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    Packing up the Mojo, for a plane ride...

    Going to Phoenix for Christmas vacation and just couldn't leave her behind.

    Tear down: ~15-20 minutes.
    Stacking in case for nearly good enough fit: ~2 minutes.
    Getting it to fit so it will zip shut: ~10 minutes.
    Wrapping/securing bits to keep them from scratching badly: ~15 minutes.

    Less than one hour including taking pictures, all told.

    And the pics:
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    ready to tear down and load in the case
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    Front wheel off. Small bits go in the cardboard box to make sure they are not forgotten in the final packing.
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    cassette fits in a special piece of molded plastic in the case.
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    Progress is quick. The bike is easy to dismantle.
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    All 3 of the needed suspension bolts have been removed.

    Next I just drop the fork out and pull out the seatpost. Then it's just a matter of folding it all together and laying it in the case.
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    Packing up the Mojo, continued

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    dropped the fork and left the handlebar and brakes intact and hanging.
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    The rear wheel goes in first and the disk is protected with a cover that came with the Ritchey case.
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    Other protective gear that came with the Ritchey case.
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    Stacked in easily, but couldn't get it to zip shut yet.
    After folding the front and rear triangle together more, I was able to lay the fork flat and get the extra room needed for the front wheel on top. Boy, isn't that a pile of carbon.
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    Packing up the Mojo, continued

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    All in except the protective pad that goes over these parts, then the front wheel on top of that. The drive side of the crankset is in the upper right corner covered in bubble wrap and brown paper.
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    All the tools used to dismantle the Mojo.
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    Size of Bag (w/h/d).
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    Final packed weight, all in. 33.3 lbs.

    I'll be nervous about the baggage handlers, but it's a mountain bike after all. It should be able to take the abuse. They just better not lose it !!
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    Thanks for sharing this, very useful!

    I would be very nervous about posting my beloved bike, since I had some bad experiences with my aluminium frame coming out banged up and scratched.

    Is there a hard shell version of this, too? If so, how much do they set you back?

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    Yikes, hard shell dude. Mountain bikes are built to take abuse, but really not that kind.

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    Well I guess if you are scared of getting your mojo damaged cuz I dont think they would guess that they would be a bike in there. I suggest you sticking the fragile sticker and maybe the this side up sticker so they would know that its something they should handle with care. You dont want arriving in Phoenix and ended up buying parts to replace the damage parts are u?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghawk
    Yikes, hard shell dude. Mountain bikes are built to take abuse, but really not that kind.
    The four sides are hard, then there is the hard well on the back side. The front side is soft and has the front wheel below it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jever98
    Thanks for sharing this, very useful!

    I would be very nervous about posting my beloved bike, since I had some bad experiences with my aluminium frame coming out banged up and scratched.

    Is there a hard shell version of this, too? If so, how much do they set you back?

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    I paid $175 on Ebay. Wheelandsprocket are still selling them for 199 OBO. The current model has wheels, this one does not. I think I can handle 33lbs. to the curb without wheels.

    There are hard shell bags by other makers. They cost much more and are much larger. I'm sure most airlines would charge as "oversized". This one couldn't be any smaller and still fit a Mojo inside.

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    Yea, "fragile" tape is a good idea. And keeping my fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noshortcuts
    Yea, "fragile" tape is a good idea. And keeping my fingers crossed.
    If you do put "fragile" tape on, then I'd put extra padding in. We read, "fragile", but the baggage handler reads, "Packed extra good, so I can toss it f'n far". Think of the opening scene of Ace Ventura. I'd layer it with some clothing and/or packing bubble wrap.

    Now you can say the carbon mojo frame endured, for example, Sedona, Fruita, Moab... and the baggage handlers of United Airlines.
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    what about a spacer/support for the fork and rear triangle dropouts? Fork looks ok based on location, but if the bag ends up horizontal and with something heavy the rear triangle will flex in a way it's not designed to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadgit
    what about a spacer/support for the fork and rear triangle dropouts? Fork looks ok based on location, but if the bag ends up horizontal and with something heavy the rear triangle will flex in a way it's not designed to be.
    Excellent thought. I do have a spacer that comes with new bike frames, I'll definitely put in on.

    I found a few other good tips on traveling with a bike and this case from the Ritchey site as well: http://breakawaytoday.blogspot.com/2...avel-tips.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedicoder
    If you do put "fragile" tape on, then I'd put extra padding in. We read, "fragile", but the baggage handler reads, "Packed extra good, so I can toss it f'n far". Think of the opening scene of Ace Ventura. I'd layer it with some clothing and/or packing bubble wrap.
    Good point, I don't want to jinx it.

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    The bike arrived via Continental Airlines without a hitch (bike went as checked luggage with no extra fees) and it was quick putting it all back together. It's a great feeling to have my familiar ride with me.

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    Sweet, Thanx for the info!
    Hope the trip goes well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noshortcuts
    The bike arrived via Continental Airlines without a hitch (bike went as checked luggage with no extra fees) and it was quick putting it all back together. It's a great feeling to have my familiar ride with me.
    Excellent! I was curious if it would make it without extra fees. My understanding is that the Richey travel case is very close, but slightly over the over-size dimension limit.

    I was informed by an airline previously when I traveled with a bike using a Performance brand hard case that the extra fees are because oversized luggage is loaded last "if there is room". And the fees are to cover 3rd party courier delivery charges for shipping any late arrivals to the passenger. The extra fees for oversize items do not insure the luggage contents or for loss.

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    Wow, Phoenix is fun and rocky.

    So far I have two 12+ mile rides in. I am used to rocky sections of trail, but here the trail is generally all rocky with only sections that are not.

    I love the extra practice on rocks, though my knees and ankles have some war wounds.

    Except for a few times when I stalled the front tire on a rock, the Mojo has been eating this stuff up.

    I didn't spend much energy on pics, but here's a taste of Phoenix:phoenix ride 1.jpg

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    Noshortcuts... I want that headset cap of yours... where did you get a blue one? could only get black cane creeks here.... that will go so nicely with my blue links i have coming

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    Quote Originally Posted by DH_WP
    Noshortcuts... I want that headset cap of yours... where did you get a blue one? could only get black cane creeks here.... that will go so nicely with my blue links i have coming
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    totaly off topic.... but how do you search for a user on ebay... never used ebay before...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DH_WP
    totaly off topic.... but how do you search for a user on ebay... never used ebay before...
    The "find a store" function often does not work well for me on ebay.
    Here is the address: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZfast_freddy_4
    In this case it also works to go to "cycling" under "categories" and then search for "top cap".

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    I think this is the same thing..... but RIGHT NOW wheel and sprocket have these ritchey travel cases for $50 (plus shipping). There are 8 left.
    ebay item #170119926987
    No wheels though. Looks like the same product.
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    that's the one!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by subliminalshiver
    I think this is the same thing..... but RIGHT NOW wheel and sprocket have these ritchey travel cases for $50 (plus shipping). There are 8 left.
    ebay item #170119926987
    No wheels though. Looks like the same product.
    Boy, did I overpay.... then again, I wouldn't be riding in Phoenix without it.
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    is that camelback mountain or something on the south side of town? I may have to make an emergency trip to someplace like the phoenix area for some riding...... Anyone want to participate in a Winter Mojo Rally, location someplace warm TBA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by subliminalshiver
    is that camelback mountain or something on the south side of town? I may have to make an emergency trip to someplace like the phoenix area for some riding...... Anyone want to participate in a Winter Mojo Rally, location someplace warm TBA?
    Thunderbird Park in Glendale, AZ. Around 25 miles of multi use single track.

    I'm back home now and awaiting 8-9 inches of rain in the weekend forecast. I'm ready to go back to the desert. A yearly Mojo rally would be a blast!

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