I understand what you're saying but they are implying there's no need. In any event, it's the bars that are too high, by about 5". I do appreciate your trying to help though Dave and, if necessary, I'm prepared to strip it down. May even bite the bullet and buy a proper bike box and have it shipped to hotel in Nice.Take the front wheel off and cable tie it to the frame, put the seat post right down? I doubt they actually measure it at the airport anyway.