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Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 777
Posted By Philly Tandem

Well, I guess to be pedantic, yes and no. Yes if...

Well, I guess to be pedantic, yes and no. Yes if they have a baggage car (besides the bike car). No if they don't. On this route they do have a baggage car usually, I think.

I wasn't thinking...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 763
Posted By Philly Tandem

I'm sure any frame builder would be able to build...

I'm sure any frame builder would be able to build you one. Check out Bilenky (http://www.bilenky.com/)in Philadelphia or Rodriguez (https://www.rodbikes.com/index.html)in Seattle
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 777
Posted By Philly Tandem

I think the C&O Bike Shop in Hancock does...

I think the C&O Bike Shop in Hancock does shuttles, too.

AMTRAK only takes something like 6-8 bikes per train, so hopefully you have those spaces reserved already. Why in the world would someone...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 496
Posted By Philly Tandem

I would say check around and see what used Surly...

I would say check around and see what used Surly Long Haul Truckers are selling for, and price a bit under that. Unfortunately, you don't have a well-known brand (I had never heard of them, and I'm...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,033
Posted By Philly Tandem

Yes, the cut-over the C&O Canal trail is about a...

Yes, the cut-over the C&O Canal trail is about a mile or so before the end of the WMRT. You cross a road with a gate and there's a pretty big sign there. Alternatively, you can ride to the end of the...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,033
Posted By Philly Tandem

So having ridden Cumberland to DC this past...

So having ridden Cumberland to DC this past Saturday-Monday, I guess I should report back in!

Day one, the first 20-30 miles east of Cumberland were rough with a fair amount of muddy patches. It...
08-09-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,823
Posted By Philly Tandem

I just finished a tour along the C&O Canal,...

I just finished a tour along the C&O Canal, riding Schwalbe Marathon 26x1.5 tires. These were on my single Co-Motion touring bike, but I'm sure would be fine for a tandem, too. I was pleased with...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By Philly Tandem

Burley flatbed or cargo trailers pack down fairly...

Burley flatbed or cargo trailers pack down fairly compactly, but sounds like you want a single-wheel trailer.
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,630
Posted By Philly Tandem

I would HIGHLY suggest that for a "first" tour...

I would HIGHLY suggest that for a "first" tour you do a simple local overnight out and back to see how it goes and work out any issues. For example, we had toured plenty before we had our son. But...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,033
Posted By Philly Tandem

Thanks! Fingers crossed for no big dumps of rain...

Thanks! Fingers crossed for no big dumps of rain over the weekend.
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 03:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,033
Posted By Philly Tandem

C&O Current Conditions?

My 14yo son and I are riding the C&O this Saturday-Monday from Cumberland to DC. Looking for any recent (past week or so) updates on trail conditions (overly muddy?). Yes, I have looked at the NPS...
07-25-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,531
Posted By Philly Tandem

I kept the OEM Santana cable adjusters on my S&S...

I kept the OEM Santana cable adjusters on my S&S Santanas that you described and also added inline cable adjusters to the housing before the frame adjusters. I agree, it's a bad design. Plus, the...
Forum: Touring
07-04-19, 05:05 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 74,735
Posted By Philly Tandem

It was a while ago, so I don't recall. They...

It was a while ago, so I don't recall. They probably have pricing on their website. You will lose some paint on the frame from where they do the brazing. I wasn't too picky and just touched it up...
05-15-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,055
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: 876
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: 821
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: 6,446
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: 657
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: 21
Views: 1,274
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: 1,332
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: 929
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: 1,065
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: 167
Views: 10,490
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: 759
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: 1,090
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: 946
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: 1,630
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: 1,097
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: 1,097
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: 5,224
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: 5,224
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: 1,285
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: 813
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: 1,869
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: 820
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: 1,869
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: 1,386
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: 49
Views: 2,956
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: 1,068
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: 494
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: 1,386
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: 1,454
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: 460
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: 571
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: 1,357
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: 5,505
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: 1,845
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: 14
Views: 714
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: 49
Views: 2,956
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: 2,263
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...
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