It's easy for cyclists to get bored riding the same roads day after day. Luckily, there are plenty of roads to explore—all you have to do is hop on a plane and go someplace you've never been.
The challenge to this scenario is finding a suitable way to transport your bike. As discussed in Part 1 and Part 2, you have plenty of options to pack your existing bike and keep it safe and secure during travel. But for cyclists who would rather not mess around with taking apart their everyday bike or risk the chance of damaging a nice race bike by putting it in the hands of baggage handlers, there are other options.
A folding or breakaway bike designed specifically for travel can be packed up into a small case and checked with regular baggage to bypass extra baggage fees. This option will allow you to keep your other bike at home and avoid the stress of shipping your only bike back and forth.
Here are the pros and cons of a dedicated travel bike as well as the different options currently available.
Bikes With an S and S Coupling
An S and S Coupling, also known as a Bicycle Torque Coupling or BTC, is a precision lug that's installed in a bicycle frame when it's manufactured to allow it to separate and pack for easy transportation.
To break down the frame, two couplings are fitted to allow the frame to be broken into two pieces that fit into a case that meets standard airline baggage sizing. This means no more baggage fees.
You have the choice of either buying a bike already fitted with S and S couplings or having them retrofitted onto an existing bike. Be aware though that retrofitting can only be done for titanium and steel (and on some carbon frames, but this is rare). S and S couplings can also only be fitted to frames with round tubes.