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    Good Folder for Airline Travel

    Hey everybody,

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old_school_dave View Post
    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).
    I've flown United many times with my F'Lite, the last time was a couple months ago. They never look twice at it. I've also seen many other people with the same suitcase. This is definitely the way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Boy View Post
    I've flown United many times with my F'Lite, the last time was a couple months ago. They never look twice at it. I've also seen many other people with the same suitcase. This is definitely the way to go.
    Thanks for the info. I ended up going with the Curve D3, and I'll probably go with the F'lite since consensus seems to be if within weight restrictions, size isn't an issue. It seems like the F'lite will allow less disassembly of the bike and more room for extras like helmet, bottle, lights, etc.

    If I end up getting tagged for the oversize, I'll be sure to let everyone know.

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    I brought my Jetstream XP to Belgium in an F'lite. It doesn't have the narrowest fold, and I spent some time playing with the best way to pack it. I could have fit the whole bike in the F'lite, but I couldn't be certain it would make the trip without a scratch. Ultimately I removed the wheels, put them in plastic, and packed them in a different suitcase with my clothes. Some clothes in the F'lite, some in the other case with the wheels.

    FWIW, the counterperson didn't give the F'lite a second glance re: its size, and when my bags went through x-ray TSA didn't even raise an eyebrow.
    I came to say I must be folding . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainSpalding View Post
    I brought my Jetstream XP to Belgium in an F'lite. It doesn't have the narrowest fold, and I spent some time playing with the best way to pack it. I could have fit the whole bike in the F'lite, but I couldn't be certain it would make the trip without a scratch. Ultimately I removed the wheels, put them in plastic, and packed them in a different suitcase with my clothes. Some clothes in the F'lite, some in the other case with the wheels.

    FWIW, the counterperson didn't give the F'lite a second glance re: its size, and when my bags went through x-ray TSA didn't even raise an eyebrow.
    I thought about that--splitting the bike into two pieces of luggage, but United Air just started charging for a second checked bag, plus with my luck ONE of them would get lost, and I'd end up with just the frame or just the wheels.

    I'm glad to hear that the F'lite seems to be unworthy for the airline personnel to break out the measuring tape.

    Oh, and when you say you "wrapped in plastic", is that bubble wrap you're referring to?

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    Bromptons are great but expensive. The alternative is the well regarded Downtube Mini.

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