Thanks for the responses ..
AgentOrange - of course I'm taking a steel bike! Do they make them out of anything else?
Seriously, though, thanks for the tips. I'm doing a 2 day race in Austria. It's multi-stage and there should be mechanics at base so I'm hoping to keep tools to a minimum of what I'll need for each stage + a track pump as a luxury
Chris - RyanAir have http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/faqs.php?sect=bag&quest=sportsequipment
which doesn't suggest anything too restricted. We've paid the extra to transport the bikes so hopefully won't have to pay excess baggage
No disc brakes, Scant, but will pass on to others in the team. Why remove the cables out of the guides though?