breakaway/collapsible bikes

thinking S&S Couplers

thinking breakaway bikes any tips?

what is the poor man's option?


Jan said...

I think the choice between S&S and Ritchey Breakaways come down to 5 questions:
1. Do you plan to break down the bike regularly, or maybe just one or two times a year?
This question is related to durability. From the information/opinions I've read, the S&S couplers are more durable. The Ritchey connection is lighter than the S&S couplers. I own three S&S coupled steel Mtn. bikes. They are bomb proof, but heavy.

2. Mountain or Road?
I've not seen Ritchey breakaways on any mountain bike frames, I've only seen them on Road frames.

3. Your intention for getting a collapsible bike is for transport on a plane? or car/train?
S&S coupled bikes can be disassembled and packed into a hard case which fits under most airline LengthXHeightXWidth restrictions, which is usually 62 inches. This means you don't have to pay additional "large" item fees, as long as the whole case weighs less than 50 Lbs (for travel within the USA).
Some Ritchey Breakaway frames can do this too, but not all. Both types require fairly expensive cases, whether soft sided or hard sided. I've owned both soft sided and hard, and prefer the hard sided for better protection, especially for travel overseas.

4. Do you already have a round tubed steel or ti frame?
Retrofit of an existing steel or Ti frame might be cheaper than buying a whole new Breakaway frame. I paid about $400. to retrofit each of the three of my existing steel frames.

5. Do you want to eliminate airline transport fees, or don't mind paying a small fee for each flight?
With an S&S frame, you could get away getting in under 62 inches, not telling the airline you're traveling with a bike, and hence save those additional fees. There are some good soft sided bags that are not under 62 inches, and I have a friend who just recently purchased one, and had no problems on a single fight recently. I've traveled around the world 3 times with my bike, and never had to pay extra fees. If you want don't plan on very many trips on a plane, you might save money by just not getting a Breakaway or an S&S and just get a large bag/case and pay the extra fees for your regular bike.

Blue-eyed Devil said...

Hack saw and duct tape. Lots of duct tape.

riderx said...

You've got to pay to play. There are no cheap options.

gwadzilla said...

great advice all around...

looking at the cost

I think that the hack saw and duct tape may work for me

as I do not ride my bikes/frames long enough to double their value

guess I have to pay for shipping or rent bikes when I travel

another thought

UPS in advance

gwadzilla said...

I wish I had gone to yard sales last weekend

went to some thrift stores

found a vintage Columbia

cool bike
but would not work for me

horn said...

the S&S are amazing... thought i'd avoid the pricey retrofit by picking up a surly travelers check...

until i found out that a frame that costs $1100 (i think) would cost me £800, so that's what... $1700-1800

who said the pound was strong. boo.