Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Tandem Cycling A bicycle built for two. Want to find out more about this wonderful world of tandems? Check out this forum to talk with other tandem enthusiasts. Captains and stokers welcome!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-14-08, 09:00 PM   #1
Clincher
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Anybody know framebuilder G.L. Berry?

I have an old tandem that was built by G.L. Berry. Great work, and I'd like to find out more about the builder and the specs of the frame.

- Clincher
Clincher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-08, 05:52 AM   #2
TandemGeek
hors category
 
TandemGeek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 7,210
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
There was an exceptional builder in the UK named Johnny Berry. You can read a little bit more about him here: http://search.bikelist.org/getmsg.as...10410.0200.eml

Not sure if there's any connnection, but it's the only 'Berry' that comes immediately to mind.
TandemGeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-08, 05:53 PM   #3
zonatandem
Senior Member
 
zonatandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
Posts: 10,858
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Back in the late 70s and early 80s there was a custom frame builder by name of Glenn Berry here in Tucson. He did some fine work and we actually got to test ride what perhaps was the first mountain bike tandem ever built in the USA.
We wrote an article for DoubleTalk on the test ride of the BATT (Berry All Terrain Tandem).
One of our sons actually still has his Berry hardtail mt. bike . . . and he won't part with it.
Pedal n TWOgether!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
zonatandem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-08, 10:29 PM   #4
Clincher
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Berry Logo?

This sounds like this could be the one and same builder as I think there is an AZ pedigree to our bike. Would you happen to remember the logo that Glenn Berry used? Our head tube sports a nice sculpted badge done in what looks like brass that depicts either little blackberries or raspberries with matching decals on the down and seat tubes.
Clincher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-08, 11:42 PM   #5
zonatandem
Senior Member
 
zonatandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
Posts: 10,858
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Glenn Berry did have a berries-type logo!
While he was building in Tucson he had a small shop just off 4th Ave, near downtown.
The mt. bike tandem we tested had a double diamond frame with an extra downtube above the regular downtube. Both top tubes (this was a male/male comnfiguration) were sloping, a then unheard of idea. It had a round boob tube and cantis front and rear.
The frame was built of Reynolds 531 and was painted a glossy black with some gold highlights. If we recall correctly, it had a fancy space-age type air brushing on the boob tube.
A vey nice and great handling tandem, both offroad and on road. As a matter of fact, a couple rode that tandem on a five day tour from the Grand Canyon to Mexico.
Lost track of Glenn Berry and believe he moved to Texas in the mid '80s.
Is your tandem a mt. or road bike; how did come to acquire it?
Pedal on TWOgether!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
zonatandem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-08, 08:42 AM   #6
masiman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 1,735
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Pics would be a nice addition to this thread
masiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-08, 04:52 PM   #7
Clincher
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Here are some pics. The captain's seat tube is 25" and the stoker's is 24 1/2" This is the original paint, circa 1973? Forks have decals for Reynolds 531 DB and I would guess that Reynolds 531 was used for the entire frame. The stoker's stem is the only thing I don't care for and am considering cutting off the portion of the stem tube that rises above the mixte downtubes and using a conventional stoker stem attaced to the captain's seat post. (Comments?) That also might make my wife more comfortable on it. She feels too claustrophobic with the current position.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg tandem-side.JPG (22.5 KB, 66 views)
File Type: jpg tandem-plate.JPG (21.6 KB, 39 views)
File Type: jpg stoker-stem.JPG (19.0 KB, 53 views)
File Type: jpg Berry-logo.JPG (18.6 KB, 55 views)
File Type: jpg Berry-decal.JPG (19.5 KB, 56 views)
Clincher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-08, 06:21 PM   #8
zonatandem
Senior Member
 
zonatandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
Posts: 10,858
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Before you cut that unique stoker stem mount make sure you have a stoker stem (adjustable would be nice) mount that will fit that diameter seatpost. If you do cut that unique mount make sure you plug plug the hole.
A great looking vintage tandem!
Pedal on TWOgether!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
zonatandem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-15, 08:03 PM   #9
sycleman541
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: oregon
Bikes: trek 5500, mongoose rx10.9, miyata 912 and a santa cruz roadmaster
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This is an old posting but I just bought a near pristine Berry 14 speed racing bike. Very finely made of columbus sl butted tubing and campagnolo super record components, It has a beautiful midnight blue metalflake paintjob has a cutout bottom bracket and campy ends. I would like to know more of it's heretage if any knows what happened to him and any other links. thanks ken/sycleman541
sycleman541 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-15, 11:24 PM   #10
zonatandem
Senior Member
 
zonatandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
Posts: 10,858
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
If I recall correctly, Glenn moved from his Tucson shop to somewhere in Texas. Have lost track of him, but apparently he kept on building bikes.
He was a meticulous builder and an innovator at the time we knew him.
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
zonatandem is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:09 PM.