Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Central Maryland
Bikes: 1949 Hercules Kestrel, 1950 Norman Rapide, 1970 Schwinn Collegiate, 1972 Peugeot UE-8, 1976 Raleigh Sports, 1977 Raleigh Sports, 1977 Jack Taylor Tandem, 1984 Davidson Tandem, 2010 Bilenky "BQ" 650B Constructeur Tandem, 2011 Linus Mixte
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Ah, I was wondering what that was about. I did notice the names of the previous owners. As far as I'm concerned it is all part of the history of the bike and is perfectly OK to keep. That's the C&V in me coming out a bit.
Actually, if you put fenders on the bike, it will considerably reduce the spray that will get on the kids in the trailer since the tire will be throwing its "rooster tail" into the fender instead of upward and rearward. I view fenders as a necessity and only bikes that I'm not finished building get ridden without them.
The coordination needed to ride a tandem does take some work, that is for sure. I know that when I ride my tandem I'll typically burn calories at a rate about 30% higher than when I'm riding my single over the same course, at least according to my heart monitor. My heart rate also is considerably higher when riding the tandem, obviously. You might want to familiarize yourself with TPM with a writeup here
and a video here
. I believe you'll be happy to learn TPM if you're not already using it.
I have to admit that getting a really nice tandem at the outset is great and puts you and your husband at an advantage to others that start exploring whether they want a tandem and end up getting a bike that is less than adequate for their needs. Having something nice could mean the difference between someone continuing to ride a tandem and giving up on it because the experience was not as expected or because the machine was prone to mechanical issues.
We look forward to you keeping us posted as you do more riding on the bike.
Ridding the world of derailleurs, one bicycle at a time.
46 Hercules Roadster, 49 Hercules Kestrel, 50 Norman Rapide, 51 Hercules Lion, 52 Hercules Windsor, 56 Hercules Royal Prince, 61 Fiorelli Tandem, 67 Carlton Super Race (IGH), 70 Schwinn Collegiate (IGH), 71 Hercules, 71 STF Hercules, 72 Peugeot PX-8 (IGH), 76 Raleigh Sports, 77 STF Raleigh Sports, 77 Jack Taylor Tandem, Early-80's Mike Appel SC, 84 Davidson Tandem, Late-80's Alpine, 10 Bilenky "BQ" Signature Tandem