Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of titanium do you use and why?
Are titanium tandems noodley or whippy?
What finishes are available?
“Bead blast titanium” is a gray matte surface. Anodized graphics really pop from a bead blast background. The bead blast finish is durable, but it does show dirt, grease, and spilled sports drinks more than the brushed finish.
What is titanium anodizing?
How many couplers should we get?
A tandem with 1 set of couplers packs quickly into an EVOC XL or Thule Round Trip Pro single bike case. The advantages over no couplers are: case fits in a taxi; can fit the bike in a trunk, train, or boat if needed. Domestic airlines charge $75 and up per flight with these cases. $150/flight is typical for transatlantic travel. Thrifty travelers may opt to fit the frameset in an Orucase Airport Ninja or B2, while carrying the wheels in a separate double wheelbag or S&S softcase.
A tandem with 2 sets of couplers costs a little more upfront, but pays for itself in a few flights. We recommend 1 S&S hardcase and 1 S&S softcase with this option. Within your baggage allowance, these always fly free. A bonus with 2 sets of couplers is that the front half of the bike can be removed without adjusting the sync chain, which can be handy for quick train or car trips.
How tight should the couplers be?
Each time you put the bike together, tighten them after your first hour or so of riding. Tighten the couplers again every 100 hours of riding, or more frequently if you’re on rough roads.
How often should I clean the couplers?
Clean dirty couplers with a rag or paper towel. Apply fresh pure Teflon grease (such as the Extreme Fluoro grease included).