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Old 12-09-07, 12:52 AM   #1
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Packing a DT Mini in an Samsonite Oyster

I managed to fit my Mini into a Samsonite Oyster for my impending trip to Africa. I did some minor disassembly:

Removed handlepost from fork
Removed handlebars from stem
Removed front wheel
removed pedals and put them in reverse
unhooked brake cables (not essential)




I see the saddle and seatpost might have stayed fully down. I didn't try it. In the pic it is tucked through the stand under the BB shell.

It is a tight fit and I deflated the tyres to get some extra give. But at least I didn't have to remove the back wheel - just the nuts are loosened to allow the wheel to go forward a bit.

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Old 12-09-07, 08:57 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting the pictures, Jur. This makes for a tidy package for travel. Comfortable bike to ride once you get there, too.
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Bike + suitcase is 18kg.

I checked the amount of room above the seat tube - there's not enough to leave the seat post + saddle in. If there's time tonight I might revisit the packing and tape the seat tube, handlepost and the front wheel in place, so that the whole can be lifted out.

The case is pretty full - definitely no room for my helmet. I might be able to tuck my cycling sandals in somewhere, plus gloves, socks, chain lube.
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Bike + suitcase is 18kg.

The case is pretty full - definitely no room for my helmet. I might be able to tuck my cycling sandals in somewhere, plus gloves, socks, chain lube.
Given your commute, a helmet makes a lot of sense. I wonder how many posters wear helmets? Chain lube? For a trip? How often do you use it? Brand?
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Helmets: Compulsory in Oz.

Lube: I'm going for 3+ weeks and have to train to stay in form for the upcoming Australian Alpine Classic 200, so lube is necessary. I use Prolink.
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I took about 10min without rushing to put it all together again (excluding re-inflating the tyres).
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Looks like an easy pack. You have to deflate the tires even if they fit; the baggage compartment is not pressurized. I almost made that mistake.
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You have to deflate the tires even if they fit; the baggage compartment is not pressurized. I almost made that mistake.
Actually that is a commonly accepted error, the baggage hold is pressurised. Everything in the cylindrical fuselage space is.
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Thanks for the picture. I hope you have a great trip. Right now I have about 8 1/2 hours of daylight max with rain, ice and snow a various times so I haven't been riding much. Be sure to take lots of pictures. I really enjoyed your Tasmania tour pages!

So where are you going in Africa?
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Downtube Mini in South African setting. Here's me pootling along a path inside a security enclave, double fence on my right, inside one sharp and spiky, outside one electrified. Very nice mountain range in the background with African savannah type vegetation in between.



I also took a very hard long ride, including a very difficult and steep dirt road mountain pass. The road surface was extremely poor in most places after recent rain storms but I managed it on the Mini. Unfortunately no pics of me traversing the pass. You can see it in Google Earth: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/2169598

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Looking for info on that pass, I found it is a very popular MTBer route - competitions take it in. Here is a description:

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Then onto the Monster - a tough 9kms of pristine climbing makes the riders sweat through awesome rock formations and magnificent views of the Buffelspoort valley until the top of Breedtsnek and Tamer of the Monster.
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If you don't mind me asking, how much do you weigh, jur? I'm fairly close to the official weight limit for the Mini and trying to figure out whether it would be right for me.
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75kg.
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Please post how much the mini and suitcase weigh when packed, looks lots easier than the NS I have, wishing I had bought the mini
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Looks like an easy pack. You have to deflate the tires even if they fit; the baggage compartment is not pressurized. I almost made that mistake.
I doubt you'd have to deflate the tyres anyway. Even if the plane hold was a total vacuum, it would only be like pumping your tyres an extra 14 psi higher then normal. Since the drop in hold pressure is only a few psi, I doubt it would be more than four or five, the difference is marginal unless you already have them over the max pressure anyway.

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