Newsflash! Wallpaper* Magazine invents the travel fixie!

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by Mark V on Aug 21, 2010 at 10:43 PM

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p> WOW, that’s a really cool fixie that you can travel with! Wallpaper* (don’t forget the asterisk) deserves a lot of credit for their vision. Kinda makes me wish I had thought of that….

Wait, a minute…I did think of that…7 fucking years ago.

And since S&S didn’t even remotely develop their excellent “torque couplings” with Wallpaper* (don’t forget the asterisk) or me personally in mind, I guarantee you that someone else did it before me.

Wallpaper…*……does offer a beautiful and doubtlessly expensive leather bag to pack your bike in. That way you can look quite spiff struggling with your fixie in a bag through every airport…’cause unlike S&S’ well-proven hardcase, their leather bag has NO WHEELS. The smirk on my face while I watch you attempting to carry that bike along with your ridiculous Louis Vuitton bags shan’t be modest. My only loss will be not seeing your grief-stricken face at your final destination after you see what baggage handlers can do to a bike in a soft case.

But proper credit where due, the bike as pictured does have the correct hubs for the job. Phil Wood track hubs are smooth and durable, but they also have the crucial bolt-in axles. Otherwise, the width of solid “bolt-on” axles would affect packing density. Also, the choice of a powdercoat finish is smart, as it is usually less prone to chipping than wet-application paint finishes. Still, anyone frequently traveling with a bike ought get used to blems on the kit, unavoidable as it is.

Of course, no one is really asking for my opinion. The fact that I’ve flown over 120,000 miles, made a couple dozen train trips, and 3 European bus tours with an S&S bike as well as designed (and I don’t mean paint design) a series of S&S bikes with the “Modular concept” (interchangeable kits to rapidly optimize the bike for different uses) pales in the face of professional photography and oooooh! leather.

Sigh, at least the bike is quality craftsmanship. It’s just not versatile, well-thought out, inexpensive, or original.

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update:

This is an S&S hardcase after 120,000 air miles and untold abuse. I’d like to see a leather bag hold up to that. And leather or not, it’s nigh impossible for the bag to be significantly smaller than the hardcase because the 700C wheels dictate the internal space. Again, the lack of roller wheels on the leather case is a sad, sad omission. mark's bike case.jpg

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Comments: 7

It’s another bike as Avant-garde couch or a discussion piece next to your salt water fishtank. People that travel with bikes do it as transportation and it’s all about the function. You would not want to travel with that nice of a Brooks saddle let alone a leather bag.

Wallpaper *  Toiletpaper *

Hey Everyone! Just a little reminder for all of you cyclists with the hunger for long distance travel!

Bilenky Cycle Works, the veteran award winning frame builders, and driving force behind the www.PhillyBikeExpo.com has been offering S&S coupling on nearly (with very few exceptions) any bike you can think of including road, track, tandem, triple and so on for years. We offer full travel packages fit for any kind of traveler, offering convenience and security so that your bike goes with you safely. We offer coupling on both steel and Ti and are a full service paint shop! And! If you build a custom frame with us….you get a discount on adding couplers and travel packages to your custom made Bilenky bike!

Please check out www.bilenky.com for info or Email us @ .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

THX

BCW

Also see the [sands tag](http://bikehugger.com/tag/sands) for more and [Travel Bikes: Couplings and Hinges](http://bikehugger.com/2010/02/travel-bikes-couplings-and-hin.html). Part of the issue here, is that builders have been making S&S bikes for years and doing it for a purpose other than a design whim. We actually don’t take issue with people buying bikes for fashion, but when it comes to a bike so specific it’s just ridiculous that anyone would travel with a leather bag, for example or do so and watch it get destroyed.

as long as we are advertising bicycle companies on my blog entry, i work for Davidson Handbuilt Bicycles as an assembler/frame designer and I have in past had bikes made by Sycip Design. both of whom have made many quality bikes with the S&S couplings.

www.sycip.com
www.davidsonbicycles.com

actually, S&S will sell their couplings to ANY PROFESSIONAL framebuilder and have for like 15 years at least.

I let that one go, as I like Bilenky, but that’s not the norm no.

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