A customer of my bicycle shop brought in this vintage tandem that they wanted restoring and I thought the project would make a good Instructable.
The new owner of the tandem used to go on regular holidays as a child to the same place in Belgium and would borrow this tandem and cycle around the area with his brother.
On returning to the same place for a holiday over thirty years later he discovered the tandem unused from when he last visited and decided to bring it back to England and get it working again.
This isn't a restoration in the sense that everything is going to be original and vintage, but instead we're going to update the tandem and just get it working as a great bicycle to have some fun on.
The first step of anything like this is to see what you're dealing with.
This project was made a little more difficult because another mechanic had started to strip the tandem and then given up. So I was initially presented with the frame, a couple of odd wheels and a box of bits.
Luckily the major unique parts of a tandem, the bottom brackets and cranksets, were still on the frame untouched.
At some point in the history of this bicycle it had had a pretty brutal red paint job, which was flaking and starting to peel in places. So a full strip and repaint is going to be necessary, but before we get to that stage we need to make sure the basics are going to work.