so one day while out and about me and my room mate/ best friend saw this couple riding a tandem and having a great time, so we starting thinking about how to make a fixed gear tandem, if it was possible, how it would work, and how much fun it could be. Mind you neither of us had ever even seen a tandem up close.
We got so excited about it that before the day was over craigs list to the rescue we owned an old schwinn tandem. It was set up with 26" wheels ss with a coaster brake. It had cruiser bars and two old huge spring loaded cruiser seats.
First thing we did is change out the wheels for a set of 27" roads we had spare with a cassette, and just set the chain on 1 gear. We swapped out the worse of the seats for a sun dried, rock hard kashimax. Then we worked in changing out the bars. Broke the rear bar clamp that was attached to the seat post, swapped the two posts, cut the stem off an old rusty walmart bike and welded it on to the clean seat post. It now has some cut up bmx bars. We took the cruiser bars that were on the front, flipped them and bent them inward to make some major pursuit bars.
So for a while we rode the bike ss brakeless around until we bent the rear wheel. So now we have his set of Dp18's on there. I have started to sand the paint off. It looks like it was brown, then painted over with pink, then painted over again with silver.
Work that still needs to be done:
Finish sanding and repaint
Remove break guides and the likes
Get legit bullhorns for the front
Fabricate some mustache bars for the rear (need more clearance for the ol knees)
Get two new seats
Cut off the old bar clamp from the rear seat post and smooth out
Maybe replace the fork with something not 5lbs
Buy some bb adapters so we can install new cranks for front and back
Get new pedals with clips and straps
Build new wheels. 48h rear and 40h front
Get about $500-$600 to do all this, but we are both broke right now.
All will come in time but we hope to get a nice bike out of this. It's all just something to mess around on. It makes for some awesome cruising, and since it's two people driving one bike the thing really is quite fast and fun.