ID This Tandem
I recently purchased this mid-90s Co-Mo Speedster. It has a sweet custom paint job with an interesting trade logo. I would appreciate any information about what this logo means. Photo of logo at this link at slide 16:
Toronto Transit Commission?
It would appear that at one time this is one of the stylized logo concepts that was being pursued. Perhaps the previous owners were involved in the TTC and had a stake or interest in the logo? The biggest clue is the Canada flag on the top tube, which suggests the owners were also emotionally invested in Canada??
The ends of the logo sure look like the same shapes used by Paketa to frame their brand.
Heck, maybe it's just the owner's initials...
Best best is to ask the seller and if they weren't the owner, keep peeling back the onion until you do find the owner and ask. That's what I'd do, just out of curiosity.
You could always go straight to the source and just ask Co-Motion. It might be someone's initials, you never know.
Pretty sure Co-Motion didn't do that paint. Definite looks to be a repaint by a custom painter.
Originally Posted by NoTrail
The logo is for the Total Tandem Connection. It was a shop in Maple Valley Washington that was in bussiness in the mid 90's. The owner (Robin) purchased components in bulk then built up tandems as cuctom builds. We own one of his bikes but were under the assumption it was a Bushnell frame, not sure if he used Co-motions or not. Are you sure the frame is a co mo?. We will be at the NWTR in Salem and see if a rep from Co Motion can identify our frame. I talked to the mechanics at Rodreguiz Tandems in Seattle since Dennis Bushnell is building frames for them, their thought was our frame is a Bushell but since the cconversation was over the phone he did not put eyes on the frame. Robin built a great bike, nice component selection and great paint, our tandem pushed the $4,000 number pretty hard in 1996 so these are not cheap off the rack tandems. Hope this helps and was not to confusing, Skip
Thanks for the info. I just sent the photo to Bushnell and they say it looks like one of theirs.
Can't believe I didn't even look at the frame with a close eye; it's clearly not a Co-Motion and looks very much like a Bushnell, i.e., ovalized top and boom tubes, the small TIG welds, the fillet at the junction of the head / top / internal / down tube, etc...
Originally Posted by jmmorford
Very cool find.
Just a quick update, when I talked to the mechanic (John) at R@E he was quite sure Dennis used or is still using Santana ovalized tandem tubing which from what I hear is nice tubing. Our bike is part of the family and with upgrades over the years still looks terific and rides like jewel. Jmmorford one recommendion I would make is to have the front hub relaced to a 3 or 4 cross pattern. Our White Industries radialy laced front hub self distructed last year on our way back from a ride, I heard the hub shell flange break and fortinuatly was able to get stopped before any damage. Wheelbuilder.com can give you great advise as to wether the Phil hub is subject to failure. The radially hub looks cool but sure if they are meant for the weight of a tandem.
Tandemgeek; your right it's a very cool find, we've only seen a couple of Robins tandems which may explain why he's no longer in business.