Another newbie here!
This fall we took the plunge and purchased our first tandem: a 1988 Santana Arriva S with a modern 9sp drivetrain. We've put a few hundred miles on it (despite the cool mornings), and are thoroughly enjoying ourselves. In fact we've ridden together more in the last couple of months than in the last 20 years. I wish we had done this sooner.
The 'S' was the racing model of the Arriva. One of the consequences of that is very little tire clearance with the front fork -- it won't fit 700x28 tires. Santana also considers this fork unsafe since it's an old 1" fork. So I need to replace it.
Santana sells a 1" threadless replacement fork, so that's the obvious choice (although I lose my snazy Nitto Technomic stem). I'll probably also do some exploring with local SF Bay Area frame builders on options for a custom fork. I haven't found any other options for a tandem rated 1" fork.
Has anybody else out there replaced the fork on an old Santana? Any other recommendations or options I should be considering?
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