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Old 07-30-12, 04:56 PM   #1
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Pocket Llama + carlton suitcase = packing pains

I've scoured the internet, I've watched the pocket bike packing video tons of times, I've read through the printed instructions over and over again. And still, trying to fit my pocket llama into the older carlton suitcase feels like... trying to fit a llama into a suitcase.

I have 2.0 big apples on it right now, but I've let the air out of the tires completely. When I'm just packing the bike and not the trailer kit, I can sort of get everything in and bend the suitcase top around to get the clamps to close with some effort. However, regardless of how I rearrange everything, the front tire axle still sticks above the crush protector.

Is it normal to have the front tire axle protruding?

Can anyone post detailed pictures of their 2000-2010ish v-brake pocket llama packed into a carlton suitcase?
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A quick image to show you what I mean, here you can see where the axle is bumping out the top of the suitcase:

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I don't know if this is affecting you packing efforts, but I have noticed that my 62CM NWT folds to a different size and shape than the wife's 54CM Crusoe. (No suit cases here, though.)

What size is your frame?

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I don't know if this is affecting you packing efforts, but I have noticed that my 62CM NWT folds to a different size and shape than the wife's 54CM Crusoe. (No suit cases here, though.)

What size is your frame?

Lou
Good point. I think mine is a 56cm / medium frame, which seems like it shouldn't be oversized. Do you arrange your nwt differently in the case than the smaller crusoe?
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Mainstreet, have you got it figured out yet? Your post made me kinda nervous because I have a V-brake Llama that I hope to pack, but hadn`t yet done it. But this week I finally "built" a custom cardboard travel box for it and it goes in just fine. Box dimentions are 20 x 30 x 10 inches. How deep is the Carlton? You did remove the front skewer, didn`t you? And the pedals? For what its worth, my bike has a 21" ETT and the removeable seatmast. I sure hope you get it straightened out- really wouldn`t like the axle pushing out that way on my bike and I can see why you`re concerned.
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