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howeeee 04-12-14 10:32 PM

Town and country before and after
 
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Somebody pulled this outta the trash in pieces and gave it to me,

here are before and after pics
I dont really have room for it,,so I think I have a guy who wants to buy it.

KonAaron Snake 04-13-14 06:27 AM

This town and country was trash picked as well:

http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/a...t/photo-45.jpg

TransitBiker 04-16-14 09:43 PM

Wow!!

- Andy

frameteam2003 04-17-14 06:38 AM

They do make excellent city bikes
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l2...winntandem.jpg

KonAaron Snake 04-17-14 10:16 AM

I really like tandems as city bikes - I get more room from cars. I've also noticed that the tandem doesn't annoy drivers as much (especially the triplet) - they think it's cute. We rarely get honked at, or yelled at; instead we get lots of thumbs ups and people taking photos. Even the cabbies compliment it. I also think they're less likely to get stolen because it's harder for a thief to handle one and sticks out more.

mwandaw 04-18-14 08:07 AM

The only time that we made money off the sale of a tandem was our first tandem, and I think it was a Town and Country. We bought it at a garage sale, and it looked really bad. We just wanted to see if we liked tandeming.

I spent an hour or two polishing out 3/4 of the rust. I poured oil on everything that moved. Then we rode it, and we liked it so much that we quickly decided to get a more sporty bike. We sold the Town and Country for 25% more than we paid and put the money toward our second (of four so far) tandem.

I remember the bike flexing so much that we could actually see it. I remember scary sounds when we pedaled hard, and I remember wondering how long it would take to stop when I squeezed the brakes. I also remember lots of big smiles!

KonAaron Snake 04-18-14 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by mwandaw (Post 16682085)
The only time that we made money off the sale of a tandem was our first tandem, and I think it was a Town and Country. We bought it at a garage sale, and it looked really bad. We just wanted to see if we liked tandeming.

I spent an hour or two polishing out 3/4 of the rust. I poured oil on everything that moved. Then we rode it, and we liked it so much that we quickly decided to get a more sporty bike. We sold the Town and Country for 25% more than we paid and put the money toward our second (of four so far) tandem.

I remember the bike flexing so much that we could actually see it. I remember scary sounds when we pedaled hard, and I remember wondering how long it would take to stop when I squeezed the brakes. I also remember lots of big smiles!

You can feel the triplet flexing...it's sort of odd, but you get used to it. Those are pretty thick tubes - it seems to hold together. If I eventually have a failure I'll run it over to Tom Kellogg to fix.


Did yours have the drum brakes? I'm actually pretty impressed with how well the triplet stops for its size and weight.

mwandaw 04-21-14 08:41 AM

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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake (Post 16683812)
Did yours have the drum brakes?

Our bike had rim brakes. It was a lot like the bike in the original post.

KonAaron Snake 04-22-14 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by mwandaw (Post 16689484)
Our bike had rim brakes. It was a lot like the bike in the original post.

Gotcha - ours has drum brakes and its impressive how well they work. I can definitely see that older, flexy, single pivot rim brakes and what are probably steel rims would be ineffective for that bike.


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