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suitcase bike?(9 posts)

suitcase bike?zk3
Jun 3, 2002 10:22 AM
I'm thinking of taking some trips this summer but that means leaving the bike at home. Does anyone here have a folding or suitcase bike they would recomend? how hard are they to put together? is it worth it for a week long trip? or any other advice on traveling and bicycles?
Have you considered renting?Silverback
Jun 3, 2002 10:42 AM
Depending on where you're going, it may be possible--and cheaper, and you'd get a better bike--to rent. There are two or three folding bikes (Hon and Montague come to mind, though I'm not sure Montague's still made). I think Moulton makes a folder, and you can even have couplings put into almost any frame so you can take it apart. But for what a good folding bike costs, I'd check out rentals first.
Road bikes are not easy to findms
Jun 3, 2002 11:09 AM
Last summer, I tried renting a road bike in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. In San Francisco I finally found a road bike after some effort, but I did not feel very comfortable on it when I was descending on the Counselman loop (i.e. steep descent). In Santa Cruz it was impossible to rent a road bike. I have bought a case for my bike and intend to take it with me this summer when I travel to Southern California and France. It may be a hassle, but after last year's experience with my being in great places to ride without a satisfactory bike, I'm willing to give it a try.
weeklong tripsSteveO
Jun 3, 2002 10:58 AM
I frequently take weeklong trips for work. I've found it easiest to simply schedule bike training around those weeks.
A pair of running shoes makes for packable, enjoyable cross training (with 1/3rd less time).

having said that, bikefriday has some cool-looking stuff; too much hassle for me though; i like to travel light. Perhaps if i traveled for months-at-a-time i'd reconsider.
If money is not an issue...PdxMark
Jun 3, 2002 12:06 PM
Co-motion makes full-size good steel bikes with Bicycle Torque Couplings (BTCs) so that the frame can be taken apart. The Comotion bikes are well-regarded without the couplings...
I'll secont the BTC's..sfbuff
Jun 3, 2002 2:11 PM
I have taken my bikes all over the world. I can pack my regular ride into a 26 X 26 backpack in 15 minutes, and I don't have to pay the airline bagage fees. There is a builder in philly who will work with your existing frame, or make you a custom.

Good luck.
also agreefuzzybunnies
Jun 3, 2002 3:42 PM
I had this done has well at spectrum, s and s couplings lists a good number of builders that do the work and they can be added to any frame with round tubes.
S and S CouplingsMe Dot Org
Jun 3, 2002 9:33 PM
S and S has a virtual "Who's Who" of custom frame builders that use their couplings on bikes. Not a cheap way to go, however.
S&S couplersSpoke Wrench
Jun 4, 2002 5:49 AM
I am close personal friends with two couples who own S&S equipped tandems. They like to take bicycling vacations. One of the couples is 6'7" and 6'2" respectively so they have a custom sized bike. Even these tandems will fit into one oversized suitcase. Takes about an hour or so to either unpack and assemble or disassemble and pack the bike.

As you might imagine for couples who have this much invested in bicycling equipment, both have extensive bicycling experience on some pretty good equipment. Both have told me they can't sense any difference in lateral regidity over the tandems they rode previously.

I would also take issue with the idea that you will get a better bike to ride by renting. Having your own bike to ride with the fit dialed in is always going to be more fun to ride than a rental.