Join Date: Jun 2007
Bikes: Mel Pinto tandem... crossover bikes
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Mel Pinto Special questions
I just got a very nice Mel Pinto from a friend who didn't want it anymore. The only thing I can DEFINITELY see wrong with it is that the back wheel is out of round. It does have the Atom drum system on the back, but it also has Mafaciacs caliper brakes (both front and rear) which function pretty well.
1) Can a bike shop repair the old wheel and make it "true" once again, or am I gonna have to buy a new wheel for it? If I have to get a new rear wheel, will the original cassette be transferable?
2) Do I have to fix the hub brakes or can I just use the calipers. The hub braking mechanism broke on the previous owner. The caliper brakes work just fine.
3) My front seat post is like MEGA STUCK! I put a monkey wrench to it and it would not budge. How can I loosen this up?
Thanks so much to any repliers.
I'm new here, but really looking forward to spending time reading all the good advice from fellow tandem riders.