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Recommendation - Touring Frames(10 posts)

Recommendation - Touring FramesTimbo27
Nov 20, 2003 3:32 PM
I would like a touring frame (probably steel)that can be disassembled into two or more parts for easy travel. Can anyone recommend a touring framemaker that can incorporate this feature into a good quality frame. I can spend up to $4,000 on this bike.
ManyDropped
Nov 20, 2003 3:40 PM
Any steel framebuilder will incoroprate the S&S couplers into its bikes. I would think that with $4,000 to spend, you have your choice of any custom steel frame built in the U.S. Oh, how I envy you.

At that price point, it's all down to what floats your personal boat. This floats mine:

http://www.vanillabicycles.com/

Click on "frames" and then "touring" and you'll see some pretty ones, including some with the S&S couplers.
here's some ideascyclopathic
Nov 20, 2003 3:51 PM
check the list of frame makers who factory install S&S coupling kit http://www.sandsmachine.com/coment_b.htm

For touring many to choose from Waterford, Rivendell, Cherry, Co-Motion.. For touring you can't go wrong with Rivendell. Personally I'd go either for Waterford or Rex, I saw Steve Rex's bikes and his fillet-brazed frames are the work of beauty. He is a nice guy I rode with him for a while on PBP and we stayed in the same hotel.
I have an Indy Club racer cause I did not want bulkyBarnyard
Nov 20, 2003 4:01 PM
canti brakes. And I've done almost 5000 miles of living off it throughout america. You might want canti brakes and the Indy people can do it either way. I'm happy with my Club racer and the shimano long reach brake. Also I'm very happy with the tubus racks, very solid. The Indy fork comes with the mounts that work with the Tubus Duo. It's a very solid carrier system that I'm happy with. This past winter I rode from Sandiego to West Palm florida over a 59 day stretch. I tried to take my time, but getting caught up in a man hunt in Arizona, and having the Arizona highway patrol hold you at gun point under a helicopter spot light kind of puts a fire under your ass. Finally, when you tour, it's tempting to grow a Ted Kazinski type beard, however you don't want to be profiled as a vagrant by the police. Unfortunately, I know what that's like.
depending on what kind of travel you have in mindPmbH
Nov 20, 2003 4:01 PM
http://www.bikefriday.com/bikeMMI.cfm?bf=5&cat=1

This might be a better option than a take-apart bike. A friend of mine used his to travel all over Europe. The quick-fold option made it perfect for train trips.

However, if your plan is just a single flight/train trip then the rest of the time on the bike, go for the S&S route.
Thornwillem72
Nov 20, 2003 8:50 PM
Massive range of intelligent designs and great construction. Out of Bridgwater UK. Try thorn.co.uk or sjsc.co.uk. Easy-to-use mailorder, lots of info, good service.

Cheers

W
Comotion, Comotion, Comotion....lyleseven
Nov 20, 2003 9:22 PM
There are a lot of take a parts for touring. Few match the workmanship of this company.
Agree, ThornTmw
Nov 21, 2003 2:30 AM
I also think they are good. The site is www.sjscycles.com.
Cheers
Toby
Lyontarwheel
Nov 21, 2003 5:21 AM
Check out Lyon frames at www.lyonsport.com/ He is a custom frame-builder in Oregon, using filet brazing. Very reasonable prices. He makes a travel frame that can be dissembled that is very very similar in construction to the new Ritchie travel frames. Also makes touring, cross and racing frames.
re: Recommendation - Touring Framesabelson
Nov 21, 2003 1:35 PM
Waterford builds frames with S & S Couplers. If you want a nice steel frame its hard to go wrong with them.