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    Vintage Fiorelli Tandem

    Hello fellow tandemers! I typically hang out in the C&V forums, but this may be of more interest here in the Tandem Cycling sub-forum, so here goes: In the Craigslist finds thread here on the C&V forums, there was a Fiorelli tandem that was recently listed. I am curious if anyone on the forums has had a Fiorelli bicycle, and more particularly a Fiorelli tandem. One thing that is going for it from my perspective is that it already has a Sturmey-Archer three speed hub installed.

    Thoughts and most especially experiences with Fiorelli tandems are welcome. Here's the Craigslist ad and some pictures.









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    Looks like you are ready to add another twicer to your collection.
    The only Fiorelli we've seen was a small-wheeled folding tandem.
    Offer a bit less as you'll be replacing the rusty chains, among other stuff. . .
    Just our input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Looks like you are ready to add another twicer to your collection.
    The only Fiorelli we've seen was a small-wheeled folding tandem.
    Offer a bit less as you'll be replacing the rusty chains, among other stuff. . .
    Just our input.
    Thanks Rudy and Kay! I've already got a number in mind and it is definitely lower than that asking price. It's funny, but everybody mentions that rusty chain. It seems out of place given the overall condition of the bike. The seller called a short while ago and does not think the bike has been repainted and the chrome appears to be in good condition, so it's a mystery why it looks as it does.

    BTW, my bride and I have a few years to go before we come close to the longevity of your marriage, but we're coming up on 25 years now which is a big accomplishment.
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    Very Cool! Certainly looks like origional paint, with the pinstriping and decals. And the saddles are great. Those old chains just rusted when not preserved, even if stored indoors. Unless bikes of that vintage (as you well know) were premium in quality with Campy components, their chains were from bulk unplated stock. Also, the period lubes were very low tech...generally 3 in 1 oil from a squirt can! It looks very good for a 45+ year old bike, probably painted with enamal, or at best, nitro lacquer. I would keep it origional, the patina is very becoming!
    BTW, we are on the cusp of 40 years, a bit more than 1/2 of it on twicers. It only brought us closer (literally)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve53mg View Post
    Very Cool! Certainly looks like origional paint, with the pinstriping and decals. And the saddles are great. Those old chains just rusted when not preserved, even if stored indoors. Unless bikes of that vintage (as you well know) were premium in quality with Campy components, their chains were from bulk unplated stock. Also, the period lubes were very low tech...generally 3 in 1 oil from a squirt can! It looks very good for a 45+ year old bike, probably painted with enamal, or at best, nitro lacquer. I would keep it origional, the patina is very becoming!
    BTW, we are on the cusp of 40 years, a bit more than 1/2 of it on twicers. It only brought us closer (literally)!
    As I was digging around the forums, this bike appeared in the same thread in the C&V forums in 2010. In any case there's a picture of it then sitting on the beach so there's no wonder the bike has a rusty chain! In the earlier pictures, the chain doesn't appear to be rusted.

    We've only started riding tandems in 2009, so we don't have nearly the saddle time you do, but we really enjoy it a lot. It looks like we'll probably have a difficult time achieving the numbers that zonatandem and you have managed to reach!



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