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Taking Separated frame and fork as normal checked in 20kg flight luggage?

Old 05-08-18, 02:19 AM
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Taking Separated frame and fork as normal checked in 20kg flight luggage?

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Exactly as the title says... Im planning to take my old Raleigh frame home from Denmark for a seat tube replacement in the Mercian factory in Nottingham, just the frame and fork seperated. Light as a feather, should be small enough too. Im just slightly worried they will still scan it and call it a bike?

Anyone succeeded with this before?

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Check the size restrictions for luggage. Even if weight isn't an issue, they might still hit you up with "oversized luggage" and a separate check-in.
My brother used to travel extensively in work, and fairly soon switched to using a FS mtb as his travel bike as it came apart to fit into a regular suitcase.
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I have been here many times, transporting a complete bike when I travel by air. I package my bicycle in the smallest package that I can and have never been dinged for a bicycle charge. I do, however, get nailed for a second piece of luggage...


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Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought the extra charge for bikes was for their larger, sometimes less rugged carrying cases that required special handling. If you have a normal sized suitcase, it shouldn't matter to the airline what is inside, assuming it isn't otherwise restricted.
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If it's just a bare frame, you may be able to 'Gate-Check' it. I used to do this with strollers when I had to travel when the kids were little. You get a little tag that goes on it, and leave it at the end of the jetway, just before you enter the aircraft. The Gate-Check stuff still goes in the cargo hold, but it's last on, first off, and doesn't go through all of the baggage train / converyer belt / gorilla handling that your suitcase would.

Helps if you're also not traveling with much extra luggage, or at time / flight that's not super crowded. Check with your airline.
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Mercian is in Derby so you might be in for a bit of a walk...

I've never heard of an airline charging someone extra for arbitrary stuff in their suitcase. They're only bothered if you've gone and put a bomb or five kilos of heroin in there. What you should be really worried about is when the overworked and underpaid baggage loaders throw your suitcase on the plane, off the plane, dump heavy stuff on it...

Your bike will probably be smashed to bits, to be honest. When I sent a bike internationally I did it through DHL in a box heavily padded out with clothes and dummy axles to stop them bending it shut. I've seen too many get ruined at the airport.
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Tak!

Thanks for the replies!

If it was okay to take your whole bike as a normal bag then just my frame should be no problem at all.

I am planning to re-enforce the box, thinking wooden blocks taped to the frame so weight wouldnt land directly on it? I have flown my bike once before, but paid £60 for the bike charge, doesn't seem necessary for just a frame though so I will check in a normal bag.

Cute Boy Horse have you been to the Mercian guys before? Are they good?!
I was pleased, found out it was actually a outsourced mercian worker/team that built the Superbe model for Raleigh. Because I know mercian normally only do framework on their own bikes, but I spoke to them on the phone and they were willing to have a look and make the rapair, as it has the same tubes as their current bikes. Feels nice getting the frame repaired by the place that originally built it (kindof!)

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Never been to them, heard people rate them highly. But that they built the Raleigh Superbe can't possibly be true.
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Originally Posted by Cute Boy Horse View Post
Never been to them, heard people rate them highly. But that they built the Raleigh Superbe can't possibly be true.
My mum bought the frame from Sid Standards, the shop in Nottingham. Its a green Raleigh Superbe. When we rang up in desperate need of a tube replacement they told us they outsourced quite a few of the frames to mercian workers, they said specifically the Superbe ones. Went to the Mercian guys, who I can confirm are absolute dons, said that it wasn't a frame they built, cant remember how he knew it was down to where it was stamped or something. But he confirmed they built frames for Sid Standard. Thats as far as I know!

Had a quick google and found this.

https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?t=53001
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Thanks for replies everyone. This was a very easy process.

It was so underweight noone gave a second thought to it, just directed me to oversize luggage, which was quite re-assuring knowing it was handled alittle separately. No damage to the outside cardboard box whatsever, making me think I went abit overboard with the level of internal supports, oh well.

Merican have my frame now, very exciting!
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Originally Posted by WillBradley1 View Post
My mum bought the frame from Sid Standards, the shop in Nottingham. Its a green Raleigh Superbe. When we rang up in desperate need of a tube replacement they told us they outsourced quite a few of the frames to mercian workers, they said specifically the Superbe ones. Went to the Mercian guys, who I can confirm are absolute dons, said that it wasn't a frame they built, cant remember how he knew it was down to where it was stamped or something. But he confirmed they built frames for Sid Standard. Thats as far as I know!

Had a quick google and found this.

https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?t=53001
Sid Standard Superbes aren't Raleigh Superbes, although Sid Standard might have sold both, if they were a Raleigh dealer.

Raleigh had the largest bike factory in the world, and their Superbe was a tarted up version of a common as muck three speed. They built half a million bikes a year which is a wee bit faster than a shed full of granddads who braze tubes using coal fires can manage.
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I flew to Mexico, yesterday, with just such a package, and wasn't charged extra. AA. I've never been charged extra coming here, three times now. No clue about domestic. She asked what was in it and I told her the truth.
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