Found suitcase that fits Brompton H-type. Now seeking advice on packing..
I got a Calvin Klein "Woodstock" 28" semi-hardsided suitcase at Ross Dress for Less for $70. The stiff fibrous material it's made of seems very similar to the Polaris Folding Bike Pod my wife has (retails for around $250). The dimensions are roughly 28"x21"x12" = 61" (i.e. legal size for checked baggage). It fits my H-type, more or less...
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As you can see, the sides of the case do bulge out - the main problem is the steering riser on the H-type is at least an inch taller than on the regular size Brompton. (I took the photo of me for reference - I'm 194cm/6'4")
I have a few questions for those of you that have flown with Bromptons before:
- I've added a bit of padding to points that might damaged the suitcase, e.g. pedals, steering column, top of seatpost (see photos). Should I add more? Should I try to rig some kind of crush-protection? The handlebar ends are two of the highest points and don't seem the most sturdy part of the bike.
- I have the telescoping seat post, which makes it easy to take the seat off. Good thing, because it couldn't possibly fit with the seat on! As you can hopefully see in the photos, I put the seat between the wheels - there's one strap holding it to each wheel, and a bit of padding to stop the saddle scuffing on the tire. It seems to me that this should work without damaging anything. Has anyone done similar and experienced damage as a result? I suppose I could leave the saddle loose in the suitcase, but this seems tidier.
Anything else I should think of?
Thanks in advance for advice!