I recently acquired a 1982 Freschi Supreme tandem and I have only a passing knowledge of Tandems and how they are set up so I am hoping that the group will be able to answer some questions I have.
Freschi worked as a builder for Pogliaghi before going out on his own and this bike has a lot of similarities to the Pogliaghi tandems which are fairly rare and quite highly regarded. It is kind of in between a racing and touring tandem. It has very clean small bosses on the front fork and seat stays for racks and it has fender eyelets but the wheel/tire clearance is tight and it does not have canti bosses. Maybe it is a "sportif" or credit card touring bike. It could possibly be a good century bike.
My first question is about the rear spacing. It is 130mm when the road standard in 1982 was 126mm and 6 speed rear gearing. Of course modern road rear spacing is 130mm with 8/9/10/11 rear gears and I believe that modern Tandem spacing is 135mm to 140mm with 9/10 rear gears being the standard. Could I use a modern 36 hole 130mm rear 10 speed hub without issues?
My second question is about the rear brakes. It has two brake bridges and has brake cable braze-ons on the top tube from the front and also braze-ons along the diagonal cross member in the stokers cockpit only to the second bridge. I believe that this is for a stoker controlled "drag brake". Is this correct? Would it be operated with a regular brake lever or with a modified "retro-friction" shift lever?
I wasn't looking for a tandem but it is so cool, in beautiful shape and I traded a couple of bikes in my heard for it so my investment is conservative. I have a 14 year old son who is interested in riding it with me which is why I am posting this instead of just flipping it but I am not really interested in chasing down vintage parts for it. If I do build it up it will be a retro-rod, of course without modifying anything on the frame/fork.
Thanks for any feedback.