We finally made it out on the tandem Saturday morning and had a very good ride. However, the clicking sound and evidence of frame flex continue. I’m truly perplexed by it and continue to try and come up with low-cost solutions vs. saying, “The heck with it, it’s time for a new tandem.”
Don’t get me wrong, our Calfee tandem still provides us with a great and comfortable ride and the shifting is as smooth and predictable. It’s just that annoying “click, click, click” that comes with every right-foot pedal stroke under anything more than moderate pedal pressure and what appears to be rear derailleur “flutter” induced by frame flex that’s become more than annoying. But, as I said, it was a good ride with a higher than usual average speed. In fact, I wasn’t even aware of our healthy average speed since I failed to reset my computer from our previous rides since I’m not chasing personal bests: we just like to get out and enjoy the day on our tandem.
Back at the house following the ride I took one more shot at addressing the clicking sounds by putting teflon tape around all of the coupler threads and then re-torquing the coupler nuts. I also re-torqued the crank arm bolts, the chain ring bolts and eccentric as an extra measure. Again, I’m at a loss as to what else it might be. So, fingers crossed, perhaps we’ll have a click-free ride on Monday.
The only other issue we’ve been having that’s new since my last update was unrelated to the mechanicals: my DiNotte tail light was acting up. By acting up, it’s been working fine for years and then suddenly it wasn’t working. I tried freshly recharged / rechargeable batteries and fresh out of the box non-rechargeable batteries with no luck. I checked the batteries with a battery tester / multimeter and they were all “good” so it wasn’t the batteries. However, when I put the batteries in the 4AA battery holder there wasn’t any power at the contacts / connector for the light’s pigtail connector. Hmmm. Well, I knew I had at least one spare 4AA battery holder as I’d purchased two of them from Radio Shack for $1.79 several years back and kept at least one of them in my cycling event / rally duffle bag. Sure enough, it was the battery holder. Now, sadly, Radio Shack has closed all of its stores and the same battery holder is $10.79 from Walmart: what the hell? Oh well, at least for the time being I’ve got our taillight back.