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Long Tail Cargo bike from a Schwinn Twinn???

Old 08-09-22, 03:51 PM
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Long Tail Cargo bike from a Schwinn Twinn???

I have been wanting to build a cargo bike for some time now. On my local Craigslist there was a Schwinn Twinn listed for way too much money, but it got me thinking.

It has the long wheelbase. It is kind of already set up for a long tail bike. Of course, I would upgrade some of the components to make it work better as a modern cargo bike, but I think the frame could work.

The seat post and the rear handlebar stem can be used for rack mounting.


The excellent starting picture credit goes to the Budget Bike Center. I used Paint software to turn it into a long tail.

Is this a viable way to a home built long tail?
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Old 08-14-22, 05:49 AM
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There have been a lot of threads on this topic: https://www.google.com/search?q=tand...&bih=763&dpr=2

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Thanks @brianinc-ville you are right. I should have done more research before posting.

I am thinking that if I can get a tandem for around $100 that is solid and worthy, then building it up to a long tail cargo bike might be within financial reach. I would like to fabricate a XtraCycle style rack system. I would like to do it in a way that I can always return it to a Schwinn Twinn. I don't know why. There is no logical reason for this. I would prefer everything be bolt on. I have five attachment points in mind. They are as follows:1. Rear dropout eyelets left side, 2. Rear dropout right side, 3. Seat post, 4. Stroker's stem with a cut bar mounted attached on the left end and, 5 Stroker's bar mount right side. I figure this should be pretty sturdy depending, of course, on how well the rack is made and the materials used.

I thought someone would tell me not to start with a Schwinn Twinn because they are too heavy to start with. The problem, so far, is that other tandems are far more money. Even Schwinn Twinns go for what I think are crazy money. $400!?? One factor in my favor is that I live on the south shore of Long Island so any cargo runs will be relatively flat. I might even get by with a three speed.

On the other hand, my preference would be for something like Bilenky's Chuckwagon cargo bike, if I could swing copying that in some way. Start with a rear triangle and build forward. We will see how things go.
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