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 09-29-09, 09:41 AM   #1
BigBird2
Bigbird
Thread Starter
 
BigBird2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
Bikes:
Posts: 39
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Our First Tandem: anyone know this model?

We just got our first tandem - a Gary Fisher Gemini, circa 1990 - arrived UPS from Minnesota yesterday.
I think it's a very handsom rig, and it seems to be in excellent mechanical condition. New brake pads, chains, tires, lubrication recently so all looks ready to go this weekend.

I haven't been able to find out much about this bike and I'm hoping that forum members may be able to shed some light on this particular model. Here's some info:

stamp on bottom bracket shell is "FL19".
Seat Tube lengths: 19.5" Captain / 18" Stoker
Standover height: 31" Captain / 28.5" Stoker
Front & Rear Derailleurs: Shimano Deore XT
Shimano Deore XT rear cassete 12-28T
Shimano Biopace Cranks: FC-M730 170mm cranks w/ 50-38-28T
Shimano Deore XT thumb shifters
Wheels: 26", 36 spoke w/ anodized aluminum rims.
Rims w/ decals: "RM-20", "Super Hard Anodized" + one unreadable
Tires: Continental Country 50-559
Saddles: Avocet
Brakes: Rear - dual Shimano Deore XT "Shark Tooth"
Front - Shimano Deore XT cantilever
Magura levers, w/ dual cables for rear

I've attached a few pictures of the bike. Anyone know anything about this model? Or where I might find more information?

Tom
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Cimg0253sm2.jpg (92.0 KB, 102 views)
File Type: jpg Cimg0256sm2.jpg (81.1 KB, 429 views)
File Type: jpg Cimg0271sm2.jpg (81.0 KB, 65 views)
File Type: jpg Cimg0274sm2.jpg (62.6 KB, 69 views)
BigBird2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-09, 10:25 AM   #2
Stray8
Senior Member
 
Stray8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Nueva York
Bikes:
Posts: 647
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Dunno but it looks absolutely sweet!


.
Stray8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-09, 10:58 AM   #3
MN Jim
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wouldn't think that bike is that old. I have a early 90's Fisher Gemini and it has DX components. The paint scheme doesn't realy match the early 90's bikes. Beautiful bike. Wish mine was in that good of shape.
MN Jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-09, 01:09 PM   #4
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)
Not too many Fisher tandems around. Have seen exactly one.
This one looks g-r-e-a-t!
zonatandem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-09, 01:20 PM   #5
uspspro
Tandem Mountain Climber
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: San Mateo, CA
Bikes: Calfee Tandem, Custom CAAD9 BB30, 90 Santana Arriva Tandem, 02 CAAD4 errand bike, 87 Cannondale "Black Lightning"
Posts: 4,101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dual rear brakes! cool.
uspspro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-09, 03:14 PM   #6
swc7916
Senior Member
 
swc7916's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Machias, WA
Bikes: Rodriguez Toucan tandem, Rodriguez Rainer Lite sport/touring
Posts: 718
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by MN Jim View Post
I wouldn't think that bike is that old. I have a early 90's Fisher Gemini and it has DX components.
I agree. Here are photos or our Gary Fisher Gemini tandem:

http://good-times.webshots.com/album/562731769TFgBnv

I don't remember when Biopace chainrings were popular, but ours doesn't have them. Ours has all Shimamo Deore DX 7-speed components except for the brakes which are Suntour Self-Energizing cantilevers.

Last edited by swc7916; 09-29-09 at 03:18 PM.
swc7916 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-09, 03:47 PM   #7
PMK
Senior Member
 
PMK's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Royal Palm Beach, Florida
Bikes: 2006 Co-Motion Roadster (Flat Bars, Discs, Carbon Fork), Some 1/2 bikes and a couple of KTM's
Posts: 1,154
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
With Biopace rings and dual "U" brakes, the poster must be close on it's vintage. My 1991(?) Rockhopper had the Biopace stuff, but not "U"brakes.

Yes it is a good looking machine and will hopefully provide miles of enjoyment.

PK
PMK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-09, 10:40 PM   #8
quickshoe
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Call Trek, give them the S/N perhaps they can help you out with more info.

Biopace came out in the early 80's. I was in high school when a friends Bianchi had them. I'm guessing 83-84. I think Shimano quit manufacturing them early 90's. I'm guessing the bike is about 25 years old. Which doesn't matter, as long as you enjoy it. Have fun!

On edit--

A little googling and I came up with this : http://mombat.org/Fisher_Specs.htm Looks like it might be a 85-88 range. Even had that color combo in 85 http://mombat.org/1985_Fisher_Comp.htm Look at the selection of components and what was used when on his bikes for a better guess. No SIS shifting with BioPace with that paint scheme....I'm sticking with 1985.

Last edited by quickshoe; 09-29-09 at 11:00 PM.
quickshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-09, 05:48 PM   #9
regomatic
Cyclist- Bike 'n a half
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Orlando, FL
Bikes: Custom S & S Bushnell Tandem, Eddy Merckx Ti
Posts: 257
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigBird2 View Post
I haven't been able to find out much about this bike and I'm hoping that forum members may be able to shed some light on this particular model.
Nothing to add on the particular model, but congratulations on what looks like a very good find. It appears to be well equipped for it's vintage and in very good condition.
regomatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-09, 10:07 AM   #10
BigBird2
Bigbird
Thread Starter
 
BigBird2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
Bikes:
Posts: 39
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Fisher Tandem

After looking thru the lists of componets on the MTB Timeline, I'm thinking the bike is a 1988. The Biopace cranks were only offered in 85-88, so that narrows the search. None of the other components were of much help in refining the year - Shimano Deore XT stuff was wide-spread. But The rims - with the stickers "Super Hard Anodized" and "RM-20" were a help. The Araya RM-20 rims were offered 85-88, but the "Super Hard Anodized" were just for 1988. Plus the color scheme - red/yellow/black fade - was only listed for 87 & 88. So even tho the Fisher Specs web page doesn't list any tandems, I'm thinking that the Biopace cranks, fade paint job and the Araya RM-20 rims make it most likely a 1988 model. Anyone else have info to add?

Tom
BigBird2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-09, 07:18 PM   #11
quickshoe
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well the rims point to 88. Is the rd SIS?

Have you taken the Mrs. out to see how she likes it yet?
quickshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-09, 10:27 AM   #12
BigBird2
Bigbird
Thread Starter
 
BigBird2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
Bikes:
Posts: 39
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Gary Fisher Tandem: first ride!

Quote:
Originally Posted by quickshoe View Post
Well the rims point to 88. Is the rd SIS?

Have you taken the Mrs. out to see how she likes it yet?
The rain/snow we've had since I recieved the bike Monday has finally stopped, and I got the tandem out to take a test ride around the neighborhood. After a few adjustments, all is well - smooooooth! It rides and feels like a new bike! Will try to get My Stoker out on it this weekend.

Oh, the rear D is a Shimano Deore X.

Tom
BigBird2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-09, 09:53 AM   #13
BigBird2
Bigbird
Thread Starter
 
BigBird2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
Bikes:
Posts: 39
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
First ride together

Finally got a chance to try out our "new" Gary Fisher tandem this past weekend! Rain stopped for a few hours and we gave the bike a test ride. We love it!
BigBird2 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 02:47 PM.