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11-12-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,071
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think this also depends on how you ride. If...

I think this also depends on how you ride. If you're just tooling around the neighborhood, you probably don't need clipless. pedals. If you're going to be riding hard and at a decent cadence, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-10-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 13,855
Posted By merlinextraligh

Pretty roundly accepted to be the worst GT car...

Pretty roundly accepted to be the worst GT car Porsche ever built. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/used-car-buying-guides/first-worst-fastest-and-best-porsche-911-gts

And FWIW, my mechanic,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,821
Posted By merlinextraligh

pump, tube and 2 ounces of sealant in the bag,...

pump, tube and 2 ounces of sealant in the bag, doubt i get stranded
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,821
Posted By merlinextraligh

pretty sure I’ve gone at least 2 years on my MTB...

pretty sure I’ve gone at least 2 years on my MTB without replenishing sealant with no flats. Admittedly, there was not a ton of usage in that time frame.

if it’s not holding air, add some...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 13,855
Posted By merlinextraligh

Also a reason you can buy one now for 60k, while...

Also a reason you can buy one now for 60k, while other Porsche GT cars are dramatically appreciating. Thought briefly of buying one because as Porsche GT cars go itís a bargain, but my mechanic, with...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-20, 09:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,821
Posted By merlinextraligh

I’m not totally sold on road tubeless. However,...

I’m not totally sold on road tubeless. However, running tubeless on a mountain bike and a gravel, tandem, in my experience there is very little hassle in running tubeless. It is an easy setup, and...
11-07-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,740
Posted By merlinextraligh

1) I’m a bit of a weight weenie, and the added...

1) I’m a bit of a weight weenie, and the added weight of couplers, and expense kinda goes against my grain. Pre-Covid, we’d travel overseas maybe every year or so, and we just take or rent single...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 13,855
Posted By merlinextraligh

and the 996 GT2 may be the most undriveable...

and the 996 GT2 may be the most undriveable modern Porsche. Ton of power, with turbo lag, and no nannies is not a good thing.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 13,855
Posted By merlinextraligh

apostate

apostate
11-06-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,740
Posted By merlinextraligh

Rigid seatpost hasn’t been an issue. Bigger tires...

Rigid seatpost hasn’t been an issue. Bigger tires with lower pressure create some suspension.

Also, to me there really is no difference between the position of the stoker in relation to the rear...
11-03-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 940
Posted By merlinextraligh

I understand that while tubeless may prevent...

I understand that while tubeless may prevent pinch flats, you ‘re still at risk of impacting the rim.

However, tubeless mountain bike tires have pretty much established you can safely run tire...
11-02-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 940
Posted By merlinextraligh

While I get the recommendation to use 2 inch...

While I get the recommendation to use 2 inch tires, I think the Ritchey is limited to 43mm.

Another way to manage the pinch flat issue is going tubeless. Our gravel tandem came with tubed 42mm...
11-02-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 716
Posted By merlinextraligh

Another option for cables is to go with single...

Another option for cables is to go with single length cables, and couplers, like those used on travel bikes.

You have to use two cables for the rear brake and derailleur, but it has the advantage...
11-01-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 206
Posted By merlinextraligh

Light Bicycle Carbon wheels, built for tandem

Iím selling a brand new in the box set of Carbon Light Bicycle Wheels.

the specific specs are:

RRU65C02d 640 Disc matte UD 28H With Holes
RRU65C02d 640 Disc matte UD 28H With Holes
HUB-F DT...
11-01-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,236
Posted By merlinextraligh

Not sure, exactly why youíre miffed. My post...

Not sure, exactly why youíre miffed. My post regarding pics was meant to convey that Iím anxious to see your bike.
10-30-20, 02:35 PM
10-28-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 3,165
Views: 2,714,616
Posted By merlinextraligh

Calfee custom Adventure tandem. 700c wheels for...

Calfee custom Adventure tandem. 700c wheels for road. 650bís up to 50 mm for gravel....
10-28-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 940
Posted By merlinextraligh

Several thoughts. One, do you really need a...

Several thoughts. One, do you really need a triple. 2x setups can cover quite a range in 11 and 12 speed groups, are lighter and shift much better.

Two, I think your wheels are way overbuilt....
10-28-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,000
Posted By merlinextraligh

As a previous owner of Bike Friday tandem, I’d...

As a previous owner of Bike Friday tandem, I’d have serious reservations about riding one your 6 foot tall son, particularly if he weighs very much. If he’s a big kid, and if you’re not well in synch...
10-27-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,052
Posted By merlinextraligh

As to why are single tracks are more work, the...

As to why are single tracks are more work, the double tracks you environments are typically roads that a forest service truck could pass over, and a bike can roll over at a decent pace.

Many...
10-27-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,052
Posted By merlinextraligh

As to Width of tire for Gravel, You can do it on...

As to Width of tire for Gravel, You can do it on 28mm tires, but to really be considered a gravel bike, Iíd say you need to be able to run at least 35mm, and most people these days want bigger. ...
10-27-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,740
Posted By merlinextraligh

142 thru axle. We had 148 Boost on our...

142 thru axle. We had 148 Boost
on our Co-Motion Java.
not sure I can tell any practical difference
10-26-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,740
Posted By merlinextraligh

So, we’ve ridden it enough now on and off road to...

So, we’ve ridden it enough now on and off road to form some impressions. On road, it rides and handles very similar to our Dragonfly. Riding both of our Calfee’s I think is about as close to riding a...
10-26-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,052
Posted By merlinextraligh

We bought our new tandem specifically to ride...

We bought our new tandem specifically to ride gravel. With a gravel tandem, I.e. road bike with the ability to take wide tires, we’ve ridden dirt roads, double track trails and some easy to moderate...
10-25-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 1,446
Views: 530,765
Posted By merlinextraligh

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First ride with the Gravel wheels in Pisgah National...
10-25-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 887
Posted By merlinextraligh

I don’t have experience with 1x12 on a tandem (we...

I don’t have experience with 1x12 on a tandem (we are running 2x11 which works well for us.)

I do use 1x11 on my mountain bike, and that experience tells me that I don’t believe I’d be happy with...
10-25-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,740
Posted By merlinextraligh

We came to our first Calfee from a relatively...

We came to our first Calfee from a relatively high end Co-Motion Robusta. The Improvement was so great, that we felt somewhat let down riding the Co-Motion and decided to get this Calfee for our...
10-17-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 788
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think they are. I just saw hydraulic and...

I think they are. I just saw hydraulic and assumed disc.
10-14-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,534
Posted By merlinextraligh

Rained out from Hurricane Delta this weekend. So...

Rained out from Hurricane Delta this weekend. So didnít do the ride with the long descent.

Today however did a 1000 foot vertical descent and tried to really abuse the brakes.

On a descent that...
10-13-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 788
Posted By merlinextraligh

Hydraulic dis brakes are a dramatic improvement ...

Hydraulic dis brakes are a dramatic improvement in braking performance over cable actuated rim brakes for a tandem.

Magura is one of the original manufacturers of disc brakes for bikes and have a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 815
Posted By merlinextraligh

Caleb Evan, 5’5”, seems to do ok. As does Nairo...

Caleb Evan, 5’5”, seems to do ok. As does Nairo Quintana,
10-09-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,534
Posted By merlinextraligh

We’ve now done a full on panic stop bombing down...

We’ve now done a full on panic stop bombing down a 23% grade. The rear wheel locked almost immediately, and the front was at the threshold of locking. Had to let off a bit to avoid swapping ends.
...
10-09-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,179
Posted By merlinextraligh

With Disc wheels, you likely can go to 650b...

With Disc wheels, you likely can go to 650b wheels, assuming you have the clearance.
10-09-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,179
Posted By merlinextraligh

We’re getting a set of Light Bicycle wheels, CF...

We’re getting a set of Light Bicycle wheels, CF rims, DT Swiss hubs, 28 spokes, and extra strength rims, which add about 100 grams but are recommended for low spoke tandem use, for under $800.
...
10-08-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,534
Posted By merlinextraligh

I know the V4ís have bigger pistons than the...

I know the V4ís have bigger pistons than the E4ís, as I stated.

The RX4ís have 2 bigger pistons than the E4ís.

whatís unclear between the now dated 2012 chart, and the link I posted is whether...
10-08-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,534
Posted By merlinextraligh

And as a practical matter, you can’t use V4’s ...

And as a practical matter, you can’t use V4’s with Shimano Di2 levers, so whether V4’s have better heat modulation becomes an academic question.
10-08-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,534
Posted By merlinextraligh

I don’t see using Hope RX4’s and 203 mm rotors as...

I don’t see using Hope RX4’s and 203 mm rotors as peeing on the electric fence. People are riding tandems in the mountains with Shimano 785 brakes. By all accounts, the RX4’s have better stopping...
10-01-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By merlinextraligh

Rocky Mounts tandem tray works with European...

Rocky Mounts tandem tray works with European factory rails, it looks like it should work with Jetstream. Unfortunately they,don’t make them anymore.
09-28-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 1,446
Views: 530,765
Posted By merlinextraligh

Us with our new Calfee ...

Us with our new Calfee
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Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,048
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíve got wheelsets in tubular, tubed clincher and...

Iíve got wheelsets in tubular, tubed clincher and tubeless clinchers.

Other than some gravel and endurance races, I havenít raced in the last 5 years. Before that I raced on tubulars, given that...
09-27-20, 04:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,740
Posted By merlinextraligh

We do, and we took advantage of your experience...

We do, and we took advantage of your experience in specing it. Thank you.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,048
Posted By merlinextraligh

Thereís basically one advantage left for...

Thereís basically one advantage left for tubulars. You can ride them flat. That can be a big deal racing; ask Abraham Olano.

Other than that, with really good clinchers and tubeless options, there...
09-26-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,534
Posted By merlinextraligh

Based on our experience, and other accounts, I...

Based on our experience, and other accounts, I think thereís a disconnect between Hopeís technical reps, and their legal department.

Based on the European tech guys, Iím confident using them on a...
09-24-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,185
Posted By merlinextraligh

Another, albeit expensive, answer would be a new,...

Another, albeit expensive, answer would be a new, more rigid, frame

We had a Co-Motion Robusta. With oversized aluminum tubing, and a lateral tube, it was theoretically very stiff. Likely as stiff...
09-23-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,534
Posted By merlinextraligh

Hope RX4 Discs Not Warranted For Tandem Use

We spec'd our new Calfee tandem with Hope RX4 discs in part due to recommendations on here. We wanted the most robust brakes we could get. The thought was the 4 piston design Hopes would be a bit...
09-23-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,740
Posted By merlinextraligh

New Calfee Adventure Tandem

Finally got the new Calfee Tandem. Technically, its a custom modified Tetra. The goal was a dual use bike that 1) would ride on the road as close as possible to our Dragonfly, and 2) be capable for...
09-23-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 811
Posted By merlinextraligh

Itís good it works for you. However, as a review...

Itís good it works for you. However, as a review with general application, I think the reasons it works for you are pretty specific. Most folks donít have motors they need to route cables around.
...
09-21-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 811
Posted By merlinextraligh

To me, eliminating brifters is a negative. With X...

To me, eliminating brifters is a negative. With X shifters, you've separated the shifter from the brake lever, eliminating the integration that was the whole point. I've only see the setup on a mtb,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 553
Posted By merlinextraligh

That assumes you can find one. In many areas,...

That assumes you can find one. In many areas, buying a new bike now means 2021 delivery.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 9,363
Posted By merlinextraligh

If that bag is on a high end aero bike with...

If that bag is on a high end aero bike with expensive aero wheels, it doesnít make much sense to carry your stuff there. Without wind tunnel,testing, Iíd bet you dollars to donuts itís way more...
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