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05-16-21, 05:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 530
Posted By bikeinxs

Bottom Bracket recommendations for Middleburn Cranks

We are running Middleburn cranks on our tandem. I had originally purchased Ultegra bottom brackets but they outside diameter of the BB is too small and it doesn't sit right with the crankset. The...
05-04-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,199
Posted By bikeinxs

I don't think it's about the weight of the riders...

I don't think it's about the weight of the riders it's about the 2x power. When I buy tires I buy three. The rear tire wears 2x as fast as the front so I can replace the rear tire (at about 3,000...
12-01-20, 06:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,814
Posted By bikeinxs

If you are mostly riding maintained dirt/gravel...

If you are mostly riding maintained dirt/gravel roads then I would go with the Rene Herse Barlow Pass 700x38. It's our primary tire. You can get them with an extra durable sidewall. I found that...
12-01-20, 06:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,839
Posted By bikeinxs

I know you said you don't want a carbon fork but...

I know you said you don't want a carbon fork but you might at least look at the CoLab Cross fork. I have one on our tandem and it is an absolute beast. It is tandem rated.
...
08-18-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,744
Posted By bikeinxs

We run 11 spd chain as do a number of tandem...

We run 11 spd chain as do a number of tandem friends. I've mentioned this before, but the worlds top pros ride regular 11 speed chains and they don't break them. Chain strength is not the issue.
08-12-20, 05:50 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 626
Posted By bikeinxs

Silca Hirobel Frame Clamp

I bit the bullet and ordered one of these and it showed up today. It's not cheap but I think I'm really going to love it. It allows me to mount the tandem in the work stand with both wheels off the...
08-10-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,667
Posted By bikeinxs

You won't be anywhere near the hoods with the...

You won't be anywhere near the hoods with the extra levers. In fact, your hands will be on the narrow part of the flat bar where you have the least control and no opportunity to shift.
07-24-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,590
Posted By bikeinxs

We have 32 spoke wheels. I have run tubeless but...

We have 32 spoke wheels. I have run tubeless but our current tires (Rene Herse) have very thin sidewalls and tend to constantly ooze sealant so we are running tubes.
07-17-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,933
Posted By bikeinxs

This is exactly what we are running on our...

This is exactly what we are running on our tandem. Works awesome. We have a 180 mm front rotor and a 203 mm rear rotor. The rear might be overkill.
07-17-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,667
Posted By bikeinxs

Weird. My bike was built up for me by someone...

Weird. My bike was built up for me by someone from Shimano Canada with a similar configuration to his own tandem. Lawyers need to justify their existence I guess.

There are an awful lot of tandems...
07-17-20, 05:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,145
Posted By bikeinxs

That's a beautiful bike. The Shimano factory...

That's a beautiful bike. The Shimano factory specs are made to be broken. Is that a from scratch mount or a modification of the Calfee mount? Like I said in my post, at least one tandem...
07-17-20, 05:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,947
Posted By bikeinxs

BTW we've been experimenting with tire pressures....

BTW we've been experimenting with tire pressures. I was running 45 psi in the 700x38 tires. Control was good and we didn't have problems with flats but I have been edging the pressure up a bit as I...
07-17-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,145
Posted By bikeinxs

I was wrong. The max chainring is 40 teeth. ...

I was wrong. The max chainring is 40 teeth.

https://www.bike-components.de/en/Shimano/XTR-Di2-FD-M9050-3-11-speed-Front-Derailleur-p44318/

There are ways to get around this. At least one...
07-17-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,145
Posted By bikeinxs

We thought long and hard about taking that...

We thought long and hard about taking that approach with our new tandem last year. In the end we didn't do it because the XTR front derailleur is limited to a 46 tooth big ring. We love our fast...
07-17-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,667
Posted By bikeinxs

What a scary thought. I can just see coming into...

What a scary thought. I can just see coming into a corner a bit hotter than the stoker likes and then crashing because the stoker locked down on the brake. Wouldn't have mattered with drum brakes...
07-17-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,947
Posted By bikeinxs

I guess that depends on the tires you want to...

I guess that depends on the tires you want to run. Most of the time we run 700c wheels with 38 mm tires on our tandem. That's fine on good quality gravel roads. When we are going to hit serious...
07-17-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,590
Posted By bikeinxs

Woven Precision is an Ottawa company that started...

Woven Precision is an Ottawa company that started as an offshoot of a local bike shop. They have been around for quite a few years and have built up a very loyal following in the high end market...
07-10-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,667
Posted By bikeinxs

Have you ever ridden with the auxiliary brakes? ...

Have you ever ridden with the auxiliary brakes? I tried them a few years ago when they were first "in style". It seemed like a good idea but I didn't keep them on for long. If you are doing any...
07-10-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,590
Posted By bikeinxs

I've put 200 km on the new fork. I didn't expect...

I've put 200 km on the new fork. I didn't expect there to be any difference in bike handling because the geometry is the same between the Colab fork and the ENVE Cross fork it replaced. I initially...
07-05-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,590
Posted By bikeinxs

When you mount a rack how do you protect the...

When you mount a rack how do you protect the carbon fork? Do you just put a rubber washer between the fork and the rack?

Also what is that thru axle?

I mounted mine. Looks pretty good.
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06-29-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,590
Posted By bikeinxs

My CoLab cross fork showed up today. I was a bit...

My CoLab cross fork showed up today. I was a bit worried that this was going to be a massive heavy beast but it tips the scales at 590 grams. Definitely beefier in the lower section than the ENVE...
06-29-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 19,797
Posted By bikeinxs

Any first impressions on the Vittorio tires?

Any first impressions on the Vittorio tires?
05-31-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 19,797
Posted By bikeinxs

Flatted my rear Panaracer on Thursday and my...

Flatted my rear Panaracer on Thursday and my front one today. Sealant filled the holes before I lost too much pressure so both rides were saved. I am looking forward to getting my Marathons which...
05-25-20, 04:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,798
Posted By bikeinxs

I put the Di2 GRX group on a single bike last...

I put the Di2 GRX group on a single bike last fall and I really like it. Unfortunately our tandem was all built up before GRX became available. Having said that, I'm not sure I'd be happy with a 48...
05-25-20, 04:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,488
Posted By bikeinxs

We run a set of 650B wheels when we do serious...

We run a set of 650B wheels when we do serious gravel riding. Love them. It's incredible the difference all that volume makes.
05-25-20, 04:38 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 19,797
Posted By bikeinxs

I ordered a pair of Marathon Supreme Microskins...

I ordered a pair of Marathon Supreme Microskins in 700x35. I'm looking forward to the direct comparison with the Gravel Kings. They are quite a bit heavier. Although I know it really doesn't...
05-25-20, 04:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,590
Posted By bikeinxs

Thanks for the advice. I'm going to give the...

Thanks for the advice. I'm going to give the CoLab fork a try. I'll report back to the group once I have some experience with it.

I am very impressed Carbonfiberboy that you were able to do a...
05-19-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,590
Posted By bikeinxs

Tandem touring fork

COVID has us thinking about doing some loaded cycle touring on our tandem which would necessitate us swapping out the fork as I'll want front and rear panniers. This would be an occasional thing so...
05-13-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 19,797
Posted By bikeinxs

Turns out a have a really short memory. ...

Turns out a have a really short memory. Searching this forum I see that last year I complained about my Rene Herse tires wearing out in 1200 km. For the price maybe the Gravel Kings aren't so bad...
05-13-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 19,797
Posted By bikeinxs

Update on the 700x38 Gravel Kings. The rear tire...

Update on the 700x38 Gravel Kings. The rear tire is worn down to the casing after about 2,000 km. That seems like really short tire life to me. Anyone have any suggestions as to something better?
09-06-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 968
Posted By bikeinxs

looking for advice on cable splitters

It's actually for a Ritchey Breakaway single bike I'm building but I figured this tandem forum would contain the most expertise on cable splitters. I just need them for the shift cables as the...
08-11-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 77,744
Posted By bikeinxs

Can you please give me an example of what sort of...

Can you please give me an example of what sort of travel insurance you purchased? Thanks.
08-07-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 15,985
Posted By bikeinxs

Thanks for this post and I'm so glad you escaped...

Thanks for this post and I'm so glad you escaped with your skin intact! 25 years ago we came close to disaster on a fully loaded tandem with cantilever brakes and aluminum rims. Did a big descent...
08-07-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 19,797
Posted By bikeinxs

700x38 Gravel Kings on our tandem. Fast and...

700x38 Gravel Kings on our tandem. Fast and comfortable at 60 psi (we are a 310 pound team). We run on a lot of gravel roads without any trouble. Occasionally we go for ATV track type riding and...
08-07-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,421
Posted By bikeinxs

I believe we were running the standard tires (at...

I believe we were running the standard tires (at least that's what I ordered). There is nothing on the sidewall that I can see to indicate which one I might have. I just weighed them at 750 g for...
07-28-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,421
Posted By bikeinxs

We have about 500 km on the gravel kings with...

We have about 500 km on the gravel kings with Stan's sealant. So far so good. Running at 60 psi with a 300 pound team. I did not like the handling of the compass tires at anything below 75 psi but...
06-21-19, 07:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,421
Posted By bikeinxs

Looking for alternatives to 700x38 compass tires

We have about 1200 km on our True North tandem and I'm getting significant wear on the rear tire. The front looks like new but the rear tire looks like it is two years old. I never really kept...
06-13-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,690
Posted By bikeinxs

I think the Wound Up fork is the only QR option. ...

I think the Wound Up fork is the only QR option. Personally I would not use a quick release for a disc brake wheel because it's less repeatable and you end up with noise and rubbing more often.
...
06-01-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 1,459
Views: 571,270
Posted By bikeinxs

Taken at our first gravel race with the new True...

Taken at our first gravel race with the new True North Tandem.
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05-20-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,259
Posted By bikeinxs

We did a bigger ride and some hills with the...

We did a bigger ride and some hills with the 11-42 cassette with no issues at all. I suppose my derailleur hangar could be a bit different than yours.

One way to check would be to see how much...
05-19-19, 05:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,259
Posted By bikeinxs

We've got 300 km on the bike with the 700c Woven...

We've got 300 km on the bike with the 700c Woven wheels and it's been spectacular. Comfortable, fast, and the shifting and braking is light years ahead of our old bike with caliper brakes and...
05-15-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,483
Posted By bikeinxs

Thanks for the advice and the links.

Thanks for the advice and the links.
05-13-19, 04:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,483
Posted By bikeinxs

Value of a 2004 Comotion Speedster

Curious as to what the market is like for used tandems. My speedster will be up for sale in a few weeks once I replace some of the parts I moved to the new bike. What sort of price ranges have people...
05-13-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,259
Posted By bikeinxs

No issues at all with clearance. Thanks.

No issues at all with clearance. Thanks.
05-13-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,259
Posted By bikeinxs

It's an RD8050 long cage ultegra derailleur. It's...

It's an RD8050 long cage ultegra derailleur. It's not supposed to support the 42 but at least on my workstand it seemed to be fine. I'll be testing those wheels out in a couple of weeks so I'll...
05-13-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,892
Posted By bikeinxs

We've done week long trips with panniers only...

We've done week long trips with panniers only without any problem. It does require front and rear panniers. In both cases we traveled with another couple so we did split cooking gear across two...
05-13-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,259
Posted By bikeinxs

I left the details of the eccentric to my...

I left the details of the eccentric to my framebuilder. For me it seems very simple and I expect it to be very reliable.

No fenders planned at this point. Probably next year we'll start doing...
05-12-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,259
Posted By bikeinxs

The dropouts look slender by comparison but they...

The dropouts look slender by comparison but they are actually quite beefy. Not sure what you mean by excenter clamping?
05-12-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,259
Posted By bikeinxs

We did 130 km on the bike today in some brisk...

We did 130 km on the bike today in some brisk winds. It worked very well except that we need to sort out better bottle cages for the two horizontal bottles. Very smooth and fast. Di2 was flawless...
05-11-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,259
Posted By bikeinxs

So I expected to provide more updates more...

So I expected to provide more updates more frequently. Had a couple of delays while some final parts were sorted out but the bike is now on the road. Did a quick shakedown yesterday and will start...
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