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    Fitting a Montague folder in a suitcase

    I'm convinced that it should be possible if some extreme steps, like removing the crank, and possibly the fork, are taken. Anyone done it?

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    two suitcases yes see my thread "lightweight travel bike" page three
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    Depends on how big the suitcase is.

    The Montague bag might be a better idea. Probably extra bagage fee.
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    Someone once showed how it is possible to get a Montague into an airline accepted dimension box (61" linear?) but not a standard suitcase - obviously the wheels are too big.
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    I don't have a Montague, but I've thought about this because I'm just a nerd like that and because I might want a 26" folder someday for rougher touring. Normal airline-legal suitcases are usually quite a bit less than 26" wide (more like 29x22), so I think the main problem is that you can't fit 26" wheels in them. But S&S-coupled bikes fit into airline-legal cases made specially for them (http://www.sandsmachine.com/#cases), because the cases are 26x26x10 -- square instead of rectangular. I wonder if a Montague would fit into one of those cases? Problem is, they're way more expensive than a mass-produced Samsonite. You could try it with their $33 cardboard box of the same dimensions. And I wonder if there are any mass-produced suitcases that are square like that?

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    Yeah, $400 for a suitcase is a bit high.

    I"ve seen on the net somewhere people basically put a cardboard box inside of the softcase. Works out well enough for them I suppose.

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    Montague used to make a 26" wheeled folding tandem and supplied a suitcase to fit it in.
    Contact Montague, they might still have one of those cases in a backroom somehwere . . .

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    A lot of folks dont realize that the Paratrooper breaks down even smaller if you separate the top tube from the triangle (unscrew nut at base of the seatpost) it takes me less than 5 minutes. This would require a lot smaller suitcase than the one Montague is selling....a better design is two separate suitcases IMO.

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    If you're packing your bike for touring, you'll be taking two suitcases anyway, so you might as well plan on putting some bike parts in the second suitcase.

    But it's even more important to watch weight - most airlines charge more if a bag weighs more than 50 lbs, and they *will* weigh the bags. And some of the hardshell cases are pretty heavy on their own - the S&S hardshell case weighs 17 lbs, for example.

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    Last night I constructed a 26x26x10 cardboard box from two boxes I brought home from work. I disassembled a Hummer and am working to get it all in there. I had to take it all the way apart and could not quite get it into the box. I haven't given up yet. I may need to go 25x25x12, though. I'll post pictures if I am successful -- or when I give up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CabezaShok View Post
    A lot of folks dont realize that the Paratrooper breaks down even smaller if you separate the top tube from the triangle (unscrew nut at base of the seatpost) it takes me less than 5 minutes. This would require a lot smaller suitcase than the one Montague is selling....a better design is two separate suitcases IMO.
    Actually, it's smarter to just remove the rear wheel. If you look at it, it is designed to have the top tube fold over the bottom tube.

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    The problem is that without removing the top tube, it won't fit into the 26x26....

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    Check this blog post out on montague's website.

    http://www.montaguebikes.com/folding...e-paratrooper/

    Also this link as well

    http://wheelsdown.wordpress.com/2008...-a-cochabamba/
    Last edited by greatbam; 10-25-12 at 12:43 PM. Reason: forgot to add an additional link.

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    Here is a more detailed take apart of the montague paratrooper and put into a suitcase.

    http://wheelsdown.wordpress.com/2008...etting-packed/

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