S and S Couplings By Bilenky
One of our past advertisers, Bilenky Cycles of Philadelphia PA, has become pretty well known not just for their custom frame production but also for their ability to retrofit many steel and ti bikes out there with S and S Machine couplings for travel.
One such bike that has been given the retrofit treatment is Brad’s old Surly Crosscheck. It’s quite nice to be able to pack the bike down into a 26″ x 26″ x 10″ airline legal box, and while many question the ride quality and/or durability of the coupling system, I have no qualms. The frame rides as well as it ever did albeit with an approximately 8oz weight penalty, and the various images on the S and S Machine site attest to the strength of the couplings in crashes. Many tandem racers out there use couplings to make the bikes a manageable size, they’re plenty well designed. Throughout this past summer I did some overnight camping trips and plenty of commuting, though no actual airline travel. As time goes on watch for this and other ongoing product reviews on the blog and in the pages of the magazine. This is just the beginning, and more of an introduction than anything else.