Creaking Cracking and All That Noise

Creaking Cracking and All That Noise
The one thing all tandems have in common is that they utilize a lot of moving parts. With the additional moving parts comes additional sources of annoying creaks, cracks, and strange noises. The primary cause of unwanted noise on a tandem bike is movement between two solid metal parts. During installation...

Tandem Disc Brakes

Tandem Disc Brakes
Braking technology has come a long way for tandems over the last decade. In times past a good drum brake or cantilever setup was the only option available for tandem teams and it was not uncommon to see a dual setup of cantilevers combined with a rear drum brake. Thanks to cross over technology from...

Installing New Derailleur Cables

Installing New Derailleur Cables
Geared tandems require more consistent and regular maintenance of the derailleur cables. The longer length and additional housing combine to degrade shifting performance. To ensure proper shifting performance tandem teams should plan on replacing the cables and housing on a regular maintenance interval....

Tandem Mountain Bike Rear Hub – Reader Question

Tandem Mountain Bike Rear Hub – Reader Question
Question: I have a question that keeps popping up when someone checks out our Tandem. All and all most comments are positive on chosen components except for the “hubs”, which are XT Deore. The opinions are that they will probably be the first thing to go out on the bike. I realize that things...

Flat Pedals or Clipless for a New Tandem Team – Reader Question

Flat Pedals or Clipless for a New Tandem Team – Reader Question
Question: Mainly for my stoker (wife). Since we are beginners at this tandem riding, should she start out with flat pedals? We use clipless on our single bikes and are familiar with them; so what should we do? Response: Seeing that you are both used to clipless pedals it may not be a good idea to go...

S&S Couplers

S&S Couplers
Transporting a tandem can be a difficult proposition. Custom roof rack add-ons, pick up trucks, and SUVs are generally the only secure methods for getting a tandem from point A to point B. Enter the S&S Coupler. Designed and manufactured by S and S Machine in Roseville, CA the fittings are intended...

Pesky Flat Tires

Pesky Flat Tires
Much like celebrity deaths it seems that flats come in threes. First there is the during ride flat caused by a sharp thorn. Then there is the secondary flat from a small leak caused by an unseen remaining thorn. Finally there is the third flat that makes you scratch your head and think unclean thoughts....

Braking Tips for Long or Steep Descents

Braking Tips for Long or Steep Descents
Q: On a recent outing our ride took us down a descent with grades in excess of 15% on a hill that was over 4 miles long. We have disc brakes but the rotors and pads must have over-heated because by the end of the downhill it took all of my strength just to stop us. How do I prevent this in the future? A:...

Buying a Tandem Bike Tire

Buying a Tandem Bike Tire
As with the majority of components on a tandem the tires are usually designed with a single rider in mind. For tandem teams this fact must be evaluated first when selecting and using tires on both a road tandem or mountain tandem. To provide you with some tools to better evaluate the options available...

Keeping Your Tandem Bike in Operational Form

Keeping Your Tandem Bike in Operational Form
Taking regular care of your tandem will extend the service life of your parts, reduce friction while riding, and prevent mid-ride breakdowns. The proper process for maintaining your drive-train varies slightly based upon components and setup but the basics are all the same. Before Every Ride Wipe old...

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