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Packing our S&S Tandem - getting the frame into the case

by Pamela Blalock

 

The first time, frame padding will need to be cut and labeled. Labeling makes it much easier in the future. When removing the padding, put all the padding for each section together. This and labeling will simplify putting the padding on in the future. Here's the pile for the frame case.

Cut padding to length - use marker to label.

Now here are the pictures you came probably here to see !

  • If using the TSA netting, place it it the bottom of the case with two parts attached and the top layer opened out. Put the middle section in the case first. Use excess padding to cover the BB axles.

  • Then lay the front section in the case - leaving an area free to take the rear triangle.

  • Now put the back section in, again using extra padding where any paint is still exposed.

  • Now get a couple of the anticompression pieces and fit them in near the middle of the cases No part of the frame should be above the top of the anticompression pieces.

  • Next fit the fork into the middle of the case at angle so it fits. Make sure the brakes aren't under pressure or in danger of being mangled when the case closes. Fit the captain's bars around the fork and the stoker bars where you can. Look close, you can see the fork, with brakes facing down and bars wrapped around one fork blade

  • Then find places for the seatposts.

  • Now remove the top of the anticompression pieces, lay the TSA netting over the frame and see if you can close the case without resistance. Readjust if you can't. Then replace the top pieces. Attach the TSA netting securely and close the case. You will feel a bit of resistance now from the anticompression members. Make sure no cables are hanging out the sides of the case.
    This case should be under 50 lbs.