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Travel Bike(13 posts)

Travel Bikebsdc
Jan 29, 2004 7:14 AM
I travel occasionally and I am considering getting a road bike for some of these trips. From what I've learned so far, it seems I have two primary choices. Bike Friday or a regular road bike with S&S couplers. I interested in your experiences with travel bikes.
re: Travel Bikebsdc
Jan 29, 2004 7:17 AM
I'm interested in a travel bike. I'm aware of two primary choices. Bike Friday and a regular road bike with S&S couplers. What are your experiences with travel bikes?
re: Travel BiketheBreeze
Jan 29, 2004 9:09 AM
A friend of mine is having a Gunnar Roadie built with S&S couplers. He should have it in another week or two. Maybe I can give you some feedback then. The cost will be about $2,500 (US) with a DA/Ultegra mix of components and a special chain ring set up. (Not neccessary for the couplers, just a something he wants done.) My understanding is the S&S couplers add about a half pound.

What are current prices on Bike Fridays?
What are current prices on Bike Fridays?bsdc
Jan 29, 2004 9:18 AM
A Pocket Rocket with Ultegra is $1935.
Ritchey Breakawaylaffeaux
Jan 29, 2004 10:58 AM
I've not ridden the Ritchey Breakaway, but if I were looking for a travel bike, I'd start by riding it.
Ritchey Breakaway, or...The Walrus
Jan 29, 2004 12:01 PM
Dahon has licensed the Ritchey design and is making their own version, called the Allegro, featuring the WCS tubeset, Ultegra drivetrain, American Classic wheels and Ritchey cockpit--pretty much the same bike, but it costs ~$700 less. For that much of a price break, I could live with the diminished panache that the Dahon decals would add.
my travel bike (1 of 3)stinkyhelmet
Jan 29, 2004 12:02 PM
Soma Double Cross
my Travel Bike (2 of 3)stinkyhelmet
Jan 29, 2004 12:06 PM
Soma Double Cross
my Travel Bikestinkyhelmet
Jan 29, 2004 12:07 PM
Soma Double Cross
My travel bikestinkyhelmet
Jan 29, 2004 12:12 PM
My Soma Double Cross cost $825 for frame, fork, installed S&S couplings, paint touch up, and the S&S Coupling travel box/kit.

The rest of the bike is a combo of new parts and used parts that were laying around in the garage.

If you are interested, I can refer you to the shop that re-trofitted the frame for me. He ordered the frame directly from Soma and simply sent me the broken down frame in the travel box/kit when it was complete.

My travel bikeastrobiker
Jan 29, 2004 5:05 PM
I'm not familiar with the Soma - looks like a great travel bike. Would getting a steel SuperGo, Scattante, Nashbar, etc done with couplers be cheaper? How would something like that compare ride-wise?
Jan 30, 2004 8:28 AM
The Soma Double Cross retails (frame and fork) for less than $350 with decent tubing. Look them up at Don't know if you can do better with Scattante or Nashbar.
re: Travel Bikepbraun
Jan 29, 2004 2:04 PM
My wife and I have Independent Fab bikes with S+S couplers and are quite happy with them. Have taken them to Europe several times and they are quite easy to travel with. Set up and break down take about 40 minutes each, but I'm probably on the slow side, and that's when I do what little cleaning and maintenance the bikes get. It took a little while to get the hang of how they fit in the box since each fits differently (one's a road bike, the other a mtn bike). Only complaint is that the paint inevitably gets chipped, scratched in the packing/unpacking process. However, the bikes ride perfectly, so it's worth it.