I havenít posted any ride reports in quite a while, as Iíve been too busy enjoying life in Sicily to spend any time on the Internet. This weekend I took my converted Santana out for its maiden spin, so I thought a ride report was called for.
The first few photos show the before and after photos from converting my Santana Rio from a MTB to Road bike.
My stoker and I decided the MTB set-up on our Santana Rio was not going to cut it any longer. After an enjoyable summer vacation cycling on our new Calfee road bike, we decided the Santana needed to be converted to a road tandem; as the Calfee is stored in the USA until our next summer vacation.
With invaluable assistance from Mark Johnson, of Precision Tandems, I selected a suitable component and wheel package for my Santana. The wheels were the real sticking point, as the Santana frame has the wide 140mm rear drop spacing. Fortunately, Chris King builds a set of MTB hubs with 140mm spacing, and Velocity makes a pretty durable 26Ē rim. I do have to admit the Chris King freewheel sounds like a hive of angry bees when we're coasting, but the wheels have a very nice ride. I purchased the disc brake set-up for the rear wheel, but Iíve decided to try riding with just the V-Brake to see if I really need the rear disc.
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