Dealing with a Broken Spoke

Dealing with a Broken Spoke
The majority of tandems are setup with what can best be described as bomb proof wheels. Given the extra weight and torsional forces placed on the spokes, rim, and hubs a decent set will include 36 count 15 gauge spokes, appropriately matched to heavy gauge hubs and rims. Even the best made wheels will...

Servicing the Eccentric Bottom Bracket

Servicing the Eccentric Bottom Bracket
The majority of tandems use an eccentric bottom bracket to allow chain line tension adjustments between the front captain crank and rear stoker crank. The eccentric uses wedges and internal tension to hold the bottom bracket in place within the frame. The eccentric bottom bracket is a simple piece of...

Reader Question: Just Bought a Used Tandem Now What

Reader Question: Just Bought a Used Tandem Now What
Question: I just purchased a used tandem from a family friend. The tandem bike is a bit old, has seen its better days, and I am unsure of my next step. What is your advise for someone who has just purchased a used tandem? Answer: Used tandems present a unique opportunity for tandem teams to enter into...

Tandem Tire Choice

Tandem Tire Choice
Selecting the proper tire or tire combination for your tandem is vital to the safe operation of your tandem. Road Tandem Tires – generally tandem teams look for a wider profile “touring” type tire with thread casing in the 100+ tpi area. With the narrow profile and short sidewalls road...

Stoker Comfort: Seat Post on a Tandem

Stoker Comfort: Seat Post on a Tandem
For first time tandem riders it is often most difficult to fathom the extreme vibrations transmitted to the stoker via their seatpost. On a single seat bike the frame geometry allows for a balance between front and back end vibrations. Tandems on the other hand, with the long wheelbase, focus a majority...

Staying Safe When Riding a Tandem

Staying Safe When Riding a Tandem
For some the idea of safety on a bicycle is making sure their shoelaces are tied to avoid tangling the laces in the pedal. For others, with a keener eye towards self-preservation, a few safety tips can go a long way to making rides on a tandem bicycle safer and more enjoyable. The options available to...

Blowing Bottom Brackets

Blowing Bottom Brackets
Reader Bill asks “Our rear bottom bracket on the tandem bicycle has seized… my question would be, did water get into the bottom bracket and freeze it up? If so, what would be your recommendation of replacement?” After a few hundred tough miles on the mountain bike tandem the downhill...

Inner Tubes for Tandems

Inner Tubes for Tandems
Like all the components on a tandem the tires and tubes are stressed to their max while in service by a tandem team. The tubes in particular can wear rapidly and require special attention during maintenance. Regular inner tubes are designed and manufactured with solo bikes in mind. The density and pressure...

Choosing a Fork for a Mountain Bike Tandem – Reader Question

Choosing a Fork for a Mountain Bike Tandem – Reader Question
Question: “When choosing the components for our tandem, one of the controversial topics was the question about the best fork to use on a mountain bike tandem. What is the best fork to use?” Response: There are very few mountain bike tandems sold let alone ridden and of those ridden very few...

Those Crazy Theories on Electric Assist Bikes

Those Crazy Theories on Electric Assist Bikes
So have you heard the new one? That Fabian Cancellara, the multiple World Champion professional bike racer, used a hidden electric assist device on his bikes to win two of the major Spring classics? The rumors had become so fervent that the racer was forced to take the time and actually deny the charges....

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