We bought this with the second pair of wheels to give us the flexibility to change the bike according to the riding we were doing. It was originally set up with the 700C wheels with 28mm Schwalbe Marathon tyres which are great for quick progress as it raises the gearing slightly.Later on, we switched to the 26" rims with 2" Marathons as we were doing more farm track type roads which better suited a wider tyre. Both sets of wheels have the Avid BB7 MTN 203mm discs fitted and have their own QR skewers. To swap them over you need to remove the 9 speed cluster and put it on the other wheel. Not a big or difficult job, you just need to have a freewheel remover and wrench. None of the tyres have ever punctured for us and are still in excellent condition with many many miles left in them.
The brakes are amazingly effective and only need light pressure to stop a fully loaded tandem very quickly. The mudguards don't have to be adjusted depending on the wheels in use which makes changing them easier. When using the 700C wheels, there is a parking brake function (rear handle bars) that works a treat but is currently disabled as it doesn't work with 26 rims.All you have to do to get it working again after the 700C's go back on is to refit the brake shoes which will come with the bike. The green colour is fairly bright but this was complemented with an Electron Terra 1 rechargeable LED front light with steady or blinking modes. This gives excellent visibility even in blackout conditions and for contingency, there's also a battery LED front light. At the rear are 2 battery LED lights, one being a Cateye, not sure what the rack mounted one is. Wheel lights are also included.
Yes, we do like to be seen by other road users as we were often on quiet roads with no street lighting. The pannier rack is the very sturdy Super Tourist DX unit and carries a Topeak top bag that has quite a bit of capacity but when you unzip the side panels, an expanding pannier bag unravels on either side giving lots of carrying capacity.
Gearing is a triple crankset with 9 speed cassette at the rear. Gears are Shimano Deore and everything works perfectly with very fast changes. The pedals shown in the pictures are not included and the tandem will be supplied without unless you request 2 pairs of Shimano flat/spd double sided ones that I can fit for you if preferred. The original saddles were highly uncomfortable and we upgraded to the highly recommended Selle SMP TRK vented saddles. Male on front and the slightly wider female version on the back.The rear rider also has the phenomenal adjustable Sator sprung seat stem which takes a lot of road shocks away from the posterior, making a more comfortable ride. The frame pump pictured works brilliantly and is included in the sale.
The bike will come with the pictured Pendle Tandem Carrier that bolts to the transverse roof bars on your car, making it easier to go where you like for exploring far from home. When attached, the bike is extremely secure and makes a talking point at motorway services! Also included is a Topeak Rideup rear wheel stand, useful for doing any maintenance to the gears. The bike has been serviced and is ready to ride anywhere you like.
The condition is very close to as it was when new as it has been very carefully looked after although there is a bit of dust on it in places. The only noticeable rust is on the QR skewers and they are easily replaced if you need to.It really is in superb condition and will make a faithful companion to those that ride it. If you want to collect in a van, it'll be nice and easy to load but if coming by car and you have transverse roof bars, I'll show you how to get it all assembled securely and give you a hand with loading. The photos illustrate the condition of the bike and if you have any questions please let me know. Wheels are Alex rims with 48 spokes so very strong. The item "Lightweight Tandem Bicycle, Disc Brakes, 2 sets of wheels and car tandem carrier" is in sale since Sunday, August 23, 2020. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Cycling\Bikes". The seller is "790colin" and is located in Southport. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.