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Old 12-07-16, 02:03 PM
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Here's my packing update. If anyone has any more pointers or suggestions, let me know. It's not a full size box so I had to get creative.

After looking at the pictures, I realized Inever took a pic of the rack. The rack was wrapped in bubble wrap. I also notice theres a lot of space that is unfilled. Should I fill it with crunched up news paper to fill the voids?











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Old 12-07-16, 02:28 PM
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Personally, I'd just wait until a couple of days after Christmas and take your brother and the bicycle to the local bicycle co-op.
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Old 12-07-16, 02:31 PM
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Personally, I'd just wait until a couple of days after Christmas and take your brother and the bicycle to the local bicycle co-op.
For what? I'm not following you there.
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Old 12-08-16, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by primo123 View Post
For what? I'm not following you there.
I'm saying that you don't have to ship your tools. Go to a co-op, if there is one, and use theirs. That's my resource when I fly to visit my son and work on his bicycle. It's worth it just to have access to a stand, which makes it so much easier to work on a bicycle, especially when it's been torn down to the extent that you have.
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Old 12-08-16, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I'm saying that you don't have to ship your tools. Go to a co-op, if there is one, and use theirs. That's my resource when I fly to visit my son and work on his bicycle. It's worth it just to have access to a stand, which makes it so much easier to work on a bicycle, especially when it's been torn down to the extent that you have.
Thats a good idea, however, we plan on building up the bike over some beers ON Chrsitmas morning. I dont think the bike shop is going to be open on Christmas . It will be a pain without a stand, however, Mine is retractable and folds down so i might be able to get it in a box with tools and check it in as a second baggage (for free)
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Thats a good idea, however, we plan on building up the bike over some beers ON Chrsitmas morning. I dont think the bike shop is going to be open on Christmas...
That's why I originally suggested to wait until a couple of days after Christmas. Plus, it would give you a couple of days to sober up, so that the alcohol doesn't affect your workmanship.
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Old 12-08-16, 09:37 AM
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That's why I originally suggested to wait until a couple of days after Christmas. Plus, it would give you a couple of days to sober up, so that the alcohol doesn't affect your workmanship.
Wheres the fun in that?

I am going to pack a few tools. He has a full set of tools so I will only need to bring bike specific tools (BB tool, Cable cutters, spoke wrench etc) I think those few tools packed in with the stand in a carboard box will be just fine.
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Old 12-08-16, 09:39 AM
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This is also something we have been planning for a while and are really looking forward to Christmas morning bikes and beers build. I am going to document it with pictures and with a GoPro. Will report back
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Hey guys,

I wanted to update this post. The bike made it safely to California scotch free and built up nicely. We did run into some problems (I forgot 2 barrel adjusters and a brake cable spliced up) but other than that, it went well.

My brother learned a lot about bikes and I think will help with general maintenance in the long haul. It was a big ordeal for me but was well worth seeing him grin ear to ear around the parking lot. He kept mention how "Freaking smooth" it is and "it just goes and goes". The whole ordeal was worth it.

As you can see from the pics, he did decide to put bullhorns on. Although not my style, ( I had drops for it) it was his bike and its what he wanted and felt comfortable on.

I am going to attach a youtube link to the time lapse video I put together, as well as some pictures. I ran out of daylight at the end. *Edit* I forgot to add, the first part of the video shows unpacking the bike from the box. That was to check the inventory and make sure nothing was damaged in the flight*

Alas, Trek 620

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orrD...ature=youtu.be










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Nice work!

As far as flying with bike tools goes, I was traveling from Boston to Portland, Oregon with a bunch of triplizer chainrings a couple of years ago. Without thinking too much about it, I'd just shoved them into my carry-on (I wasn't checking any luggage), and as I neared the x-ray machine I suddenly realized that the screener was probably going to interpret them as ninja throwing stars or something. I was sweating a little as I got to the front of the line, but the guy said "It looks like you have a bunch of chainrings in there, eh?," and waved me through. I guess they've seen pretty much everything.
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Nice work!

As far as flying with bike tools goes, I was traveling from Boston to Portland, Oregon with a bunch of triplizer chainrings a couple of years ago. Without thinking too much about it, I'd just shoved them into my carry-on (I wasn't checking any luggage), and as I neared the x-ray machine I suddenly realized that the screener was probably going to interpret them as ninja throwing stars or something. I was sweating a little as I got to the front of the line, but the guy said "It looks like you have a bunch of chainrings in there, eh?," and waved me through. I guess they've seen pretty much everything.
Thats funny. I ended up packing up my repair stand as it is retractable. I put pipe insulation around it and put it in a box along with my bike specific tools. I just checked that box as a 2nd check in item. WOrked great!
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