Of Tandems & Cycles

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”

– Arthur Conan Doyle

With the seemingly thousands of choices of bicycles (and tandems) out there, what are we riding on this grand adventure?

The Tandem

The tandem is a 2013 custom Co-Motion Equator. The equator is unique in that it features a Rohloff internal hub and belt drive. Rather than the typical external derailleur (pardon the nerdy bike jargon), the gears are all internal, making continuous shifting possible and reducing cleaning and maintenance. For the trip, it will be equipped with Schwalbe 700×28 tires.

  • Frame: Handbuilt frame with zonally-butted heat-treated cro-moly steel tubing
  • Fork: Co-Motion Taper Gauge Tandem Touring fork w/ CNC Tandem Steerer
  • Derailleurs/Shifters: Rohloff SpeedHub / Co-Motion Rohloff Shifter
  • Brakes: Tektro RL 520 levers/ TRP Spyre 203mm Disc
  • Headset: Chris King Inset 44mm Internal
  • Drivetrain: FSA Gossamer tandem cranks / Gates CenterTrack / Gates Carbon Drive timing belt + drive belt & rings
  • Cockpit: FSA Omega compact and Co-Motion stoker bar / FSA Gossamer and Co-Motion adj. stoker stem
  • Post/Saddle: Co-Motion 31.6mm / Selle Italia XR Flow
  • Wheels: Rohloff Speedhub, DT 540 tandem front hub / Velocity Dyad rims

The Single

The single bike is a 2015 Specialized Crux E5. It is an aluminum frame cyclocross bike, to be equipped with a set of 700×28 Specialized Turbo road tires for the journey. It has a complete Shimano 105 2×11 drivetrain, a carbon fork and handlebars, and, my personal favorite, a Specialized Power Comp saddle.

  • FRONT BRAKE TRP HY/RD, hydraulic disc
  • REAR BRAKE TRP HY/RD, hydraulic disc
  • HEADSET 1-1/8″” upper, 1-3/8” lower, steel bearings, 20mm alloy cone spacer, w/ 20mm spacers
  • SEAT BINDER Alloy, 31.8mm
  • HANDLEBARS FSA carbon
  • FORK Specialized FACT carbon
  • FRAME Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum, fully-manipulated tubing, semi-compact race design, shaped top tube, 1-3/8″” lower bearing, internal cable routing, integrated headset, OSBB
  • CHAIN Shimano 105, 11-speed
  • CRANKSET FSA Gossamer Pro, BB30, compact, 50/34T
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano 105, 11-speed
  • SHIFT LEVERS Shimano 105 STI, 11-speed
  • CASSETTE Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32t
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano 105, 11-speed
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