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Big bikes, cases, and Southwest Airlines.

Old 06-28-08, 08:31 PM
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Big bikes, cases, and Southwest Airlines.

I ride big frames (64cm and 67cm) and in a month or so I'm planning on an extended business trip and I'd like to take a bike along.

1) Are most cases likely to fit frames that size? I don't want to order one and discover that it doesn't work for my bikes. I don't mind taking the fork off if I have to. I'm especially interested in successful experiences people've had with 63cm+ frames.

2) I'm going to be flying Southwest. Now, Southwest's policy (from their web site) on bikes is that you pay extra if the box is bigger than 62" in length+width+height, fine, but also that the box can't be bigger than 80" in length+width+height. This makes no sense to me because all of the cases that seem to be on the market are bigger than this - and other US carriers seem to have a similar policy except their limit is 115". So does anyone know what the real story is with Southwest? Anyone been rejected, or not?
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You might want to call SW. I read the baggage policy and it is very confusing. They accept surfboards, Can you imagine an 80 inch (L+W+H) surfboard?

What's wrong with a good old fashioned free bike box from your LBS?

If you are sold on buying a case then simply measure the height and length of you bike without the wheels. You can still get a bike box from your LBS. Place the bike inside, without wheels and cut the box down to remove and excess and measure. If it is equal to or smaller than the box you want to buy then you are golden.

If you are traveling in the US then why not just ship your bike ahead. I have yet to take this option but I can tell you flying with your bike is a huge hassle. On a trip to Italy the van sized taxi did not show. Thank goodness it was just my buddy and me and he showed up with his truck (only two seats). We loaded the bikes in the back. But that trip was not without it's hassles too, it picked that day to rain and we had a too small tarp that kept coming off. But just dragging the bike around is hassle enough.
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