Fixed tandem hack

Discussion in 'Tandem and Other Bikes' started by mickle, 18 May 2017.

  1. I threw this gas pipe special together with a pair of cycle speedway wheels and tyres, new chains cables and brake blocks and some random bits from the garage.



    Today fitted a half link chain which allowed be to bypass the chain tension jockey. Also a fixed sprocket! Just need to sort the bars. It's a hoot!
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  2. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    By "hoot" I assume you mean "marriage-wrecker and divorce encourager"?
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  3. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    Somebody's going to have to explain that braking system to me.
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  4. OP

    mickle FFS

    The front brakes are (since the picture was taken) both activated by the captain's two brake levers. The rear brake is activated by a friction gear lever mounted on the stoker's bars, where the captain can also reach it. It can be left on going down a hill as a 'drag brake' which feels very odd. The two front brakes are bolted to a rather home made looking bracket that allows one to piggy back the other. I nicked it off an old wreck of a tandem trike and it's been waiting for the right project to come along.
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  5. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    That's even weirder than what's in the photos. So does it need double front brakes just to cope with the sheer mass of the thing or what?
  6. OP

    mickle FFS

    Three rubbish side pull brakes are better than two rubbish side pull brakes. I dread to think what it must have been like with two brakes, rubber blocks and steel rims.
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  7. MikeG

    MikeG Guru

    Someone is going to have to explain the whole damn thing to me. Fun building it, and all that, but ................just but...........
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  8. Lonestar

    Lonestar Veteran

    Looks fine,hope it's ok.
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