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    shipping a bike

    I'm planning on flying somewhere warm this winter, and am going to take the hardtail. What's the safest way to get it to where im going? Freight? Checked baggage?

    Keep in mind I don't have any cases or anything.

    thanks!

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    I flew back to Germany in '98 and took my HT on the flight. Got a shipping box from my LBS and just checked it at the airport. Had to do some minor disassembly to get it in the box(removed wheelset and handlebars--left cables connected, tho). The box got a bit banged up in the cargo hold, but the bike was fine. Of course, I don't know how much stricter security's gotten. Haven't flown any more since '99/2000. It was well worth the hassle back then.
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    If you run it via plane and you have an air shcok... let the pressure out or you'll blow your seals... and if it was me, id take it via plane..

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    Hey,

    Yeah im looking into flying me and my bike (goose DH) to canberra from adelaide. I have a couple of mates that have done it in previouse years. Make sure that you get a box from the airline, they are alot bigger and they plan for it leaving you space. You have to remeber if u have hydros like most people these days to place cardboard between you bads so that in a freak case you levers are pulled all the way your seals dont blow. Also your bike nearly MUST be kept upright otherwise your fork oil will run up near seals in bad cases making the seals leak all your oil and it will take a while to have fork performing like normal (about 10 mins of riding) becuase the oil is not in right position, you will beable to tell becuase rebound will be SUPER fast and may "top out". hope this helps

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    2. Write FRAGILE everywhere on box
    3. Hydros then cardboard them
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    Ok for shipping a bike... (since I have probably shipped 20 or so)

    Anyways.

    What you want to do is:

    1. Remove the pedals
    2. Rotate the crank so the crank arm is paralell with the chainstay on the drive side
    -If you can remove and reinstall the non-drive crankarm at your destination, I recommend removing the arm and positioning that paralell to your chainstay also, so both crank arms are then facing the same way.
    3. Wedge cardboard in between the arms and the stays, this prevents them bending (very common in transit), to secure them run a zip tie through the hole in the arm around the cardboard and stay
    4. Turn the stem so it faces perpedicular to the top tube
    -At this point on some bikes I will remove the bars, wrap them, and secure them to the underside of the toptube to protect the shifters, levers, etc. Sometimes just rotating them downwards in the clamp will do the trick too.
    5. I usually run a rubberband through the stem clamp or around the bars and around the top tube to keep the front end from moving in transit.
    6. If the box is small enough to warrant wheel removal, zip tie them to the bike between the stays and crank arms, disregarding step 3.
    7. After this is all set I then go through and put some cardboard or foam around the majority of the exposed tubes to prevent scuffs and scrapes.

    Also, you want a snug fit in the bike box. Most airline boxes are HUGE.... this isn't good... why? Because then your bike has a lot of room to bang around and get flung about in the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    1. Remove the pedals
    Also, you want a snug fit in the bike box. Most airline boxes are HUGE.... this isn't good... why? Because then your bike has a lot of room to bang around and get flung about in the box.
    Forgot about #1-not to do it, but to mention it.

    I don't know what size box the airline might give you, but I got a Cannondale box from my Cannondale dealer for my, yes, Cannondale bike. I figured it would be best to use the same box the manufacturer ships 'em in. 'Course, if you're a jetsettin' world-travelin' biker, it might be worth it to get a hard case. I thought about it, but I've only flown with my bike once so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karldar
    I flew back to Germany in '98 and took my HT on the flight. Got a shipping box from my LBS and just checked it at the airport. Had to do some minor disassembly to get it in the box(removed wheelset and handlebars--left cables connected, tho). The box got a bit banged up in the cargo hold, but the bike was fine. Of course, I don't know how much stricter security's gotten. Haven't flown any more since '99/2000. It was well worth the hassle back then.
    It's MUCH worse. If the original poster can ship the bike via DHL etc it will get there in MUCH better condition than if it flys on a commercial airline. The TSA has ruined several friend's bikes over the last year and a half.

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    A good compromise is the QBP bike box for $50 or so. Its a walled cardboard box with eggshell foam lining, very sturdy and secure, and not as expensive has a hard case.

    Quote Originally Posted by Karldar
    Forgot about #1-not to do it, but to mention it.

    I don't know what size box the airline might give you, but I got a Cannondale box from my Cannondale dealer for my, yes, Cannondale bike. I figured it would be best to use the same box the manufacturer ships 'em in. 'Course, if you're a jetsettin' world-travelin' biker, it might be worth it to get a hard case. I thought about it, but I've only flown with my bike once so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    It's MUCH worse. If the original poster can ship the bike via DHL etc it will get there in MUCH better condition than if it flys on a commercial airline. The TSA has ruined several friend's bikes over the last year and a half.
    Shipped my bike frame + a few extras from Canada to Italy by DHL. Took about 4 days but cost me around $152 CDN. Package weighed in at around 15 pounds and it was a tight fit so nothing was damaged at all. I recommend DHL if you are uncertain of airplanes.
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