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Old 12-20-21, 09:46 AM
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Joining the club.

I am one of you now. Yesterday, my wife and I bought this Hujsak tandem, vintage 1997, built of Reynolds 853 and equipped with a Campagnolo Record 3x8 drivetrain. 26" wheels. The couple we bought it from is a little smaller and lighter than we are, but not by a lot. The clamp for the front derailleur had been broken by a couple that the previous owners had lent it to, so they gave me a replacement derailleur…which I just discovered has a broken clamp.

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Old 12-20-21, 10:30 AM
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Welcome to the club! That appears to be a nice tandem to get started on! Have fun and enjoy the new ride.........
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Old 12-20-21, 03:48 PM
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Tandemonium! Very nice. First time I've ever heard of a Skip Hujsak frame referred to as a starter bike
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Old 12-20-21, 11:15 PM
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They call that a 'gravel bike' now. How does she stop? I ask because only a select number of drop bar brake levers had the proper mechanical advantage to work with v-brakes. Those might be them, but in 2021, that setup can benefit mightily from compressionless brake housing, especially for the rear run of cable.
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Old 12-21-21, 08:05 AM
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So far she's only been on one test ride. She stops…not great. I've been spoiled by hydraulic disc brakes. It does have travel agents on the V-brakes, so cable take-up isn't the issue. It probably needs new pads, and I'm already considering putting some Paul cantis on it.

First time I've ever heard of a Skip Hujsak frame referred to as a starter bike
Oh, I know I got lucky. I've been living in Austin for a long time, so I immediately picked up on the Hujsak name.
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Old 12-24-21, 02:38 PM
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Congratulations looks like a really nice tandem.
I have never seen an 853 tandem frame.
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Old 12-25-21, 02:35 PM
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We have Avid 7 V-brakes with Travel Agents. They work fine, it's just that tandems are heavy and one has to turn a lot more kinetic energy into heat to get one stopped. We've been using SwissStop GHP2 pads but I see they don't offer that compound anymore. As you probably know, heat build-up in tandem rims is an issue. We use wind braking as much as possible and alternate front and rear brakes on steep descents. When it's wet, we apply brakes at least 50' earlier than we would in the dry. The bike stops fine with Jagwire cables and housing.

FD models have to match the rings you're using. When we had trouble getting 9-speed middle rings, we went to 10 speed rings, a 39T middle, 53T big ring, and a 10 speed FD and brifter. We've had the bike for 15 years and have gone through a lot of components.
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Old 12-25-21, 04:35 PM
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Looks like a good buy hope you get many miles out of it
Great life style!
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