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04-17-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,886
Posted By LV2TNDM

R & E Cycles has an AMAZING gallery of...

R & E Cycles has an AMAZING gallery of jaw-droppingly beautiful tandems on their website:
https://www.rodbikes.com/images/gallery/gallery.php?tag=tandem

These photos should muddy the waters just...
04-17-21, 11:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 824
Posted By LV2TNDM

A heavily-loaded tandem with 30T X 50T low...

A heavily-loaded tandem with 30T X 50T low gearing on steep climbs and XT hubs?

BLAM! is what I'd expect! Tandems place unreal torque loads on rear hubs and the XT simply isn't designed for it. ...
03-24-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,194
Posted By LV2TNDM

The word "accident" is a horrible word to...

The word "accident" is a horrible word to describe auto collisions. The San Francisco Police Department has stricken this misnomer from its vocabulary. Cyclists should as well. The word carries...
03-11-21, 01:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 415
Posted By LV2TNDM

I flat-spotted a single-wall Sun rim "back in the...

I flat-spotted a single-wall Sun rim "back in the day." (I hadn't learned the importance of avoiding 'target fixation' yet!)

Anyway, I had the same issue, so I figured since the rim's considered...
03-11-21, 01:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 784
Posted By LV2TNDM

Pedal/crank strikes are definitely a regular...

Pedal/crank strikes are definitely a regular occurrence on a mountain tandem being used in "the fun stuff."
How's the budget?
Does Cane Creek make an E-Wings tandem version? Their Ti cranks are...
03-11-21, 12:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,277
Posted By LV2TNDM

From what I understand, you are nowhere near...

From what I understand, you are nowhere near "running out of range" with a 10psi "overpressure" in road tires. I understand blowoff pressure is determined by inflating a tire on an industry-standard...
03-11-21, 12:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,277
Posted By LV2TNDM

But I'd guess the heat capacity of the tire and...

But I'd guess the heat capacity of the tire and tube are not of much value as they are really good insulators. They'd take forever to absorb all that heat. And then they wouldn't dissipate it very...
03-11-21, 12:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,277
Posted By LV2TNDM

The leverage of a larger rotor means less energy....

The leverage of a larger rotor means less energy. Remember, Archimedes said "If I had a lever long enough, I could lift the earth." In other words and for experiment's sake, if you had a REALLY...
03-11-21, 12:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,185
Posted By LV2TNDM

It seems pretty straightforward: 1) Remove...

It seems pretty straightforward:
1) Remove caliper(!) and coil up the line and store with the handlebars. Storing in plastic bags seems prudent. As would a disc brake pad chock to prevent lever and...
03-11-21, 12:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 660
Posted By LV2TNDM

Oh, I see. Possibly, but I doubt it. Either...

Oh, I see. Possibly, but I doubt it. Either way, that design is flawed and it's too bad they made the walls so thin on either side. Bummer.
03-11-21, 12:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,903
Posted By LV2TNDM

(I KNEW you'd reply with that! See my other...

(I KNEW you'd reply with that! See my other reply; I don't really feel like repeating myself.)


And to this I say, "Hogwash!" I'd say that if you feel this is the high standard you will hold...
03-11-21, 12:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,903
Posted By LV2TNDM

The driver example was used as it's analogous to...

The driver example was used as it's analogous to captaining a tandem. Didn't you get that? The point is that a captain has SOME ONE ELSE'S WELFARE in their hands, just as drivers do when they...
03-09-21, 11:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,886
Posted By LV2TNDM

Really? That's funny because I bought mine in...

Really? That's funny because I bought mine in Cupertino and I see you're in Saratoga. Perhaps you saw mine on CL? I've been riding in Saratoga pretty frequently as of late also. In fact, I'm...
03-09-21, 11:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,903
Posted By LV2TNDM

Thank you for this post and I'm very sorry to...

Thank you for this post and I'm very sorry to hear you suffered this crash. Although I don't have imminent fears of crashing whenever heading out on the tandem, I have a pretty strong sense of...
03-09-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 660
Posted By LV2TNDM

I'm not sure how the prior owner could have...

I'm not sure how the prior owner could have "over-torqued" it. Isn't it simply tightened every time you slam on the rear brake? That thing must get INCREDIBLY tight. And it seems to me no set...
03-05-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,277
Posted By LV2TNDM

The larger disc offers several advantages: A...

The larger disc offers several advantages:
A larger disc will have a little more heat capacity, but more importantly, much more surface area to dissipate heat.
A larger disc has more mechanical...
03-01-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,909
Posted By LV2TNDM

Quick addition...

Per what I said above, "(Spoke failure, for example. The seller could have had several failures before selling and had them replaced before posting for sale. No way to know.)," I HAVE to add...
03-01-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,909
Posted By LV2TNDM

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Here it is, PaulJ!!! Just posted this in another discussion, so I...
03-01-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,886
Posted By LV2TNDM

What timing!

Just picked up...

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And the OP's title is perfect, as I'm a huge sucker...
02-22-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 939
Posted By LV2TNDM

Add to this my perceived observation that...

Add to this my perceived observation that competitive collegiate cycling is mostly mountain bike racing these days, you have even less interest in road events. Given the prevalence and popularity of...
02-21-21, 10:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,319
Posted By LV2TNDM

Cracked rims are definitely bad and need to be...

Cracked rims are definitely bad and need to be addressed. But they really don't explain the sound stopping when you stop pedaling. I'm guessing it isn't that. But if it is, then great! Problem...
02-21-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 681
Posted By LV2TNDM

Avoid any shoe covers that are tight though! ...

Avoid any shoe covers that are tight though! Similar to wearing two pairs of socks, they defeat (defeet!) the goal of warmer feet by restricting blood flow and making your feet cold! I ride with...
02-21-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 971
Posted By LV2TNDM

There is no "correct" answer here. For some...

There is no "correct" answer here.
For some pairs, tandems are easy. For others, they're impossible.
I'm VERY lucky to belong to the former group. I bought a tandem for my future wife as a...
02-06-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,312
Posted By LV2TNDM

This isn't a bad idea. However, "stronger" may...

This isn't a bad idea. However, "stronger" may not mean longer life. But given the higher torques ebikes put out, common sense would say an ebike chain SHOULD last longer. Tensile strength would...
01-13-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,909
Posted By LV2TNDM

My Suggestions

I penned this after making an offer on a 10 year old Co-Motion. The seller's price was WAY too high. They basically admitted selling it for their original closeout purchase price. It was laughable...
11-29-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,487
Posted By LV2TNDM

The dynamics of a stoker-less tandem are less...

The dynamics of a stoker-less tandem are less than ideal. I quickly noticed that, for example, a left turn of the wheel causes the front end of the bike & frame to swing right slightly. Not an...
11-29-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,295
Posted By LV2TNDM

Before ordering or taking delivery on a fork, did...

Before ordering or taking delivery on a fork, did you read the other tandem fork discussion on this board? You do not want a basic replacement fork for your tandem. You need a tandem-rated fork. ...
11-11-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,537
Posted By LV2TNDM

Thank you. I appreciate it. Yes, I still...

Thank you. I appreciate it. Yes, I still vividly remember tipping over on my new Bianchi Limited with Look pedals. It took a while, but I was immediately "hooked" to them. This is after about ten...
11-11-20, 02:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 648
Posted By LV2TNDM

Spoke or sharp rim edge, if using double-wall...

Spoke or sharp rim edge, if using double-wall rims. Rubber rim strips "sink" into the spoke holes, exposing the spoke hole edges on the rim and wear through your tube. Don't use rubber or cheap,...
11-11-20, 02:05 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,262
Posted By LV2TNDM

I just HAVE to add this tidbit from today... ...

I just HAVE to add this tidbit from today...

There I was on a long climb I hadn't done in 30 years when just about a mile up my chain starts to squeak in a few spots. DAMMIT!

You see, this is...
11-11-20, 01:56 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,226
Posted By LV2TNDM

Nice job shearing the cassette spider! I'm...

Nice job shearing the cassette spider! I'm impressed! Now, not to minimize the awesomeness of snapping your "flanges," but those spoke end beds seem REALLY flimsy if you ask me.
11-11-20, 01:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,537
Posted By LV2TNDM

This statement is HIGHLY debatable. (No offense...

This statement is HIGHLY debatable. (No offense reburns, but I have to rebut your advice here.) And I say this as a true devotee of clipless pedals. I first used clipless in 1987 when racing road....
11-08-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,226
Posted By LV2TNDM

Yeah! So glad to hear the culprit has been...

Yeah! So glad to hear the culprit has been identified and the problem solved!

The only thing I could add is suggesting you opt for a stainless steel chainring instead of aluminum. It will last...
11-08-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,226
Posted By LV2TNDM

Your torque will always be higher with a smaller...

Your torque will always be higher with a smaller chain ring. It's simply due to the fact that the smaller the ring, the longer the effective leverage arm the crank becomes. Rear cog has no bearing...
11-08-20, 04:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 500
Posted By LV2TNDM

Oops! Sorry, missed that :(

Oops! Sorry, missed that :(
11-07-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 500
Posted By LV2TNDM

This is the classic symptom of a chain that got...

This is the classic symptom of a chain that got too old/worn/stretched, or elongated, and as it wore and got longer, it "re-spaced" the teeth on one or more cogs in your cassette. You most certainly...
11-07-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,262
Posted By LV2TNDM

Carrot cake? WHAT!

Now THOSE are fighting words!
If it doesn't contain chocolate, it ISN'T DESSERT!
This is beyond debate, requires no supporting argument or evidence.
Open and shut case.
11-07-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,142
Posted By LV2TNDM

Excellent! To be honest, I'm surprised it came...

Excellent!
To be honest, I'm surprised it came in under $20k with both wheelsets. I assumed it would top that amount with just one.

Thank you for sharing!
11-07-20, 05:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,142
Posted By LV2TNDM

Your Calfee is a thing of beauty. Congrats and...

Your Calfee is a thing of beauty. Congrats and thanks for the review. I have a few questions:
1) Given that this is your second Calfee, and an adventure version, I'm curious why you didn't go with...
11-06-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,401
Posted By LV2TNDM

I appreciate your post, especially in reference...

I appreciate your post, especially in reference to empirical data and objective observation and conclusions.

Well, let's see. You get behind the hypothetical coal truck and realize your options:...
11-05-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 918
Posted By LV2TNDM

That's going to a LOT of effort to end up with a...

That's going to a LOT of effort to end up with a terrible result! Sheesh! Unless this rider was in the Kazakh outback without any hope of spare parts, this hack is really extreme.
11-05-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,365
Posted By LV2TNDM

This was the tried-and-true method for addressing...

This was the tried-and-true method for addressing the DREADED Dia Comp 986 cantilever squeak nightmare! Some brakes simply will NOT comply! Toe in, greased canti posts and everything else fail. ...
11-05-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,365
Posted By LV2TNDM

The brake pads will quickly render the polish...

The brake pads will quickly render the polish moot, especially after the first wet ride. I agree with the later posters, but ultimately, all that polishing will be for naught - your rims will...
11-05-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,262
Posted By LV2TNDM

There doesn't seem to be a direct correlation...

There doesn't seem to be a direct correlation between price and durability. However, extra steps in the production process SHOULD improve durability such as heat treating and applying coatings. In...
11-05-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,262
Posted By LV2TNDM

The problem today is that 12 speed cassettes now...

The problem today is that 12 speed cassettes now range in price from about $100 to $400, with the average in the $200-$250 range. Plus, you're only using one ring these days, and they're small, so...
11-05-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,262
Posted By LV2TNDM

There simply is no "max mileage" of a chain.

One chain will vary considerably in its lifespan given different riders and conditions. A 95 pound rider on a road bike in pristine conditions who is meticulous with chain care will get TONS of...
11-05-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,293
Posted By LV2TNDM

Absolutely!

But it really depends on the two riders involved. It would be a big advantage for both of you to have mountain biking experience so you know what to expect. Learning the skill set off road on a...
10-28-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,698
Posted By LV2TNDM

Speaking of non-tandem fork usage... After...

Speaking of non-tandem fork usage...

After building up my Cannondale mountain tandem, I realized the Pepperoni fork had to go. But at the time, I didn't have a whole lot of choice in forks. I...
10-28-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,300
Posted By LV2TNDM

Another reason to achieve high spoke tensions is...

Another reason to achieve high spoke tensions is to improve rim life. Cracked rims are an eventuality for anyone using a wheel long enough. Bill Mould presents a very good explanation on YouTube on...
10-28-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,698
Posted By LV2TNDM

Funny you should ask! I just happened to discuss...

Funny you should ask! I just happened to discuss this issue in regards to the Chloe' Dygert's World Championships TT crash. I argued the bike was poorly designed, whereas others blamed the rider,...
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