Still working on the name, but this is one winter project finally ready for prime time! It was actually the week before Thanksgiving that I noticed a tempting price on a Burley Bossa Nova tandem, black, set up in the road style. Erika and I ventured out into a cold and rainy night to Springfield to go check it out. The previous owner had a garage full of amazing bikes and was getting rid of the Burley as it was a seldom used 'back up' tandem. The fit seemed close enough and a quick solo ride in the rain (Erika was to smart for this) and we had bought ourselves a fancy road style tandem.
My plan was to attack a full rebuild over the course of Jan-Feb-Mar and emerge phoenix-like in the spring with a very new-to-us and customized build. Needless to say this didn't materialize. We did get out for an odd warm day, I think it was in December. Our destination was Port City Brewery which we had already visited via tandem and it was a really successful trip until I decided to push our luck and try to go home a new way, one fateful wrong turn and we ended up on a potholed 6 lane intermediate street (Rt 236 for the locals) near Landmark Mall. It was harrowing w/ the road condition, speed of traffic and we ended up hitting a big hole and blowing out the rear tire. Unpatchable and with no 27 1/4" tubes handy we had to phone our friend Sara for a humiliating but much needed emergency pick up.
Between the early misadventure, the incredibly persistent cold and wet winter and a plethora of other projects I never got around to tuning up the tandem though I did acquire some parts slowly and ended up disassembling the cockpits as I mused about the build. I was also intimidated by a couple new-to-me systems on the bike, namely; eccentric bottom brackets, internal cable routing and a hub drag brake. In the end, Sheldon Brown and youtube came to my assistance and I got the bike together as you see here. I'll let the photo's and captions take you through it but here are some highlights of the build;
1993 (?) Burley Bossa Nova Tandem (not positive, but based on some bikepedia entries and the original build kit this seems pretty likely plus or minus a year)
27 1/4", 48H Wheels, Continental Gatorskins (32mm) (original and likely to be replaced by 700C rims)
Suntour XC Brakes and drive train (I replaced the 6 speed indexed barcon shifters w/ the old power ratchet barcons because the locking bolt for the indexed units was stripped out pretty bad)
Front cockpit - Nitto Moustache Bars (original), Shimano aero levers, suntour barcon friction shifters, newbaum's over inner tubes, Nitto Tallux stem
Stoker cockpit - Ritchey(?) Moustache bars off of the '93 XO-3 (MTB width) with Diacompe dummy levers, newbaum's over inner tubes, Nitto Technomic stem
Sakae tandem crank set (original)
Jagwire XL Racer cables
(2) Brooks Flyer sprung saddles (honey)
Baggage - Carradice large saddle wedge (courtesy of @dailyrandonneur) as a bar bag, Berthoud Saddle wedge in the rear, and a Truce small saddle wedge in the middle... room for improvement here but this setup gets us on the road for now!
700C wheelset (I'd love to be able to get 38mm tires on this bike but need to do some measurements/dry fittings)
Fenders (waiting for final wheelset)
Dyno lighting? Possibly along w/ the wheelset - sensing a theme?
Front rack - I've got a sweet Bruce Gordon Mountain front rack courtesy of @OceanAirCycles that needs some work to get it mounted.
Rear rack - Erika's seat height makes it a challenge, possibly a Nitto R-14 will work
Frame bag - the frame 'cell' below Erika is huge and seems like a great spot for a big frame bag... might be useful
|'Before' - Pretty much a stock Suntour XC groupset, Sakae cranks and handlebars|
|'After' Great ride today to Mt Vernon on the MV Trail. The bike was setup for that trip, our longest to date at ~27miles.|
|Bossa Nova. The frame finishing seems like quality TIG welding work, the top and diagatube are ovalized OS tubes, the down tube is standard round OS tubing|
|Newbaum's cotton bartape over a single layer of recycled inner tube, It's not as gorgeous as cotton tape right on the bars but it makes for a bit more squish and I like the end thickness.|
|Rear brakes crowded by the Berthoud saddle wedge that came with my Purple-Luki purchase|
|SIX SPEED! With a new wheelset we'll go to 8 speed friction in all likelihood but for now the 6 speed freewheel is more than adequate. The cassette and chain, drivetrain in general is extremely clean.|
|Sakae cranks are strong and clean looking We've stayed in the middle ring *48T* I think for all of our riding so far.|
|Front hub, 48T is alot! :)|
|You may have seen these before on the blog, new home... and likely permanent home. With the jagwire cables all adjusted nicely the right shifter worked flawlessly today.|
|Nice short reach Technomic stem for the stoker|
|Diacompe dummy levers, hoods a bit worse for wear. They came off the XO-3 and have stayed with the bars.|
|True Temper Chromoly....|
|Burley, mimial but cool looking graphics. You get a bit of apeak here at the nut for easy fender mounting and the odd (to me) top tube bend into a Y yoke for the rear 'fork' Also note the bolt for fender mounting.|
|Showing you tire clearance and the unicrown fork, I think 700cx38's will fit don't you?!?|
|Same here in the chainstays and chainbridge, plenty of clearance.|
|The rear 'fork' may have the tightest clearance though even that is pretty darn good.|