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Old 07-10-10, 04:53 PM
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Performance Team Bike Case Latches / Packing Instuctions

I just purchased a Performance Team Bike Case on Craigslist.

Pretty nice case but those latches stink. It is hard to align the case to get it to latch. Once you have the knack it is not too bad but I can't trust TSA to latch them.

I think I am going to replace them with draw latches that are found on equipment cases.

I can see where the existing ones can be popped open anyway. They don't seem all that strong.

If anyone has any better ideas please speak up.


I found the packing instructions on Performances website but basically, the instructions say put it in the case.

The case came with 2 or 3 white pedestals. At first I thought these were supports to keep the case from being crushed but if I stand them upright they are too long and the case does not close. Any idea what these are for? Or maybe something the previous owner added??

Any other tips on packing other than the obvious of protecting / padding everything and tying things down?
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Old 07-11-10, 06:30 AM
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You are right about the white pedestals, see if they are assembled all the way. They do need to go towards the center of the case, and they fit pretty tight.

Adventure Cycling has an article about how to pack a bike that could help.
http://www.adventurecycling.org/features/boxingbike.cfm

I would reinforce the strapping on the bottom (wheel edge) of the case with a bunch of layers of duct tape, mine wore through from scraping on the ground.
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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
You are right about the white pedestals, see if they are assembled all the way. They do need to go towards the center of the case, and they fit pretty tight.

Adventure Cycling has an article about how to pack a bike that could help.
http://www.adventurecycling.org/features/boxingbike.cfm

I would reinforce the strapping on the bottom (wheel edge) of the case with a bunch of layers of duct tape, mine wore through from scraping on the ground.

Not sure what I was doing wrong. Maybe they were not compressed on I had one sitting on something and did not notice but you are right. They fit.

It must me a challenge to get everthing to fit in the case and then place those pedestals. What do you do with the foam? I suppose you punch a hole where a pedestal is placed?

Thanks for the link but that link covers placing the bike in a regular cardboard box. It would be nice to see details on the Team case.

BTW I got everything to fit.

Here is what I did.
  1. Removed seat post, handlebars, pedals, fork and wheels.
  2. Place foam in first layer.
  3. Placed rear wheel on foam.
  4. Placed foam layer.
  5. Placed frame, seat post, handlebars and fork om foam.
  6. Placed a foam layer.
  7. Place front wheel on foam.
  8. Place a foam layer on foam.


In real life I will wrap the frame in bubble pack or maybe pipe insulation.

Does this sound like a good pack method?

I did not use the straps to try and strap the wheel into the top lid. Seems like that would be difficult to manage. I might use the straps in the lower section or maybe I wil just tape them up and not use them. One less thing for TSA to worry about.

Thanks for the tip on the duct tape. I will add that. I am also going to add extra straps. That existing strap does not go all the way around the bottom of the case and it should. I really don't like the looks of those hinges, I could see them bursting. If the strap went all the way around, it could take some stree from the hinges and help to save the day should they burst.
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Old 07-11-10, 04:11 PM
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I wish I had a picture.

I didn't remove my fork, just took the HB off by removing the faceplate on the stem. Removed pedals, wheels, rear derailleur - didn't remove the cable, just took it off the hanger and wrapped it in bubble wrap, since w/o the rear wheel it sticks out and is in danger of getting damaged.

I put the frame down, jimmied the handlebars around the top tube, and put some bubble wrap around the shift levers to protect them. the wheels went on the top side under the strap.

The white pedestals were hard to install, I put the disc down, then stuck the post into it, and aligned the other disc behind teh wheels, and then somehow got it all together as I closed it. I think I only had one of those pedastal thingies.

Also, go to a bike shop and get fork blocks (front & rear) to put in your dropouts, that protects the frame from compression. They should give you those free, they come with every bike they build up, so they should have a gazillion of them lying around.

Put all the parts you took off into a ziplock bag and tape it to the frame or something. Anything loose in the case is in danger of not getting back in there after TSA looks at it, so make sure everything is attached to the bike.

Take your time with bubble wrap and cardboard to protect the bike from rubbing against other stuff in the box. I don't have paint, but if you do, you might want to cardboard or foam wrap the painted tubes, a couple of hours of vibration of the frame against the seatpost or whatever can rub a hole in the paint.

It was a pretty lengthy operation, I have to admit.
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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
I wish I had a picture.

I didn't remove my fork, just took the HB off by removing the faceplate on the stem. Removed pedals, wheels, rear derailleur - didn't remove the cable, just took it off the hanger and wrapped it in bubble wrap, since w/o the rear wheel it sticks out and is in danger of getting damaged.

I put the frame down, jimmied the handlebars around the top tube, and put some bubble wrap around the shift levers to protect them. the wheels went on the top side under the strap.

The white pedestals were hard to install, I put the disc down, then stuck the post into it, and aligned the other disc behind teh wheels, and then somehow got it all together as I closed it. I think I only had one of those pedastal thingies.

Also, go to a bike shop and get fork blocks (front & rear) to put in your dropouts, that protects the frame from compression. They should give you those free, they come with every bike they build up, so they should have a gazillion of them lying around.

Put all the parts you took off into a ziplock bag and tape it to the frame or something. Anything loose in the case is in danger of not getting back in there after TSA looks at it, so make sure everything is attached to the bike.

Take your time with bubble wrap and cardboard to protect the bike from rubbing against other stuff in the box. I don't have paint, but if you do, you might want to cardboard or foam wrap the painted tubes, a couple of hours of vibration of the frame against the seatpost or whatever can rub a hole in the paint.

It was a pretty lengthy operation, I have to admit.

I would bet you are a bit shorter that me, I am 6' 1". I ride a pretty large frame. It just fits with the fork off. Maybe a 2-3 inches to spare but not much more. The original owner said he did not take the fork off either but he could not have been more than 5'6" or 7".

I might try spinning the bike around the other with the fork near the wider part of the case but I will bet I will still need to remove it,

I pretty much have the packing basics covered. I have done a number of trips in a cardboard box.

Good point on the RD. I was looking at that too. I might remove it too.


You were able to get both wheels on top? It did not work for me but then maybe if I flip the frame around????


Did you punch hoes in your foam pieces for the pedestal?
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
I would bet you are a bit shorter that me, I am 6' 1". ...

You were able to get both wheels on top? It did not work for me but then maybe if I flip the frame around????

Did you punch hoes in your foam pieces for the pedestal?
Oh, um yeah, I didn't think about that - I'm 5'2"

I didn't punch holes for the pedestal - but I only had 2 foam pieces, that went on the outsides. We might have had a different year or model case.
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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
ITake your time with bubble wrap and cardboard to protect the bike from rubbing against other stuff in the box. I don't have paint, but if you do, you might want to cardboard or foam wrap the painted tubes, a couple of hours of vibration of the frame against the seatpost or whatever can rub a hole in the paint.
Absolutely. In the 90s I had an old HardCase from performance. I put old cycling socks between the straps and the frame to protect the paint. Well....One of the socks worked it its way free just in time for a bumpy, 9 hr. flight back from Italy. The Velcro of the strap rubbed a good sized spot of paint off my frame. Fortunately, it was on the back of the seat tube so it wasn't super visible, but I knew it was there. I know use foam tubes to protect paint.
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