Jill Harding on the French side of St Martaan
Jim Harding giving some French-speaking students a ride in Martinique
This is a comment taken from Tandem @ Hobbes regarding S and S Couplings. To read the question they were responding to and the other responses, go to: Additional Comments about S and S Couplings From Tandem @ Hobbes
Jim and Jill's Comment:
We bought our starter tandem--Rodriguez--in October 98. It took us until August 99 to realize that we needed to specialize and we really got into it. So, we bought a Co-Motion Java for road racing (only one race so far--a triathlon) and fast workouts. We love it. Then we decided that we also liked offroad riding. We ended up buying a Ventana, full suspension tandem (see http://www.epinions.com/otdr-review-1E39-2EE98F3-388CCFA1-prod1 for details). We bought both in August 99. Then, we decided to travel to Catalina Island for our anniversary.
Here's the deal:
We SWORE...never again. The trip on Catalina was the best ever, but the logistics back and forth were a major hassle.
We love our Java, but decided to buy a CoPilot (S&S) from CoMotion as well. We took it to Hawaii (Big Island) in December. NO HASSLES. We even rented a dinky car and put the bike in parts in the back seat and trunk along with our luggage. The bike has the same geometry as the Java, it's just not as tight in the tubing or as stiff. We can now fly anywhere there are roads, hassle free.
Now...what about the offroad?
We will be going back to Hawaii someday to Molokai where it's all offroad riding. We are going back to Catalina again soon too. How? We are having and S&S Ventana built. It will be debuted at Sea Otter on March 18 near Monterey--Jill and I are riding the tandem race (on a borrowed Ventana because the S&S won't be parts-ready [catch22]--and we expect to get our butts kicked but have the time of our lives at the same time).
Anyway, we are huge fans of S&S.
With S&S, it takes about 45-60 minutes to assemble/disassemble if you do it as team. By yourself, 60-75 minutes. But we are getting better each time.
Here the deal with S&S:
keep bike disassembled in bag all the time. for a trip, carry it to the luggage counter, check in and off you go. pick it up as ordinary luggage. assemble (yep, hassle) ride disassemble (yep, hassle) check in, fly back LEAVE DISASSEMBLED FOR NEXT TRIP
Hats off to Steve at S&S for making tandem ownership so much more enjoyable for those of us who like to travel with our tandems and to all those manufacturers that are providing S&S for us.
If you only buy one tandem, make it
S&S. We're keeping all of ours because...well
Jim & Jill Harding, Issaquah
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