Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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Originally Posted by bikeman715
it best to to ship a bike by UPS or Fedex , instead of the airlines . just time the delivery around the time you get there .it cheaper and safer to do it this way.
This is what I do for domestic bike travel, reaching out to a friend, a local shop, or my hotel to receive the bike for me a few days before my arrival. I ship in a hard case which I've reused a number of times. Unfortunately this is totally impractical for overseas flights where I need to use extreme measures.
Usually I divide the bike into 2 boxes, sharing the space with my other baggage, and never admitting that there's a bike within. I've gotten away with low or no oversize fees this way, and most overseas flights still allow 2 bags.
To the OP, there's no need to guess. Measure your frame from head tube to rear dropout, and from BB to seat lug. Draw a proportional sketch of a box with these on the diagonal. Allow 25cm for a minimum width allowance and see if there's any hope at all working within the remaining 135cm. I suspect you'll find that is' probably a no go.
You'll need roughly 90cm for the length, and 60cm for height, leaving you a bit short. Don't forget you need a few cm for packing material and the box's wall thickness. OTOH- if you find it teasingly close, you might want to give it a shot laying the parts out on the floor and measuring more carefully in the real world.
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