Ray's remarks take me back to the day, about 1970, that I hacked a Jack. That is, I brazed on a mount for a (Suntour) derailleur. This one was a tandem a couple bought themselves as a wedding present. Old-style chainstay-mounted in-and-out derailleur, tiny vertical drops. No one could get it to work right. So, I cut and filed a hanger, and silver-soldered it on. Bike shifted better with the new derailleur. Unfortunately, though both were avid cyclists, within a year they had decided to save the marriage by riding singles and selling the Tantrum... Would I do the hack again? Not likely. At least not on an old one. :-)
Your mileage may vary; we still love tandems.
harvey sachs mcLean VA
Roy wrote: I am finding a bit of humor in this also. Chris, I can laugh along with you. I received several emails from some of you folks. Every one told me that it was a perfectly okay to hack saw the derailleur hanger off on some bikes as it did not detract from the bike at all. I was told that in some cases it made the bike more period correct. I guess I learn something new every day. I wonder what kind of looks I would get if I bring my good ol Craftsman hack saw to the Cirque and walk around eyeing D hangers? I am going to try and make it this year and will look for some volunteers. Don't worry, I,m pretty good with new blade ;)