Category Archives: Technology & Equip.

Helmets, Shoes & Electronics: Post Script

Fix when you can, replace when you must…   Outcomes. Our Limar 951 Helmets We’ll call this one a success. With four rides under my belt wearing my Limar 951 with the home made felt replacement liner, I’m very optimistic these … Continue reading

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Helmets, Shoes & Electronics: Fix vs Replace

Fix when you can, replace when you must…  at least that’s how I tend to look at most things. And, with that in mind, here are some recent examples Our Limar 951 Helmets We first began using the Limar 951 … Continue reading

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Bringing the Bianchi Mega Pro-L Back to Life

Having achieved success with the Dean’s fork-ectomy, the sticker-job on the two Calfee single bikes and scoring a win with the new Campy Eurus wheelset, I was still feeling like I needed another bike project. What Harm Can Come From … Continue reading

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The Calfee Singles Get A Cosmetic Make-Over

As mentioned in my prior posting on the wheel upgrade for my 23-year old Calfee, the catalyst for that change was the cosmetic make-over of our 2007 Calfee tandem this past February, when it received a set of new-to-us FSA … Continue reading

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It’s Amazing How Tires & Wheels Can Transform A Bike

Note: Somehow, the version of my thoughts on tires and wheels as initially published last evening was not the final one, it was an earlier draft that lacked several photos, edits and formatting changes. I have updated it to the … Continue reading

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When Is Newer Really Better?

When you’re in the bicycle business… not that there’s anything wrong with that!  Seriously, we have a lot of friends in the industry and I’m ever thankful for what they do to support cycling.  But, it is an industry that … Continue reading

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Our Tandems: 1997 to Now

This is actually something of a re-post / cross-posting from something I shared out on the Facebook Group Tandem Bicycling USA a few days back.  However, since I tend to delete most of my posts, comments and photos on Facebook, … Continue reading

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Making Our 12-Year Old Calfee Tandem New Again

Back on 3 February, I published an update wherein I discussed my recently completed swap-out of our old-school, polished aluminum da Vinci crank set for a set of carbon FSA SL-K Light MegaExo cranks as a possible solution to correct … Continue reading

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Another Technology Touch-Up for the Calfee: Cranks

A friend put a set of used, 7-year old FSA SL-K Light MegaExo tandem crankset out on Facebook’s Marketplace on Friday, January 17th that had been on their 2013 Calfee.  I’d been thinking about doing a crank change on our … Continue reading

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Saddle Cover Replacement: 1st Effort

Back in August it became apparent that Debbie’s 8-year old Fi’zi:k Vitesse saddle on our Calfee tandem was wearing out.  Well, to be more specific, the perforated pleather saddle cover was suffering from delamination and, as it turns out, gel … Continue reading

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Wobbly Wheels on the Dean Castanza

Update: I was wrong, it wasn’t the wheels… it was the fork.  You can find the updated details in a new entry at this link: The Dean Castanza Gets A New Fork / Loses The Wobbles My Ti Dean Castanza spent … Continue reading

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Triplet’s Are Tough on Drivetrain Components

During the Georgia Tandem Rally the triplet’s drivetrain seemed to be wanting for some attention, more than could be resolved by simply trimming or fine-tuning the derailleur position with the in-line barrel adjusters. In fact, at one rest stop where … Continue reading

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Time is not your Tire’s Friend… How Old is Too Old?

As we gear up for a couple of cycling events in May when we’ll pull our Mark Johnson designed / Dennis Bushnell fabricated “Precision Triplet” down from the storage hooks it dawned on me the tires on the were the … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Own the Trail, Sometimes The Trail Owns You!

A week ago Tuesday, after I had all of my planned chores completed, I decided to head off and get in a short ride on the local mountain bike trails.  However, I made two critical errors related to this particular … Continue reading

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Gearing-Up For Roof Topping the Triplet on the Tacoma

Why Another Truck? Just to be clear, the only reason I’ve owned trucks instead of cars is because they either towed my Hobie Cat sailboats around and gave me a place to sleep at regattas, or carried my bicycles and … Continue reading

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Et tu Yakima? More Designed Obsolescence or Just Keeping Up With Technology?

I bought my first Yakima Sport Rack system back in 1985 so I could carry my road and mountain bikes on top of the Brahma shell on my Mazda B2000.  It was the basic Yakima tower system attached to some bolt-on … Continue reading

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Fabricating a Tandem Transportation Fixture for the Tacoma

As noted in my 31 December entry, we traded-in our 2006 Toyota Tundra / tandem hauler on a newer, smaller 2017 Toyota Tacoma long-bed pick-up back on 28 November.  To transform it into a tandem hauler would require a few … Continue reading

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Kiddie BSO’s… that would be Bicycle Shaped Objects.

Sadly, we’ve not been out on the tandem since late October.  Our weather has been cold and wet and nothing but cold and wet ever since.  In fact, I’ve only gotten out on my single bike once in that same … Continue reading

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The Soma Crane Stem Arrived Today

As mentioned in two recent blog entries, as I was putting my ’99 Erickson Signature single road bike back into service I discovered that I’d need to raise the handlebars as my riding position has gotten a bit more relaxed … Continue reading

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Good Bikes Are Like Fine Wines…

… they’re all different and delicious in their own ways. Sadly, I’m not able to offer some new and exciting insights on the ride qualities of a new tandem as we’ve pretty much got all the tandems we need, perhaps … Continue reading

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Helmet Mirror’s & Moisture Damage

Sadly, I lost the photos of the two mirrors with the moisture damage in evidence and will likely have a hard time properly describing what occurred.  However, I’ll do my best… It was in early August and the day after … Continue reading

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Getting Back into Bicycles: A Busy Week in the Garage

As the temperature dropped into the 30’s and 40’s in the morning, Debbie’s enthusiasm for getting out on the tandem 3 times a week for 35-mile loop rides from the house quickly faded.  She’s more or less uninterested in riding … Continue reading

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Oh, That’s Right: You Can’t Break & Reconnect 10 Speed Chains

As mentioned, with our far more frequent and longer rides on the tandem we’ve been dealing with more mechanical issues as well.  Some of them make sense… clipless pedal cleats can and do wear out and tandem bicycles are renowned … Continue reading

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Calfee at Tandem Cycleworks in Denver & The Midwest Tandem Rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Tandem Demo Rides

We just received a note from Jason at Calfee Design wherein he wanted to let us know they’ll be on hand at the 2018 Midwest Tandem Rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 31 August through 3 September with several tandems … Continue reading

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Making Old Cycling Shoes New Again…

Just over 8 years ago I finally reached a point where the Sidi Dominator 5 cycling shoes I wore on the tandem needed to be replaced.  While the uppers were in fine shape, the molded-in lug soles had worn-down to … Continue reading

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100 Miles On The Tandem During the Week: A Milestone

During the past week we successfully logged 100 miles on four 25-mile rides from the house on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.  We had some minor issues to address after some of the rides, but on Friday’s ride the tandem … Continue reading

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Getting Into The Swing Of Things

After spending most of July on the road after my 30 June retirement, we’re now at home for the entire month of August. This has finally given us the opportunity to get out on the tandem during the week and … Continue reading

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Nice Piece on Co-Motion In The Eugene Hometown News….

http://www.registerguard.com/news/20180807/after-three-decades-co-motion-still-picking-up-speed/1 After 30 years at the head of Co-Motion Cycles in Eugene, Dwan Shepard can lay claim to being an elder statesman of Lane County’s bicycle manufacturing industry. He has gradually built his company — which is best known for … Continue reading

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Tandems East Expo, 7-8 April in Pittsgrove, NJ

Sadly, we can’t make it up to visit our friends at Tandems East this year.  But, for those of you within a few hours of Southern New Jersey, it might be worth a portion of your weekend to check out … Continue reading

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The cost of tires; what the hell?

If there’s one thing that continues to baffle me it’s the cost of tires.  You’d think with the cost of oil going down, tire prices would have hit a plateau and leveled off.  But, not so. And, it doesn’t matter … Continue reading

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