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Oddity three brakes in the rear, yes 3?!

Old 12-21-18, 04:56 PM
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Oddity three brakes in the rear, yes 3?!

Spotted this listing of a tandem but not much was mentioned about the brakes. At first, my interest was the large lever for the stoker. It has a ratchet pawl which makes me think used as a parking brake, but why such complicated monstrosity? It has a typical rim caliper brake but upon further zoom and we see another- the drum brake (drag).

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Originally Posted by crank_addict
Spotted this listing of a tandem but not much was mentioned about the brakes. At first, my interest was the large lever for the stoker. It has a ratchet pawl which makes me think used as a parking brake, but why such complicated monstrosity? It has a typical rim caliper brake but upon further zoom and we see another- the drum brake (drag).

And two in the front. Check out the stoker stem/seatpost/ bar setup, very cool.

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For wet weather tandeming in hilly terrain on steel rims? Additionally, if those are the Westwood-type rims that take the stirrup-type rod brakes (as seen on the rear wheel) then there's not much of a flat for caliper brakes to act on, so you'd need all the braking power you could muster.
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"Curtis, you want me looking at your arse on that thing again after the last descent, you better bloody well fix it so it'll stop!" said Maggie.
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How did Curtis and Maggie manage to get up the hill with 3-speed Sturmey gears and all that extra weight.

Quadrant shifter is a nice touch.
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It's a three speed bike, right? As in, three gears? So, obviously you need three brakes. I mean, like, duh.
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Originally Posted by clubman
How did Curtis and Maggie manage to get up the hill with 3-speed Sturmey gears and all that extra weight.
Maggie's thighs are a sight to behold, that's how.
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Originally Posted by rhm
It's a three speed bike, right? As in, three gears? So, obviously you need three brakes. I mean, like, duh.
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For when the drag-chute fails to deploy?
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