Join Date: Dec 2005
Bikes: Bike Friday Crusoe and Pocket Tourist. Dahon Curve D3 and Speed P8. Raleigh Twenty. Bianchi Eros. Highly modified Mongoose Dynametric (hybrid)
I've flown fairly frequently with my Bike Friday in a 29 inch Samsonite suitcase as checked luggage (originally with a New World Tourist, and later with a Crusoe). I've had minor damage a couple of times, but I don't think it's just the baggage handlers in recent years. There can be a problem with the TSA opening up the case to inspect things, and then not putting them back in properly. You can include instructions, with pictures, in the case; you can ask to stand nearby in case they have questions, but there are no guarantees that you'll be allowed to intervene. My suitcase is usually, though not always searched, and a couple of times they have just thrown things back in any old way.
So I understand wanting to bring your folder on board as a carry on. Bromptons have a good reputation, and it would be interesting to know for sure whether they can pack small enough for a carry on. The picture of one in the overhead compartment seems fairly convincing, but with luggage that looks to be close to the limits, you may sometimes have to convince an airline employee who thinks it looks too big. I doubt if you're going to get the same performance that you would get with a BF, anyway, so there's some trade off. I thought I had read that some of Bike Friday's "Air" suspension beam bikes would disassemble small enough to fit in a large carry on, but I can't track this down on the BF site, and when I think of it, it doesn't seem too plausible. Might be worth writing to Bike Friday, though.
Last edited by DaFriMon; 12-27-05 at 01:50 PM.