Category Archives: Analysis

Vacation & Rally Planning 2014

Well, we still need to sit down and go through our 2014 event calendar to figure out which tandem rallies we’ll be attending, although it’s probably a no-brainer for a few events. However, as I start to look at our … Continue reading

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A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words: Why I Wax My Chains….

Uggg….  Experiment over; back to paraffin hot melt wax for my chains.

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Vredestein Fortezza vs. Schwalbe Ultremo ZX… the comparo continues

Back on Sept 7th we finally had a chance to start riding on a set of Schwalbe Ultremo ZX and I provided by First Impressions: Schwalbe Ultremo ZX Tires in a blog entry on Sept 8th.  To recap those initial impressions:  … the … Continue reading

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First Impressions: Schwalbe Ultremo ZX Tires

We FINALLY got a chance to get in a tandem ride on Saturday with the Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tires fitted to our Calfee. Sadly, regular readers will recall that I mounted these back on August 17th and between the weekend … Continue reading

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New Tires for the Tandems: Schwalbe Ultremo ZX

Regular readers may recall that I did a little experimenting with wider rims/tires on our Calfee back in July and in the process of doing so had something of an epiphany about Continental’s Gatorskins: there’s a reason they’re billed as … Continue reading

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The TandemGeek’s Blog: Reader Feedback / Survey

Back on July 30th I solicited some reader feedback on the readability and content of our blog. The goal was to see how we were doing at managing the balance of different content.   More specifically, how we were doing … Continue reading

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Are Bigger Tires & Rims Better….? Not Around Here.

After threatening to do so ever since the bicycle tire size drum beat of “bigger is better”  started, I finally put the Velocity Dyad wheelset and 28mm wide Continental Gatorskin tires on our Calfee for one of our local loop … Continue reading

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First Look: Taiwanese-Made Cannondale RT1

Facebook truly is an interesting animal with regard to how one door opens another to perpetuate the social network.  Case in point, I am friends with Rick L. up in Michigan noting we both share a strong affinity for tandems … Continue reading

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Tandem Tech & Equipment: Selle An-Atomica Titanico Saddles

Ok, lets shift gears here for a moment away from wheels to talk about something near and dear to our derrières: saddles and in particular the Selle An-Atomica Titanico. So as not to keep readers in suspense, here’s the bottom … Continue reading

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Tandem Tech & Equipment: Composite Spoked Wheel Retirement

Our Georgia Tandem Rally (GTR) weekend yielded some interesting discussions, discoveries and anecdotes covering a number of different tandem technology & equipment topics.  So, this will be the first in a series of Tandem Tech / Equipment blog entries since … Continue reading

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New Wheels for the Triplet! But Are My Rims & Tires Too Narrow?

It’s been both interesting & occasionally even informative to watch several different “threads” running on “wider is better” themes across cycling. Frankly, I believe that so long as the average recreational/sport cyclists use wheels and tires at pressures that fall … Continue reading

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Things I Didn’t Delve Into During My Talk At Tandems East’s Expo….

At the end of my 40-minute “Tandem Geek Show” during last weekend’s Tandems East Expo I decided to test the audience’s threshold for interest by asking if there were any questions before jumping into some other topics.  As I suspected, there … Continue reading

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Tandem Club of America… Annual Membership Update

I received my 2013 TCA Membership Roster and, as I have done for the past nine years, I thought I’d share a quick look at the Tandem Club of America’s (TCA) demographics. You can find the full report HERE at … Continue reading

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Holy Cow; Over 200,000 Views!

I just noticed our Blog has surpassed 200,000 views sometime yesterday.  This would be the count going back to our first blog entry in January of 2010. I thought I’d cut and paste in a by-monthly visits view of the data … Continue reading

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Chain Lube Update

Back in February I wrote about chain maintenance and noted…. Of course, now that it’s time to break out a fresh chain I must once again wrestle with the choice of lubrication.  I’ve been using ProLink Gold (aka, ProGold) on … Continue reading

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3x the Fun: First Tandem Rally on a Triplet

If you are a regular reader and caught our Alabama Tandem Weekend reports, this isn’t exactly breaking news.  However, I was so jazzed by the whole experience that I thought I’d share some additional comments pertaining to just the triplet … Continue reading

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Bengal MB700T Disc Brake… The Start of a New Product Test

Let me start off by saying we like product testing.  Well, OK: I like product testing.  There are just so many different ways to design and differentiate products that it’s hard to know what works well until you put it … Continue reading

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Tandem Club of America… Annual Membership Update

I received my 2012 TCA Membership Roster and, as I have done for the last nine years, I thought I’d share a quick look at the Tandem Club of America’s (TCA) demographics. As always, my hand-tabulated counts from the membership listing … Continue reading

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Tweaking Bike Fit As Time Goes By: – 5 Millimeters = Sore No More

Regular readers may recall this item from the summary in my recent Santana Beyond review: Rider Comfort: My neck and shoulders were noticeably less “tight” after riding the Santana vs. our Calfee. This may have also been a result of the … Continue reading

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2011 Santana Beyond Review – Beyond Sublime

TG’s Anti-Climatic Backwards Review Unlike most reviews that don’t summarize or score the subject of their review until the last paragraph, in this one you get the summary and specifications right up front…  Diving into the details is optional. Cutting … Continue reading

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2011 Santana Beyond Review – Introduction & Background

Santana could have named its flagship tandem “Beyond Sublime“ That’s pretty high praise, but it’s truly well deserved. I say that if only because our benchmark is another tandem that offers sublime ride qualities: our ’08 Custom Calfee Tetra Travel Tandem … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Rallies… Chattanooga ’07 & ’11

Note: This is the sixth and final article in a six-part series of blog entries regarding our Santana Rally in Chattanooga. The Introduction can be found HERE, Day 1 can be found HERE, Day 2 can be found HERE,  Day 3 can be found HERE, and Day 4 can be found … Continue reading

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The Entry Level Tandem Price Gap

In my “pulse of the tandem market” update, I mentioned the entry-level tandem price gap and that bears some additional discussion, because it’s an interesting situation. Here’s the deal, if you’ve budgeted $3,500 or so for a new tandem the … Continue reading

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Taking the Pulse of the Tandem Community

Some of the folks who are regular readers of Tandem@Hobbes, Double_Forte@YahooGroups, GA_Peaches@YahooGroups, and BikeForums.net may have noticed that I did not conduct a tandem enthusiast poll this past winter.  It was an intentionally omission, i.e., I just didn’t feel like … Continue reading

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Gates Sync Drive Wear & Tear: Update

Back on Feb 27th I posted an item based on a BikeForums discussion where a team that was an early adopter of the Gates Carbon Sync Drive was looking to hear from anyone who knew what to look for to determine … Continue reading

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SRAM X.0 + Jtek Shiftmate Straight (2nd Follow-Up)

Nice… really nice. Wowzer!  What a pleasant surprise! While we’ve always enjoyed what I’ve characterized as good shifting with various combinations of our hybrid Campy shifters + Campy rear derailleurs + Shimano cassettes, good meant that the shifts were accurate … Continue reading

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Rear View Mirrors & My Hubbub Mirror Review

In Defense of Mirrors. Do I remember why I decided to try a mirror? Yes. I ran out of good excuses for not giving one a try. But, aren’t cyclists who wear rear view mirrors bike dorks? Yes, they are. … Continue reading

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Tandem Club of America Membership: Sorry, there’s just no way to spin this into a positive story….

I received my 2011 TCA Membership Roster and, as I have done for the last eight years, I thought I’d share a quick look at the Tandem Club of America’s (TCA) demographics. As always, my hand-tabulated counts from the membership … Continue reading

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Our Calfee Journal… The Overdue Epilogue

A couple of folks have asked us how our Calfee story has played out since publishing my final Calfee Journal update back on March 28, 2009.  Probably a fair question and I’ll have to work up something for the web … Continue reading

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Cycling Clubs: To join or not to join, THAT is the question

We wrestle with club memberships every now and again; how about y’all?  Are clubs a thing that only Boomers like us seem to be drawn to and that Gen X, Gen Y and Millennial’s have no interest in given the … Continue reading

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