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Old 09-19-04, 12:32 PM   #1
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Bike on an airplane?

I'm going to NYC in a few weeks and I'd love to have my bike while I'm there. Have any of you guys taken your bike on a plane? How did you pack it?
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It depends on the airline. Some charge extra no matter what, and others will not charge if you include it with your luggage allowance and meet no higher than the maximum size of a piece of luggage.

What I did was use the Performance luggage, and I took the bike down as much as possible, and it worked for me. I've also had a luggage made for me using cardboard, and that also helped keep me within the size restrictions. After doing that for 3 times, I got a Bike Friday, which is a folding bike, so I'm always within the size restrictions, and I don't get charged since it has it's own luggage case.

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Old 09-19-04, 04:11 PM   #3
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They make both hard and soft cases, and a hard case is what you would need. Check nahsbar.com and performancebike.com for some prices, also competitivecyclist.com carries one or two.
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I traveled with my diamond-framed touring bike before I switched to a Bike Friday for easier travel.

Here's my experience in traveling with a full-sized bike: On my first trip, I packed the bike in a (cardboard) box that I got from my bike shop. I was doing a one-way trip that started in the US and ended in Canada, so I didn't really want to deal with shipping a case to myself at the end of the trip. There were two bike shops in the town where I ended my trip, so I got a box for the return trip from one of them. Other times I packed my bike into a soft-sided case. When I arrived at my starting point, I assembled the bike, squished the case down somewhat and packed it in a box that was of legal UPS size. Then I shipped the case to myself in the town where I was ending my journey. Another option if you want to use a case rather than a box - check with your local bike shop. The shop that I use has travel cases available for rent, so it's possible that a case rental could work out for you.

Also - most of the US airlines consider a bike to be oversize luggage (unless you're traveling with a folding bike like my Bike Friday), so be prepared to pay an excess baggage fee.
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Call the airlines
The mostly uniform stateside charge is 80$ boxed or bagged each way, I called all flying from Florida to SF, CA...... same thing. The specialized carrying cases being a separate issue make sure BEFORE u buy one what the charge will be
It may be more practical to rent a bike locally in the city to which you are traveling, it certainly eliminates some of the inconvenience of boxing,getting to and from an airport, and even the extra charge carriers such as Super Shuttle charge to transport a boxed bike, 10$ extra from Ft Lauderdale to Miami in my case
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I bought an Iron Case and I can ship the bike in it by FedEx cheaper than putting it on the plane with me. It also gets there safer with them than the plane. I Also know when it is going to get there.

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