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Old 05-13-06, 10:23 PM   #1
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Wish me luck,...

as my bike, packed in a standard frame box is in the hands of luggage handling crew of Lufthansa.

No surcharges but they had me sign partial release form on the grounds of inadequate packing
I got the promise of manual handling, hope it makes it through a transfer in Munich.
They seemed to be only concerned about deflating the tires.
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release forms? eeek....hope you can sleep tonight. i wouldn't be able to.
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Old 05-14-06, 11:07 AM   #4
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Yup: I made it to the destination but my bike was left behind in Munich
Luckily, now I have it back, intact.
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Never done the box method, but I've used a soft bike bag many times without incident. The trick is to make sure the sides are layered with an inch or so of foam. Also, for steel frames those dropout holders or old hubs work well to keep the frame in alignment.
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+1 on dropout holders. had them.

Close inspection of the bike revealed two correctible issues:
The tip of the rear axle cut through the box and the axle was squeezed in - now I know how you dissassemble Mack hubs The other thing that cut through was a chainring - one tooth was slightly bent - straightended with no problems.

It was a blast to cut through the trafic on Waterloo Ave this morning
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