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Tandem Traveler XL - 7
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Date: November 9, 2011
Posted by: Richard Thalheimer
Posted by: Richard T
Email: richard.thalheimer@gmail.com
A great Family Tandem

I have owned this Family Tandem in red, for about 15 years. I love it! It has a rear hub 3-speed twist shifter, which has held up remarkably well and worked perfectly without even servicing it. Smooth as ever! The frame is so stiff and there is no give or flexing. I put on Comet Kevlar 110 pound tires, and really like them. I have ridden this with my teenage daughter and also with my 6 year old daughter. It is a great ride and we get so many compliments. By the way, the low frame step-over height is very much appreciated! This is a great machine and highly recommended! You will love it!

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Date: May 1, 2010
Posted by: Ken P
Email: secondwindctc@gmail.com
Enjoying the new ride!

Our Tandem XL arrived on April 9th, 2010. The instructions were good and I had the bike together in a few hours. It took a little longer than I thought since it takes me only a fraction of the time to put our Crusoes together, but I'm sure that that will improve with a little practice on my part. The workmanship, packing and paint were all very good. The next day we took it on a 22 km ride around the neighbourhood. The bike worked very well and the control and agility of this compared to our old French tandem is amazing. We have had some growing pains in regards to riding our new tandem but these are to do with riding styles. Particularly my wife and I have different cadences and it has taken a little time to come to an agreement on an acceptable cadence. The main issue has been seat comfort for the stoker. We found that the Thudbuster seat post when built to the correct weight had too much bounce to it. After reading some web postings we replaced the elastic pucks to a much heavier weight ratio and I set the preload to its highest level. The result has been very good. There is still enough movement in the seatpost to absorb bumps but the pogo effect is gone. Also my wife has historically used a well padded seat and has changed to one that is much less padded but with the common grove running along the middle. This has also helped. We've now been out on several rides with it, the longest ride being 53 km, pulling a loaded trailer. In total we have 370 km on it to date. All in all we are very pleased with the bike. Once we have some more km on the bike I will give a follow up on how it's gone. The one thing both my wife and I have commented on is that we've already had some good laughs on our new bike. Often at the captains expense!

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Date: February 23, 2009
Posted by: Greg Illes
Email: illesg@yahoo.com
Tandem XL - first 500 miles report

We've had our Tandem XL since last September, "Pumper", a bright orange mid-range model with SRAM 3x9 gearing. With a mega-cassette (11-34) and 42T front ring, we're getting gearing from under 20 to over 100, depending on tires. For our purposes, the Schwalbe Marathon 1.75x406 are superb, offering low rolling resistance and a decent ride over the rough stuff. We've got it set up with front and rear cargo bags for day-rides, plus 5 water bottle racks, and fenders. Full of tools, spares, first-aid, water, food, and camera/batteries it tips the scale right around 55 pounds (41# empty and bare). It takes down in less than 15 minutes, and (for the aviation crowd out there) it packs into the luggage bay of our tiny Van's RV6 two-seater. We've ridden it pretty much every weekend, 20-50 miles, until the really bad weather set in, and have stacked up nearly 500 miles of everything from flat pavement, rutty fire-roads, 10% hills (VERY short ones), and a couple of sewer grates (ouch). No flats, no problems, not a squeak or a creak or an issue of any kind whatsoever. Finally got around to lubricating the chains this (rainy) weekend. As when we got it, the bike handles like it is on rails. We can crank up the gruesome hills at 3mph, then howl down the other side (our max speed to date is 46mph). No trace whatsoever of any wobble, weave, or instability - it's just simply one of the most rock-solid bikes I've ever ridden. The one thing I've added is an Arai drum drag brake - I would not even THINK about running a tandem in the hills without this or something like it - it was clear we would fail a brake or blow a tire for sure. Before we got the Arai, the rims would get too hot to touch even on a short 200-300 foot descent. Since we got the brake, we've done 1500-foot non-stop descents with ease and peace of mind. As for BF support, well, I've had outstanding support from BF in working on my other bikes, getting ideas and parts and advice. But there hasn't been any trouble with my XL, so I can't say they've helped me with it because they just built it right in the first place. It's a great team. Bottom line - a fabulous bike, great company, and superb way to spend time with my beloved friend/wife/stoker Karin, watching the redwoods/beaches/fields go by. Here's a pic of a couple of months back, in Santa Cruz along Sea Cliff Drive: http://www.bikefriday.com/node/1955?imageId=7843 What incredible fun, Greg Illes


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