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Old 03-21-04, 09:35 PM   #1
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The new bike

Just finished building up the new bike. I looked at many of the tandem trikes Greenspeed, Trice, Wiz-Wheels and Logo. All of them are nice bikes, and as much as I would like I can't buy one of each.
Some offered everything I wanted, but had long lead times others just cost far too much. And others are more of a sport model and would not work as well for touring. The Troika from Organic Engines offered everything I wanted,

Take apart frame
Adjustable seats
Disk brakes front
Rear drum brake
Tandem hub spacing (145mm to 160mm)
Short lead time

The rear drum is a must on a tandem if your going to be riding in hilly areas, it can be used to control speeds on long down hills. A disk brake will overheat and fail when used as a drag brake. And using a rim brake will put all the heat into the rim, leading to very ugly things happening to the rear tire

I still need to finish adjusting everything, and build a custom rack so we can carry our bags. Mount the fenders and lights and touring season is almost here...
"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking." - Arthur Conan Doyle
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