Travelling with disc brake bike

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Boshk
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by Boshk

Anyone encountered any problem while travelling (airline) with their disc brake bike, especially those with hardcases where you need to remove and turn the handlebars and fork?

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jfranci3
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by jfranci3

If centerlock, pull the discs off so they done get bent.

hkgmatt
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by hkgmatt

I usually take the rotors off and put them into the case separately. I also put spacers into the calipers in case the levers get pulled accidentally. I have had no issues on multiple trips.

moyboy
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by moyboy

Transported disc brake bike with bothe the scicon tsa evo and topeak pakgo x. No issues. I usually bring a rotor tuning fork just in case.

Disc brake spacer is a good practice. Extra padding and a layer of bubblewrap for good measure.

Boshk
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by Boshk

Thanks, how about the hydraulic cables though, specifically when you remove the handlebar from the stem and rotate it..... Possible leaks?

morrisond
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by morrisond

You should have no worries - they are quite robust - unless your cables are too short and there isn't enough slack to turn your bars.

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ms6073
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morrisond wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:44 pm
unless your cables are too short and there isn't enough slack to turn your bars.
While not directly on topic, given the rise of the all-intern hydro disc brake bikes, wonder how one travels with those bikes as there is next to no extra hydro hose.
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LeDuke
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ms6073 wrote:
morrisond wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:44 pm
unless your cables are too short and there isn't enough slack to turn your bars.
While not directly on topic, given the rise of the all-intern hydro disc brake bikes, wonder how one travels with those bikes as there is next to no extra hydro hose.
Then you don’t have a bike built to survive a crash, or the relatively mundane rigors of travel.


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morrisond
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by morrisond

ms6073 wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:08 pm
morrisond wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:44 pm
unless your cables are too short and there isn't enough slack to turn your bars.
While not directly on topic, given the rise of the all-intern hydro disc brake bikes, wonder how one travels with those bikes as there is next to no extra hydro hose.
If it's all internal I would assume that the hydro hoses go through the steerer tube or right next to it - so it shouldn't be issue as the hose itself will rotate and it doesn't need to wrap itself around an Head Tube.
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edwardk
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by edwardk

I recently traveled trans-Atlantic with my bike with Campy H12 discs, using a super compact soft case (so that I had to remove the fork/handlebar assembly from the frame), and had no issues with brake fluid leaks or rotor issues. I probably will pull off the rotors next time out of an abundance of caution. Caliper blocks strike me as indispensable, given how everything gets compressed in a soft case.

I did carry a spare rotor with me, which proved to be prescient, as Campy gear is not easy to find in every small town, even in France. My front rotor needed replacement after a low speed crash of the most embarrassing sort — leaving the front wheel propped up on the side of the car, loading the bike, and driving off without the wheel.

Edward

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