Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: London, UK
Bikes: Claud Butler Electron (1960's?) single speed conversion, Carnielli folding tandem, Edwardes of Camberwell Track Bike, Hetchins Road Bike, Holdsworth Avanti
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Thanks, the folding mechanism is fairly low tech - the front uptube folds round by 180 degrees. Though guess if there was some clever mechanism involving splitting the chain it wouldn't have survived from 1970.
I like the idea of putting a new geared hub on it, though the bike shop which serviced it doesn't think much of the new Sturmey Archer hubs - you'd need somethign pretty strong to cope with a tandem wouldn't you?
It weighs a ton too, huge amounts of metal on it so I think a lower gearing is more sensible. When I get the gears fixed (going to bodge it with two three speed shifters, one for up, one for down), I'll try and take it on a longer run. We took it to the London Freewheel at the weekend and found it pretty fast.