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Late 1970's Rodriguez Tandem

The frame and fork were made in France by LeJeune and were painted, decaled, and marketed by R+E Cycles, Seattle WA ( http://www.rodcycle.com ) as a Rodriguez Tandem.

Frame:
Late 1970's Rodriguez Tandem, 22 inch c-t front and 21 inch c-t rear. Fillet-brazed butted Cro-Moly steel frame with oversize head and bottom tubes.

Fork/Headset:
Cro-Moly fork has a two-plate crown, with oversized tandem blades and a 28 mm steerer. / NOS French oversized steel Headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
The cranks are mint condition vintage French T.A. Cyclotouriste for tandem front and rear / Two Phil Wood bottom brackets with a Bushnell Eccentric in the front bottom bracket shell

Pedals:
Pedals are new Shimano 105 SPD-SL road pedals for the caption (front position), generic quill alloy pedals with a small toeclips and red straps for child stoker (rear)

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
New wide range 7 speed Shimano 14 - 16 - 18 - 20 - 22 - 24 - 34 "Mega-range" Alpine freewheel, TA triple Chainrings with half step gearing + granny gear / New SRAM rear chain

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Rear derailleur is a NOS (New Original Stock) Shimano DEORE XT and a Suntour front derailleur for triple - no model number / Indexed Shimano Ultegra 8 Speed Bar-end Shifters

Handlebars/Stem:
New Nitto 135 Randonneur Handlebars 45cm in front. Rear is a generic Kalloy Alloy dropbar with Dia-Compe Knob Grips and Gummed Hoods / Alloy rear stem, Nitto Technomic front stem

Saddle/Seatpost:
Both saddles are Specialized Body Geometry with middle cutouts (Mens front and Kids rear) / rear seatpost is an UNO Alloy with suspension, front is a generic black SR extra long

Brakes:
Rear brake is a NOS Suntour Self-Energizing cantilever, front is an ALHONGA Cantilever Alloy Brake model HJ-994AD / Brake Levers are Aero Dia Comp alloy levers with gummed hoods

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Phil Wood Tandem front hub laced to Rigida rims / Specialized NIMBUS EX Armadillos 700 X 28c that have maroon sidewalls and a psi rating of 115-125

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Phil Wood Tandem rear freewheel hub laced to Rigida rims / Specialized NIMBUS EX Armadillos 700 X 28c that have maroon sidewalls and a psi rating of 115-125

Accessories:
The brake pads/shoes are all new CoolStop (half red half black) for cantilever brakes. Both Handlebars are covered with red Cinelli Cork tape. This tandem bike also came with a nice vintage Silca frame pump painted the same color red as the frame that fits along the bottom tube between the two seat tubes. A heavy duty black alloy rear kickstand is attached to the rear triangle on the non-driveline side. I installed a black Blackburn Alloy Rear Rack with two mini bungee cords, a rear reflector, two red alloy water bottle holders and a Cateye Enduro 8 wired bike computer.

More Info:
The Bushnell Eccentric in the front bottom bracket shell allows the captain's bottom bracket to be moved forward to tighten up the timing chain between the front and rear cranks. This tandem also has a kid back extension crank for a child stoker so they can be up at the same height as an adult. This is easily removable if it is not needed or you can just move the pedals down to the conventional crank that is below it. I replaced the front stem with a Nitto Technomic stem with a little black bell on the shaft. This will allow you to raise your handlebars about 2 1/2" higher than traditional stems. This stem along with a long seatpost in the front (Captain) position will allow the captain to be anywhere between 5’5” and 6’3”. The rear seatpost bolt has a quick release to allow fast adjustments of the rear saddle height.

Added by sibkis. Last updated over 7 years ago.

As of over 7 years ago, sibkis has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

2 Comments

sloman

sloman says:

Lots of thinking here from eccentric to stem setup. great,wish I had a stoker available,never built a tandem.looks fun.Enjoy.

Posted over 7 years ago

sibkis

sibkis says:

Thanks for the kind comments. This tandem was recently sold as I no-longer have the storage space for it. Also, my stoker daughter is now 14 and only wants to captain her own bike instead of stoking on the back of this tandem. We had many years of fun together on this bike and it allowed us to keep up with group rides with our local bike club - SCBC (Sound Cyclist Bicycle) Club. www.soundcyclists.com It was sold to new owner Dennis Desmarais (new Captain) in Glastonbury, CT and he has two young daughters who are very excited to be his stokers. http://www.flickr.com/photos/97652170@N...

Posted over 7 years ago