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Old 02-03-19, 08:21 PM
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How small can I get my folding bike? (due to luggage size rules)

I am looking at purchasing a Mini folding bike (similar to a Dahon Speed P8) to go on a trip around New Zealand. The first leg of my trip involves a coach ride where the maximum luggage size is 150cm (Length+Width+Height). The fold size of the bike is given as about 180cm.

So I wondered if I was to do things like remove the wheels and seat post, how much smaller the bike might be, or are there other ways of reducing the total size.

I'm allowed two bags, so any parts removed can go in a second bag.

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My old Tobukaeru has a similar fold and wheel size(20 in.) as yours.
If you remove the wheels; might be able to squeeze everything in 1 standard size suitcase:
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Thanks 1nterceptor that is exactly what i was thinking could be done, Would you happen to know (or be able to measure for me) the size of that suitcase.

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I got that suitcase specifically for that bike. When I switched to a different bike(Brompton) and bike luggage(cardboard box);
I got rid of both the Tobukaeru and that suitcase. But I think it's still being sold. Google Samsonite Winfield 2 28" Hardside Spinner Luggage.
Oh just realized; I had the dimensions in my video description: Dimensions: 28.0" x 19.0" x 13.0"

Another bike(Citizen Tokyo) in the same suitcase:

2013 Citizen Tokyo in a suitcase by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
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By taking the seatpost out, wheels off, letting air out and detaching the pedals and the derailleur I managed to squeeze each of our Dahons into a B&W Bompton suitcase, right at the border of the airline dimensions. I put one wheel into the other suitcase and some stuff from the other suitcase into B&W because it was the most straightforward. I suspect that if I worked harder I could keep both wheels in B&W. One critical move was turning the fork backwards, if I remember correctly.
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The fork usually can be fit in between the rear triangle - (works for all Dahons I know).
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Most bikes will require some disassembly, and not all will fit in a airline-standard suitcase, but there are a lot that will.


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Here is a video that may help you:
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These are from my Bike Froday's owners manual and include the bike in its case. Roger
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My "Proof of Concept" using a freecycle checked luggage with a Vilano Urbana. Testing is to see what steps I'll need. I didn't go full tilt like deflating tires or add padding.



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As a followup, what I find is that I'm gonna need two bags, if only for helmet, miscellaneous and probably put both wheels in second bag. Also, the pedals have to come off. Good luck to ya.
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In USA the standard airline size limit is 62 inches (sum of length, width and thickness), which is 157 cm. And that has set somewhat of a standard for other airlines too. Thus, that is a common size for luggage. I suspect if you show up for transport with a case that meets that criteria, they probably will accept it.
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