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Old 09-24-06, 02:14 AM   #1
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packing your bike to a plane

I will be going to another state and I would like to take my bike with me. Whats the procedure of doing this? Whats the easiest most convenient way of so?
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most convenient? fly it with you. expect to pay an additional $80 each way.

OR you could ship it for half that.

I recently flew mine with me and shipped it back. thanks to some fast moves at the airport, I managed to avoid the oversize baggage fee, but in talking to others, you really cant count on not paying it.
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stuff all your clothes in the box as padding and make sure you have dropout blocks so your ish doesn't get pinched.
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Old 09-24-06, 12:55 PM   #4
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stuff all your clothes in the box as padding and make sure you have dropout blocks so your ish doesn't get pinched.
Hahaha!

Or just call around to local bike shops and rent a proper bicycle travel box for like $40-50/week. And yes, you will probably have to pay $80 each way for the bike.
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I borrowed this from a fellow biker around here 3 weeks ago and paid nothing either way and they didnt really ask me anything. unless you have a bag though you options are pretty much limited to what has already been said:

1. ship it. unless you do it early though expect to to pay as much as you would to the airline.
2. pay a bike shop for a box, then pay the airlines. seems to be the most expensive way.
3. buy your own bike bag and try to get it past them. being successful twice would pay for itself.
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If you disassemble the bike, it should fit inside a large luggage container. If that fails, perhaps a giant cloth laundry bag. I can't think of any reason to pay their ridiculous fees.
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Get a hard case. Airlines have no respect for bicycles. And don't count on their insurance replacing your loss.
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i took my bike across the us once
i opted to fly with it ($80 x 2) rather than shipping (about $40 x 2, plus days without bike)
i rode from the airport instead of taking a stupid cab (about $25 x 2)
i packed it in a recycled box from the local bike shop (free)
i took off one pedal, one wheel, seatpost + saddle, stem + bars (3 tools + pump)
i asked the smalltown airport nicely to hold my box until my return trip (free, but big airports might refuse)

despite the unfairness of the airline's $80 bike charge, i feel like i didnt get a bad deal after all
if my box didnt have a huge picture of a bike on its side, i would've tried harder to trick them...

in the future i will:
try harder to not fly anywhere
consider building a travel specific no-fee bike (invest the $160 from each trip)
consider a dedicated and inconspicuous bike case
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Someone said that if you tear down you bike into really as many components as possible, that airlines can't charge this outrageous fee. Is it worth it? Then it is not an assembled bike, but 'bike components.'? Not sure how much you have to tear down your bike to accomplish this.
Going to Europe, fly European airlines. They consider bikes regular luggage and count it as part of your allowed weight. I wanted to take my bike to Hawaii. We were visiting two islands.
It was $80 x's four , since commuter flights did not count as a continueing flight. Corrupt b*******.
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Just jumping on the 'I need to fly with my bike' thing, I'm likely going to need to take my bike with me to Hong Kong, i have a bike bag already but
a) was thinking about getting a hard box instead and
b) how do you go about not paying the fee?
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Just jumping on the 'I need to fly with my bike' thing, I'm likely going to need to take my bike with me to Hong Kong, i have a bike bag already but
a) was thinking about getting a hard box instead and
b) how do you go about not paying the fee?
I just brought my bike with me to Korea on United Airlines. I don't know if this is true of all airlines but they told me bikes are considered regular luggage on international flights so there is no extra fee. I used a free cardboard box from my bikeshop which I reinforced with an extra layer of cardboard. The bike was fine except the wheels were a little out of true.
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I just brought my bike with me to Korea on United Airlines. I don't know if this is true of all airlines but they told me bikes are considered regular luggage on international flights so there is no extra fee. I used a free cardboard box from my bikeshop which I reinforced with an extra layer of cardboard. The bike was fine except the wheels were a little out of true.
So do you think a regular cardboard box that fits exactly the frame will work to bring to the airport?
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So do you think a regular cardboard box that fits exactly the frame will work to bring to the airport?
The box fits the frame and wheels when the front wheel is removed, and placed in the box next to the frame. The pedals and handlebars also need to be removed. If you go to a bike shop they will probably give you a box for free and explain how to pack the bike up if they are nice. Make sure you get the plastic insert to go in your front dropouts. This will keep your fork ends from getting bent if the baggage handlers drop heavy stuff on your box.
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i thought that freight baggage semi custom bike bag fit the acceptable dimensions for checked luggage.
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bikes fly free on international flights. however, from everything I've heard from friends, many ticketing agents dont know this so be sure to print off a copy of the page on the airline's website that states that.

re: breaking down a bike: I did this and it still comes up oversize. most airlines offer 62" (all dimensions added together) for free. I managed to weasel my bike on for free by claiming I thought it was 62" for any one dimension, but I also played the helpless female card so I dont know which aspect actually got my bike on for free.

I've heard too many stories of people's frames getting totally ruined whilst being flown in a bag even with tons of padding.

good luck.
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It's usually free to fly a bike international. Domestically The best way I have found to get past the ridiculous fee is using a hard unlabeled bike box(rent or buy -about $400 but will pay for itself), I used a cardboard box once they ruined the wheelset but did buy me new ones- had no ride on my vacation though. Anyway with the hard unlabeled bike box, don't overpack with heavy stuff, go up to curbside dude with a $20 in hand and ask him to check bike while being really obvious with $20 bill, that is his tip for not sending you to the counter and paying the $80 fee, he knows this, if he does not go to the guy at the doors a ways down. This has worked for me about a dozen times over the years (I used to use a $10 though).
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In doing extensive research on this subject here is what I have put together:
1. Buy or make something similar to the Bike Pro Race Case.
2. Fill it with all your clothes to pad everything.
3. Some how mark the inside of your case and all your bike parts so if TSA opens it they can put everything back in correctly. White spray paint and a diagram on the inside.
4. Conceal every indication its a bike, possibly label it something else on the outside, ART, SCULPTURE, WHEELCHAIR, anything.

62 inches is the maximum your dimenions can add up to without paying but with this plan you can probably slip buy. I haven't tested yet but plan to soon.
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after recently going through this my self heres what i did for free travel wih your bike on the plane.
1 wheel, seat post, cranks, fork and handle bars come off
2 coffin shaped box that fits the main frame exactly
3 rap as many parts from 1 in the middle of the box and tape that **** down.
4 in another box or bag put wheels and remaining parts and tools(to put bike back together)

no questions were asked in either direction of travel and i go off the plane to the train to center city and assembled the bike in the train station. rode off like there was nothing to it.

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