What is a Retrofit?
Using aerospace-quality stainless steel couplers and old-school brazing, Bilenky Cycle Works can transform your "old dog" into a slick, tricked-out machine that will open the door to a world of new travel adventures!
S&S couplers allow a bike to split into two pieces without compromising the strength or ride quality. We can install couplers in just about any bike- single, tandem, recumbent or tandem recumbent (tandems will need to pack into two boxes). We've installed couplers in bikes with non-round and tapered tubing, too!
A Bilenky Travel Retrofit lets you pack your bike into a modestly sized hard case and take it with you everywhere! No more fuss at the airport. No more over priced extra baggage fees on planes! It may take a little practice to pack and unpack quickly, but we're always happy to help and there are plenty of good instructional videos. Here's one:
Here are handy step by step visual instructions to help with the packing process:
Make it even simpler:
To make your life a little easier, we recommend that you purchase Cable Disconnects if you are opting out of a Travel Package. They are like couplers for your brakes and are included in our Travel Package but can also be purchased on their own.
We also recommend that you purchase a TSA Net if you think you'll be traveling by air. This net will keep your bike that you so carefully and lovingly placed in the case, in tact. The net makes it easier to be inspected without the hassle of everything being removed and then thrown back in.
You will at some point need Coupler Grease so might as well throw that in and save on shipping. Note that using a different grease may void the warranty on your couplers.
Want to keep your new, old bike riding great? Here's a great link on how to clean and care for your couplers. Click me.
Please note and understand that when we retrofit a non-Bilenky bike it will void the warranty on your bike.
However, it will be covered by our own warranty for ten years.
We have installed tens of thousands of couplers since 1994- more than any other shop! Our retrofitted bikes have accompanied their owners to every continent, including Antarctica!