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A decent disc system is quite expensive - you need disc ready hubs, disc ready fork+frame and the actual disc brakes. A cheap/medium cost set of rim brakes (V-brakes) will typically perform as well if not better than cheaper disc brakes (and the maintenance is not hard). Thus, budget minded people should avoid disc brakes. As for building a bike piece by ...


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I took a bike to Italy in 2012, in a soft bike bag, which weighed ~2kg. The bag was borrowed from my brother who travels frequently with bikes; I followed his advice ... The bag was my only luggage - everything I was taking was packed in the bag, and around the bike. Before going, I obtained a "fork cover" for the front fork (a thing like a horses bit ...


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Plastic wrap? Really? Have you seen what happens to regular luggage on airlines these days? Aside from baggage handlers occasionally throwing stuff around, you have all the conveyors and drops and what not. There are bikes like the Travelers' Check built with SS couplers which are designed to pack down for flights and stuff (and folding bikes and what ...


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For packing, a box from a bike shop will do fine and you can chuck it in the recycling when you get to Tokyo and find another before flying out. Most bike shops will give these to you if you ask nicely and even if they charge you, it ain't going to be much. A much bigger issue is airline choice. Options for flying with a bike range from free to pay by the ...


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Wrap your bike in plastic is not an option. Pay a shop to box in cardboard. In Tokyo pay a shop to assemble. For the trip back pay a shop to disassemble and box in cardboard. With assembly, disassembly, boxing, and shipping you are going to pay $1000. You might want to look at rental. There are bikes built for shipping.


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Use a Gig Bag to use as a back pack. Thats what they are there for, and it seems there exist some for trombone with enough extra space for stands and sheets (check before you buy). I use a baritone saxophone gig bag on my bike (this one). While it may look a big oddly proportioned on me (115cm in height; the bag, not me), it works perfectly fine for ...


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This is quite tricky, given a trombone is not a nicely shaped instrument. You can try some larger racks, or mount some plywood or something to a smaller rack to try to get a more stable surface to carry the trombone (or be able to build something that allowed carrying the trombone like a pannier), but I doubt it will be very good, especially with all the ...



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