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Late 1970's Rodriguez Tandem

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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) / New SRAM rear chain

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

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

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

The rear seatpost is an UNO Alloy suspension seatpost with an adjusting screw on the bottom to adjust for varying weights.

The frame and fork were made in France by LeJeune and were painted, decaled, and marketed by R+E Cycles, Seattle WA ( www.rodcycle.com ) as a Rodriguez Tandem. The brake pads/shoes are all new CoolStop (half red half black) for cantilever brakes. Both Handlebars are covered with red Cinelli Cork tape. 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 bike 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. The 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. 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”. A heavy duty black alloy rear kickstand is attached to the rear triangle on the non-driveline side. I mounted a black Blackburn Alloy Rear Rack with two mini bungee cords and a rear reflector. The rear seatpost bolt has a quick release to allow fast adjustments of the rear saddle height. The Tandem also comes with two red alloy water bottle holders and a Cateye Enduro 8 wired bike computer. Features include: current, average, and maximum speed; odometer; two trip distances; elapsed time; 12 or 24h clock; dual tire sizes; and auto start/stop.

The headset, bottom brackets and hubs have all been professionally serviced and everything is tuned up and ready to go. This is a really nice French made vintage tandem with numerous upgrades and it really flies down hills.

More pictures can be found at Late 1970's Rodriguez Tandem on Flickr

Sold to new owner Dennis Desmarais(Captain) and his two girl(stokers).

People who friended this bike sibkis, veggie, lov2biks, campystamp, Splined, jburnha


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