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    Do you buy flight insurance for your bike?

    When you fold it up and check it onto the airplane, do you buy the extra insurance in case it never arrives? Or do you just hope for the best?
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    I hope for the best. Never had a problem.

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    My understanding of most airline insurance plans, is they pay by weight per bag, not by contents. So it's unlikely you'll get anything close to the value of a folder bike, should they loose your bike. A policy would be nice. But, I could never find a decent plan. Those policies they sell at the airport, usually limited to 500 dollars and mostly cover items such as flight cancelations. Should You find one please let us know. Start with a permanent rider on your homeowners, I suggest. And, once my bike was on a flight from Paris to Los Angeles. The bike went on to Tahiti, but I got off in LA. But, luckily they did get my bike back after a week's vacation for it in Tahiti. It was my Klein. I was on pins and needles.
    It's a sickening feeling to wait and wait and not see your bike at baggage claim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
    And, once my bike was on a flight from Paris to Los Angeles. The bike went on to Tahiti, but I got off in LA. But, luckily they did get my bike back after a week's vacation for it in Tahiti.
    Did your bike at least bring you a t-shirt?

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    Nah.We were jealous to see where my Klein spent a week, so we vacationed there ourselves about two years later. Poor guy. Riding is not that great on Tahiti Island( too congested. ) , but pretty good on Morrea. But, then it was without it's captain. Wish I had checked the odometer to see if it went anywhere without me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
    My understanding of most airline insurance plans, is they pay by weight per bag, not by contents. So it's unlikely you'll get anything close to the value of a folder bike, should they loose your bike. A policy would be nice. But, I could never find a decent plan. Those policies they sell at the airport, usually limited to 500 dollars and mostly cover items such as flight cancelations. Should You find one please let us know. Start with a permanent rider on your homeowners, I suggest. And, once my bike was on a flight from Paris to Los Angeles. The bike went on to Tahiti, but I got off in LA. But, luckily they did get my bike back after a week's vacation for it in Tahiti. It was my Klein. I was on pins and needles.
    It's a sickening feeling to wait and wait and not see your bike at baggage claim.
    Good call. I just called my agent and added all my bikes.
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    BUMP!

    This thread is a year old, so I thought I'd just check in and see if anyone's thinking has changed on bike insurance while traveling?

    I'm going to be flying to Texas next week with my Birdy, and would be unhappy if it got lost or mangled by the baggage handlers...
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