I hang out on the C&V forum, building and restoring bikes from the 70's. Today i picked up a Schwinn Twinn Sport. Its a step up from the classic Schwinn Twinn Deluxe. It has cotterless cranks, tubular steel fork, 27 x 1 1/4 wheels, and some other nicer quality features.
So here are my questions:
Basicly the bike is original in its frame and cranksets only. The wheels, brakes, handlebars, have all been changed out. It's a hodge podge of parts. The rear wheel is 27 x 1 1/4 aluminum rim/Shimano Deore solid axle hub.Is this sturdy enough for a tandem? Original to the bike would have been a hub drum brake and no idea if it was steel or aluminum rim.
The follow up to the above then is: Is two sidepull brakes(Shimano basic sidepulls) going to be enough to stop? I'm in the Chicago area, flat as a pancake, and this is going to be an around town cruiser. If we break 15 mph that will be fast. Although I will want to push it sometimes.
Can I use a standard quick release front wheel, again 27 x 1 1/4, or do I need a solid axle?
Thanks for the help. I have a Schwinn Twinn Deluxe that has been very dependable for years. It however is a tank. I am thinking the Twinn Sport about 15 lbs lighter may be a bit more fun to buzz around on.