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Ms 3 star tandem

Postby stevendavid75 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:03 pm

Hi all ,
While out riding today noticed a old tandem frame on the back of a ute out front of vintage shop. Upon closer inspection noticed the 3 stars and ... Cinelli bar and stem with badge ... Made some enquiries and picked it up for a bargain I suspect. Have had. Quick look on net for such a thing And have t found much at all.
Am yet to get the thing in my hands so don't have serial numbers and other details. It stay tuned.

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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby LG » Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:26 pm

Tandem track racing? Could be a very interesting pickup!
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby HappyHumber » Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:39 pm

shall I be the first to say it?

fuh-ow-toes, please :D
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby stevendavid75 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:11 pm

Hopefully pick it up tomorrow so will try to get dome pics organised ... I should point out in order to avoid disappointment this frame looks like its been resprayed 26 times and possibly had a backyard frame repair .
Not sure about it being track ... Doesn't have track drops at rear end ...
Either way a fun project !
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby find_bruce » Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:01 pm

Hopefully it was made as a tandem, not two bikes slapped together
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby stevendavid75 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:07 pm

Good point ... Not ruling it out ... But hope not
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby stevendavid75 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:24 pm

So ... As find Bruce hinted this tandem is in fact a complete mongrel ...even the cinelli bar and stem will take some work .... Maybe I can sell the cinelli badge and recover the costs .
Might just hang the Malvern star mongrel II on the wall in the shed and have a good chuckle from time to time
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby Wal42 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:33 pm

Was it just 2 bikes slapped together or is it a genuine factory tandem?

If it's a genuine factory tandem & a real dunger, I've been looking for a tandy frame, total rebuild isn't an issue.
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby stevendavid75 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:48 pm

I suspect front end genuine Malvern star 3 star with another bike welded on ... Even the chain rings looks like they have been welded on ... So as you can imagine a finely tuned piece of Australian cycling history !
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby find_bruce » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:33 pm

What a pity - properly built tandems are pretty rare, old ones even more so.

Frankenbikes are unfortunately more common
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby HappyHumber » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:41 pm

Oh well.. .show us some pics at least for a laugh! :D
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby Hamster » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:19 am

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/tandem-chopper-push-bike-/261163248644?pt=AU_Sport_Cycling_Bikes&hash=item3cce8aec04

I have no idea what it actually is (was?) but it is sort of tandem shaped.
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby LG » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:24 am

Hamster, they need to add a motor to match the look of that one :evil: .

stevendavid, this originally sounded like you might have made a good score with a 3 star, cinelli bars and stem etc. Looking forward to seeing the pics of how bad it actually is :lol:
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby drubie » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:01 pm

Gee - it's not that bad. I'd be tempted to build it back up after inspecting the welds. Plenty of room for a stoker unlike a lot of home built tandems, which it might not be. any chance of some close ups of the attachment of the rear part of the frame and the boom tube arrangement?
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby HappyHumber » Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:17 pm

Better than I expected.... I've seen a few shockers!
Most of the tubes are parallel, for starters! :D
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Re: Ms 3 star tandem

Postby WyvernRH » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:13 pm

Looks OK, is the 'rear end' welded or brazed on? If it's brazed you are probably on a winner, welds, well probably not.
Still the bars, stem and chainsets are all good stuff by the look of them and worth the purchase.
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