Velobrico Workshop: Wonder tandem

A new arrival in the workshop today (yes, it is easier to start projects than finish them…). something really quite special indeed.

I’ve always fancied a tandem. Not really sure why. They’re heavy, large, unusable without a trained partner, don’t fit on the car, look a bit weird. But still, they do look fun, in an eccentric sort of way.

I’ve also thought it would be cool to own a bicycle from every decade of the 1900s. Well I have managed to tick both boxes with this one.

This is a “Wonder” tandem from the mid 1930s, seemingly remarkably original and in excellent antique condition.

I have never owned a vehicle this old, nor repaired anything with this much history, so I’m going to be treating it very carefully! That said, this isn’t going to be a garage queen restoration. My intention is to use it, but keep as much original patina as possible.

Watch this space, this is going to be an interesting restoration and a very unique bike to research, fix up and ride.

Any tips more than welcome. I’m in uncharted territory with this antique =)

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5 thoughts on “Velobrico Workshop: Wonder tandem

    • You know, that’s exactly what I thought, but get this… it’s actually a parking brake. The shifter is the smaller lever on the top tube, and the golf ball actuates a drum brake in the rear hub. You can lock it in place, presumably when stationary and astride the bike, so you don’t have to hold the weight of two people and a heavy frame when stopped. I’m no expert on tandems, so maybe this is standard gear, but seems mighty clever to me 🙂

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