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Old 11-30-15, 02:57 PM
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traveling with S&S frame and hydraulic brakes

So I bought a new frame with S&S couplers for traveling by plane.
After reading about hyraulic brakes I want them for this bike.
Any opinions out there how it will it go breaking down the bike with hydraulic brakes? I'm guessing that taking the brake side off, sliding in a plastic shim to keep the pistons spread out (so no air leaks in) , wrapping up the hydraulic brakes and cables around the handlebars wouldn't be too much trouble.
Any chance of leaking out fluid during the trip? Seems unlikely.
Any chance of letting air into the system during the trip? Seems unlikely.
I've never used hydraulic brakes. They seem pretty bullet proof once set up correctly.
Bleeding the brakes in the field is something I definitely don't want to do. I would have to carry a lot of stuff for this, it seems.
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Old 11-30-15, 05:02 PM
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built it up with TRP Hy RD the whole hydraulic system is in the caliper.. lever is cable so road brifter usable.

and they have a lock out knob that does the same thing as the Keeper, holds the pads apart when the disc is out..

and makes fitting the cable easy. in set up.
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Speedlock makes a hydraulic coupler, so you put that near the S&S.

Building my Ti/S&S/disc travel bike this winter.
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Speedlock makes a hydraulic coupler, so you put that near the S&S.

Building my Ti/S&S/disc travel bike this winter.
Tedder, is your bike still being built or is it complete? Would love to hear details on how it went and if it met/exceeded your expectations.
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Tedder, is your bike still being built or is it complete? Would love to hear details on how it went and if it met/exceeded your expectations.
Being built right now. I'll follow up in a month-ish.

There's another thread on this around here somewhere. Hmm.
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You can take the lever or caliper off and separate the frame. Just an extra step, but not too difficult.
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BB7 brakes are good for traveling. No fluid to leak. They need regular adjustment. They stand up to plenty of abuse.
At the Tijuana airport you must remove your hydraulic brakes from your bike and put them in a leak proof bag. Nice surprise for some.
Keep it simple.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4KD...4KDophQYU0#t=0
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If you go to a bike shop and ask for an empty bike box, they'll gladly give you one for free. Ask for the biggest one they have. Take off both wheels and turn your handlebars. Stuff three of your panniers in the gaps so you only check one item, and use your fourth as a carry-on. At the airport, they'll charge you an overweight fee. An overweight fee isn't much worse than checking a second bag, which you'd probably have to do if you used a smaller box that can only hold a bike that has couplers.

So my solution involves not bothering with the couplers.
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Some airlines don't allow luggage in the bicycle box.
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If you go to a bike shop you can ask to put your bike in their dumpster. Then take a taxi to the airport and catch your flight.

So my solution involves not bothering with the couplers.
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I have the TRP Hylex disc brakes on my S&S coupled bike and i simply remove 4 clips which route the brake line and the two hex bolts to remove the rear caliper from the frame.
Then I remove the external rohloff gear change box and voila I can separate my frame in two pieces.

Takes less than 5 minutes.
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