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Old 10-29-13, 01:00 PM
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Burley people...stock bars on rock n roll tandem?

I picked up an early 90's rock n roll tandem for $200. Rides nice but I'm not a real fan of the bars. Can anyone tell me what the bike originally came with? I'm guessing my bars are not stock. Would like something a little more MTB style. Suggestions appreciated.






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Burley R&R did come with standard type mtb bars; an upgrade/option was drop bars for pilot and cow horns for the stoker.
That was a great price for that older R&R!
Put on what ever style bars that you like.
Pedal on!
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On the odd chance and anyone cares, ended up ordering an On One Fleegle bar as a replacement:



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Originally Posted by syncro87
I picked up an early 90's rock n roll tandem for $200. Can anyone tell me what the bike originally came with?
We have the original bars on our 1992 Burley Rock-N-Roll, now our urban tandem for trips to the coffee shop, and taking Lily into town. They are mountain style straight bars.



This jives with Bikepedia, which on the 1993 has it:

Handlebar:......True Temper ATB 22" 6061 Light Alloy
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Those look just like my Burley except with 26" MTB sized wheels. I have drop bars on mine, 48cm Nitto Noodlebars in front and whatever the bike came with in the back.

BTW, $200 is quite a steal if you ask me.
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Yeah, the price made it a no brainer. One of those "you can't afford NOT to buy it" things. It needed tires and I suspect it could use some new cables, etc if you wanted to be picky, but nothing major.

The components are dated, of course. I think the bike is a 92 or 93 model. I'd be interested to know if there was a way to upgrade the shifters, brakes etc to something more modern or higher end but I'm too much of a bike mechanics novice at this point to know.

I've been experimenting with different tires. I had some Specialized Armadillos on there, Crossroads 26x1.95 I think, as in the first pics. Those felt really slow to me and had a fairly low max psi, so I changed them out with some Michelin City 26x1.5. The bike felt a lot faster with those and they handle decent pressure. Riding in the city, though, they felt a little vulnerable to me when you'd hit an expansion joint or broken pavement. Just for kicks, I took some 26x2.0 Michelin Pilots off another of my bikes and put them on the Burley the other day to see how they do. I think they are a tad too large, as I had to adjust the brake pads a bit so they didn't hit the tire, and they are a LOT wider than the rim so probably real flexy in corners. Have not had a chance to ride it with the Pilots on there yet.

Ideally, I'd like to find a 26x1.75 tire that could handle relatively high pressures and be fairly road biased without too much tread. Can't seem to find anything like that, though. For instance, the Continentals I have on my Trek Transport are 26x1.75, some City Plus series that I really like, but the max psi is only 58 on those. Not sure that would be enough with two of us on the tandem. So I haven't really found the tire sweet spot yet.
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I have what appears to be the same bike, and I believe it to be a 1991. I had to give twice what you did to claim it as my own.
Living in Colorado made me change the chain rings from the original 28-44-54 setup to 24-36-48.
I also changed the brakes to linear pull, the stoker seat post to a suspension post, run Michelin City tires 1.85 at 55 PSI, and a flat bar on the front, bullhorns/pursuit on the back.
I am contemplating new wheels with a 9 speed cassette, versus the old 6 speed freewheel, but have a hard time justifying spending twice as much on wheels/derailleurs/shifters as I initially spent on the bike.
For right now, though, am enjoying the bike, and cannot complain about the price we paid to get into tandem riding.
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