Car free since 1995
Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes: Birdy Yellow, Birdy Monocoque
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The link that Invisiblehand sent was for a Samsonite Oyster. When I first packed the bike, I erroneously thought I was using a 29" suitcase, but it was a huge monster (because I'm stupid, had never used suitcases for travel, and didn't measure it). The bike almost fit in with the wheels on.
I'm now years out. When that suitcase died, I bought an Oyster. It's much tougher and easier to tow on a trailer, but you really do have to carefully follow the directions. I might also consider getting a crush protector to prevent the chainring from getting bent. You should also fit a few bits of rolled up newspaper into the empty spaces. The baggage handlers will destroy it if you give them the chance. I have had the wheels ripped off the suitcase, the outside secure strap torn apart, and have had a bent chainring. The latter is a hassle if you are traveling somewhere that does not sell road bikes.