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Protectin for mechs etc

Posted By: Robert A Clegg
Date: 14 February 2008

Can anyone help - We Recently purchased a Santana (from the excellent JDs of Ilkley) with S&S couplings, whilst it is easy to split the bike when flying abroad it is a different kettle of fish when packing it up as all the components are exposed. We recently went to Tenerife with Ryannair with it packed in C.T.C.s plastic bags and bubble wrap on a trial run and found that protecting the rings/rear mech/disc brake etc was quite a problem as when the bike is split both halves rest on their rings and as they are very sharp can cause injury and are prone to damage unless covered, I ended up tapeing plastic boxes of the tupperware type round them and securing the cranks to the frame so they couldnt turn. We had no trouble with Ryannair save for a jam of the oversize item conveyor (at both ends of the flights) because the front half was too big causing a scuff of one of the bar ends and a tear of its bag. Has anyone any other ideas as to how and what protection I could use. It would also need to be carried on tour also after the flight.

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