What to do with suitcase when touring on a folder?
I've tried several methods of touring with my folder. One my first folder tour, I turned the suitcase into a trailer, ala Bike Friday method, and it worked out ok. But I prefer panniers over the trailer. In my opinion, the suitcase trailer feels quite wide, and I had some anxiety that a car would clip it.
So on my next trip in Maui I brought panniers and left the suitcase at a storage unit near the airport. This was great, I rode around the island with panniers and got the suitcase for my flight home. I liked this a lot. I'll do this for all round-trip tours from now on.
On the next tour I brought panniers and mailed the suitcase ahead to my destination. But that was expensive! The empty suitcase wasn't heavy, but due it it's size, it was costly.
So for my next one-way bike trip, I'm thinking of leaving the suitcase at home and instead go to a luggage store and get a cardboard box the size of a large samsonite. This means I'd have to end the tour in a town large enough to have a luggage shop.
What how do you deal with the suitcase when touring on a folder?
edit: has anyone heard of a folding suitcase?
Last edited by bokes; 05-04-08 at 12:10 AM.