As a follow-up to my entry entitled “Oh Snap” from last week, we’ve gotten a few more in-process photos of our friend’s Erickson tandem’s rear triangle going under the torch at Yellow Jersey up in Madison, Wisconsin. So, let me cut to the chase: here they are.
And if that weren’t enough, here are our friends out on a beautiful Sunday ride north of Atlanta with our spare Erickson road tandem. As you can see, our Erickson is sporting a Reynolds Ouzo Pro tandem fork at the moment, given that the added rake would better help our friend Roger deal with some potential tire overlap given the somewhat short captain’s compartment that I use on my bikes and tandems. In this photo its 53mm length looks even shorter than it really is because of the 32″ stoker compartment. Let’s see, what else did I do before handing off our Erickson to our friends: it’s running the conventional wheels off our Calfee as the black wheels simply look better with the black carbon fork and are most likely still bomb proof, which may or may not be true of the 12-year old stock wheels.I also flipped the longest stem I had and added an extra 1mm spacer to the threadless fork steerer tube to help get the bars up closer to where Roger’s saddle would be and put on some fresh brake shoes. The engines: both new for this chassis.