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Old 09-01-08, 10:22 PM   #1
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how to you take a B.O.B. Yak on an airplane

Next week I will be touring the OR and North CA coast. We will be taking a train/ride from a friend to the start in Astoria OR, and then flying home from Crescent City CA. My question is what is best way to pack a Yak for the flight home. I can't really carry a big tote or anything with me.
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remove the wheel, fender, flag, and arm. pack them in the bob duffel or wherever is convenient. secure the bob duffel to the trailer and check it as luggage.
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Old 09-02-08, 07:45 AM   #3
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any recommendations on a cheap duffle I can buy in the next two days??? I had a hockey bag I thought it would fit in, but sadly it doesn't.
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Old 09-02-08, 07:53 AM   #4
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Who says you have to put it all inside a bag? The BOB is tough enough to survive a baggage carousel. Like jabantik00 said, just put the arm and wheel inside the BOB bag and strap it all together inside the carrier. The BOB will survive. Maybe wrap some duct tape or padding around the fork ends. Take a little touch up paint if you worry about scratches.
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Old 09-02-08, 08:35 AM   #5
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When I travel, I remove the wheel and fender and tie-wrap them and my helmet to the decking of the BOB. Then I slip it into a box and tape it up. If no box is available, wrap it in something like Tyvek, or even a big plastic bag since the BOB itself should protect the stuff inside.

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Pack it up, put in a box and ship home. No muss, no fuss, no bother.
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Old 09-02-08, 11:36 AM   #7
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With a big, fat wallet?

The problems of travelling by air when bike touring are worse than ever.
Will bike, B.O.B., panniers, etc. you are looking at a hefty luggage surcharge.
And if you haven't flown into or out of small airports on commuter planes before -
Be aware that there are often luggage limitations that prevent your stuff from being on the same plane.

Given that the luggage surcharges are often $50 to $100 per additional item -
I suggest shipping the bike and B.O.B. from Calif.
Less stuff to schlep around at the check in counter, too.
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Pack it up, put in a box and ship home. No muss, no fuss, no bother.
+1 on shipping it out. Be careful on the box size. The magic number for Fedex anyway is 92 linear (L+W+H) inches. My box came to 91 linear inches and I paid $65 to ship from PIT to SFO. My buddy's box was 96 inches and he paid $116 for the same destination. Sometimes it is cheaper to ship in multiple boxes as opposed to paying the over sized package penalty.
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