Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fitting a Folding Bike in a Standard Suitcase

Hello all you Foldie Enthusiasts out there.

I found myself travelling to Portland, OR and I wanted to take my bike with me, because, quite frankly, you shouldn't be caught in Portland without a bike.

At the recommendation f Velo Junkie, I purchased a Tern Link D8 folding bike for this purpose fromJim's Bicycle Shop in Cincinnati. Then I purchased a Samsonite 31" Flight Suitcase from Amazon for approximately $175. By using a standard size suitcase I will not have to pay any extra luggage fees.

It took a while and not less than a few tries to get the bike situated in the suitcase to where the case would close easily. I thought I would share this video with you so that, should you find yourself in the same predicament, your life may be made a little bit easier.

A few things to mention:

  • The Tern Link D8 comes with fenders and a rack. These will not fit in the suitcase. If you must have them you will either need another suitcase or a larger case. A larger suitcase will most likely incur additional airline fees.
  • Let the air out of the tires if you are flying. This is so that they do not burst in the belly of the plane.
  • Place all small items in a secure container. There is a very good chance the TSA will check your luggage and they don't have time to find nuts and bolts that fall out.

Happy Cycling Travels from The Reluctant Cyclist

Click HERE to see video "How to fit a Tern Link D8 folding bike in a standard suitcase" on Youtube.



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