First of all, check with the airline you are flying with. Many airlines charge extra for bikes, golfbags etc. so your flight could quickly get expensive. I use a hardcase when I travel abroad with my bike. I pack most of my clothing, both cycling and "normal" clothing into the hard case as well. This gives the bike extra protection (not really needed) but most important, it limits my baggage to only one piece. (hand luggage not included)
Here is a tip. Remove any stickers or logos on the hardcase that says it is a bike in transport. My case does not look much like there is a bike in it, and the last time I travelled with British Airways they did not even charge for the bike!
If you cannot afford a hard case I suggest you get a cardboard bike box from your local bike dealer. Get you bikeshop guy to show you how to best pack a bike in it. Unfortunately you cannot disguise the contents of the box that well..
Again insert most of your clothing in the box to help protect your bike. You can use pipe insulators (easliy obtained at DIY stores) to wrap around the tubes. More than that you cannot really do. The rest is up to those folks in the baggage department....
Hope this helps
Last edited by poululla; 10-31-04 at 09:48 AM.