the project is now underway, the bike has been completely stripped, which wasn’t an easy task, most of the bolts were corroded and took a great deal of time and effort to remove each one without damaging the frame or salvageable parts. Many of the parts where steel is bolted into aluminium, corrosion has taken place and the two metals have well and truly bonded, ie the crank arms to pedals, and the aluminium seatposts and handlebar stems into the frame. Generous application of WD40, heat and brute force has managed to win over in the end.
The sourcing of many new and replacement parts is well underway.. A 1970 Sachs Hurret 5 speed derailleur has been found and will replace the modern and non working shimano derailleur that had been retro-fitted to the bike at some point.
Replacements of the French original Soubitez Dynamo parts have been found from 3 different places and bought accordingly, new handlebar grips, tyres, tubes cables, seats, chains, pedals clips and straps have all been sourced..
Work is now underway refurbishing the badly corroded and seized wheels.. The hub brake has been stripped and refurbed as good as new, the spindle and free hub have also been stripped, cleaned, refinished and lubed before being reassembled.. The stainless spokes are also badly weathered and are proving to be a mammoth job to get the shine back on them.
The paint on the bike is beyond repair and retouching, so the whole bike is going to be stripped and re sprayed, this is where I’m going to deviate from the original bike by changing the colour, these tandems were only ever made in the light metallic blue, but after much deliberation I think we’re going to go for a more classic retro look and paint the bike cream with brown detailing.