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Old 06-16-14, 08:48 AM   #26
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Albatross bars are cool!!
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That looks pretty nice! I've not bothered with nicer seatposts, but I do find the multi-piece clamps to be a nuisance. It'll be interesting to hear what you think of the Microshift trigger(?) shifters. Their rear derailers are quite nice, and their left-hand friction barcon shifters are supposed to be excellent as well.

It is hard to keep track of which bikes use what size screws for the rear rack mounts, even stock. I like how my old Raleigh USA uses M6 for the rear mounts and the mid-fork mounts, but I'm not much inclined to hog out a functional M5 mount just for the sake of uniformity. At some point I should make some extra struts for my cheap rear rack to fit with the low-angle seatstays on this bike and my wife's Globe Carmel ....

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Old 10-01-14, 02:28 PM   #27
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I just received an Albatross bar in the mail .... :-)

EDIT: Tried them upside down on an upswept stem, didn't care for it. Swapped to the original 90mm, 15-degree stem atop the Delta Stem Raiser Pro and installed the Albatross right way up, seems like it's going to be amazingly comfortable. This bar came to me used with end plugs installed, and I just left them in since I intend to stick with my stem-shift setup for the time being.

It's starting to look like I just have to get an Albatross bar for every bike I want to be really comfortable on!

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Old 08-16-16, 08:50 AM   #28
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The rear drum got a Tandems East quick disconnect cable anchor, and an Allen head bolt in place of the original Phillips head for the brake torque arm to make rear wheel removal easier. You can also see the big Phillips head screw for the rack where somebody hogged out the eyelets from M5 to M6, except for the left fender stay.

Next items on the list are to replace the bar tape with Grab-On foam grips, get a WTB saddle for the captain and maybe some Microshift 7 speed triggers to replace the Shimano twist grip shifters. Not shown in are the circa 1978 Cannondale panniers that haul our stuff, and the Detours handlebar bag on the stoker's bars for odds and ends.
was the drum brake easy to install, and is it the same frame and mount design in that area as the Yokota twin peaks? Trying to figure out how cheap and easy it is to fit thats all
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Old 08-16-16, 12:23 PM   #29
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was the drum brake easy to install, and is it the same frame and mount design in that area as the Yokota twin peaks? Trying to figure out how cheap and easy it is to fit that's all
The drum brake on the Nashbar is factory installed so all I did was refine the existing hardware. It looks like the Yokota did not have a factory drum as standard so you need to do some checking. If you have a rear hub threaded to take a brake and if you have a tab on the chain stay to accept the brake anchor it is a a pretty straightforward bolt on, although finding an Arai drum to install can be a real challenge since they have been out of production for years.
An alternative is to track down a disk brake mount that bolts to the seat stay, since Tandems East makes an adapter to mount a 6 bolt brake rotor to the LH thread on tandem rear hubs.

That said I don't use the drum brake that much so you may be better served by upgrading the rim brakes with Kool Stop dual compound pads and a brake booster, or possibly converting from cantis to V-brakes.
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yes perhaps you're right. A good setup on two brakes is worth more than a bad setup on three. Have you not needed to use the drum brake when touring?
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The drum brake on the Nashbar is factory installed so all I did was refine the existing hardware. It looks like the Yokota did not have a factory drum as standard so you need to do some checking. If you have a rear hub threaded to take a brake and if you have a tab on the chain stay to accept the brake anchor it is a a pretty straightforward bolt on, although finding an Arai drum to install can be a real challenge since they have been out of production for years.
An alternative is to track down a disk brake mount that bolts to the seat stay, since Tandems East makes an adapter to mount a 6 bolt brake rotor to the LH thread on tandem rear hubs.

That said I don't use the drum brake that much so you may be better served by upgrading the rim brakes with Kool Stop dual compound pads and a brake booster, or possibly converting from cantis to V-brakes.
A replacement option is now available called the Mad Dog Drag Brake. This is the website Mad Dog Drag Brake it is available from the source or you can get it from Tandems East http://www.tandemseast.com/parts/brakes.html .
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aah thank you, that'll be very useful if i decide to go for it!
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