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    Cause Southwest Breaks Bike Bags...

    Grrr...

    GREAT, absolutly GREAT time at OEH's this weekend. Perhaps too good...

    Get to Burbank AIrport... Um, wtf? Why are these corners cracked?! Go over to SWA Baggage people.

    Bent: "Um, yalls cracked the corners of this bag"
    SWA: "Oh, i see"
    Bent: "Um... yeah, so this bag is pretty jacked up for one flight"
    SWA: "Well thats what that bag is supposed to do... so we are not liable for damage"
    Bent: "Um, what?"
    SWA: "Yah, those bags are supposed to crush and crack to protect your bike"
    Bent: "Um, your wrong"
    SWA: "Well, we can file a courtesy complaint, since its not our fault"
    Bent: "Ok fine, Ill speak to somone who can actually make a rational decision..."

    Thanks to Roebuck for his patience... Pics tomorrow for the composite repair section...
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    The bike case might have its own warranty. More importantly, how's the bike? And how was the weekend?
    Mapie is a conventional looking former Hollywood bon viveur, now leading a quiet life in a house made of wood by an isolated beach. He has cultivated a taste for culture, and is a celebrated raconteur amongst his local associates, who are artists, actors, and other leftfield/eccentric types. I imagine he has a telescope, and an unusual sculpture outside his front door. He is also a beach comber. The Rydster.

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    Dude!!! WTF???????? You could have at least told me about it. WTF???? I have to find out like this????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapei
    More importantly, how's the bike?
    Excuse me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRoebuck
    Dude!!! WTF???????? You could have at least told me about it. WTF???? I have to find out like this????
    Oh yah... I just dropped it in the dumpster at the airport... did you still want it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapei
    The bike case might have its own warranty. More importantly, how's the bike? And how was the weekend?
    Bike = Fine

    Weekend = Unbelieveable

    Tomorrow = Kevlar + Epoxy + Fiberglass = Happy Dr R.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BentChainring
    Oh yah... I just dropped it in the dumpster at the airport... did you still want it?
    I think it's better if we let our attorneys discuss this.

    But you better get your sh1t in order, big guy. I have a feeling you'll be hosting another ride/bbq by the time my lawyer's done with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRoebuck
    I think it's better if we let our attorneys discuss this.

    But you better get your sh1t in order, big guy. I have a feeling you'll be hosting another ride/bbq by the time my lawyer's done with you.
    We were planning on having a huge one on labor day, can you make that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BentChainring
    We were planning on having a huge one on labor day, can you make that?
    *****.
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    what kind of wieve is that CF case? suprised it didnt implode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPECBender
    what kind of wieve is that CF case? suprised it didnt implode.
    Its fiberglass, not carbon. They just use black resin to make it look rad. I think its just E-Glass (electrical grade) with epoxy matrix.They also manufacture Black Fiberglass to "Look" like Carbon Fiber.

    A swath of ballistic grade kevlar will fix those corners right up.
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    Actual text from Bent:

    Swa goobered up 3 corners. Cracked and dented them. I am going to ream them tom. The box is tot usable. But i can glass the corners to make them 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRoebuck
    Actual text from Bent:

    Swa goobered up 3 corners. Cracked and dented them. I am going to ream them tom. The box is tot usable. But i can glass the corners to make them 100%

    Subtitles...

    "Southwest Airlines cracked and dented 3 of four top corners of your box. I am going to have a discussion with them tomorrow about how they are going to fix this. The box is totally usable, and I will reinforce the corners to make it much gooder... word.
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    All I can see is a big blank white box.
    You'd be better off with a netbook, they do everything better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BentChainring
    Its fiberglass, not carbon. They just use black resin to make it look rad. I think its just E-Glass (electrical grade) with epoxy matrix.They also manufacture Black Fiberglass to "Look" like Carbon Fiber.

    A swath of ballistic grade kevlar will fix those corners right up.
    I know....joshin around

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry b
    All I can see is a big blank white box.
    "There is no doubt that the bicycle has brought health to many a nervous, overwrought woman."
    regarding your sig.......yeah, because it gets us GUYS out of their hair for a while! (yes....c()de)
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    My guess is that by the time Bent finishes with it it will be a stronger better box than Dr. R lent him to begin with.

    I'm sure if I try hard ( it is early after all) I can find a way to make this all Dr. R's fault.

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    Airtran didn't break my box (I have the same one that Bent used this weekend) but boy did they charge me out the a$$ for it!. It was a really nice touch how they charged me more for it at Sea/Tac than they did at Atlanta Hartsfield.

    Don't even get me started on the 350+ lb ape that sat beside me on the flight home. I expect a dinner and a movie before someone touches me that much.
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    This is why I am scared to invest in a bike box......I think I will build my own......where did I put that fiberglass.
    Just fast enough to know I am slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jupiterrn
    This is why I am scared to invest in a bike box......I think I will build my own......where did I put that fiberglass.

    You know, that case that Bent, and Tcon used is pretty nice.

    Amazingly compact for a hard case, and I watched Bent unpack it. Really slick.

    I think if you just got the fibreglass out and reinforced the corners on that puppy you'd be good.

    Only thing that amazed me was when Bent unpacked it there is only 1 compression strut inside - there should be 4 in that case - I'd find some more of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toomanybikes
    I'm sure if I try hard ( it is early after all) I can find a way to make this all Dr. R's fault.
    You can start by posting pics of y'all chucking it at the out-house like you were with the rocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BentChainring
    We were planning on having a huge one on labor day, can you make that?
    I am so there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toomanybikes
    Only thing that amazed me was when Bent unpacked it there is only 1 compression strut inside - there should be 4 in that case - I'd find some more of those.
    I think they'd be pretty easy to rig up with some PVC pipe and fittings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BentChainring
    We were planning on having a huge one on labor day, can you make that?

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm............................ ...........maybe so
    Of course I'm sure...that doesn't mean I'm right......

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry b
    All I can see is a big blank white box.

    I'd suggest going outside and screaming something about "Free Tibet111!!!!". Odds are afterward, you won't being seeing internet white boxes for a long time.
    Man. You are all stuped.
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