In September I'll be flying back east for a week from California, and I'd really like to take a folder with me. I've read over the threads about packing in suitcases, but I have a couple of questions still.
First up is the suitcase. It seems the two cases of choice are the 29" Oyster and the 31" F'Lite. It seems the F'Lite is much easier to pack in, but I'm wondering about the possibility of getting nailed by the airline for exceeding 62 linear inches. I notice many of the threads on airlines and folders are like from 2005, and wondering what people's more recent experience is. My thought is with the high cost of fuel and such, the airlines might be more stringent these days. (I'll be flying United).
Now to the fun question--which bike would you recommend for airline travel. I have the Vitesse D7HG, but I'd die if it was lost on the airline, so I'm thinking of a second folder just to travel (I'm back east 3-4 wks a year). Yes, I've got the folder bug, and work has been obliging with lots of overtime, but I'd still like to keep the bike purchase <= $500. I like Dahons, but am open to Dowtube, etc. Offhand I was thinking either single gear or internal hub just to maximize chance that the luggage handlers won't be bending derailers by throwing the luggage around.
Would a Boardwalk S1 work for this, or is the non-adjustable handlebar an issue for packing? Is there a preference for the D or P series on the Dahon Speed models in terms of packability/ability to survive air travel?
Any thoughts appreciated, and thanks for your patience on a subject I know has been covered before.