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Tandem Bike — Best Bike Hacks

Old 01-29-22, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Replace timing chain with a belt. Saves about 10 ounces of weight; increased longevity; doesn’t require re tensioning over time, keeps one side of the bike clean, does not require lubrication or cleaning, is arguably more,efficient, and creates a more connected feel between stoker and captain.

And I believe with the new Veer system, you have the ability to find different sized tandems.
Are the split belts reliable enough for touring use ie. a long way away from one's favourite bike shop/mechanic?

I converted our bike from 4x8 to same sided 2x11. Long term reliability remains to be seen.
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Old 01-31-22, 06:21 PM
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Since I posted about Veer, our subsequent experience was not good. We just couldn’t get it set up to not skip under load. We tried all sorts of adjustments and it always skipped. I thought it might be an alignment problem with the frame. We went back to Gates, and it’s been problem free, so apparently it wasn’t the frame.

in our experience, I don’t think there’s a durability problem, but in our one off anecdote, we just couldn’t get it to not skip, even after replacing both belt and rings.

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Old 02-03-22, 12:55 PM
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I have been playing with some hacks for my tandem with a 3D printer and a metal laser cutter. Plastic parts are carbon fiber/nylon. Metal tools are made of stainless steel. Hope you like them.


bike

3d printed rear light and radar mount

rear light and radar

3d printed water bottle cage

designed to fit longer water bottle

tool box

laser cut stainless steel tools (ss spaner wrench, pedal wrench, tire levers)
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Old 02-03-22, 01:02 PM
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3D printed Garmin/headlight mount:

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Old 02-09-22, 08:42 AM
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Found these quick connect/disconnect couplers for hydraulic brake hose. Just had them installed for about a month in anticipation for a France/Germany tour later this year. Works well so far.

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Old 02-09-22, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by chojn1 View Post
Found these quick connect/disconnect couplers for hydraulic brake hose. Just had them installed for about a month in anticipation for a France/Germany tour later this year. Works well so far.
Can you give a source for those, please. I have been looking and haven't found any.
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Can you give a source for those, please. I have been looking and haven't found any.
Sure. Try Zenocycleparts.com

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Old 02-24-22, 07:08 PM
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Bike boxes free from the local bike shop resized to transport the tandem bike - small enough to fit in a car trunk and large enough to fit a bike and accessories.
Wheels are reclaimed from an office chair attached to 3d printed mounts which are held in place with straps.
Designed to get around airports and train stations easily.

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Old 04-22-22, 01:35 PM
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Not a very complicated hack, but it has worked well. Our travel tandem has four Topeak QR quick-release water bottle mounts ($8 ea on Amazon.) I mounted an Xlab Mezzo Cage Pod ($14 on Amazon) directly to one of the Topeak mounts, simply by drilling two holes into the pod. The tool pod (no cage needed) holds a spare tube, pump, tire iron, and other repair items, allowing me to use a smaller tool pack under the captain's seat. Using the quick-release mount, the tool pod is very easy to remove and access if needed for repairs or when breaking down the tandem for travel. We find that the other three mounts hold enough water bottles for our cycling needs, but if we needed a fourth water bottle, the tool pod could be removed and stored in a pannier.
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Old 06-27-22, 06:14 PM
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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 stokers saddle. The geometry of the bikes force the racks to be at their adjustment limits so there is no adjusting to move the bag back. The bag slides into a dovetail and clips to the front bar of the rack. Installation and removal is very convenient which is why we like this trunk solution..

My solution to provide relief to my stoker was to design and 3D print a extension block that replicates the latch bar a few inches back from the front of the rack. This block stays in place permanently and the trunk bag can be installed and removed just like it would as the the solution is sold. She loves it (happy wife, happy life! )



Stock MTX set up on our bikes puts the bag right in the stokers seating area crowding her space and making her unhappy.

Latch extender slides into same dovetail and clamps to the front bar of the rack

Only adds a few ounces (which for us is noise)

Bag now clips in about 3 inches back from before giving stoker plenty of room. Bag is still well retained in dovetail slot and is very secure.
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