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    Bike E Tandem---where to service in Boston area?

    New member here from the Boston, MA area.

    I have a 1999 Bike E (RIP) E2 tandem that I bought at Belmont Wheelworks. Bike E is long gone and 'bents in general seem to have disappeared from the few shops like BWW that carried them. I actually live 30 miles west of the city and hauling the E2 anywhere for service is a major hassle.

    It's never had a full overhaul since I got it, just wheel truing. I figured after 14 years, it's due.

    Any recommendations for 'bent savvy techs and ones familiar with Bike E in particular?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enossified View Post
    New member here from the Boston, MA area.

    I have a 1999 Bike E (RIP) E2 tandem that I bought at Belmont Wheelworks. Bike E is long gone and 'bents in general seem to have disappeared from the few shops like BWW that carried them. I actually live 30 miles west of the city and hauling the E2 anywhere for service is a major hassle.

    It's never had a full overhaul since I got it, just wheel truing. I figured after 14 years, it's due.

    Any recommendations for 'bent savvy techs and ones familiar with Bike E in particular?
    I'd get a local recommendation for a bike store and then call 'em up. 'Bents aren't that different from regular bikes and any reasonable bike shop ought to be able to do most things.
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    +1... My favorite bike shop doesn't deal in recumbents, but when I wanted a tune-up in my Belladare I took it to that shop and got a good repair and had him install a new rear wheel as well. A bike is a bike if you are a real mechanic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tractortom View Post
    A bike is a bike if you are a real mechanic.
    Exactly! The only excuse might be if the shop is small and doesn't have the room to work on something that big. Otherwise, the stuff that's liable to need adjusting is all standard bike parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Exactly! The only excuse might be if the shop is small and doesn't have the room to work on something that big. Otherwise, the stuff that's liable to need adjusting is all standard bike parts.
    Well, that's not quite true.

    What's the first thing any bike mechanic does before working on any bike? Clamp it into his workstand right? Unless, of course, the bike in question happens to be a Bike-E tandem.

    If you want to save yourself some grief, I'd call ahead.

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    Call Harris Cyclery. They deal with vintage French bike parts. Nothing is stranger than old French bikes. At worst you will be haunted by the ghost of Sheldon Brown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Well, that's not quite true.

    What's the first thing any bike mechanic does before working on any bike? Clamp it into his workstand right? Unless, of course, the bike in question happens to be a Bike-E tandem.

    If you want to save yourself some grief, I'd call ahead.
    If my mechanic can clamp up my Bacchetta Belladare Long Wheelbase into his work stand which has a 3" steel backbone tube (and he has) clamping up a bike-e tandem is just a matter of finding the center of balance and putting it in the stand. It would just be an issue of IF he has room enough...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tractortom View Post
    If my mechanic can clamp up my Bacchetta Belladare Long Wheelbase into his work stand which has a 3" steel backbone tube (and he has) clamping up a bike-e tandem is just a matter of finding the center of balance and putting it in the stand. It would just be an issue of IF he has room enough...

    Tractor Tom in Okeechobee
    Keep in mind that you're talking to a guy who has both owned a bike shop and who personally owns, rides and maintains tandems and recumbents. There's two sides to that coin and I clearly see both of them.

    OP has a tandem bike that he feels is awkward to transport. Wouldn't it be worth a telephone call to check what a shops reaction is going to be before struggling to carry it across town? That's all I'm saying.

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    I think a resourceful mechanic could come up with some way to work on the bike-E, even without the use of his beloved bike stand. A couple of my 'bents won't go in stands either and my shop hasn't let me down yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    I think a resourceful mechanic could come up with some way to work on the bike-E, even without the use of his beloved bike stand. A couple of my 'bents won't go in stands either and my shop hasn't let me down yet.
    I think that you're missing the point.

    The OP,s question isn't "Can a Bike-E tandem be tuned up?" The question is "Where to take a Bike-E tandem for a tune up?" Why are you guys so set against making a phone call to ask if and when a shop can do it and how much will it cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    making a phone call to ask if and when a shop can do it and how much will it cost?
    Being the cheap b@$t@rd I am, I wouldn't ever bring my bike somewhere without talking to the shop ahead of time to get an estimate.
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    I'd also make sure they had a mechanic that knew internal hubs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dchiefransom View Post
    I'd also make sure they had a mechanic that knew internal hubs.
    All the more reason to recommend Harris Cyclery, but I'm pretty sure the Bikee E2 tandem did not use a 3x7 rear hub for durability reasons.
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