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    1985 Fat Chance Tandem 

This is reportedly the first Fat Chance tandem produced.  The part dates codes are all from mid 1984 so I suspect the bike was late 1984 or early 1985.  The shop that ordered the bike, Mountain Madness (?) in Helen, GA closed in 1985 so we know it predates the shop closure.  Interesting parts include the Cook Bros fork, Phil Wood hubs, Phil Wood rear brake and a modified Cook Bros BMX stem to hold the stoker stem.  The frame is somewhat industrial looking with the square tubing and large head tube gusset.  The chain tensioner is an BMX freewheel mounted to an adjustable bracket.  The bike was obviously used very little and is in fantastic original condition (even down to the tires).  The rear derailleur cable was made by soldering two regular length cables together!

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Frame Cro Moly (square top, lateral and boom tubes)
Fork Cook Bros with canti mounts
Rear Shock NA
Rims Araya RM25
Hubs Phil Wood
Spokes stainless
Tires Mitsuboshi Silver Star Grippa
Pedals Suntour XC II pedals
Crank Sugino AT tandem
Chain Sedis/Shimano UG
Rear Cogs Suntour freewheel 6 speed
Bottom Bracket Fat Chance press fit
Front Derailleur Suntour Le Tech
Rear Derailleur Suntour Le Tech
Shifters Shimano Deore XT
Handlebars Specialized X-1+2
Stem Slingshot style front, "putter" style rear mounted to a modified Cook Bros BMX stem
Headset Shimano 600
Brake set Rear Roller Cam and Arai drum, front cantilever
Brake levers Magura
Saddle Specialized Lambda S
Seat Post SR BMX
Colors Red
Size 19" - 15.5" c-t
Serial #   None

 

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