How important are tandem specific wheels?
I brought an old tandem that looked a real mess. It didn't take long to get the chain and gears running but the back wheel was really out of shape.
For a test ride we used some wheels from a regular road bike (36 spoke, 23-622 tyres, quick release), is this a bad thing to do? The wheels that came with the tandem have steal rims, not quick release, 40 spokes and normandy hubs with the date stamped '78'. I've put some fresh 28-622 tyres on and straightened the rims up but the axle on the drive side is a little bent.
I'm not sure if its ok to ride on the bent axle, or if I should try and bend it back? Is it worth trying to replace the axle, or should we keep riding on the non specific tandem wheels? any ideas? thank you
photo of the bike
and in a fiat punto