Hello folks, I'll be setting off in late March for a 1100km tour in Japan - but I'm totally stuck getting a better solution than to get a cheap stem just for the flight.
I'm using the Ortlieb Ultimate 5 bar bag mount along with a LH Thomson Elite stem. As you might already know, the Elite stem has this portion that "gently hugs" the steerer tube, I think Sun Ringle was another brand that does this too.
I'm puzzled because in order to box up my bike (I'd need to, because I don't want to take any chances bashing up my relatively new chainrings that I spent a pretty penny on) I'd need to take off the handlebar. But you also do know that the Ortlieb bar bag mount chews up the steel cable, and opening up the stem faceplate and taking the handlebar off isn't the best solution. I'm concerned that despite proper packing,
1. that internal portion to hold the steerer tube can get lost/damaged
2. if the stem is taken off the fork, the fork would be loose in the box
Short of changing a stem, can you share what you think of this combination, and how you work around it while flying? I can only think of getting the cheap stem JUST for the flight. Thanks for the help!