgh to Cumberland (Saturday through Monday). I agree that there are a few really bad sections between Frostburg and Cumberland, where the...
Forum: Touring
07-29-18, 03:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 546
Posted By Philly Tandem

The Tour route for the following year gets...

The Tour route for the following year gets announced each fall, so keep an eye out for that. If you want to ride the entire route, self-supported, you'll be looking at some multiple of the three...
07-26-18, 07:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,336
Posted By Philly Tandem

Are you renting in the USA or overseas? In Europe...

Are you renting in the USA or overseas? In Europe we always rent a station wagon ("combi" in Germany) and it works fine, especially if you have a coupled bike and don't mind breaking it in half. But...
05-27-18, 02:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,830
Posted By Philly Tandem

If anyone is interested, I have a nearly new...

If anyone is interested, I have a nearly new Tamer Pivot Plus seatpost that I'd sell. 29.8mm seatpost size. Send me a note and I'll take some pics and come up with a price.
Forum: Touring
05-23-18, 06:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,721
Posted By Philly Tandem

The annual ride across Iowa. Route changes each...

The annual ride across Iowa. Route changes each year. I've never done it (still on "the list") but looks like a rolling party with 10,000 of your closest friends.
Forum: Touring
05-22-18, 05:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 402
Posted By Philly Tandem

I have a BOB but have never flown with it. That...

I have a BOB but have never flown with it. That said, I'm pretty sure you could get it into a box sized for free carriage on the airline. Just custom-make a box that fits within the 62" size limit...
Forum: Touring
05-07-18, 07:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,197
Posted By Philly Tandem

I would have, but I didn't see you around when I...

I would have, but I didn't see you around when I was lost! ;-)

I went to the Point on a whim; hadn't really planned to do so, but I thought "why not"? I was using my hotel-provided tourist map to...
Forum: Touring
05-07-18, 02:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,106
Posted By Philly Tandem

I stayed at the Pittsburgh Sheraton on the river,...

I stayed at the Pittsburgh Sheraton on the river, right across from the start of the Three Rivers Trail. A good experience. Easy to get across the river via the bridge right there. I rode there in...
Forum: Touring
05-07-18, 02:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,197
Posted By Philly Tandem

"Opening in August or September" even though the...

"Opening in August or September" even though the ramp itself is poured and done. Gotta love the pace of public works projects! But it will be a nice addition. I got really lost and confused there two...
04-24-18, 08:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,843
Posted By Philly Tandem

Several months out isn't too bad for a custom...

Several months out isn't too bad for a custom builder. I think Bilenky is something like a year+
Forum: Touring
04-21-18, 08:19 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 8,827
Posted By Philly Tandem

I just stumbled across this carbon fiber rear...

I just stumbled across this carbon fiber rear rack with matching bags. Looks pretty slick. Anyone have any further info on them, or seen them in person?

https://www.tailfin.cc/
Forum: Touring
04-15-18, 11:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,636
Posted By Philly Tandem

Ditto on Schwalbe. I had two Marathon Greenguards...

Ditto on Schwalbe. I had two Marathon Greenguards fail (not catastrophically) and they quickly replaced both via a fairly easy process. I had to take photos of the serial number inside and also cut...
04-10-18, 03:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,466
Posted By Philly Tandem

Coupled Santana Arriva on the...

Coupled Santana Arriva on the tandemclassifieds.com site right now for $1500. If it fits you, that's a good price. A tandem retrofit alone at Bilenky is $1800 + paint and other options that you may...
Forum: Touring
04-10-18, 02:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,275
Posted By Philly Tandem

Not sure the route Bike Virginia took you to...

Not sure the route Bike Virginia took you to Antietam, but I also detoured off the path at Williamsport and took back roads to Antietam. There were a few hills, but nothing too terrible. You can see...
04-10-18, 02:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,466
Posted By Philly Tandem

If you are in NJ, the only place I'd look to do...

If you are in NJ, the only place I'd look to do it is Bilenky in Philadephia. They are one of the most experienced retrofitters in the country (maybe the world). I don't think Santana retrofits used...
Forum: Touring
04-06-18, 01:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,275
Posted By Philly Tandem

Not to be "that guy," but this exact question...

Not to be "that guy," but this exact question comes up very often on this very forum. You'll get all the info you want, and then some, with a quick search.
Forum: Touring
03-07-18, 02:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,870
Posted By Philly Tandem

Wow, you must sleep way heavier than I do! I...

Wow, you must sleep way heavier than I do! I remember the whole building shaking at times during the night. Plus, with the at-grade crossing literally right behind the hostel, the train has to blow...
Forum: Touring
03-07-18, 11:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,440
Posted By Philly Tandem

Avid Shorty brakes are pretty easy to adjust....

Avid Shorty brakes are pretty easy to adjust. I've used them on several bikes with good results (currently have a set on my tandem, even). They have adjustment screws on each arm for easy centering...
03-07-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,246
Posted By Philly Tandem

Sounds like you got those Folsom Shifting Blues!...

Sounds like you got those Folsom Shifting Blues! Sorry, couldn't resist :-)

$1700 is way high for simply changing to a 2x setup. With this being a hugely popular setup in the MTB world, there are...
03-07-18, 09:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,112
Posted By Philly Tandem

As far as I know, all 160mm Santanas use a...

As far as I know, all 160mm Santanas use a special Santana-made clamp combined with a braze-on FD derailleur to get the derailleur correctly placed for the chainline. This is mainly due to the wider...
Forum: Touring
03-01-18, 04:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,870
Posted By Philly Tandem

Why the hostel over the campground? In Rockwood...

Why the hostel over the campground? In Rockwood on various trips I've stayed at the hostel, the "Trailside B&B," and Husky Haven CG. I agree the hostel is very nice and well-run. But it's not much...
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