for your approval, a one of a kind custom built Proteus Tandem,
built by yours truly.
started working at Proteus Design, a frame building pro-shop, tubing
and frame supplies importer/distributer/retailer, in 1981. By late
1982, I was the main frame painter and frame finisher. A finisher
took over from the frame builder, fitting and brazing the brake
and chainstay bridges, installing all braze-ons, filing lug tapers,
and cleaning and prepping for paint. This tandem was conceived and
slowly executed during the winter months of 1982-4.
majority of tubes were from a Reynolds 531 tandem set. The oval
top tube was sourced from Phil Wood, ordered pre-cut with specified
miters Head tube joints were done in a lugged/lugless-hybrid method
using some funky lugs (Hague?) - still my favorite detail. The fork
was built from tandem specific Columbus blades; mated Columbus sourced
three piece flat crown, and Campy track ft dropouts with added eyelets.
Shimano vertical rears, internal TT rear brake cable routing, lots
of what you see is from the original build:
Sugino AT Tandem crankset
Phil 48/40 tandem hubs w/ Phil disc rear brake, built to Super Champion
Suntour barcons, Cyclone M II rear and Shimano 1st gen Deore ft
Cinelli stems w/ 66/42Ős up front and SR North Road stoker bars
Assorted other bits.
built this bike, with love and excitement, for my soon to be wife
and I. Truth is, she never much cared for it, nor biking in general.
The bike sat for years at a time, un-used. We parted ways 20 years
later. My new honey, Penelope loves to ride, and she inspired the
current resurrection shown below.
added bits include:
A VO front rack, Carradice Barley, Brooks saddles, SPD's, light
system, fresh PeselaŐs, and the fancy HB wraps