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Old 07-08-12, 03:29 PM   #1
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[flying] Throw-away solution?

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As it's small/light enough to match EasyJet's requirements (L+w+d < 275cm, 20kg), I intend to make my first fly in a few weeks with the Birdy World Speed I ordered.

I won't order the hard case as I'll be visiting several cities and can't carry this thing with me.

For those of you who've already flown with a folding bike, what solution would you recommend?

Would a cardboard box filled with newspapers be good enough? Or maybe some expanding foam from the hardware store?

Thank you.
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Old 07-09-12, 01:19 PM   #2
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I haven`t flown mine yet either, but my plan was to build a custom box from scrap cardboard, leaving little extra room for the bike to move around, use a few rolled cardboard supports to prevent it from being smashed, then use clothes and/or sleeping bag to stuff the empty spaces full. Glad you posted, I`ll be watching the thread for ideas and comments from people who`ve already flown their folders.
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A extra large shopping bag from a place like Ikea and pack clothes and cardboard aound items you dont want damaged. This way the bag can be folded and used when you come back.
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Making a Tube out of more cardboard, as an anti crushing brace across the carton may help.
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After seeing quite a few musicians get their instruments destroyed while in hard cases, I can't imagine your bike would survive unless you pay the extra for the care of a bike box.
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Thanks for the input. I hadn't thought about the Ikea bag + clothes.

I talked with the local Birdy importer and he said he already took the plan with a bunch of friends for touring and never had an issue using the cardboards that came with the bikes and "FRAGILE/DO NOT STACK" on them.

I'm still a bit uneasy about taking it on a plane, though :-/
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I just flew internationally with a Brompton using a Mac Pro box and it fit perfectly and escaped undamaged. I bet Apple stores or resellers would give them away. Not sure if the Birdy would fit, though..
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I don't know too much about folding bikes, but I've seen this done with precision machine equipment. They take thick bags and wrap the parts with them, then put another thick bag into the excess space in the box, and fill it with expanding spray-foam insulation. The important part is that the spray foam doesn't touch the bike. Then they saw away the excess that comes out the end of the box. When you take it apart again, you just break the foam away and throw it out.

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Good idea. Thank you.
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I just flew internationally with a Brompton using a Mac Pro box and it fit perfectly and escaped undamaged. I bet Apple stores or resellers would give them away.Not sure if the Birdy would fit, though..
That's quite interesting. Did you cover up the Mac picture on the box or left it as is? In some airports, that Mac pic on the box would be screaming "steal me off the luggage belt before my owner gets me! I'm a Mac Pro!"

Do you have pics of the Brompton packed in it?
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I don't know too much about folding bikes, but I've seen this done with precision machine equipment. They take thick bags and wrap the parts with them, then put another thick bag into the excess space in the box, and fill it with expanding spray-foam insulation. The important part is that the spray foam doesn't touch the bike. Then they saw away the excess that comes out the end of the box. When you take it apart again, you just break the foam away and throw it out.

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Sounds like it would provide great protection, but for airline travel isn't packaging that has to be broken in order to inspect the contents a potential problem with security?
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