Packing our S&S Tandem - taking it all apart
- Then unscrew the top cap, the stem and the cable hanger. Grab
another ziploc and place the cap, the spacers, the cable hanger
and then the headset bearing cap that comes off when you slide
out the fork inside this bag - seal it up.
-Handlebars with stem and handlebar bag mount still attached
go in the frame box pile - wrap the stem with the padded stuff
and label it.
-Wipe the grease off the steerer tube. Remove the front wheel.
Secure the fork spacer into the dropouts. Put padded stuff on
steerer tube and fork blades - cut slots for canti bosses if
you have them. Label padding. Lay out an old blanket near the
frame box pile and and place the fork there.
- Remove the front skewer. Place in a ziploc bag.
- Remove the rear wheel. Remove its skewer and put it in the
ziploc with the front wheel. Seal it up and place in the wheel
box pile. As mentioned above, if necessary, remove the outside
threaded cap and spacer and place in bag with the skewers. Insert
rod and/or wheel wheel axle protectors. (If you have disc brakes,
things will vary a bit.)
- Next we remove the rear rack and fender. We have different
length bolts and washers for various bits, so I tend to put
them back where they belong, but you can also just put all these
in a ziploc.
- At this stage you should have a frame with the captains seatpost
and stoker bars. Remove the captain's post, then take the cap
off the stoker stem to remove the bars, leaving the stem. Replace
the cap and bolts. Place the stoker bars in the frame box pile.
Remove captain's seatpost taking extreme care not to scratch
John's shiny seatpost. Oh you may not have to worry about that
one :-) Wipe grease from the seatpost. Wrap the saddle in the
other helmet bag. Put padding on the post and stem.
- Loosen the couplers the rest of the way. Secure the rear axle
spacer into the frame. Wrap all the tubes in the padding, cut
to length and label. We have a little bag for our rear derailleur.
We remove it from the frame, leaving the cable attached, and
secure it to the frame with Velcro. Any loose cables are wound
up and secured.