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Old 04-06-17, 05:03 PM   #1
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Putting a Folding bike in a Suitcase

So I have a Xootr swift and bought a suitcase and packed it into it. I bought the largest suitcase that will go standard size by luggage.

I had to take everything apart. Fork off the frame, rear frame disconnected.

I also have a Dahon Mu. Does anyone have experience putting one of them in a suitcase?

Can I just take the wheels off and handlebar stem? or do I have to take the fork off too?



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Old 04-06-17, 05:05 PM   #2
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Did you happen to take any photos of the packing process? It would be interesting to see.
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Sorry I don't have the bikes you mentioned. I do have a cheap bike that will fold than gets loaded into an extra-sized duffel, but I don't know if it is air legal.

On my Bike Friday Pocket Rocket, I remove front and rear wheels. Seatmast folds forward. I think the seat comes out. Stem comes out. Bars separate in the middle, and pedals come off. The fork and cranks aren't removed. And it all gets stuffed into the suitcase. The suitcase has wheels and a towing tongue that I think will also fit in, but I've carried them separately.
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I doubt that taking the fork off a Dahon would shrink it much. Folded, the fork overlaps the rear triangle.

You would save a few inches by removing the wheels, but only if you also remove the rear fender.

BTW - I don't put my bikes in hard suitcases. I find I do better in duffel bags with thick foam surrounding the contents, and using my clothing to pad the bike. IME - airlines don't measure big duffels carefully, and it's easy to pass an overly large bag below the radar.
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You may get away with just taking off the wheels.
Here I have a 20inch wheeled folder with a similar fold to Dahon's:

Speed Uno(similar to Mu) squeexed in a S & S backpack(26" X 26" X 10").
Just took out the seatpost for a more compact fit. This is a soft luggage:
Dahon Speed Uno in S & S Backpack by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
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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.

Although it would be quicker next time.

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I also have a Dahon Mu. Does anyone have experience putting one of them in a suitcase?
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Looks like a Speed P8, I have one and have packed it in a standard sized Samsonite Oyster hard shell the same way. IIRC, the dealer did mention that this was one of the unique Dahons where you could fold the fork into the rear triangle which allow a flat frame position without disassembly. Just remove pedals (I have MKS QR), seat tube, handlebar stem, and wheels. No tools, but I have to let the air out of the BA tires to close the lid.
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I managed to squeeze my Dahon into the B&W suitcase meant for Brompton. Though it worked, it was the type of operation you would not want to repeat. The operation hinged on some particularly devious trick with the fork in my memory.
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I packed my old Dahon in a suitcase that will take a Bike Friday..Not particularly difficult..Take off the front wheel..Take off the pedals ..Take off the front mudguard (fender)..Slide out the handlepost and handlebars and lay them down in the case..Take off the seatpost and saddle and put in the case....Place the folded bike in the case....Put the front fender around the front wheel in the case...Pack the case with spare clothes..Job done..
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Pictures borrowed from the internet. I'll put them back after you've seen them.

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I'm not sure you can put them back but looks great. Thank you

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Here's a few tips that may save a bit of space.

1.No one says the entire bike has to go into the same case,many parts can be removed and put into another piece of luggage such as carry on,etc.
2.Remove fenders Leave them home get a couple of plastic ones that roll up, the kind that attach to seat tube on back wheel and I think they make one for front wheel too.

3.Remove air from tires saves almost an inch or more depending on suitcase size and shape.
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With my Tern Verge, I disassemble the bike quite a bit. It's total overkill, but knowing how rough baggage handlers are, I don't want to risk arriving with a damaged bike.

Generally, here's what I take off: chain, rear derailleur with hangar, handlepost, handlebars, seat/seatpost, one of the V-brake calipers, pedals (but they're QR so that doesn't really count), fenders get zip tied around wheels.

Then I wrap everything in foam/bubble wrap, including the frame & fork. I have a 1/2" layer of foam on the inside of the suitcase and I also put a crush protector in the middle of it.

It is a very lengthy and tedious process. I give myself about half a day to do it. I dread it actually, but I can't risk any damage in transit. If there was a comparable bike that I could simply fold up and put in a suitcase without having to go through this process, I would probably jump on it. Supposedly the Helix but...
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