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Old 06-18-17, 06:03 PM   #51
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This is an upgraded Dahon Speed p8 with an Ultegra Dual crank, a shorter outfolding handle bar stem and trigger shifters. I removed the handle bar stem and the handle bar, removed the fenders and rear rack and left them at home, removed wheels, pedals and the chain as well. Brought with me a pedal wrench and allen keys. Put the lights in the saddle bag, weight of the bike with the hard case was about 40-45lbs. Assembly and disassembly would cost you around 15 or so minutes depending on skill level.
May I ask the dimensions of the suitcase and / or Brand ?
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Old 06-19-17, 09:47 AM   #52
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May I ask the dimensions of the suitcase and / or Brand ?
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It's this one from BJ's Wholesale Club

CALPAK Verdugo 2-Pc. Hardside Luggage Set - Black - BJ's Wholesale Club

Suitcase: 28"L x 19.5"W x 13.5"H

I use the bigger one though it may be a little cramped so a little disassembly is required ( handlepost, seatpost, wheels, pedals, probably rear derailleur, fenders and rear rack). Though we bought a larger bag, forgot the brand but from BJ's also and it's a little larger so the bike fits better there.
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Old 06-20-17, 05:25 PM   #53
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So I am just super lucky or has anyone else had their bicycle enclosed suitcase go missing? Almost 24 hours now since I filed a claim and not a peep by Southwest. Providence to DC, turned into to Baltimore many hours past my original flight time due to thunderstorms. Just wondering how you made out?
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Old 06-21-17, 08:01 AM   #54
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Just an update, I got a call last night and Southwest found my bike in DC. They dropped it off at the hotel overnight and it had a few new dings/scrapes and a broken off reflector on the front rim, but not unexpected since it was probably thrown around a lot in the past two days.

Advice I gained from this experience- Don't leave your sneakers in with the bike, so you can still exercise should your bike go missing. One set of gym clothes and sneakers in your carry on and you can keep moving forward for the day or two until you are reunited with your bike

Dings and dents come with the territory. I don't know if I would be doing this with a $1000+ bike or something carbon fiber. I can improve my wrapping but it is a balance of how much time to put into it before it becomes a PITA.
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Old 06-23-17, 06:09 PM   #55
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Fly regularly with my Tern Verge X30h. Packs into a 62" case at under 50 lbs with my helmet, shoes, and cycling clothes. 15 minutes at each end to dis and reassemble. 3 years of many flights a year (6 flights on 2 trips in the last 2 weeks) have been hard on the bike with lots of paint chips but it still works just fine. The main packing problem with a security checks. They have unpacked it every time and don't put it back in carefully every time.

Do you by any chance have any pics of your bike packed?

What suitcase are you using?

What country are you in? Luckily, I've never had anyone unpack my bike and I've flown many times in the US and Europe. That would be a disaster and I think I'd lose my sh*t!
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Old 07-09-17, 05:40 PM   #56
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Awwesome answers, thanks

I spent almost an hour packing and then another hour reassembling my Swift.

Too much work for a weekend trip.
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Although it would be quicker next time.
The Swift will fit in a Samsonite 30-inch hardside case, without too much disassembly, but it will fit inside only one way. Once you learn how, it is much quicker the second time. (I figured this out when I sold mine, a steel NYC Swift, and needed to ship it to the new owner. I had to make an instructional photo guide for anyone who was opening and inspecting the encased bike on how to put it all back in the correct way.)
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