This bike is sold! The webpage is for reference only!!!
This is the ultimate Tandem Two'sday tourer, completely ready for
the open road. I bought this bike used in the fall, did a ton of work
on it, took it too New Zealand to tour on with my wife, and then
discovered that my wife really wasn't a happy bicycle tourist. Now we
have two tandems (we also have a Cannondale) and really only need one,
so this one is for sale. I personally think it is the nicer of the
two bikes, but my wife thinks the Cannondale is prettier, and as
tandemists know, the stoker is always right.
I have done a ton of upgrades to this bike since buying it. The
most noticable thing is that I had the bike repainted. I also
put a 3x7 hub on it, added an Arai drum brake, added STI shifters,
replaced all of the cables, built a new rear wheel,
added a suspension seatpost, added fenders, added a front rack,
replaced the derailleurs, brakes, and have overhauled everything.
The tandem is most comparable to the
touring Tandem Two'sday, although
it has quite a few component differences. I will start by listing
what my bike has that the stock one doesn't (with new price for
the additional equipment in parens):
- two suitcases ($419)
- Arai drum brake ($150)
- 2x3x7 shifting. It has a 3x7 hub and a front derailleur for
42 gears. I think that this is superior to the 3x8 system that
Green Gear is currently selling because the 7sp stuff is more
reliable and shifts better then the current 9sp stuff. The
42 gears provide a very wide range. I can also sell this as
a 3x3x7 if you want to go completely overboard. I have a recumbent
configured with 3x3x7 gearing, where the crankset is setup as
half-step plus granny, and it is fantastic. The half-step provides
for very close ratios, the 3x7 hub provides for wide range, and
you have an ultralow granny bailout gear. I can also sell the
bike with 3x3x7 ultrawide range gearing (17" to 126" range). (about
$100-$150 for the parts)
- paint upgrade - the bike was painted in the British Racing Green color
shown on Green Gear's
paint sample webpage. This is a fantastic
dark green with nice highlight colors in the sun. ($100 over regular
- Adjustable stoker stem - standard Tandem Two'sday just have a
fixed length stoker stem. Quickly adjust the rear to fit any stoker.
(not sure on BF's price for this)
- Two captain stems - one has a ~9.5cm reach while the other the
other has ~12cm reach. There are also two stem bases of different
heights. Between these items the front of the bike can fit a
range of captains. (not sure on price for this)
- Bike Friday's custom front rack ($75)
- Chris King Headset ($100)
- CODA suspension seatpost in the rear ($100)
- Stoker drop bars
- Full fenders. Not the wimpy Green Gear ones, but full fenders that
actually provide protection from the rain. $25 (but hard to find).
Now for the other differences:
- Specialized cold forged 110/74 tandem cranks, 175/170mm (I personally
think that these are nicer then the current Shimano tandem cranksets).
- Shimano XT rear derailleur
- Front hub is a Hope instead of Ultegra
- Shifters are RSX STI (the only 3x7 STI ever made) instead of Ultegra.
- Brakes are Diacompe 986 cantilevers instead of Avid V-brakes.
I prefer the cantilevers because they don't require using a
failure-prone gadget like the Travel Agent. If you want V-brakes
I would do the upgrade for the cost of parts.
- Drop bars are Cinelli with a classic bend.
- The bike is disk-ready. The frame has disk brake brazeons. I have
used it with a Hope disc brake, but prefer the Arai. If you are
really interested I could sell this bike as a 3x7 (front derailleur
instead of the Sachs 3x7 hub) with a Hope disc brake.
Here is the full component list:
- Frame - Green Gear Tandem Two'sday Touring - for 406mm wheels.
Painted in British Racing Green.
- Front wheel - Hope suspension hub, Sun Chinook rim, 14g spokes, 36
hole, built 3x.
- Rear wheel - Sachs 3x7 hub, Sun CR18 rim, 14g spokes, 36 hole, built 3x.
- Front derailleur - Shimano 600/Ultegra double
- Rear derailleur - Shimano XT
- Headset - Chris King 1.25", threaded
- Captain's bottom bracket - Shimano UN52, 68x118
- Stoker's bottom bracket - Ritchey Comp 68x120
- Crankset - Specialized tandem. 42t timing rings, 50/38 drive rings.
- Cassette - Shimano 7sp 12-28
- Controls - Shimano RSX STI for 3x7 hub, rear derailleur, and rim brakes.
Suntour/Shimano hybrid barend shifters for front derailleur and drum
- Captain's seatpost - Control Tech
- Stoker's seatpost - CODA suspension (27.2, uses a Tamer shim)
- Handlebars - Cinelli, modified by Green Gear for packing
- Brakes - Diacompe 986
- Fenders - Delta 20", with mudflaps
- Tires - Schwable City Jet (32-406), with a Schwable City Marathon
(32-406) spare. You can have Primo Comet (37-406) if you prefer.
- Front Rack - Green Gear custom (this is a very nice cromo rack)
- Rear rack - None, but I will provide all hardware (including extra
long stays) for a Blackburn/Jandd or Tubus rack. I strongly recommend
the Tubus Cargo, which is very strong and stiff. These are about $90.
If you can't get one in your area then I can buy a new one and ship it with
- Saddles - none (or I can see what I can find in my spare box, but
- Pedals - none
- Water bottle cages - 4 plastic water bottle cages (2 Cateye, 2
Profile, I think). Plastic does better then metal on these bikes
because the plastic ones won't permanently bend when the bike is folded.
- Suitcases - Sampsonite. Dark green, which is nice because they are
different then most other black Sampsonite cases and stand out at the
- Captain's stem - two Greengear stems. One has 9.5cm reach, the other
- Stoker's stem - Green Gear adjustable
- Pump - Zefal HPX, fits along the bottom tube
In addition I will be providing the following spare parts:
- Extra seatpost (non-suspended Control Tech, just like the captains).
- Extra set of brakes (Shimano XT cantilever).
- Extra headset (YST 1 1/4" threadless).
- Sachs 5000 front derailleur for running with three chainrings
(instead of two).
- Decal set. I think that the bike looks nicer without decals,
but I have the decals that Bike Friday puts on this bike.
The bike should fit captains from about 5'10" to 6'4". The stoker
area should fit anyone from about 4'8" upwards. I am 6' and my
wife is 5'. The stoker top tube is very long (30", compare this
to a Cannondale at 27"). I also did a lot of riding on this bike
with a 6' stoker when I first bought it, and have ridden in the
It really breaks my heart to sell this bike, as I have put a lot of
work into it and really think it is a fantastic bike. I hope to
find a good home for it.
$xxxx. Price includes shipping. I'll sell it for $75
less to Seattle-area buyers since there won't be shipping charges
and I won't have to pack the bike. I don't think that you can get
a better travel tandem for anything close to this price. That is
less than the price for the cheapest Tandem Two'sday from Green
Gear, and this bike has many many upgrades and accessories (such
as suitcases) that don't come with new bikes from Green Gear. The
comparable new bike from Green Gear would cost about $4000.
Most of my potential buyers have had troubles with fitting on the bike.
If you are interested in buying the bike please send me these
measurements (in inches or centimeters) from your favorite road bike:
- center of crank to top of your saddle (28")
- nose of saddle to the handlebars (21")
- vertical drop from the saddle to the handlebars (1")
- horizontal setback from the nose of the saddle to the center
of the cranks (1")
- type of saddle (I'll use this for setup if I have the same
saddle). (Brooks B-17)
The Green Gear bikes are hard to compare in size to regular
bikes, but with these measurements I can easily tell if it will
fit your regular bike. For comparison I have provided my measurements
above. The bike fits me great, and would work well for those my
size or a taller, or perhaps shorter if they like to stretch out
a little bit. I am 6' tall and wear jeans with a 32" inseam, and
normally ride a 56-58cm road bike or 18-20" mountain bike.
This bike was originally built for Bicycling Magazine for a
review. You can read their review of the bike (with much different
components, but exactly the same frame) below. Note that these
are big files and that my connection isn't that fastest in the
world, so please don't download unless you are really interested
in the bike.