Hello all. I'm a casual rider and have just picked up an '86-87 Holdworth tandem (will post pics once this storm system moves through.) The bike has some typical C & V issues (paint dings, rust, way tight captain's seat post, stuck stem) but is otherwise in good shape and should ride nicely once everything's back together. 531 tubing, cantilever rim brakes and an 18-speed (52-42-32/13-28) drivetrain. Oh, and it's pink
At some point (I'm guessing) the wheelset was replaced and the drag brake was removed. It now has 27" 36 spoke Matrix Titan Tour rims laced to no-name low flange hubs; the rear hub is not threaded for a drag brake. Eventually I'll build a stronger wheelset and install an Arai but these should be ok, strength-wise, for now (I'm 180lb and my prospective stoker is around 115-120lbs.) I'm in New Orleans, LA (flatter than a pancake) so the missing drag brake doesn't bother me at the moment.
It's possible that this might be our ride for the MS150 in October, which does have some moderate hills:
Question: would the wheelset upgrade and drag brake be necessary for this ride? I plan on doing it eventually anyway but I'm not sure if it's a showstopper if I don't have it together in time for the ride.