Took The Plunge - The Tandem Has Arrived!!

Discussion in 'Tandem and Other Bikes' started by cosmicbike, 13 Jun 2018.

  1. cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One..... Moderator

    Location:
    Egham
    After a bit of thinking and searching, I decided to try a tandem. My 11yr old daughter thought it a wonderful idea, now I need to convince my wife...
    Collected this evening, a Dawes Duet. Not had a great deal of time to look over, but the wheels go round and the brakes work!!
    Dawes Duet Tandem.jpg
    Apparently the horn is staying...
     
  2. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this......

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Cranks look like they are a tooth out of sync?

    Looks like fun. I also have an old tandem to play with and can't wait to try it out over a good distance.:smile:
     
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  3. stoatsngroats

    stoatsngroats Veteran

    Location:
    West Sussex
    Looks good, they’re great fun! Defo adjust the cranks a little
     
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  4. CrinklyLion

    CrinklyLion Guest

    Happy New Bike!

    A couple of mods I'd really recommend - bar ends of some sort for the pilot make the ride much more comfy. Some form of foot retention (clipless, toe clips, half clips, or power grips) for the stoker will save bruised shins. And if you do that, you want the stoker pedals to self level to make it easier for the stoker to get their foot in to whatever solution (and if it is toeclips or half clips you don't want them to clatter on the ground when you go over speed bumps stokerless) so a length of sturdy bungee elastic from the back of the pilot pedal to the front of the stoker pedal works brilliantly - you can just about see them on our bike here (pic taken before I realised I NEEDED flats+Ergons on the front!)
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    Stoker bars that give you a choice of hand positions come into their own once you're riding longer distances.
     
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  5. CrinklyLion

    CrinklyLion Guest

    Oh - and 11ish is an age at which a couple of brave stokers have essayed a FNRtttC, y'know. The delightful Emzi stoked Manchester-Blackpool for the much-missed Alan on the first ever north-western one, and the EldestCub stoked to Hull for @CrinklyUncle a few years back. Just, y'know, sayin'.
     
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  6. OP
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    cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One..... Moderator

    Location:
    Egham
    I hadn't noticed the cranks, so that's one thing on the list. The tyres are cracked too, but I have a spare set in the garage so no worries there. Going to give it a thorough going over as it will have my girls on the back, so want to be 100% happy with it, so probably a few little solo rides first.
     
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  7. CrinklyLion

    CrinklyLion Guest

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  8. Get rid of the flowers and horn....Otherwise, enjoy ^_^
     
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  9. srw

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

    Cranks shouldn't* be in phase. Just out, with stoker slightly behind, is perfect for most bikes, because it makes setting off easier. We have one tandem set up as a four-stroke engine, with cranks 90 degrees out of phase. It makes for a smoother and more powerful ride on that slower machine.

    *Too strong - written in haste. Read as "don't need to be and might well be better if not.
     
    Last edited: 14 Jun 2018
  10. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    I would never had thought about doing this , will have to check ours presume they are in sync

    but @cosmicbike enjoy no matter what
     
  11. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this......

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    I did consider phasing cranks at 90 degrees to give smoother power delivery and reduce rear drivetrain wear by stopping both riders simultaneously putting full force on the chain/chainrings.
    Decided against this as it removes the ability to put the cranks horizontal when going over bumps and increases the risk of catching the bottom of the longer bike.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One..... Moderator

    Location:
    Egham
    Well after an afternoon of fettling I've had a very brief sortie around the estate. The rear wheel didn't spin too well, so stripped, cleaned and rebuilt the bearings. The cassette was also loose, and both chains needed a clean along with the 3 chainsets, which all got removed and degreased.
    The funny little spring thing attached to the rear of the fork is, apparently, to make the steering have more resistance and stop it turning with loaded front panniers. I found it disconcerting so removed for now.
    Only a couple more things before I'm happy to take the lass out. Check the front hub, which seems OK but not had the wheel off yet. The more pressinf item is new tyres, the current Kenda ones are very badly cracked and I have no plans going out proper on them.
    Any recommendations for tyres? I need 26 x 1.75 or 2, and riding terrain will likely be towpaths and tarmac.
     
  13. stoatsngroats

    stoatsngroats Veteran

    Location:
    West Sussex
    I agree about 90 degrees out of phase,
    But we were not professional in any way, we just had a damn fine time for 4 years!
     
  14. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    @cosmicbike if you're feeling generous try looking at some sort of suspension seat post for the stoker.
     
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  15. OP
    OP
    cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One..... Moderator

    Location:
    Egham
    Been looking already:okay: I don't see any issue with my daughter, but Mrs CB may be different....
     
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