Marni and Doug Hutter's tandem at the Grand Canyon
This comment was made by the owner of the tandem, Doug Hutter, in respons to two questions posted to the Tandem@Hobbes mailing list. The person inquiring about S and S Couplings wanted to know:
Doug's response was as follows:
We sold the 'dale and bought a S&S-coupled Co-Motion, which has accompanied us on a couple of domestic trip, and wants to go to France next year.
To answer your second question -- is the S&S option worth the money? -- we would say ABSOLUTELY YES! In addition to the Co-Motion being a wonderful ride, the couplings make it a dream to transport: No charges on the domestic airlines. On our NY-New England trip last year, we used a rental sedan for our non-bike travel between cities; we had only to uncouple the front section and drop the wheels, to carry the bike in the back seat. On our just-completed Napa/Sonoma valleys trip, we did the same thing.
My recommendation, if you know you'll will be traveling with your new tandem: don't even consider a non-coupled twofer. (and as an aside, I believe there are a number of other tandem manufacturers -- beside Santana -- that offer S&S couplings for less than $1,500, and take a careful look at where on the frame the couplings are located... it can make a big difference on the ease of assembly/disassembly)
Good luck with your new S&S-coupled tandem. I hope you'll be as
happy with it as we are with our screaming yellow S&S Co-Motion Co-Pilot!!"
Doug Hutter Phoenix, AZ