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Gear Talk / Re: Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?
« Last post by tbessie on November 20, 2017, 01:59:40 pm »
Consolidate bikes?  What are you thinking!?!?!  :)

Well, I live in a small San Francisco apartment... hard to contain all my bikes in that tiny space.

If I lived in a big house with a garage, tho' - WATCH OUT! :-D

- Tim
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Gear Talk / Re: Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?
« Last post by RussSeaton on November 20, 2017, 01:33:45 pm »
... It seems to me the much narrower cantilever brakes would eliminate this problem of fitting into the bike cases.

Thanks much, Russ!  Good suggestions!

Also remember those now obsolete and forgotten V brakes.  They used to be the only brakes on mountain bikes.  Now they have disappeared.  But the shorter V brakes work just fine with road brake levers.  And the long V brakes (the normal ones on mountain bikes) work fine on road brake levers with an adaptor.  V brakes stick straight up, they do not stick out to the side at all.  So they should be easier to get into a case than bulky calipers or cantilever brakes that stick out to the side.  Of course with cantilever brakes, they do swing in if you squeeze them so they won't stick out much at all.  When in operation they may stick straight out to the side 3 inches.  But with the wheel off, they will swing up and in and not stick out at all past the fork or frame.
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Gear Talk / Re: Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?
« Last post by staehpj1 on November 20, 2017, 09:12:03 am »
Personally I can't see the point of having S&S couplers. Unless you are travelling regularly they don't seem good value. And then you have to store the case or forward it to your end point.
Yeah, it depends on the usage.

For Tim's stated usage, it makes a lot of sense.  I bought mine to take on business trips right before the airlines decided to charge for every piece of luggage (and no, neither Frontier nor Southwest flies out of my hometown).  Even so, and even with just a few trips a year that are long enough to make taking the bike worth the trouble, I'm about half way between the S&S couplers and case paying for themselves, and the whole bicycle paying for itself, just on the difference between "second piece of luggage" and "checked bicycle" fees.
I agree.  I only posted my advice for others who may be reading because it seems that sometimes folks just assume couplers will work out without really thinking through their usage case.

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Gear Talk / Re: Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on November 20, 2017, 08:54:59 am »
Personally I can't see the point of having S&S couplers. Unless you are travelling regularly they don't seem good value. And then you have to store the case or forward it to your end point.
Yeah, it depends on the usage.

For Tim's stated usage, it makes a lot of sense.  I bought mine to take on business trips right before the airlines decided to charge for every piece of luggage (and no, neither Frontier nor Southwest flies out of my hometown).  Even so, and even with just a few trips a year that are long enough to make taking the bike worth the trouble, I'm about half way between the S&S couplers and case paying for themselves, and the whole bicycle paying for itself, just on the difference between "second piece of luggage" and "checked bicycle" fees.
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Gear Talk / Re: Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?
« Last post by staehpj1 on November 20, 2017, 07:57:01 am »
Personally I can't see the point of having S&S couplers. Unless you are travelling regularly they don't seem good value. And then you have to store the case or forward it to your end point.
Yeah, it depends on the usage.

For me couplers are of little to no benefit since I typically fly to one city and fly home from another if I am not riding toward home.  For point to point trips like the TA, NT, ST, PC, SC, and so on having a case to deal with creates more problems than it solves.

They are great for someone who flies to other cities and either does a loop and returns from the same city or just does day riding there.

Another thing that makes them less suitable for me is that over my touring career I have done different types of tours on different bikes.  So I'd have had a harder time getting my money's worth of savings since I'd have needed them on three different bikes (loaded touring bike, old 1990 race bike with U/L load, and old 1990 MTB).  My next tours are likely to be on two additional bikes (new road bike or new MTB if off road).

My usual advice is to think about how and where you travel and what your future bike plans are before deciding on couplers.  They may be a real savings in the long run or they may not.
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Gear Talk / Re: Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?
« Last post by tbessie on November 20, 2017, 12:39:44 am »
... It seems to me the much narrower cantilever brakes would eliminate this problem of fitting into the bike cases.

Thanks much, Russ!  Good suggestions!
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Gear Talk / Re: Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?
« Last post by tbessie on November 20, 2017, 12:38:40 am »
"I know the feeling - my bike's around a 56cm in size, and things are pretty difficult to pack in the case"
Try packing a 64 cm with fenders and racks!

That sounds like it would be well-nigh impossible!
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Gear Talk / Re: Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?
« Last post by driftlessregion on November 19, 2017, 08:34:37 pm »
"I know the feeling - my bike's around a 56cm in size, and things are pretty difficult to pack in the case"
Try packing a 64 cm with fenders and racks!
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Classifieds / Re: WTB: Titanium touring bike size: medium
« Last post by bikeman514 on November 19, 2017, 12:23:29 pm »
Thanks. I'll do as you tell me.
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Classifieds / Re: WTB: Titanium touring bike size: medium
« Last post by DanE on November 19, 2017, 06:36:17 am »
I can see that I was not very clear in my response. The seller of the bicycle frame for sell I gave as an example is LynskeyPerformance out of Chattanooga, TN. This is the ebay presence of the Lynskey bicycle manufacturer. They sell many frames on ebay, perhaps they are surplus or discontinued inventory. If you search on ebay for the seller LynskeyPerfomance you will see many frames for sale. Perhaps you will see one that works for you. If not, wait a week or two and look again. I have know several people who have bought nice frames at very good prices.
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