So here's the deal. I just decided about 15 minutes ago that I'm going to joint my aunt and her husband in Virginia to do a 150 mile ride in support of MS research at the beginning of June. (There will be a post in the Charity Events forum as soon as I have the information I need )
The concern I have is shipping my bike. I'm taking a Continental flight and they don't charge if the bike is boxed, weighing under 50 pounds, and measuring under 62 linear inches (HxLxW) - otherwise its $100 each way, which is more than the flight itself. I really can't afford to buy a bike in VA and essentially leave it there because I can't ship it back home so I'm hoping to be able to find a way to take my bike apart and compact it to ship it.
My first thought was to just take the wheels off and nest them inside the dimensions of the frame and box it up that way, but I'm not sure how practical that will be. For reference, I'm just riding a really basic 7 speed Diamondback comfort bike.
Does anyone have suggestions or hints as to shipping a bike cross country in a plane? Thanks guys!