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    franken-tandem

    There's probably a thread on this somewhere deep in the archives (or not so deep maybe) but I'm going to hazard getting shouted down or otherwise e-reprimanded and ask away:

    has anyone here tried building a tandem after John Allen's (or for that matter the late great Sheldon Brown's) instructions on joining two bikes together? i'd like to hear success/horror/war stories; whatever you got.

    matt p.

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    Like this?

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    aha! you sir (or madame, apologies if necessary) are more better at the interwebz than i

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    Please Please Please put up pictures and tell us how it goes. I am putting together all the stuff to build my own frame, lugged. I've read the Sheldon story many times and i'm hooked.
    Totaly cheap wieght weenie. Totaly cheap bike snob. But I love Italian hand made stuff. 84' Ciocc, 85' Raleigh Super Course, 96' Sakae Litage, 2000 Lemond Maillot Jaune,
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    Thanks for the encouragement. I think I'm going to follow the John Allen process since my anticipated stoker and I are pretty close in size. Althought that method requires a little more work I think the result will be a little more useful. I also have ready access to 4130 tubing (there's an aircraft/motorsports metals supplier nearby) so I may go for a whole new lateral or boom tube if the salvaged bike process seems to present too many headaches.
    I'm hunting down a suitable front donor frame at the moment, but this looks like a project that's actually going to go somewhere. I'll try to document the process and post pictures.

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    Here's another.

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    SSS You are golden, that is just more encouragement. The tandem is my second project.
    Totaly cheap wieght weenie. Totaly cheap bike snob. But I love Italian hand made stuff. 84' Ciocc, 85' Raleigh Super Course, 96' Sakae Litage, 2000 Lemond Maillot Jaune,
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