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Old 01-14-06, 06:55 AM   #1
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airplanes and bicycles

tommorow im flying downto texas, any advice on how to get my bike on the plane without getting charged nealy doubly my ticket price?

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Old 01-14-06, 09:39 AM   #2
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there was a good article in dirt rag a couple months ago about how to pack your bike in 2 cases to avoid bike fees...
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buy a freight baggage bike shipping case. it's 250$ and it's tiny. it's under size max, so they can't charge you 80$ each way. I have flown with mine 14 times. you can contact travis directly and get custom colors! travis @ freight sf 714-863-4331
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there was a good article in dirt rag a couple months ago about how to pack your bike in 2 cases to avoid bike fees...
Don't airlines only allow 2 checked-in baggages? What are you going to do about clothes and other things if it's a long trip?
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There's a thread here called "flying the bike" or some such that has lots of useful advice. Hit up that search.

Meanwhile, FedEx ground is fine, but make sure you pack it well. They beat my box up pretty good and I need to do some touch up truing on my wheels as a result.
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Old 01-14-06, 02:42 PM   #6
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I always tell them it's gymnastics equipment and they let me check it with no fee. American gave me some grief b/c it was obviously packed in a frame box with a bike company logo printed on the side.
They said it was "definitely oversize" to which I asked the exact dimensions for. They pointed to the box and said "about that big". I had to get the supervisor to come over and actually look up what the policy was on oversize luggage and measure my box. The max size without racking up a fee is 115 inches. My frame box came in at 112.5 so I got in right under the wire and avoided the 45 dollar fee.
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Old 01-14-06, 02:51 PM   #7
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buy a freight baggage bike shipping case. it's 250$ and it's tiny. it's under size max, so they can't charge you 80$ each way. I have flown with mine 14 times. you can contact travis directly and get custom colors! travis @ freight sf 714-863-4331
Whoa, are you saying that the case measures sub-62"? Could you post pics -- I am curious how you're fitting it all into that size.

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The max size without racking up a fee is 115 inches. My frame box came in at 112.5 so I got in right under the wire and avoided the 45 dollar fee.
What, really? Again, I had thought the max size for domestic travel was 62". Or were you flying overseas? Also, related -- anyone know if the "bikes fly internationally free" applies to US-Canada or US-Mexico travel?

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better yet, have DW add some S&S couplings into your frame, than throw it in your regular suitcase...
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that was domestic travel. I'm pretty sure I meant 115cm, but regardless, it was just underzize in a normal frame box. It's worked for me so far. Just lie and tell them it's a skate ramp or gymnastics equipment or whatever. I've never had to pay extra to travel with my bike.
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Old 01-14-06, 05:13 PM   #10
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after seeing the thread's title, i was going to say "what are modes of transportation?"

jeopardy style. but this seems to be the wrong thread. well, damn.
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better yet, have DW add some S&S couplings into your frame, than throw it in your regular suitcase...
word...although dw didn't do mine. no cables, with bullhorns, she packs up into a soft case that mimics a backpack. pack your clothing into four outer pockets for padding and you're all set. the only time i've run into trouble was negotiating through grand central station, where it was a bit cumbersome.
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oooh... very nice. Steel or Ti?
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thanks! it's steel...i'd have to get in the plasma donation racket to afford the ti!
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Another option I've heard is telling them it's art supplies.
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Old 01-15-06, 03:36 AM   #16
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I cut an old bike box down to size and just taped the hell out of it, its "motorcycle parts for my uncle" but hopefully it wont even be too much of an issue.

thanks for all the advice.

group ride in houston or austin?

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Old 01-15-06, 09:04 AM   #17
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"motorcycle parts for my uncle"
haha haa that is the most genius white lie i've heard yet. i might just crib that one. "gymnastics equipment," come on! if i tried that one, i'd bet TSA would be sent over right quick!
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Old 01-15-06, 03:59 PM   #18
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they didnt even blink, my mangledbox is genius. I'm now making them cusomfor 300 each, I mean they are NJS approved.

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