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08-03-22, 06:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 163
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.
07-28-22, 04:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By Alcanbrad

By your description it sounds like the brake shoe...

By your description it sounds like the brake shoe assembly (#2 in the pdf) is being displaced, or moved out of perpendicularity with the axle when the wheel is tightened in the dropouts. I would...
07-23-22, 04:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By Alcanbrad

Personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with that...

Personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with that setup. This based on little more than concern of any outcome from a failure.

If your goal is to raise your handle bars a large amount, you might...
06-27-22, 06:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,420
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...
06-25-22, 01:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 885
Posted By Alcanbrad

Great! Glad you found it. One thing you can...

Great! Glad you found it. One thing you can count on with a tandem, when you find and fix a vexing noise, another one will soon appear 🙄
06-21-22, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 477
Posted By Alcanbrad

I have been happy with the FSA BB-7000/TD MegaExo...

I have been happy with the FSA BB-7000/TD MegaExo tandem bottom brackets, they’re as good as any other. The cartridge bearing BBs are not life time items on a tandem. I think of them as I would...
06-21-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 885
Posted By Alcanbrad

Not necessarily IMO, pedaling introduces forces...

Not necessarily IMO, pedaling introduces forces and torques throughout the bike, so it would indicate that it is related to putting power into the drivetrain. It could be drive train, it could be...
06-19-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 885
Posted By Alcanbrad

If you have disc brakes, check if the pads are...

If you have disc brakes, check if the pads are seated properly and carefully check your wheel bearings. Worn bearings or loose cups or quick release can cause the wheel to wobble with pedal cadence...
05-18-22, 05:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,240
Posted By Alcanbrad

You might try giving Mel at Tandems East a call. ...

You might try giving Mel at Tandems East a call. He may have connections that might be able to help.
04-25-22, 03:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,039
Posted By Alcanbrad

Common causes of trashing bottom bracket bearings...

Common causes of trashing bottom bracket bearings include a bottom bracket shell that is not radially aligned side to side and/or a timing chain that is way too taught possibly coupled with one or...
04-12-22, 05:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,921
Posted By Alcanbrad

Our first tandem is a late '90's Santana with...

Our first tandem is a late '90's Santana with cantilever brakes. When we moved to a hilly region, we were not comfortable with the stopping power of the brakes (we are heavy team). I added a drum...
04-01-22, 05:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,138
Posted By Alcanbrad

Having electrified a tandem, I'll add a few...

Having electrified a tandem, I'll add a few comments based on my experience. I electrified an older Santana steel tandem with a front hub motor and rear rack mounted battery. The bike now weighs 70...
03-15-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,849
Posted By Alcanbrad

We run the the same brifter/calipers on our CoMo,...

We run the the same brifter/calipers on our CoMo, but have never experienced what you describe. Towards the end of last season the rear became spongy so I added some fluid but did not do a full...
02-14-22, 05:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,461
Posted By Alcanbrad

Assuming you have same size rotors, try swapping...

Assuming you have same size rotors, try swapping rotors and pads front to back. If the undesirable behavior moves to the front, replace pads and rotor, if it stays at the rear, you got something...
01-17-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,571
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...
01-10-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,221
Posted By Alcanbrad

+1 on Leisestrum's advice and welcome. It's...

+1 on Leisestrum's advice and welcome.

It's not hard to spend 10K on a tandem. From your post I don't know the extent of your experiences with Tandems, nor did I pick up on that if you went for...
12-19-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,206
Posted By Alcanbrad

If you are looking at only occasional 1 way...

If you are looking at only occasional 1 way trips, you might take a look at 1 way car/van rental. Leave your travel case(s) at the origin, then rent a car/van one way returning to your case(s)....
12-07-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,692
Posted By Alcanbrad

I would tend to agree with your point of view for...

I would tend to agree with your point of view for most riding conditions cyccommute. I would not expect a bike to hydroplane while going straight, but I would not be surprised if the point of loss...
12-06-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,692
Posted By Alcanbrad

This should be classified under “Hey Alcanbrad,...

This should be classified under “Hey Alcanbrad, get a life 😁”, however I believe you have the tire mounted backwards. The tread pattern should be oriented to drive captured water away from the...
12-01-21, 05:32 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,667
Posted By Alcanbrad

I believe that Precision tandems sells both and...

I believe that Precision tandems sells both and 34 and 36 in 74BCD. I put a 36 on our gossamer triple when I converted it to a double when upgrading to eTap Red 11 speed a year or so back.

We...
10-30-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,478
Posted By Alcanbrad

I hear you, having to work bent over or on my...

I hear you, having to work bent over or on my knees is very painful for me. I solved by using a tall work stand, there is a thread from last August with examples. Its tall enough to be able to...
10-12-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,873
Posted By Alcanbrad

I have both the Park DAG 2.2 and the Wolf Tooth...

I have both the Park DAG 2.2 and the Wolf Tooth Pack Hanger tools. I got the Wolf Tooth tool first as it appeared innovative and compact. After several unsuccessful straightening attempts, I bought...
10-12-21, 06:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,873
Posted By Alcanbrad

Excellent point! This can indeed have a large...

Excellent point! This can indeed have a large impact.

A cautionary warning: I tried to straighten a slightly bent hanger with a road link installed and the road link snapped in half with very...
10-11-21, 05:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,873
Posted By Alcanbrad

One more point I missed above: When putting...

One more point I missed above: When putting together these unsupported configurations, you can usually push the capacity by 1 or 2 links without too much trouble, but not always.
10-11-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,873
Posted By Alcanbrad

Don't confuse drive train capacity with a...

Don't confuse drive train capacity with a derailleur max cog size. From SRAM website:
Drive train tooth capacity for Force eTap AXS 36t-max rear derailleurs is 39t. (Drive train tooth capacity is...
10-11-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,873
Posted By Alcanbrad

I can't speak to the Sugek cassette. There are a...

I can't speak to the Sugek cassette. There are a lot of cheap cassette options that only available on Alibabba (and maybe a few choices of other suppliers) with various positive and negative...
10-11-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,162
Posted By Alcanbrad

If you take the time to watch the GCN video, ...

If you take the time to watch the GCN video, Notice how the drivetrain starts skipping on the steep sections, then they cut away to a more reasonable grade where everything is hunky-dorry. I wonder...
10-11-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,873
Posted By Alcanbrad

Two places I would check right away: 1 - Custom...

Two places I would check right away:
1 - Custom cassette? Is this mixing cogs from different makers? Are the problem gears from one of the donner cassettes and the other works fine? What is the...
10-07-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,640
Posted By Alcanbrad

It looks to be made up from different frames. ...

It looks to be made up from different frames. The head tube and seat tube angles are different, and spacing between the top tube and down tube at the head tube is different. I would tend to mark it...
10-02-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,443
Posted By Alcanbrad

:roflmao:

:roflmao:
10-01-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,443
Posted By Alcanbrad

We do pretty much the same, but with different...

We do pretty much the same, but with different words. I use STOPPING for stopping, PAUSE to pause pedaling without stopping, SHIFT when announcing a shift of rear gears, and FRONT to announce a...
09-24-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,719
Posted By Alcanbrad

Our team is on the heavy side and I am not...

Our team is on the heavy side and I am not comfortable stabilizing the bike with my tip-toes while sitting on the saddle. I straddle the bike with both feet firmly planted, My stoker gets clipped in...
09-13-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,043
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 ...
09-12-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,161
Posted By Alcanbrad

I was being funny (in my mind anyway 😂). I have...

I was being funny (in my mind anyway 😂). I have used shoe goo on shoes and it is very effective (and goopy)
09-12-21, 05:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,161
Posted By Alcanbrad

+1 on reaching out to tandem manufacturers. I...

+1 on reaching out to tandem manufacturers. I purchased a replacement guide a few years back from Co-Motion and IIRC it was only a few dollars.

It may well stay in place if you leave it as is,...
09-03-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By Alcanbrad

This is not uncommon though it is difficult to...

This is not uncommon though it is difficult to balance the braking force of the shared brakes. More typically done is to control the drum brake with a friction bar end shifter. Or, some folks give...
08-27-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,828
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...
08-25-21, 04:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,971
Posted By Alcanbrad

I originally had a PRS-6 as above and replaced it...

I originally had a PRS-6 as above and replaced it a couple of years ago with a Park PCS-4. I was looking for 2 things: A clamp that would fit the large diameter frame tubes, and one that was tall...
08-18-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,505
Posted By Alcanbrad

I completely agree with the above responses,...

I completely agree with the above responses, however, do you know where the chain is slipping? If you have been riding on worn (stretched) chains, the cogs on the chainrings, cassette, and timing...
08-02-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,762
Posted By Alcanbrad

Looks like a good solution to your needs. With...

Looks like a good solution to your needs. With the tandem and tandem rack being measurably longer than the original rails on the hitch mount, there will likely be greater torque on the hitch mount. ...
07-27-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,431
Posted By Alcanbrad

Are you talking about using the tandem specific...

Are you talking about using the tandem specific BB for the stoker? If so, I think you could flip the eccentric around, however, BBs (and pedals) are threaded the way they are to prevent the cups...
07-26-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,431
Posted By Alcanbrad

It sounds like to have SRAM's GXP vintage BB's. ...

It sounds like to have SRAM's GXP vintage BB's. The captains BB should a standard SRAM GXP, the stoker requires a Tandem specific Bottom bracket.
07-26-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,431
Posted By Alcanbrad

After all the comments and trying with the belt...

After all the comments and trying with the belt tension looser, I believe that in addition to having excessive runout, I have been running the belt way too tight which is likely my problem (I never...
07-25-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,808
Posted By Alcanbrad

I recently converted our older steel Santana with...

I recently converted our older steel Santana with a front hub motor. If you haven't seen them already, take a look at these threads...
07-15-21, 08:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,741
Posted By Alcanbrad

Awesome, keep posting!!. Are you blogging or...

Awesome, keep posting!!. Are you blogging or chronologing your trip?
07-15-21, 07:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,431
Posted By Alcanbrad

I have never had luck with the strumming method....

I have never had luck with the strumming method. I would get 40 hz, then 25, then 80, then 40 again, then nothing,... Maybe I don't know how to strum a belt? (you must also understand that I am as...
07-15-21, 07:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,431
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: 27
Views: 4,431
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...
06-27-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 835
Posted By Alcanbrad

The sticker says “design by Keith Bontrager” so...

The sticker says “design by Keith Bontrager” so my guess is it’s Bontrager. Question then would be if it was pre or post Trek acquisition of Bontrager. Trek tech support may be able to help, or may...
06-23-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 895
Posted By Alcanbrad

Agreed, sounds like you want to change your...

Agreed, sounds like you want to change your gearing, not your timing chain. In order to determine what you can achieve, you need to know a few parameters of your current bike:
-Rear Derailleur (RD)...
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