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Old 06-29-18, 01:48 AM
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Bagged bike to Prague

Just an update for those thinking of or will be using a big plastic for air travel with their bikes.
I arrived in Prague Tuesday morning, my bike and luggage where waiting for me by the time I made it through customs and immigration. Took bike out of bag, straightened the handlebars, put on pedals, put on panniers, 10 minutes later I'm cycling through the Czech countryside. Priceless. 😁
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A couple of questions for you!
We will be going to Europe later this summer and I have the bags,mattre ma bags! What tape did you use? Did you put "anything" else in the bag or on the bike?
Thanks!
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was it cumbersome to move around the airport? Because I am thinking of check in and as it won't roll and not sure it will do well on a cart.
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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom
A couple of questions for you!
We will be going to Europe later this summer and I have the bags,mattre ma bags! What tape did you use? Did you put "anything" else in the bag or on the bike?
Thanks!
When I did it, I used just regular duct tape. I kept a pannier for my non-carryon-able stuff and my water bottles on the bike. As you can see, I even forgot to put down the seat...

As it came out of the oversized pickup area at Toronto:
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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom
A couple of questions for you!
We will be going to Europe later this summer and I have the bags,mattre ma bags! What tape did you use? Did you put "anything" else in the bag or on the bike?
Thanks!
In my case the airline provided a large clear bag for the bike, and only the bike. Everything else, ie. Panniers go in a large duffle bag. Since this will be a multi month trip not flying back from Prague, I have disposed of the duffle bag.
Moving around the airport is easy. The last thing to get checked is the bike since it has to cleared by security before it's bagged.

Here is how it worked for me flying out of Toronto.
Ride bike to the airport, once at airport pack panniers into one duffle bag. At this point I have one duffle bag and my bike. I get a cart put duffle bag on cart, wheel it and bike to check in counter. I check my duffle bag, buy the bike bag ($30), then an airline employee ******* me and my bike to the oversized luggage area for security clearance. The airline employee then ******* me and my bike back to the check in area, only then do I bag the bike. It's tagged and taken away. Nothing could be easier. This isn't the procedures for the vast majority of airlines, just the one I use.
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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom
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was it cumbersome to move around the airport? Because I am thinking of check in and as it won't roll and not sure it will do well on a cart.
Missed this earlier. You are 100% correct, it doesn't move well in the airport in a bag, boxes are much nicer in that regards. Reykjavik frowned on non-packaged bikes in the airport proper (they provide a nice bike assembly/disassembly station just outside in a repurposed shipping container, with tools and workstands). I bagged mine right outside the door, and awkwardly balanced it on a cart for the inside portions. Thankfully, it wasn't too far of a walk from the door to the counter to the oversize dropoff. Same went for Toronto, didn't want to unpackage it until I actually got past customs, and by that point it was only a few feet to the exit anyhow.
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