Boring for you guys/gals -- rear disc mount
I recently bought an older Tandem (Yokota Grizzly peak) to resurrect and ride with my son on some short 3-4 day trips. It is a mountain tandem and in pretty decent shape as is. It is a steel frame that was made in the USA with True Temper tubing. I'm guessing it was made around 1992 or so. I would like to make a few updates to improve on it. First and foremost I want to improve the braking. It has a canitlever in the front and a pitiful U-brake in the back. The front is easy -- I can replace the fork without too much trouble. The problem is in the back. I would like to use disc brakes or at least v-brakes. But u-brake to v-brake is not a direct swap so it will require some frame manipulation. I called the semi-local bike shop (the only frame shop I could find withing 200 miles) to ask. They said it would cost $125 to $150 to add a rear disc mount. Does that sound right? It seems a little high to me. Is this something my local weld shop can do? Is this something I can do? I do have access to a torch. I have never done any brazing, but my Dad is a master plumber so he knows his way around a torch. Any help is appreciated.
By the way, I live in Warrensburg, Mo which is about 50 miles from KC.
Last edited by palmtree; 08-27-08 at 03:45 PM.