S&S coupling

SSCXWC18BE with S&S Coupled Travel Bikes

Our good friend and Brand Ambassador extraordinaire Seth Patla has an affinity for single speed cyclocross that just might meet the clinical definition of addiction. We wouldn’t necessarily call him a junkie, but he has managed to drag his fellow Brand Ambassador (and wife) Maria into his dirty (literally muddy) habit, at least on special occasions.

Case in point: Having skipped the 2017 SSCX World Championships in Italy, our man in the orange SingleSpeedo packed up his and hers IVAN race bikes, grabbed teammates (and fellow REN Brand Ambassadors) John and Rick, and boarded a plane for the historic homeland of cyclocross and frites for the 2018 SSCXWC in Belgium. Click over to the PDXTI Blog to read up on Seth’s travel reports and check out a host of photos from the trip.

Trips overseas are made infinitely less expensive and more practical with S&S Couplers, a fantastic upgrade that is available for any REN frame. Below find a nifty little set of photos documenting some of the steps for packing the Patlas’ S&S travel bikes.

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IVAN S&S Travel Bike

When we say the IVAN is a go-anywhere, do-anything fun machine, we really really mean it. Really!

Sure, the IVAN's bread and butter is as a cyclocross race bike, and our Elite level R&D race team has proven the pedigree with dozens of podiums at events and series like the OBRA Grand Prix Series, USA National Championships, and the World Famous Cyclocross Crusade.

But being purpose built for Pacific Northwest conditions makes the IVAN equally capable out in the wild, be it ripping forest fire roads, heading up for high country skiing in the Cascades, or going overland on the Oregon Outback route.

Adding to the bike's already bountiful utility, as with our WAYPOINT and APPIA models the IVAN is designed to accommodate S&S Couplers. This ingenious system, formally known as Bicycle Torque Couplings, provides a safe, simple, and secure means of taking your own bike anywhere in the world without the hassle and expense of transporting oversize baggage.

S&S couplers are manufactured by S&S Machine in California and built into REN frames in our Portland shop.

Depending on the carrier, S&S Couplers can save $300-$800 in baggage fees on most international round trip flights. Perhaps more important than the financial savings, coupled travel bikes mean you get to ride your bike, dialed just the way you like it, anywhere you go. No more clunky beach cruiser rental bikes or ill fitting loaners from a friend's basement.

With the addition of S&S couplers all sizes of REN production bikes fit into a 26x26x10 suitcase. While the packing process varies depending on the specific components on the bike, for most frame sizes the breakdown consists of pulling wheels, handlebars, saddle/seatpost, wrapping the rear derailleur and frame with velcro covers to prevent damage, and stacking everything neatly into a travel case or bag. After becoming familiar with the process a bike can be packed and ready to fly in about 20 minutes. The best part about it? A simple 6" spanner wrench is the only tool the couplers require.

Oh, and of course in addition to S&S couplers, if you want some llamas or quilt squares or your name on your bike, we can do that too! Custom finishes are available for every bike we sell.