Thorn tandem - kiddy back!

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  • Okay, just to make sure you made an informed decision, and not to come across, but have you read the Thorn brochures? Or more specifically:

    This:
    http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/ThornR­avenTwinBroHiRes.pdf

    And this: (page 44)
    http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/thorn_­mega_brochure.pdf

    I think they’re pretty good guidelines for building a tandem, and for selecting components although they’re very conservative :)

  • I work for SJScycles (Thorn cycles) ...

  • Hah, keep going then 👍🏼

  • New thorn tandem fork arrived this week, it makes sense for me to go ahead with this although I like the style of the other one more.

    Going to use a decent sized front rack so it will Be mostly hidden!


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  • Onone Mike bars for £9.99 was too good to take a punt... will need the mrs to test before we say yes!

    Jtek dynamo hub, also got a halo rim (same as rear) so will get the wheel sorted this week, using Jtek spokes.

    Need to do a stem shuffle and then think about buying some cranks for the front so my mrs can swing a leg on!

    Also have a spare edelux light so need to get a rear...

    To decide on 2” 26” tyres too!


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  • Wheel laced, to be finished by a friend this week, not 100% lengths are perfect but we shall see!


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  • £31 later and we have brakes!

    Need to get a connector and more hose for the rear and probably trim the front but that’s not required yet!

    Acetone in the post for the handlebar graphics and hopefully a stem soon.

    May think about tyres, front bb and cranks next week.

    Dropping off the front wheel tomorrow too


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  • First ride on our Thorn Kiddy back today, amazing fun. Brakes are poor so your choice of discs is wise.


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  • Looks fun!

    A brake pad upgrade could help, or spend £50 plus a new fork / hubs and you could be disc brake ready!

  • £50! That sounds good. What fork did you fit?

  • £50 to have a disc mount added to the frame - I went to Ben @ Kinetics in Glasgow for other frames, fork is the new thorn tandem disc at £99.99 - https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/forks/thorn-­tandem-26-inch-disc-fork/, then just need some new wheels, the brakes I got were £31!

  • That's got to be the way forward, back brake bossed could be added too I guess but at least a decent front brake would be a major improvement.

  • Yeah, for £100, a brake at like £15-20 and a front wheel for like £20-100 you would have a tonne more power!

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