mjr wrote:https://wiki.aalto.fi/download/attachments/110562254/rinko.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1486045861527&api=v2 is one description of a pretty full rinko type A packing.
It's a better base than the other guides I've found. So, today's attempt, going through those steps:
1 & 2 - I left the pedals on. I don't need absolute smallest today.
3 & 4, 9 to 11 - I opened the brake adjuster toggles. My bike has calipers not cantilevers.
5 to 8 - I don't (yet) have a split mudguard. I loosened the stay clamps, then undid the brake bridge mount, then unclipped the stay bridge fixing, then finally undid the stay clamps and removed guard and rack. I took note of which order the stays and rack supports are in near the rear hub this time!
12 & 13 - I also left the bars on and the forks facing forwards. I don't need absolute smallest today.
14 to 17 - Then I dropped both wheels out. I wish my bike had a chain rest, but I put both runs in a spare bit of pipe-lagging instead to stop it gunking or scratching everything.
18 & 19 - I bagged derailleur and chainring and lagged the front triangle before laying the frame onto a wheel. I forgot and used the front wheel. I hope it doesn't matter too much!
20 to 22 - I forgot to unhook the derailleur cable from the stop and I don't think it's slotted anyway. I'll just take care not to bash the derailleur, as usual.
23 to 23 - I left the forks and front mudguard in place, only removing the front wheel. The wheels either side protect the front mudguard and I don't need absolute smallest today.
27 to 29 - I left the handlebars on. I don't need absolute smallest today.
30 - My three straps are almost at the midpoints of the ones shown. They're behind the BB, near the seat cluster and around the forks below the head tube. I hope it doesn't matter too much!
- I then wrapped it in a sheet like http://www.japancycling.org/v2/info/rinko/rinko2.shtml
and put a luggage strap around it to help the sheet stay put. I still lift the bundle by reaching in and picking up the down tube. I wouldn't want to run with it or swing it about too much, but it seems fairly comfortable to carry short distances.
Even for my large-ish bike (21" frame maybe? It's old and I forget...), the bundle ended up 90cm high x 115cm long x 35cm wide, which would be good enough for most trains including the notorious TGVs. If I unbolted the derailleur, it'd reduce it to about 100cm length, as well as making it more bash-resistant. I'm fairly sure it would need the seatpost slamming and forks/bars removing to get under Eurostar's 85cm carry-on rule.