I posted this on "tandem cycling" in May and only got one reply
I have a Bob Brown lugged steel tandem. I have been taking my 10 year old daughter out for rides. Initially after around 100 yards the resistance to cycling would increase and the BB7 disk brake would be slowing down the disk despite not activating the brake. After some messing around I concluded the exposed QR skewer was just not tight enough despite using the 90 degree rule. I purchased a Bob enclosed tandem QR skewer. With this I have been able to go on 20 mile bike rides. However, by the end of the ride on occasion the same problem occurs. Maybe I was just slight short of the 90 degree rule for tightening the QR skewer. I have since read some of the literature on standard forks and disk brakes. I was wondering if the torque of the disk brake is just causing the wheel to go out of alignment sufficiently to make the BB7 disk brake out of true and hence add friction. Unwinding the BB outer adjustment does improve the situation - as does releasing and then retightening the QR skewer. Any thoughts of a more robust solution? Should I go beyond the 90 degree tightening rule so the QR is biting even harder?
I didn't use disk brakes for the front!
I have tried a shimano Deor XT 145 QR skewer enclosed tandem QR skewer with no improved results. I have installed a longer tension screw into the actuating arm of the disk - this doesn't seem to have improved the problem. Today I road for more than 20 miles with my 13 year old. We are planning a 100 mile charity ride. After about 18 miles it rapidly became more difficult to pedal, we got off and the rear break was tight. I had to rotate the adjusting red nob about 4 clicks for it to become free again. 2 miles later the same thing happened again. I need to fix this before we get into more serious training and I don't have a clue as to what is happening. Please give me some troubleshooting ideas.
Drop outs - comments from Bob Brown "I also chose to use Henry James Dropouts on this one, which is a departure for me. I typically don't care for them much, but they really fit this application well. The tandem chainstays are larger diameter than most, so the large touring dropouts fit the diameters really well. Most forged dropouts tend to look a little small in these larger stays"
Wheels: Velocity 36 rims
Hubs: Chris King
145 mm spacing