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08-17-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 792
Posted By Philly Tandem

On cranks with the bolt "hidden" behind the...

On cranks with the bolt "hidden" behind the crankarm, I do indeed put the nut facing out and the bolt in from the backside. Usually a small chainring nut spanner will fit behind the crankarm, but...
02-28-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By Philly Tandem

Triple on the Santana Europe used page for 5400...

Triple on the Santana Europe used page for 5400 Euro: https://www.santana-tandem.com/en/news/second-hand-tandems.html
02-28-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By Philly Tandem

Get a coupled triple...

Get a coupled triple...
02-28-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,688
Posted By Philly Tandem

You don't "have" to disconnect the cable spliters...

You don't "have" to disconnect the cable spliters if you are just basically "folding" the bike to put inside a car or on a rack. Just leave the cables attached.


For the OP's type of use,...
02-28-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,688
Posted By Philly Tandem

You don't "have" to disconnect the cable spliters...

You don't "have" to disconnect the cable spliters if you are just basically "folding" the bike to put inside a car or on a rack. Just leave the cables attached.

For the OP's type of use,...
02-28-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By Philly Tandem

Yup, +1 on Santana Europe/Wolfgang in Rosenheim,...

Yup, +1 on Santana Europe/Wolfgang in Rosenheim, Germany (between Munich and Salzburg, AT). From what I've seen, he has a lot of experience in the 3+ seater bikes. We spent a day with one of his...
02-28-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,302
Posted By Philly Tandem

We got our first tandem in 1994 and our triple in...

We got our first tandem in 1994 and our triple in ~2009. I really didn't feel much of a learning curve moving from the tandem to the triple. Partially because 1) We were pretty experienced with the...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,704
Posted By Philly Tandem

Nice job on the video! I've had the route on my...

Nice job on the video! I've had the route on my to-do list for years, the video was great to help me visualize it. Maybe this summer...
01-19-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,139
Posted By Philly Tandem

Since the Arai usually acts as a drag brake for...

Since the Arai usually acts as a drag brake for long descents, using a ratcheting shifter allows you to set the brake at a certain level and easily maintain that during the descent. You can do that...
Forum: Touring
01-13-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,090
Posted By Philly Tandem

I've had Rhyno Lite rims on my touring tandem for...

I've had Rhyno Lite rims on my touring tandem for years and they are still going strong. So, they have held up well with 450 pounds +/- between riders, tandem, and front/rear panniers over all kinds...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-26-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,233
Posted By Philly Tandem

Thanks for the comments everyone, and sorry I...

Thanks for the comments everyone, and sorry I haven't been able to check back in before now. I did, in fact, pull the seatpost (photos attached), and don't see any radiating cracks inside. However,...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-22-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,233
Posted By Philly Tandem

Failing aluminum weld: repair?

I searched the archives but didn't find anything related to this type of issue: I just noticed that the seaststay welds on my son's Niner EMD MTB (XS size) are basically lifting off the adjoining...
Forum: Touring
12-22-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 565
Posted By Philly Tandem

Do you have AAA? Many clubs now offer bike...

Do you have AAA? Many clubs now offer bike "roadside service" to get you home. Worth checking at least.

Or just take the metro as far as you can from AMTRAK Union Station (up to Wheaton or...
12-17-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,452
Posted By Philly Tandem

They have their new models on it (Synergy, and...

They have their new models on it (Synergy, and Evolve "coming spring 2020"), so it's at least somewhat updated. Still a lot of older content, though. Could definitely use a refresh.
The URL with the...
12-10-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,516
Posted By Philly Tandem

I had Bilenky Cycles add a kickstand mounting...

I had Bilenky Cycles add a kickstand mounting plate to both my Santana tandem and Santana triplet (pictured earlier in this thread). Money very well spent, as it makes the twin-legged kickstand setup...
12-03-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,516
Posted By Philly Tandem

Love my double-leg kickstands! Unless you are...

Love my double-leg kickstands! Unless you are trying to be ultra-light, they are well worth their weight (less than a full water bottle, likely).
...
11-21-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,294
Posted By Philly Tandem

A few thoughts: 1. Pack a few full-size...

A few thoughts:

1. Pack a few full-size tools rather than just relying on a multi-tool. I have a few cheap T-handle Allen wrenches (with ball ends to work at an angle if needed) from Harbor...
Forum: Touring
09-26-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 674
Posted By Philly Tandem

Nice, thanks for sharing! Grossglockner is no...

Nice, thanks for sharing! Grossglockner is no joke. I've driven it a few times, but haven't biked it. The surrounding Hohe Tauern National Park is beautiful. We've biked the Tauern Bike Path a few...
09-03-19, 05:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,175
Posted By Philly Tandem

There's a Fandango DC-9 on Ebay right now, with a...

There's a Fandango DC-9 on Ebay right now, with a starting bid of $2800. Not mine, although I was lusting after it yesterday....
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,171
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: 1,177
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: 28
Views: 2,171
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: 826
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: 1,992
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: 1,992
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: 5,516
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: 1,022
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: 2,221
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: 1,992
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: 1,992
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: 5,208
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: 144
Views: 88,602
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: 1,314
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: 1,294
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: 1,087
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: 7,513
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: 851
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: 2,249
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: 27
Views: 2,949
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: 1,404
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: 1,189
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: 14,304
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: 925
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: 1,529
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: 1,236
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: 1,965
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: 1,365
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: 1,365
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: 6,171
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: 6,171
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.
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