Three Speed Spotted: Apollo Roadster Tandem

This post originally appeared on Urban Adventure League on 23-July-2012.For this segment, we’ll go back to June 2012, my PDX-Oly-Astoria Tour. When in Olympia, I spotted this interesting specimen:

An Apollo roaster tandem!

It’s of British make, unknown age, with possibly a Sturmey-Archer four speed hub. Note the double top tube on the front (captain) portion. And the stoker (rear) handlebars and stem. On most tandems, the rear handlebar attaches to the front seatpost. But not here.

Unfortunately, the side with the writing was not facing me.
Love that kickstand!

And of course, the rod brakes. Rod brakes are “sketchy” in even normal situations on normal bikes, but on a tandem where extra stopping power is needed? I would never, ever want to ride this bike in the rain.

I don’t know too much about Apollo. They were a sub-brand of Hercules, which got consumed by the great Raleigh empire eventually. I’m guessing this bike is post-Raleigh takeover (60’s or so), since Hercules had their own three speed hubs (which were much like Sturmey-Archer hubs.)

Anyone have any more information on this particular type of bike? Let me know!

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