Tinea Pedis wrote:
Ritter, how does the wifey handle not having hoods to ride in at the back??
and there was my other question I think you missed too...
The solution for stoker's are Cane Creek Ergo Stoker Levers
. I had planned to put these on eventually, but didn't want to while it was being weighed. I hadn't known how much these weigh until now, they are 230 grams
Also, they wouldn't match my Campy levers, so, I think I would have to source matching hardware depleted Campy levers.
Getting in the drops isn't done that often by stokers in general, and by Mrs. Ritterview in particular. I'll probably want to use cowhorn or time trial type handlebars, such as the the 205 gram Profile Cobra Wing Aero Base Bar
, which can be lighter than drops, and avoids the need for dummy levers.
(I'll get to that other question presently or eventually.)
Edit: Okay, to your question, Fungus Foot:
Tinea Pedis wrote:
Is it hard to co-ordinate yourselves when you're both out of the saddle? I imagine you have to do it at the same time? And, as someone who has never used one, can the rear person simply kick back and freewheel??
Uh, Mrs. Ritterview gets out of the saddle in spin class, on the bike not so much. So, I'm not the expert on team dynamics. The timing chainrings and belt keep the stoker and captain in synch. So no stoker freecranking. This is unless you opt for the da Vinci Designs’ Independent Coasting System (ICS)
, which allows this, but is not weight weenie.
Calfee has made frames for DaVinci, and so you can purchase your Calfee as a fully-built
bike from DaVinci. Calfee will sell you a frame. That's it. No OEM, you'll have to purchase all the components retail.
Until WW has a tandem section, the source of all knowledge on tandems is the Bike Forum Tandem Cycling
subforum. Not much WW material there, as is evidenced by the reports on the What does your tandem weigh?