Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Des Moines
Bikes: Trek T900, GT Outpost
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Lost our front wheel- literally!
We took the tandem out for a nice fall evening ride last night with another couple we're friends with on their tandem. It was a gorgeous trail ride and we got back just past dusk. I put our tandem on the rack in the back of the truck, took the front wheel off and set it in the carrier, locked the front fork into the mount, and hopped out of the bed. We said our goodbyes and parted company. Any guesses so far what happened?
Fast forward to us getting home about 15 minutes later and unloading the tandem. I jump in the back and exclaim, "Where the hell did our wheel go?" Dummy me forgot to tighten the skewer down and on top of that I typically run a bungee through the front spokes to keep the wheel from spinning as well, but hadn't bothered this time. Somewhere along the road I'm assuming the front wheel was spinning like a madman and decided it was now or never to make it's escape.....
I retraced the route in the dark hoping by some miracle it rolled to a stop on the roadway (and hadn't been hit or picked up) or was laying on the shoulder. No such luck. I'll be looking again today in the daylight, but I'm still not very hopeful considering most of the drive was 4 lone divided highway with deep ditches.
So, now I need to replace the front wheel. Luckily our tandem is a T900 with stock components so the wheels I'm assuming aren't ultra expensive. However, I haven't been able to find them online to check pricing. Does anyone know where I can find an Alexrims TA19 (26") wheel online?