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Old 07-31-2013, 05:12 AM   #3061
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Well, I couldn't help myself.



An as new Burley duet Tandem for $500. Tomorrow I will begin the process of modding it. It will get platform pedals front and back. Laurie likes cruiser ergos, so I'll bolt on some cruiser bars and a big goofy looking cruiser seat. The front compartment will remain unchanged initially, though I suspect I'll want a different seat. The tires are dry rotted so I'll slip on some 700x32 Bontrager hard case tires that are in the attic. The bike appears barely used. There are still rubber nipples down the center tread of the original tires. The front derailleur needs to be adjusted. After that, it should be good to go.
Tandems are a different critter...

They can be the best thing or the worst thing for your relationship. ...sometimes in the same ride! AMHIK

One bit of advice: BEFORE you do anything else, put a suspension seapost on the back.

While you can see the bumps, your stoker can't. They frequently get 'surprised.' 'Surprised' doesn't make for a happy stoker. You're in the middle of a loooonnnnngggg set of tubes and they're right over the back wheel. The bumps you don't notice are 'THUD!'s to them.

I won't mention the adventures in working on a tandem. I'll let you find out about that.

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Old 07-31-2013, 05:16 AM   #3062
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Tandem = relationship accelerator... good or bad, it will accelerate.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:47 AM   #3063
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Tandem: back rubs... or sharp whacks to the back for the captain.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:14 AM   #3064
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Single speed obviously works for you and if that's what you like that's great, but wouldn't something like a Rohloff give you gears and still work in those conditions just fine? Just curious more than anything...


--Donnie
Sorry, didn't catch this earlier. Yes, ofcourse the Rohloff or NuVinci which is even more versatile, but you make your bike heavier, and more expensive, and even then it is very hard to find spare parts around. Single Speed is a state of mind and simplicity, decluttering your mind if you will :-) WHen you do the kind of mileage as I do on a bike, you tend to wear through a lot of hubs and bearings and suddenly, cycling isn't so cheap as it should be, and I do all of my building and servicing alone, on the road or whereever needed.

And I think the most important part is that you get strong, I mean really strong, cardio, core, and stamina combined, you can eat any road for breakfast, you start to think differently. That is also why I ride fully rigid, no suspension, no bobing on climbs, you choose your course very carefully, and you become one with the bike and with the road. I know this my sound like a bunch of bullshit to someone who hasn't experienced it this way, but this is what I gain from SS and fully rigid :-) Some people only gain sore butt and broken ankles, so it is not for everybody :-)

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Old 07-31-2013, 10:31 AM   #3065
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pic of CX bike, just because this thread always needs more pics


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Old 07-31-2013, 11:10 AM   #3066
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More pics..

Wifey's MTB: Bontrager Privateer w/24' wheels, 165mm crankarms



Wifey's road bike: 43cm frame, 650c wheels, 32cm handlebar, 154mm crankarms (she's 5''0".)



Wifey's recumbent:



Previously my MTB (circa mid/late-90's): 2 rear shocks for total of over 9" of rear wheel travel.. like riding wet noodle.





Broken equipment after T-boning an SUV that's making a left turn:





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Old 07-31-2013, 12:13 PM   #3067
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And I think the most important part is that you get strong, I mean really strong, cardio, core, and stamina combined, you can eat any road for breakfast, you start to think differently. ...
This is why I like it. it is a really good training tool.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:15 PM   #3068
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Wifey's MTB: Bontrager Privateer w/24' wheels, 165mm crankarms

What brand of brake adapter did you use, any more pictures of the other side..!?
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Previously my MTB (circa mid/late-90's): 2 rear shocks for total of over 9" of rear wheel travel.. like riding wet noodle.




I have not seeing one of does in many years..

How do you ride it with no pedals...?
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:30 PM   #3069
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What brand of brake adapter did you use, any more pictures of the other side..!?
Pretty sure the unit was from Brake Therapy... long defunked..



Almost forgot, our tandem:

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Old 07-31-2013, 12:42 PM   #3070
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Wifey's MTB: Bontrager Privateer w/24' wheels, 165mm crankarms

Your wife has nice setups for her size. That's a hell of a jump to the 34t(?).
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:00 PM   #3071
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Your wife has nice setups for her size. That's a hell of a jump to the 34t(?).
One of the perks married to a bike nerd.

That's a standard cassette for the Shimano Exage line.. the 34T bail-out gear... hence the long cage XT rear der.
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:03 PM   #3072
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It also looks very clean :-)
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:10 PM   #3073
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That thing is awesome! Does it hookup on the downhill or does it feel unpredictable?

It would have been fun to try it at Trestle a couple of weeks ago when we were there
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:21 PM   #3074
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I've sold that Kestrel years ago, probably a decade ago.

I'm not much of a DH'ler, but I think the suspension is nice, but frame is not stiff enough handle ski-lift type drops.

Even with my 150 lb. not stomping on it, I could feel the rear wheel flex side to side on a moderate DH run. I wouldn't push it much further beyond.. and sold it. I think it was under 28 lb. bike, too.

Stuck with steel (Balfa) and aluminum (Specialized) for DH or All MT.
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:18 PM   #3075
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Dirt/ski-lift play bikes:


A man with great taste..

I have own five Balfa's, two BB7 that I end up selling when I got my Nicolai M-pire and three Two Steps, one I sold because it was a "short" even if it handle like a dream..

Now only two left.




I also love the color on the Psylo and also how the work, but mine are the 20mm version.


More pictures at Balfa's at Ricky's
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