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    Default S and S bikes here

    since I'm about to get one myself, I would like to steal all of your secrets and your ideas
    open your heart please!
     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    unless you have unconventional requirements or plan to be on this bike 50+% of the time, buy the ritchey break away. so much bang for the buck. no special tools for the couplings and barely noticeable that it is a travel bike (which is nice when you don't want to field a dozen questions each time you meet a new group). the suitcase could use some better strengthening, but it is rather inconspicuous to the agents at check-in.
     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    I've had a breakaway for 5+ years...great bike and easy to set up
    I ended up selling it last spring because of the amount of flex I would get from the rear triangle
     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    DaVinci couplers are fantastic.
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    Here's my old Anvil Chisel. Sold because it didn't fit me quite right. It was too big for me. But the workmanship was spectacular. I want another S&S bike, that's for sure.

    DaVinci couplers are the way to go. This bike could go from closed suitcase to riding within 30-45 minutes.


     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    I have a couple, and the hard & soft cases. I found packing into the soft case easier, but you do risk more damage to the bike. The tool isn't a huge issue, the S&S one is a combo pedal wrench / lockring tool. I use Hozan lockring pliers when I'm at home though as they're more secure. No flex issues over here whether touring, commuting or racing.


    Co-Motion Demon Cross by John Prolly, on Flickr


    Co-Motion Streaker SS by John Prolly, on Flickr

    I flew internationally with this setup, but due to the rack & panniers, and starting & finishing at different locations it was easier to use disposable boxes.

    Co-Motion balanced in the sand at Humbug Mountain State Park, Oregon by ah_blake, on Flickr
     

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    Just ensure that the down tube couple is oriented so that you don't get crud in the threads and/or water in the frame. That is, the nut should be attached to the rear half of the frame. In that way, the skyward facing end of the coupler is effectively sealed by the nut's threads.

    If oriented the other way, the now skyward facing end of the coupler is open, and water can get into the frame unless the optional disks are brazed or welded in place. Even then, dirt can still get into the threads inside the coupler, which will make loosening the nut a very crunchy, gritty affair.

    This orientation has the secondary benefit that you tighten the nut - which is usually a controlled motion - towards the chainrings, so there's no risk of bashing your knuckles (and you have, of course, made sure that the chain is on the big chainring, just in case!). The corollary is that you loosen the nut away from the chainrings, so to speak. That way, if it's done up good 'n' tight, as it should be, and if it loosens suddenly, there is again no risk of pitting knuckle versus chainring. I hope that description makes sense!

    Borrowing an image from the Hampsten thread, this shows my preferred orientation.

    -- John
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    This actually currently has three speeds, a White Industries Uno with the Dos chainring with 35/38 teeth, a WI Dos 16/19 freewheel, and a fixed 15 tooth cog on the other side of the flip flop hub. In its tallest gearing with slicks I can ride on the road or on paved trails, and with its shortest, I've ridden offroad on the east coast, in Colorado, and I'll take it to Cape Town this summer. The lack of gears makes it a quick and simple setup and breakdown. As long as the wheels are true (not always a given coming out of the case) it rides perfectly. So much fun that I sometimes grab it at home if it is put together. Clearly, if I were racing or doing organized road rides while traveling it would not work (though group trail rides were fun last time I was in the UK) but for solo training and transportation while I travel, it is awesome.

     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    Here are ours. My take: great to have. A bit of a PITA to pack, but nothing like having your own bike on a trip to do some exploring, and not having to lug around a full size bike box...let alone the fees!



     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    Another vote for the S&S, though I've found it takes awhile to re-assemble/pack, making it something I'd only do for a trip where I'd be riding for a week or so. That being said, there's nothing like having your own bike along with you:

     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    Wife & I both got S&S coupled bikes built by Carl Strong last year. Best. Thing. Ever.
    Agree with all the comments re: what a PITA it is to pack, but it's more than worth the trouble to be able to show up wherever and not have to deal with rented or borrowed bikes...and wheeling the S&S case through the airport is so much easier than any full-sized case!


    The fact that these bikes are 100% badass irrespective of the couplers is what really makes it win-win. These have become our main bikes.
    Last edited by Bob Ross; 12-15-2011 at 11:28 AM.
     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    I just picked this up --- I know, it's just a frame at this point. It's a Mountain Goat Route 66 --- with 700c wheels.



    The sad thing is that as much as I'd hate to admit it, it's probably a little too big for me. Am considering selling it and getting a new S&S bike.
     

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    seen that before Ian ;)
    stunning
     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    GREAT thread. Maybe this should be a gallery instead?

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    Black Sheep - Matt Chester Geometry - Titanium Drop-Bar 29er

     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Porter View Post
    Another vote for the S&S, though I've found it takes awhile to re-assemble/pack, making it something I'd only do for a trip where I'd be riding for a week or so. That being said, there's nothing like having your own bike along with you:

    What kind of frame is this?
     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    Not mine, the new one on Ezra Caldwell's flickr is quite the looker:
    Flickr: fast boy's Photostream
    Got some cash
    Bought some wheels
    Took it out
    'Cross the fields
    Lost Control
    Hit a wall
    But we're alright

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot View Post
    What kind of frame is this?
    Legend.
     

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    Default Re: S and S bikes here

    blue sachs.jpg
    I have two bikes from the same guy. I like the S and S couplers so much that I would tell someone getting their dream steel or titanium frame to get it with couplers and use it as their main bike for everything.
    -Mike.
     

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