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05-25-11, 04:34 PM
I rescued this from a farm yard with a view to compete in a charity hill climb (Frome Cobble Wobble) with a mate. Anyone know what it is? Originally we were just going to razz it up the hill & stick it back where it came from but now I've cleaned it up a little I'm starting to fall in love with the idea of having a tandem in the garage. The groupset is a mix of Huret & AT. It needs new wheels (specific tandem ones needed?), chains & cables. If anyone can offer any help I'd be grateful.
Looks similar to our Peugeot.
05-25-11, 07:22 PM
looks french, looks very close to a Gitane that we have.
05-25-11, 08:59 PM
Did you mean TA rather than AT?
05-25-11, 10:10 PM
Better pictures would help, but I'm inclined to agree with bubba1640... it looks very much like a Gitane.
05-26-11, 02:38 AM
Yes, TA not AT. I'll stick some better pics up now I've cleared the foliage & pressure washed her. French eh? I feel a stripey jumper & a cigarette coming on. Any ideas on the age (the bike not me, I'll be 43 on Tuesday!)
05-26-11, 10:28 AM
late '70's to mid '80's Measuring the rear frame inside width (OLD for the hub) may give you a better idea.
Looks like a good project :)
If your team is not too heavy, and you are not planning heavy turning, tandem specific wheels are not needed.
* clean and inspect the current front hub; if no cracks, rebuild and re-use with new Wheelsmith or equivalent spokes.
* measure OLD for a replacement hub. Halo Spin Doctor is available in 135mm OLD for 48 spokes.
* Tektro R559 brakes; those center pulls are scary, even on a single.
* 700c rims; I'd go with Sun CR18 or Alex DM18; both relatively low cost.
Keep in mind that frame is no where near as stiff as a mid 90s or newer tandem.
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