Attention Luggage Screener!

Not only can Mark V outpack me, and has traveled with his bike like ten thousand more times than me, but he’s got this pictogram in his S&S case as an anti-TSA device. I’ve formally requested a copy. It illustrates to the person opening the case in some dank airport basement somewhere, how to reassemble the case with the compression members intact. The two disks and a piece of plastic pipe are also known as the pizza box things (from the plastic thingies that prevent the box lid from smashing your pie).

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.


You’re missing the part where the sign reads :



oh yes and check the [larger photo size]( for the cutaway showing how the assembly is done.

thanks for the idea - i have an SNS-equipped touring bike being built as we speak, and plan on taking a few trips in April with it. i’ll have to remember something like this.


Please tell us about the bike you’re building up. Other tips include:

* Use toe straps to tie the bike, wheels, and parts together. That secures them and also a psychological reinforcement to the screener that this box is all packed together with thought and care
* S&S netting—the netting serves no purpose other than to keep screeners from poking around
* Never tell the counter attendant that you’re carrying a bike. When asked, use some vague answer like, ” oh it’s just stuff I carry around.” Or “photo equipment,” “instruments,” or “conference gear.”

Also, for me at least, is to accept scratches, dings, and damage as a *travel patina*. It’s remarkable how much damage the S&S case can take and the bike does get beat up. I arrived in Austin with the Brompton and the plastic protective chainring 1/2 torn off and just rode it like that as “well, whatever . . . I deal with that when I get back.”

Mark and I both confirmed that no two packs are the same. Sometime, the pack flows and it’s a thing of beauty. Other times, it’s just not working. I think it’s way worse, depending on jet lag and sleep deprivation.

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