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Flying low on a Calfee Tandem(5 posts)

Flying low on a Calfee TandemMrCelloBoy
Apr 30, 2001 1:47 PM
Rode the Wildflower Century in Chico,CA, on a Calfee Tetera Tetra tandem yesterday and had a ball. We're used to a slightly more recreational Burley Softride so the lightness and geometry (read steeper head and fork angles) took a bit to get used to. The typical tandem fork setups give a slow but rock solid feeling on the descents. The Calfee uses the steering geometry of a single bike, which felt decidedly "quicker" but not what I'd call twitchy. It'll just take a while to get used to. By the last windy descent I was feeling more frisky. I'd put 28c tires on my own bike and the 25c's on there (which are probably more like 23's in actuality) felt a bit small.
re: Flying low on a Calfee TandemPulver
Apr 30, 2001 4:08 PM
If I recall the same tandem is at my LBS and it weighs in at about 26lbs. Looks like a tremendous setup and a terrific ride. I suspect that if I was to ever test ride it, that there may not be much out there to compare it to.
Close comparisonMrCelloBoy
Apr 30, 2001 4:39 PM
We did test a Seven ti Tandem and it was close. But it looks to save us about $500 to go with the Calfee.
Just curious...DT
Apr 30, 2001 4:31 PM
...as to how you went from a Burley to a Calfee. Did you own the Burley for a while then just want to upgrade, or did you borrow one, or did you test-ride both? I'm asking because my wife and I bought our first tandem in Feb (a Burley Duet) and she loves it! Well, we both do, but I'm stressing how she loves it because it was a given for me...I'm the die-hard cyclist in the family, and I love having her along for the ride (pun intended). I usually ride a Klein Quantum Race with full D/Ace, and it takes a few minutes to get used to it again after riding the tandem. My parents recently bought a Comotion Cappuccino (?) Softride and are planning on doing the Ride the Rockies this summer on it. Thanks!
Just curious...MrCelloBoy
Apr 30, 2001 4:44 PM
My stoker just was never happy with the beam, so I knew it would need to be a standard frame. We'd ridden it for a couple of years and wanted to upgrade. I'd decided to go with 700c's over the 26's on the Burley, and my stoker owns a carbon Trek roadbike and loves the carbon feel. We were going to fly to Ireland this summer, but the hoof-and-mouth thing came up. Next thing my sweetie's suggesting we spring for the ultimate tandem instead. Is she a biker babe or what!