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08-21-23, 05:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,446
Posted By Alcanbrad

So far so good. The current bottom bracket is...

So far so good. The current bottom bracket is surviving longer than before. Fingers continue to be crossed.



I believe my issues are due to poor manufacturing of the crank(s). Iíve stated...
05-09-23, 06:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 812
Posted By Alcanbrad

I ventured deep into the weeds on the belt...

I ventured deep into the weeds on the belt tension/bearing failure a couple of years ago in this thread...
02-28-23, 06:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 873
Posted By Alcanbrad

I dealt with similar issues with mechanical disc...

I dealt with similar issues with mechanical disc brakes and 3x10 shifting on our Co-Mo. I found the Jagwire Elite DIY housing system gave me excellent results in both braking and shifting. The...
12-08-22, 05:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By Alcanbrad

We haven't done any tandem riding in AZ, however,...

We haven't done any tandem riding in AZ, however, I have done some half bike riding while visiting a close riding buddy that lived in Tucson. These are my impressions of riding around there and some...
11-12-22, 04:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,509
Posted By Alcanbrad

We use a bar end friction shifter. We originally...

We use a bar end friction shifter. We originally had a bar mounted thumb friction shifter however, I could never get it to hold with enough force on the drum. Mel at tandems East recommended the...
09-27-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,550
Posted By Alcanbrad

Clothing does attract pollenating insects,...

Clothing does attract pollenating insects, specifically bright floral colors and the color black. Face it, we tend to dress up like an all you can eat smorgasbord to a stinging insect. Also, they are...
09-21-22, 07:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,550
Posted By Alcanbrad

I have been stung many many times over the years....

I have been stung many many times over the years. The most common spot is 3 times on my lower lip all by wasps. Twice on the hand by yellow jackets. And many single stings in various other spots. ...
08-03-22, 06:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,114
Posted By Alcanbrad

Looks like a great adventure. It’s the shared...

Looks like a great adventure. It’s the shared experiences, challenges,and accomplishments that make tandeming so rich and rewarding.
06-27-22, 06:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 15,361
Posted By Alcanbrad

We have Topeak MTX racks and bags on our tandems...

We have Topeak MTX racks and bags on our tandems and my stoker has complained about the trunk bag crowding her behind. You can see in the first picture how the bag sits right up the back of the...
01-17-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,513
Posted By Alcanbrad

The click stand is a great light weight option to...

The click stand is a great light weight option to hold up the bike but I would have second thoughts about using It in the scenario the OP stated. Loading and unloading a kid trailer will undoubtedly...
09-13-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,296
Posted By Alcanbrad

We have a similar co-mo frame (no middle down...

We have a similar co-mo frame (no middle down tube) and my stoker also finds it very difficult to reach a bottle. Our solution: I play 2 roles: captain and water boy. I fetch and pass, and ...
08-27-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,906
Posted By Alcanbrad

You will receive a lot of opinions that will be...

You will receive a lot of opinions that will be all over the road. For us, we're are 400 lb team also riding northern NJ roads. We have 3 road tandems and run Gator skin 28's on 2 of the bikes (one...
07-15-21, 07:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,446
Posted By Alcanbrad

Oldacura and Carbonfiberboy, I do have already...

Oldacura and Carbonfiberboy, I do have already have the centertrack.


It's the later. The plane of the belt ring is not perpendicular to the crank axle.


So this is a good question. The...
07-15-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,446
Posted By Alcanbrad

Gates Carbon Drive timing belt eating bottom brackets?

Amongst all the other various issues I wrestled with our Co-Mo Carrera, one item that has plagued us is a continual consumption of bottom brackets. The stoker bottom bracket develops this incredibly...
04-29-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,256
Posted By Alcanbrad

Just spit-balling here but maybe it was to move...

Just spit-balling here but maybe it was to move the reaction bar to be inline with the pac-man on a different bike, or it was to move the drum assembly further from the hub/bearing for perceived...
03-10-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,259
Posted By Alcanbrad

I believe the couplers in the links are for just...

I believe the couplers in the links are for just coupling lines together. Thay are are not intended for quick disconnect .

I have been on the lookout for a viable solution to run hydraulic on our...
03-10-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,528
Posted By Alcanbrad

This issue has been discussed many times over the...

This issue has been discussed many times over the years on various forums. Many asked Strava to creat a Tandem class to avoid this issue. Strava didn’t see it as a big deal and responded by...
02-24-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 18,650
Posted By Alcanbrad

It's not an unfair position to take. It really...

It's not an unfair position to take. It really comes down to each individual situation. For us, we're not lucky enough to live a relatively flat flat area (we are actually blessed to live in some...
01-26-21, 01:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,017
Posted By Alcanbrad

+1

+1
01-19-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 845
Posted By Alcanbrad

This is a very common size. Look for an English...

This is a very common size. Look for an English thread 68/73mm that supports a 24mm spindle. There are many 68mm offerings, but if your bike requires 73 you need that make sure yours will support...
12-10-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 21,976
Posted By Alcanbrad

Beginning 90 Current 127

Beginning 90
Current 127
11-13-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,506
Posted By Alcanbrad

I occasionally ride a tandem solo a few times...

I occasionally ride a tandem solo a few times each year, mostly to pick up my stoker or after dropping her off. I have always found it very stable at speed. The stories above about jack-knifing are...
11-11-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,763
Posted By Alcanbrad

My stoker has tried but does not like clipless...

My stoker has tried but does not like clipless and insists on riding flat pedals. I'm OK with this - Happy stoker, happy life.

I have been riding SPD's for onwards of 25 years and love them,...
11-09-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,414
Posted By Alcanbrad

We are nowhere near any national, regional,...

We are nowhere near any national, regional, local, (or even just us) in terms of team performance. But we do have a history. I couldn't find pictures of the teeth we have sheared off a few late...
10-24-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,414
Posted By Alcanbrad

We were finally able to get out for the first...

We were finally able to get out for the first ride on the new chainring and chain and did the same climb that I captured in the video above. The verdict: No chain skip!!!! In addition to the new 36 T...
10-02-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,609
Posted By Alcanbrad

+1 on this, we took a leaf peeping trip to VT...

+1 on this, we took a leaf peeping trip to VT last weekend and took the travel tandem in our CR-V for the first time. Only added about 10 minutes to set up time at the starts. (Though this may not...
08-16-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,316
Posted By Alcanbrad

A buff worn around the neck is easy to pull up...

A buff worn around the neck is easy to pull up and down with one hand
07-23-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,209
Posted By Alcanbrad

I have dabbled in this endeavor on my tandems,...

I have dabbled in this endeavor on my tandems, road, and gravel bikes a fair amount. What I have learned is that as long as you can clear the largest cog with the derailleur jockey wheel, you can...
07-21-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 15,361
Posted By Alcanbrad

I made a simple stand that holds the bike upright...

I made a simple stand that holds the bike upright with the front wheel off the ground that makes the removal and installation of the front wheel a breeze:

Alcabrad’s hack...
07-20-20, 05:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,453
Posted By Alcanbrad

sounds like a great adventure. If you haven’t...

sounds like a great adventure. If you haven’t planned to already, suggest you chronicle your ride with an online blog. Great way for your family and friends to journey with you and it’s fun years...
07-19-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,453
Posted By Alcanbrad

Also check the Shimano PD-M324. SPD on one...

Also check the Shimano PD-M324. SPD on one side,old school on the other. I run these on my tandems and gravel bike, and run the PD-EH500‘s on my road bike. I can recommend both.

Where are you...
06-24-20, 04:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,894
Posted By Alcanbrad

Is the puncture occurring at the same spot...

Is the puncture occurring at the same spot relative to the stem? If so, there are only 2 spots on the rim implicated. Focus there.
06-04-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,653
Posted By Alcanbrad

For us, we kept the original stoker crank, FSA...

For us, we kept the original stoker crank, FSA Gossamer MegaEXO tandem triple/bottom bracket. Bike is circa 2014 and this crankset appears to still be available. Original gearing was 28-39-52 and...
04-19-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,026
Posted By Alcanbrad

I couldn't find the Toe Tector from a seller in...

I couldn't find the Toe Tector from a seller in the US and with all the craziness with businesses being closed around the world, I did not want to take an $8 risk so I looked for something similar. I...
11-26-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,333
Posted By Alcanbrad

Our 15 seconds of fame

We didn't get a super-nice or inspirational photo on the GCN network, but we did claim 15 seconds of fame. (Link will take you straight to the segment)

We'll be signing autographs this Saturday...
07-24-19, 04:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 12,342
Posted By Alcanbrad

If you have family you regularly visit, consider...

If you have family you regularly visit, consider stationing it there so you have a bike to ride when you visit, or make a few changes to make it one you don’t mind getting wet or gritty and use it...
07-10-18, 06:54 PM
Replies: 1,509
Views: 664,302
Posted By Alcanbrad

Yours truly and the better half at the 2018...

Yours truly and the better half at the 2018 Eastern Tandem Rally (our first rally) in Williamsburg VA. Lots of fun....
04-22-15, 07:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,389
Posted By Alcanbrad

Helpful inventions

I have always struggled with pulling the tandem out of the van holding the bike with one hand while grabbing the front wheel and getting it mounted on the forks. We recently acquired a new tandem...
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