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Thoughts on S&S Coupling Kit???(6 posts)

Thoughts on S&S Coupling Kit???TJohn
Apr 29, 2001 3:17 PM
do they work well? how much does it cost to fit your bike with it? how does the bike ride after installing one? how small does the bike break down for travel? i'm playing with the idea of getting a triathlon bike (because of the smaller circumfrence wheels- not that i'm a triathlete) and having the coupling kit put on so i can take the bike/case with me to hawaii on layovers. what do you think??? good idea or no??? thanks.
tj
re: Thoughts on S&S Coupling Kit???Spoke Wrench
Apr 29, 2001 5:44 PM
I have several friends who own S&S tandems. A road tandem with wheels will fit into one BIG or two normal size suitcases. I doubt a single bike is going to pack very much smaller because most of the room in the suitcase is occupied by the wheels.

All of these people who I know have extensive bicycling backgrounds and are pretty objective. They tell me they don't sense any difference in frame stiffness.

S&S couplers do add significant weight to a bike. They add about $900.00 to the cost of a steel frame tandem, more for aluminum or titanium bikes. I'd suspect the cost for a single bike would be a lot cheaper because you'd probably only have two couplers vs. 6 or 8 for a tandem.
web pagetommyb
Apr 29, 2001 6:03 PM
I've never tried them, but you may want to check out their web page if you haven't yet. It seems like a great idea. Waterford charges $400 dollars extra for them.

http://www.sandsmachine.com/

It must be true, I read it on the internet.
good ideafuzzybunnies
Apr 29, 2001 7:37 PM
I've had a derosa retrofitted with couplings and there is no discernable difference in the way it rides. Hopefully the pics of it will be up soon in the photo gallery, I posted they just haven't appeared yet. It adds about 8oz to the weight of the bike, wich isn't all that bad when you relize that the weight is put on the frame alone and isn't that important. The only thing you have to watch out for is that the top tube and the down tube are truely round. I had it done through spectrum cycles who charge a bit more than some places(there are more expensive places), since they were already repainting the frame. they also don't make the frame look freakish and and kind of cool looking. The bike with 700c wheels fits in a suitcase or travel case that's 26x26x10 so it's just the right size to go through the airlines with out any hassle. I tightened them done with a spanner wrench 2 weeks ago and after 450 miles of group rides and racing they still haven't come loose. Good luck. TTFN
re: Thoughts on S&S Coupling Kit???Ray Sachs
Apr 30, 2001 5:09 AM
I have 'em on an all-rounder road type frame that takes 26" wheels. Having the bike retrofit cost me $325 and the paint touch-up was another $65 or so. It works well, breaks down to a 26x26x10 suitcase, which is the airline max. It has NO discernable affect on the way the bike rides or handles and I seriously doubt you'll be able to feel the half pound or so it adds to the weight of the frame.

The downside is that disassembly / assembly isn't a real quick process. The travel benefits may or may not override the assembly hassles. It takes me about 45 minutes to break the bike down and pack it up and about a half hour to unpack it and put it together. The first time took considerably longer.

-Ray
S&s couplersJ Sheufelt
Apr 30, 2001 2:51 PM
Ihave a co-motion co-pilot with couplers. They don't make any discernable differince in the ride. Just used this bike in a 65 mile road race two weeks ago and a three stage stage-race this weekend. I think I won the coupled division. Really, the wieght is the only penalty I can think of, and the more times you load it, the easier it gets. My wife has a coupled rodriquez, and it seems each individual bike has it's own best way of fitting the case, but the 650 wheels on hers definitely make it easier to load.