front-stoker sprocket compatibility/long cable runs
hello, normaly i'm more in the altbike section or freakbike forums, but i'm fooling with a tandem idea and need a bit of advice.
i'm using a ten speed sprocket as my link to the rear wheel and the smaller sprocket i'm using for the stoker has 39 teeth. the closest i have right now for the front is a 40t.
i don't mean for this to be permanent if i get the bike done (the front is from a girls bike and has cute little hearts on it
), but is there any problem with that? on normal tandems is this ever done? i think i have a 36 too if it a smaller front is ever done and/or works better when they don't match. it will also give me more options when i look for a permanent one, because i haven't seen many 39's in my short time looking.
also, i never seem to get long gear cable runs to work well for me. on my stretch cruisers i usually end up making a jockey shift near the rear wheel, but unless i'm going to let the rear rider control the gears i can't do that this time. any hints y'all have that might help me?