Bicycle Mechanics - Packing a bike to travel overseas - Luggage Fees, Luggage Size, How...
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I'm from Brazil and I'm going to NY for vacation.
I was contemplating the idea of buying a Civia Bryant and disassembling the bike to fit into a travel bag like a Samsonite F-Lite 31" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ALPZL4/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=1278548962&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0000733CY&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0MHRVDJC0FV0SEWBG9N5) wich is Airline Legal.
Do you guys think is doable? How do people that go into a biking travel do it?
Help me please!
03-23-11, 12:39 PM
Woah, but isn't it too risky? I mean, the guys at the airport throw the luggage around like crazy, wouldn't it damage the bike?
You can't put a size 11 foot into a size 9 shoe.
Even with both wheels off and the fork removed your frame will not fit into a non-oversized box or suitcase. Measure from the head tube to the read dropout, and the longest dimension at 90° to that to see the smallest box that it'll fit into. Then add for the wheels and you'll see that you can't beat the system.
Most airlines charge a flat fee for bikes, or for a single oversize carton. Often it's the same, sometimes it's higher for a bike, and some airlines charge double, once for the oversize box, and again because it's a bike. I travel with a hard case that carries the bike and I use the rest of my luggage as packing so it's only a single checked item. I have it silk screened "Scientific instruments" and have thus avoided the higher bike fees.
The airlines have gotten murderous with fees, so check the rules with your carrier and do your best to work within them. Because fees are so high, I now ship my bike out in advance for domestic flights, but this isn't practical for international flights.
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