A few years back, when I was selling fixed-gear conversions on the internet, I was a sponsor/advertiser on the The Fixed Gear Gallery. So, I decided to attend their get-together (The Fixed Gear Symposium)in Traverse City, Michigan.
I packed my orange Peugeot into my hard-sided travel case, locked it up, and shipped it to the event location. A few days later, I flew from Denver to Traverse City.
Since I was traveling, and catching a ride to and from the airport, I carried a keychain with only my house key on it. I didn't want my normal wad of keys in my pocket, while riding, and I didn't want to chance losing them.
Of course, when I went to unpack my bike...
Yeah, the key to the travel case was on my normal keychain, back in Denver. Eventually, I just borrowed a screwdriver and forced the locks on the case. I wasn't going to leave the bike packed up, all week, and I wasn't too concerned about the case, which I had picked up at a yard sale for $20.00.
I had a great time on the group rides and whatnot. Then, at the end of the week, I packed the bike up and put some straps around the case to hold it closed. The bike got home, with no problem, and I ended up donating the travel case to a charity rummage sale.
I included the traps with the case...