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Calfee Tetra Tetra $10 per mile report.(6 posts)

Calfee Tetra Tetra $10 per mile report.MrCelloBoy
Dec 5, 2001 9:53 AM
After almost 1000 miles the Calfee Tandem is feeling great to us.
I did a short stint as stoker in the late summer and survived. I much prefer captaining and luckily Kathy prefers stoking, but the Look Ergostem made the switches really easy (see photo).
We are able to climb faster (on a good day) than either of us alone (until I'm in training for the Terrible Two), thanks to the incredibly light bike.
This bike carves like a single and I've gotten totally used to the quick handling. We're running Kevlar sided Conti Gatorskin Ultra 700c x 25mm and they handle great at 120 psi.
We swap back and forth between a rear wheel with dragbrake and one without, as needed. We built the dragbrake wheel up with an XT/12-32 while the "everyday" one has an Ultegra/11-27. The freewheel spacing is a bit different so I have to tweak the barrel adjuster at the right shifter, but it's not too much hassle.
The Chromalusion paint attracts praise whenever we go out.
Man, that is not enough info.MB1
Dec 5, 2001 11:21 AM
What are you running for a drag brake, what about the lever and cables when you aren't running the brake? Any other set-up problems/quirks?

What is your longest ride?
What was your best ride?
What would you improve on your frame and setup if you could start over? (Don't say nothing 'cause there is always something.)
What have you learned?

Tell all.....
More info. get it while it's hot!MrCelloBoy
Dec 5, 2001 12:49 PM
Longest ride so far...The Grizzly Century with 8k feet of elevation gain. We used the low geared dragbrake wheel (non-modified Arai drum). The cable routing is kind of cobbed on since Craig omitted any built-in guides, but it works. He's offered to rework it as soon as I'm willing to part with the bike.
Bst ride...I'd say our local Sonoma County loop out Chalk Hill Rd. through Healdsburg, Geyserville and back via West Dry Creek/Westside Rd. The rolling terrain favors the tandem.
If I could redo it, no-holds-barred, I'd lower the rear and front standover another inch, have cable stops for front and rear options built-on, and upgrade to carbon drops in the front, Phil Wood BB, Zipp Carbon crankset, eggbeater pedals and Ride-on cables.
I've learned that you should follow up any custom spec's. with TRIPLE checks and detailed approval documents to avoid any misunderstandings.
Better pictures ... dammit!pmf1
Dec 5, 2001 1:14 PM
Definitely the coolest tandem in the world. Lets see the whole thing! Your pictures remind me of stuff you see in Italian bike mags (close-ups of hubs or stems).
It's been posted before, but here goes...MrCelloBoy
Dec 5, 2001 1:24 PM
If it needs a winter home, let me know! -NMTig
Dec 5, 2001 12:02 PM