Today was the day to pack up my bike for Paris-Brest. One major glitch came up: the stem would not come out. Somehow, even though it's only been in the bike a few months, it got rusted/corroded in place. The bike won't fit with the bars on, so Plan B involved unwrapping the bar tape on one side and taking the handlebars out of the stem (thanks to James at VeloCity for that suggestion). Once that was done, the bike went in easily. Now I'll need to re-tape the bars when I get to France :-)
More photos here.