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Old 08-14-11, 11:29 PM   #1
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stridas on a plane ?

there have been threads on brommies, etc, on planes, but anyone experience of strida's likewise ? Advice welcome...
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Old 08-15-11, 04:55 AM   #2
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Having briefly owned a Strida I would say there is no way you would get one through the gate, you would have to check it in and probably pay the bike excess charge, unless you could bag it and pass it off as skiing gear, or one of these new fangle, all terrain, pushchairs.
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Old 08-15-11, 06:46 AM   #3
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thanks. Not the answer I wanted, but the truth. I am visiting San Antonio from the UK, and there is a Strida for $400 on the local craigslist. But by the time I paid the extra baggage thing its not the bargain it would have otherwise been...
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it's thin but too long of an item to let you onboard with it as a carry on. you basically have no where to put it once you are on the plane. Unless you have a fat snowboard bag then you can easily remove the wheels, fenders and seat and just stuff the bike in the snowboard bag while you put the wheels separately in your luggage, easy to check in and no one would have a clue that it's a bike anyways if you show them three metal tubes in a bag. The wheels are easily removed with a hex key set. I've done it before. Pop open the disk brakes and the wheel pops out.
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I've taken them all over the world, and never paid full 'bicycle cost' .. it goes (in a long thin soft bag - which looks like a golf bag) as 'sports equipment'. I've considered buying a real golf bag which they fit into, but never needed to. Being relatively light with tyres protecting one end, impact plastics in the mid section, the metal ball joint is the only bit I put foam or cardboard over - just in case its dropped 6 foot, head down. For a super skinny 'golf bag look' just the remove the seat mounting (2 screws).

But ..... why not buy for similar in UK ... eg Fleabay :-)
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I've had it with these m'tha f'in Stridas on this m'tha f'in plane!
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Speaking as an ex-strida owner, It seems to me that amongst the human race the only people who would not consider that a folded strida in a restricted space takes up an enormous volume are strida fanatics/obsessives.
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"...fanatics/obsessives" ... yep ...... and so are all of us

AND ... long/thin goes in many places, where short, fat and heavy doesn't .... (and, as we are on anatomy .. you dont end up with one arm 6 inches longer than the other )

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It is amazing where long as thin can go. When taking the subway I can actually sit with a strida between my legs and not take up any room at all, was pretty easy when you lock up the brakes and lean it on the wall. And this was during rush hour while my buddy with his dahon can only go beside him cause it ended up pretty bulky after folding it up. If I don't have a seat it's just as compact cause then I just lock up the brakes and lean on the bike as a walking stick and it takes up as much room as a 10 year old. It's very well designed for what it does, But for a plane yeah I still say check it in no one would know that it's a bike anyways unless you tell them.

All folding bike owners will try to get away with whatever they can on their bike. that's the fun in it.
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Link: Legal fight, Air Canada
http://lloydalter.typepad.com/aircanada/

Video: Preparing a Strida for airplane travel
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Hmmm, free one way but got charged coming back. Sounds like airlines don't know what to do with folding bikes. He might have gotten away with it if he'd stuffed the whole thing into a duffel bag, assuming there's one big enough for it.
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most hockey duffle bags could have gotten away with it with room to spare for clothing! they never question sports equipment if it's hockey or golf clubs and they're even bigger bags! ironic isn't it?
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