Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

FinnAir

Notices
Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

FinnAir

Old 05-10-24, 02:56 AM
  #1  
I am potato.
Thread Starter
 
base2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 3,210

Bikes: Only precision built, custom high performance elitist machines of the highest caliber. 🍆

Liked 1,731 Times in 987 Posts
FinnAir

FinnAir! You had only one job. Put this square box in that round sky tube. You failed. Now I am holed up in a hotel 2 hours north of Helsinki with no bike, no more plans, and now no destination. What a waste. 1 star. 👎

Why was my bike in Latvia 2 days ago? Where is it now? It sure would be cool if you knew.

/incredulous rant

Has an airline ever lost your luggage? Your full S&S case? Do tell your tales of woe, below. 👇
__________________
I shouldn't have to "make myself more visible;" Drivers should just stop running people over.

Car dependency is a tax.
base2 is online now  
Old 05-10-24, 03:33 AM
  #2  
imi
aka Timi
 
imi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Posts: 3,288

Bikes: Bianchi Lupo (touring) Bianchi Volpe (commuter), Miyata On Off Road Runner

Liked 150 Times in 111 Posts
Gah! 😡

Flying from New Zealand to Hat Yai in southern Thailand, my bike got there, my other bag ended up in Dublin 🧐 It got sorted within 24 hours, but I went back to the airport rather than have it sent by taxi to my guesthouse.

I think airlines still lose a lot of baggage, but the tracking system is pretty good nowadays, and it will usually be found.

Iíve got an air-tag on my bike with the speaker removed to make it a bit more stealthy.
imi is offline  
Old 05-10-24, 06:04 AM
  #3  
mev
bicycle tourist
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Posts: 2,317

Bikes: Trek 520, Lightfoot Ranger, Trek 4500

Liked 269 Times in 182 Posts
Sounds frustrating.

I haven't had a bike delayed/lost on the outbound flight. Twice I have had delayed arrival of my bike on my return. Essentially I made the connection but my bike and other luggage did not. That is much easier since I was going back to work and could handle a two day delay of having my bike.
mev is offline  
Old 05-10-24, 09:19 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 9,002

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Liked 2,006 Times in 1,256 Posts
If you get your bike one day late, it's just part of the adventure. The adventure of bike touring, or the adventure of air travel? Your choice!
pdlamb is offline  
Old 05-10-24, 10:38 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 11,334

Bikes: 1961 Ideor, 1966 Perfekt 3 Speed AB Hub, 1994 Bridgestone MB-6, 2006 Airnimal Joey, 2009 Thorn Sherpa, 2013 Thorn Nomad MkII, 2015 VO Pass Hunter, 2017 Lynskey Backroad, 2017 Raleigh Gran Prix, 1980s Bianchi Mixte on a trainer. Others are now gone.

Liked 1,500 Times in 1,172 Posts
An S&S case would travel as a piece of normal size luggage. So, it is just like any normal piece of lost luggage.

I have had luggage delayed several times for days in the 1980s, less often in the 1990s. But with modern bar code tags, airlines are much better than they were decades ago.

That said, I am still in the habit of always taking a photo of my luggage before I give it to airline staff so that it is easier to describe it to the airline personnel. I started doing that when I bought my first digital camera.

S&S Backpack case looks like this.



Now here is a question for you, have you ever had airline staff insist that you have to gate check your carry on, and then when you get off the plane you find someone took your carry on instead of theirs? So far that has only happened to me once.

In the late 1980s, I regularly flew on a tiny little plane, so small no flight attendants, each seat was both a window seat and an aisle. One time, the plane was full when I got on it, that had never happened before. As I am getting used to the seat and buckling in, I look out the window and see the pickup truck with my luggage driving away. I yell out - Hey, that guy is driving away with my luggage. All the people on my side of the plane look out and yell the same thing. All of us had to wait a half day for that pickup truck to drive to where the plane landed while we are all waiting in the airport for our luggage. The plane if full and going that far could not travel with a full fuel load and full passenger load if it also had luggage, so they left all luggage behind and drove it there by pickup truck.
Tourist in MSN is offline  
Old 05-10-24, 11:30 AM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 39,706
Liked 16,149 Times in 7,581 Posts
Hasnít happened to me, but Iím sure it sucks. When I flew to Boise for the start of Cycle Oregon in 2002, four of us waited at the oversized baggage window for our bikes. Only 3 bikes made it. The fourth one belonged to a guy who had flown out of NYC. His bike didnít make the connection in Phoenix. Fortunately, America West (Remember them?) was able to get the bike to Boise before the charter bus left for OR the next morning, but I will never forget the look of disappointment and disbelief on the guyís face when he was told all the luggage had been offloaded.
indyfabz is offline  
Old 05-11-24, 08:40 AM
  #7  
I am potato.
Thread Starter
 
base2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 3,210

Bikes: Only precision built, custom high performance elitist machines of the highest caliber. 🍆

Liked 1,731 Times in 987 Posts
The case finally arrived by way of 2 days in Latvia, a day in Tempere, a day with a courier, and finally a half day with the concierge. It is missing a strap & another is loose. That's ok. I brought an extra for just such an occasion The important thing is no part of the bike is damaged or missing!




Gone are the big plans. But, I can still tootle around town to the various arboretums parks and other local attractions. Maybe I'll venture out to see tonight's Northern Lights display in a few hours.
base2 is online now  
Likes For base2:
Old 05-11-24, 08:53 AM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 501
Liked 306 Times in 155 Posts
I learned a lesson long ago. Try to book non-stop international flights if at all possible.
WaveyGravey is offline  
Old 05-11-24, 10:55 AM
  #9  
str
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Spain
Posts: 1,089
Liked 529 Times in 255 Posts
Use a AirTag you always know where your bike is.
got luck in finding it.

P.S. upssss it arrived already.
str is offline  
Old 05-11-24, 11:53 AM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 11,334

Bikes: 1961 Ideor, 1966 Perfekt 3 Speed AB Hub, 1994 Bridgestone MB-6, 2006 Airnimal Joey, 2009 Thorn Sherpa, 2013 Thorn Nomad MkII, 2015 VO Pass Hunter, 2017 Lynskey Backroad, 2017 Raleigh Gran Prix, 1980s Bianchi Mixte on a trainer. Others are now gone.

Liked 1,500 Times in 1,172 Posts
I am glad it arrived free of damage. With all the extra distance that it has traveled, there certainly was a lot of opportunity for damage.
Tourist in MSN is offline  
Old 05-11-24, 12:16 PM
  #11  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 1,162
Liked 525 Times in 313 Posts
If anybody ever ridicules your choice, as a bicycle tourist, of transportation, just refer them to this thread.
Pratt is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.