For Sale: Swallow Custom Touring Tandem + Pendle II Tandem Carrier

By: Peter Pearson
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Location: Heywood, Westbury, Wiltshire
Listing ends on: Thursday 8th September 2022
Price: £1300

We need to sell this tandem, so a sensible offer will be carefully considered

Swallow Custom Tandem + Pendle II Tandem Carrier

Hi spec low mileage Touring Tandem in superb condition.  Just serviced throughout and with new tyres, tubes and cork bar tapes.  Ready to ride.  Complete with adjustable roof carrier - you just need a car with roof bars.  Cost over £3.5k new.  Garaged in Heywood, Wiltshire (between Trowbridge and Westbury).

Full details:

Custom made in March 1998 by Pete Bird of Swallow Tandems, now @Tandeming (  This was one of the last Swallow frames he made with the solid silver Swallow emblem on the headstock.  Really strong frame ideal for touring.  Only used for occasional day rides on fine weekends, and rarely over 50 miles in a day.  Not used for the last 12 years, been stored in our garage.  In excellent condition, new tyres, heavy duty inner tubes and cork handlebar tapes fitted May 2022 and just serviced throughout so ready to ride.

When we bought the tandem I was 5’ 10½” high, inseam 34” and my wife was 5’ 6½” high, inseam 31.5”.  The frame measures 57cm (22.5”) front, 55.5cm (22”) rear from crank centre to top of tube.  The distance from crank centre to top of saddle is currently 78cm (30¾”) front and 75cm (29½”) rear, but these could be lowered by 9cm front and 2.1cm rear if needed.  Or the saddles could be raised for taller riders.

We have had some great times riding this tandem, but we are too old and unfit to use it properly any more.  Hopefully another couple will get as much pleasure from riding it as we did.  Fully equipped for touring with high spec components throughout selected by Pete Bird:

  • Frame 57cm (22.5”) front, 55.5cm (22”) rear from crank centre to top of tube
  • 700C 48 spoke wheels with Sun Rims and Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard 700 x 32C Kevlar tyres and Schwalbe SV17 inner tubes (tyres and inner tubes new May 2022)
  • Hope Hub + mechanical disc brake on rear with Shimano 6 position thumbshifter for stoker
  • Middleburn RS3 44 * 34 * 24 Chainring with self-extracting bolts
  • Sachs Powerglide 8 speed cassette ratios 11-28
  • Shimano reversible pedals – SPD one side, flat the other
  • Goretex lined cables throughout
  • USE suspension seat post on rear with Brooks Countess All-Terrain sprung leather saddle
  • Brooks Professional leather saddle on front
  • Acor adjustable height/reach handlebar stem on front
  • Schmidt K179 Hub Dynamo + B&M Lumotec Oval Plus on front and Seculite Plus on rear
  • Campagnolo Mirage rear mech, control levers and brakes
  • Shimano Deore XT front mech
  • Shimano XT cantilever brakes front and rear
  • Rear carrier
  • ESGE mudguards
  • 6 water bottle carriers
  • 2 Trek Sensor cycle computers with new batteries
  • Blackburn FP-1M frame-fit pump
  • Karrimor Karousel Bardale touring barbag with map pocket, shoulder strap and Klick-Fix quickly detachable fixing

Tools and new spares included:

  • Shimano bottom bracket remover
  • Hope disc peg spanner (needed to remove disc to replace nearside spokes)
  • 2 off Middleburn 40T chainrings for the timing chain
  • Shimano Cartridge Brake Shoe Block Set Part no 83X 9802
  • 2 spare inner tubes
  • 2 sets of Hope disc pads
  • Park Tools 36 x 15mm spanner for headstock nut
  • Used original Hope front wheel hub & 48 spokes
  • Half a tube of Mobil SHC PM grease (recommended by Hope for the rear hub)
  • All instruction leaflets, manuals and paperwork

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