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Old 07-18-00, 01:29 PM   #1
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Hi,

I'm a seasoned cyclist, but new to tandeming. A have been riding a tandem that has a drum brake on the back. The rear wheel doesn't have a quick release. I can see why, as taking the rear wheel off looks a little complicated with the drum brake cable.

My question is, does anyone use a quick release with a drum brake? Do you do anything special to accomodate the drum brake cable?

Thanks much
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Old 08-29-00, 08:03 PM   #2
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Personally, I've got no idea, but...

I'm looking at a Santana publication called "Tandems & Tandeming" (2000 edition) and on page 38 is a picture of a rear drum hub with a quick-realease. So it must be possible.

You could try calling Santana (there web site's pitiful) at 909-696-7570 and they might be able to tell you.

Or, the folks at this store seemed willing to answer e-mail:

http://www.tandemsltd.com/

Good luck!

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I've used an Arai drum brake with a quick release rear wheel. It's not as complex as it appears. The cable can be set up to be easily removed and the indexing bar likewise. If all is aligned properly its just a little slower than changing a standard rear wheel.
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Old 06-01-01, 02:40 PM   #4
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Saw one in Pendleton last weekend and I like it. Just ordered one from my LBS this week.

http://www.bikeusa.com/accessories/brakes/drum.htm

What do you mean by the indexing bar Maury?
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There's a metal tab that extends about 4 or 5 inches forward and below the main drum enclosure. This tab connects to the left chainstay to lock the drum shell in position. This can be achieved with a nut and bolt, or with a spacer that allows "quick" removal.
I believe the stock drum comes with the nut and bolt combo. Tandem familiar shops are usually able to make the quick adaptation.
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I have an Arai drum and use a bolt on the indexing bar without a nut. This allows me to take it off quickly. It also gives a very minor amount of play that makes a clicking sound when the brake is first applied. We use this "click" as an indicator to my stoker that the rim brakes are about to be applied as well as when the drum is put on as a drag brake (its primary purpose).
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The stock kit does not come with quick release for the drum and cable. several mail order shops and probably the LBS will carry the converter which consists of a bolt that attaches to the arm and a bolt/plate locking system for the cable.
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