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Old 06-12-09, 07:35 PM   #1
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Just brought home a second (hand) tandem

We just rode home a '97 Santana Enduro Fusion. Now when my son is home he can captain that one while I get to retain my position on the front of the Bilenky. My wife and daughter are close enough to the same size that either one can stoke on either bike. Of course at this point the work is just starting. As a "Large", it will be only just big enough, with the addition of a 150 mm/35 degree stem; the right STI brifter will shift to a harder gear perhaps 1% of the time, and then only under duress. It was pretty much stuck in the second to largest cog of the cluster. We did a lot of coasting on the way home - anything faster than about 15-17 mph and we couldn't manage to apply any pressure to the pedals. Capt. saddle came loose about 2 miles from home, probably just needs tightening.

To do:

Replace front brake (probably with cantilever, at least new pads);
Replace stem;
New brifters (campy);
JTek shiftmate;
New bars (front and back);
Working shock absorbing seatpost;
New tape;
New cables (raising bars makes cables too short);
Clean, adjust pedals (one stoker's pedal doesn't like to grip cleat);
Fenders (we'll be touring, rain or shine);
Measure chain - tighten timing chain; clean both chains.

And my daughter wants to help - so she learns to maintain it.

The frame and wheels are in good shape; some of the components are still in good condition; for $1300 I think we did all right. And it was only about 15 miles drive out and 15 miles ride back.

Is it going to be hard to find a brake cable hanger for the switch to cantilever? This is a Santana...
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