Good day to all bike riders and readers of this article! There has been much activity in the RANS factory for the last 2 months, as spring is upon us and fast moving towards summer! We are sorry if the phone did not get answered in a timely fashion or the email answered!
It seems to be the year for tandem builds. RANS had 2 frames in stock earlier this spring. The frames were all too soon purchased, painted and shipped to happy riding couples, leaving RANS with no more tandem frames to pull from..…… and with more orders to fill!
One custom Seavo Jerrell spent weeks building had a 700c Rohloff hub on the rear wheel with Paragon rear drop-out assemblies and a 700c Dynamo hub on the front wheel. The Paragon rear drop out assemblies were installed especially for installation of the Rohloff hub, and also to make it compatible for belt drive bike at a later date. Additionally, various threaded inserts are located all over the frame so the riders could haul their tool cages, tire pump, brace mounts for the Tubus rear rack (making the rack an “independent-from-the-stoker-seat” installation) and a custom front light. Custom bolts were machined to provide the main mount for the Tubus rear rack. A machined aluminum boom was mounted under the front crank (where the headlight boom is usually positioned) for a Go Pro camera. The order slip for this bike also called for couplers, which makes this long tandem Take-Apart Travel Ready. With all of the above, this was a “first-of-its-kind-all-together-in-one-package” build for the RANS crew, and we put out heart into the build to make a very nice Seavo.
This particular Seavo has already launched on a 3 month tour starting May 17,2018. You may follow the ride at www.cycleblaze.com and the journal is Two Far 2018.
The bicycle carrier rack shown in the blog is the Atoc Draftmaster for tandem and LWB bikes. I was impressed with how this bike carrier worked! A “step-on” lever allows the entire rack to drop down to the ground, with bikes loaded, to give easy loading/unloading onto/off the vehicle.