Questions tagged [tandems]

Any bicycle with more than one person simultaneously providing power. Includes trandems and other unusual variants.

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Freewheel replacement for a touring tandem bike

I have an older touring tandem bike that we use to go on long trips. The gear setup is 3x7. I noticed that we hardly ever use the smallest 3 cogs on the freewheel (of course together with the largest ...
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Sidecar / pillion adaptable for standard push bike

I'm looking for an add-on sidecar / pillion to add on to an existing bike. This is so that I can transport someone around who doesn't want to walk too far as well as helping me keep fit. Reseach ...
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Is a 650B wheel good enough for a tandem?

I'm restoring/updating an 1970 Fresh Tandem that has a 26" wheel (700D x 1.40) and I'm thinking about swapping the wheel set with something a little more modern and accessible like a 27.5" 650B ...
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How to mount clipless pedals on a tandem?

My wife and I have recently purchased a vintage tandem, and are willing to switch to Shimano SPD pedals (M520). The problem is that there are 3 "chainring" sides on a tandem, 2 of which are located ...
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Do both riders on a tandem need to know how to ride a bike?

I want to take a visiting friend out on a bike ride. Since this friend never learned how to ride a bike, I was thinking that a tandem might be a viable solution in the short term, instead of ...
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Tandem drivetrain--right side front drive

From what I am reading, there are 3 attested tandem drivetrains: 1) crossover drive, with timing chain on the left, and main crankset and drive chain on the rear right. This seems to be most common. ...
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Any chance of identifying this tandem. (S/N T9012 737) Could be other numbers under cable guide. Manufactured around 1990 I think

Need to identify this tandem likely manufactured around 1990. S/N T9012 737. Could be additional numbers under the cable guide. [
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Play in headset with no upper bearings on a tandem bicycle

I have a half recumbent tandem bicycle. The front fork headset (under the front cyclist) is loose: I can feel some play when I put the front brake on and try to move the bicycle front and back. I ...
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Road tyres vs “Street” tyres for charity ride on MTB Tandem

Variation on a question that's been asked a few times. For reasons, we have signed up to do a charity ride of ~80 miles on our super-cheap Viking Saratoga tandem. I've already made a few upgrades, ...
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Independent drivetrains on tandem bicycle

On a standard tandem frame, is it possible to build a tandem bicycle with independent drivetrains for the two riders? Is there a custom frame builder that would build a tandem like this? I'm aware of ...
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Incompatible front derailleur/crankset?

I recently bought a Tandem from the 90's and now trying to adjust the derailleurs. But, no matter what I do, I don't manage to properly set up the 3-way front derailleur. It either properly shifts ...
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Please help identify my 1940's (?) Tandem Bicycle

Please help me identify this tandem bicycle. Here's what I know: I'm pretty sure it's not a Schwinn, as all Schwinn bikes had straight frames without curves. From what I can tell, Hawthorne used ...
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Converting tandem to cargo bike

I live in South America where we don't have substantial supply of modern two-wheeled cargobikes in the market at reasonable prices, so I think converting a tandem bike by dismounting the stoker seat ...
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Baby seat for stoker's seat post on tandem

My wife and I used to both commute by bike, and now that our child is old enough to go on a bike, we'd like to do so again. She has already installed a front-mounted baby seat on her dutch-style bike, ...
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Adult tandem trike conversion

I'd like to take my old tandem and make it a trike with dally tires and rims on the rear. Has anyone done it. Thanks
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Help identifying tandem frame [duplicate]

I bought this frame in a state off eBay a fair few years ago and have recently got it working again. I would love to know what make or year it might be. There aren't that many his / her frames I've ...
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Why are tandem pedals mounted with the same position?

I have noticed that on all the tandems I have seen the pedals are mounted in the same position. i.e. while the front right one is up, so is the rear right one, and not front right up and rear right ...
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Fork Failure on Vintage Steel Tandem Bikes - Any insights?

I'm wondering if you guys can share any knowledge regarding fork failure on old steel tandem bikes. I just bought a 1988 Santana Elan tandem. It's in beautiful condition. I contacted Santana to ask ...
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Looking for bike trailer with pedals for a disabled, older adult

Is there a way to have a pull-along bike trailer w/pedals (similar to the child sized trailer in the pic above) -- but sized for a disabled adult?
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A two successive wheel trailer ; would it work? (followme-tandem)

TL;DR Why does the followme-tandem have the kids front wheel off the ground? I'm looking into the followme-tandem, which attaches a child's bicyle to the back of an adult's bike to make a trailer-...
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Who's the manufacturer and what year was this tandem bike manufactured? [duplicate]

The previous owner said this could possibly be a Schwinn:
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Updating brakes on a vintage tandem

I have a 25 year old Colnago road tandem on which I would like to update the brakes. The problem I am having is that they are 27" rims and I can't find a proper brake setup that will work. What ...
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How can I replace an oversized Chater-Lea bottom bracket with cotterless cranks?

I'm building a tandem at the moment. The frame appears to be threaded for a 1.45" Chater Lea bottom bracket: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/bottom-brackets.html I'd like to fit a ...
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Help Identify North Woods “6 Speed” Tandem?

I came across a North Woods "6 Speed" tandem at a yard sale, and am trying to track down its provenance: Unfortunately, the closest I've come across is Northwoods bicycles (no space), which are sold ...
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How tight should the tandem front chain be?

I have a Thorn Me'n'u2 triplet (three seater tandem), and was having a problem where whenever I tried to accelerate suddenly (either solo or with stoker(s)), the front chain seemed to fall off (...
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Rear-steer tandem with middle child saddle

I saw a bike for hire in France, and I'd like to track down more details on it or something similar. Unfortunately the hire logos covered the manufacturer logos and the bike was locked up to others (...
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How old is this rear steer skip tooth tandem?

How old is this Tandem Rear Steer Skip tooth ??
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timing chain keeps dropping/derailing only with partner

For a volunteer project biking with blind riders (NiewidomiNatandemach.pl), we've been partnered up and provided a tandem bike, that seems new enough and in good condition. Unlike the guy behind me--...
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Axle adjustment in Atom drum brake?

I have a tandem with a drag brake in the hub of the back wheel. It works perfectly, providing a steady drag when descending. QUESTION: Can I simply treat it like a normal rear wheel with cups/cones, ...
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Cranksets for tandem with internal gear hub

I am thinking about assembling a trekking tandem bike. I would like to use an internal gear hub and put both chains on the right side of the bike. I have some questions about the cranksets: What ...
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1970 Schwinn Tandem - How to move rear seat further away from handlebars

I scored a cool sierra brown, 1970 Schwinn Tandem 5 speed bike on craigslist (one owner even). I grew up in the 70s and loved the look of this bike, but I guess I had to turn 45 before I got one. So ...
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Is it difficult for one person to ride a tandem bike?

About 4 miles away from me, there is a bike hire shop that has tandems. I'm trying to work out the logistics of getting the tandem to my house to pick up the other rider. I'm an experienced cyclist, ...
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Pull Inexperienced Tandem Stoker?

Is it feasible for an experienced single seat cyclist to serve as captain of a tandem bicycle and effectively "pull" the stoker behind as if the said stoker was riding in a trailer? It's understood ...
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Why is a tandem harder to ride uphill than a single rider bike?

With equal power to weight ratio, why is a tandem bike harder to ride uphill? I have friends whose Cannondale tandem bike weighs the same as their single rider bikes combined. But they find it easier ...
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What should I check with set up of a tandem?

Particularly with reference to hired tandems, or when you're first setting one up. A bit of context: I hired a tandem today and went for a ride with my wife. I've been riding for about 20 years, she ...
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Trek T-900 Tandem rear hub

I have a Trek T-900 tandem that I bought used. It's probably about 12 or 13 years old. I'm having some rear hub issues with it, but I can't identify what hub it is. Trek's website and other ...
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Derailleur hanger moves when tightening quick release

I have an old Trek T-900 tandem that my wife and I ride quite a bit. It's got an 8-speed rear setup. It's a standard (tandem) 145mm rear-spacing with matching hub, but tightening down the quick-...
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Why is it called a “timing chain”

Why is the chain connecting the front and rear cranks of a tandem called a timing chain. This brings to mind big-block V8s and leaky timing chain covers that plagued my younger years. What's the ...
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Can anyone identify this Tandem bike I restored from a junk yard?

This is a bike that I rescued from an abandoned junk yard in central California. It was terribly rusted, and I think I am crazy for spending the amount of time and money I did to restore it. I often ...
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What kind of crank extractor do I need

I'm trying to swap the cranks on our Thorn tandem and would like to know what kind of crank extractor (if any) I need for the job. Is there a way to tell from this photo, before I've taken it all ...
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Help please to identify my Tandem

I have just purchased an old tandem, but don't know the make or year. Can anyone help me to identify it. The frame is steel and it has a frame number of 452599. There are no decals fitted but I attach ...
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Tandem team with large height disparity - possible?

My wife and I would like to start riding tandem. I've been reading about it and am worried that we are not physically eligible. She's 165cm, I'm 195cm... I've considered buying a baby trailer and ...
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Can I carry my tandem on a bumper carrier?

I would sometimes like to transport my tandem by car, and it would be convenient to use one of those "strap-on" bumper carriers. Is it feasible to use this type of carrier?
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Claud Butler Tandem - add a front derailleur?

I'm in the process of stripping a SWB Claud Butler tandem so I can get it repainted. There are a couple of things I need help with.... a) Can you fit a front mech to the bike, and if so, are there ...
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What's this? Photo of bicycle with pedals by the rear wheel

I just stumbled upon this photo of what appears to be a reasonably normal citybike, except it looks like it has a second set of pedals at the rear wheel. source Anybody knows what it is?
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What are the alternatives to SwissStop Blue v-brake pads

We've got a tandem with Rigida Andara CSS tungsten carbide rims and Swisstop Blue v-brake pads. We're happy with the performance and life of both of these over the last 1000 miles. The problem is ...
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I unscrewed the lockring, and *both* BB cups rotated - what's going on?

I'm fixing up an old tandem, and the cup-and-cone bottom bracket at the front sounds very gritty, so I picked up my c-spanner and applied it to the lockring. With a bit of effort, left cup and ...
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Help needed identifying mystery screws on 1940s tandem

My tandem has two small screws above each bottom bracket, one on each side (so four in total). I've not seen them on any other bike, and I can't figure out what they're for! Suggestions so far have ...
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Can a tandem's front bottom bracket fail catastrophically?

Many tandems have a front bottom bracket that looks like this: The front bottom bracket is mounted off-centre in an aluminum shell called "the eccentric." When the pinch bolts shown in the picture ...
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What is the common “vocabulary” for the captain and stoker to communicate?

My wife and I recently rented a tandem for a day. I found that, because everything needs to be communicated -- starting, stopping, changes in cadence, shifting (which might cause changes in cadence), ...