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Old 04-04-14, 07:49 AM
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Travelling with a bicycle on a plane

Hi

I am a student and I have chosen to do a project on travelling with a bicycle by plane, I am interested to know people's opinions on this, I have created a survey and would love it if people could take a couple of minutes to fill it in.

Thank you very much for your help,

The survey is at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6P6F2GB


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Put it in a box.



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Is this USA specific?

I fly around Europe frequently without doing anything apart from letting the air out, removing the pedals and turning the bar parallel to the frame. Occasionally I'm required to use a clear plastic bag supplied by the check-in staff. I've never had any damage done.
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I've packed a Tobukaeru(20 in. wheels) and a 2013 Citizen Tokyo(16 in. wheels)
in a standard hard sided suitcase. The downsides are both bikes require a bit of
dismantling to fit in the luggage and between the bike and luggage; I'm almost
at the weight limit(50 lbs.):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUQN...6zPoymgKaIoDLA

I prefer to take my 2013 Brompton S6L-X(16 in. wheels) on trips. Just fold it and
drop it inside the original cardboard box from the manufacturer; tape it shut and
you're all set. Bike + box = less than 30 lbs.; can still put over 20 pounds of
stuff(tools, clothing, etc.) in the box. Althouogh my favorite airline(Jetblue) wouldn't
let me check in a cardboard box on their international flights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNuu...6zPoymgKaIoDLA
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morris385 .. where are you going, Kid? [no, I'm not doing your survey]

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Just box them up-- it is not a big deal.




Looks rough after 5 different flights, but bike was undamaged.
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Yep ... cardboard box.


Will we hear from the OP again?
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Here's how I packed my bike last year:

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Thank you for all the replies, they have been very useful. The survey is still open if anybody else wants to fill it in.

It's not USA specific as I am from Scotland. I have travelled once in the USA with my bicycle years ago and that was the only time I was charged for my bike on that trip. I have never been on a flight where they allow you to wheel your bike on, that would be amazing.

To answer the question, where am I going? Nowhere at the moment but I'd love to pedal round the world.

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Originally Posted by Morris385
I have never been on a flight where they allow you to wheel your bike on, that would be amazing.
The closest I ever came was leaving Spain. Iberia Airlines and then British Air accepted my fully assmbled, unboxed bike as checked baggage. All I had to do was put it in the plastic bag the airline supplied. I don't think yuo will ever be able to roll your bike into the cabin. The barely leave enough room for passengers. Some day, flying will be like this:

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Originally Posted by Morris385
Thank you for all the replies, they have been very useful. The survey is still open if anybody else wants to fill it in.

It's not USA specific as I am from Scotland. I have travelled once in the USA with my bicycle years ago and that was the only time I was charged for my bike on that trip. I have never been on a flight where they allow you to wheel your bike on, that would be amazing.

To answer the question, where am I going? Nowhere at the moment but I'd love to pedal round the world.

Thanks
Thanks for getting back.

To get off this island by air I've used Aer Lingus and Ryanair and both charge about €40 for the bike. No box required but usually they supply you with a plastic bag which I think is to protect other people's luggage from chain oil etc.

I once had a check in clerk (sub-contractor)on a return journey try to tell me that I had to box but when I challenged her assertion she immediately backed down.

Hope after you graduate you'll have opportunities to cycle tour. Best of luck with the project.
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Travelling with a bicycle on a plane

Recommend putting it in the plane, not on it.
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Thanks for the information, you have travelled with better airlines than I have.

Thanks again
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Thanks for the reply.
I didn't mean wheel it into the cabin, I meant wheel it up to the check in desk to put it into the luggage hold without dismantling it first.
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Originally Posted by Caretaker
To get off this island by air I've used Aer Lingus and Ryanair and both charge about €40 for the bike. No box required but usually they supply you with a plastic bag which I think is to protect other people's luggage from chain oil etc.
Nice to hear some airlines still allow that. I cvhecked Iberia and British Airways, which I mentoned in a previous post, and I don't think today I could have done what I did back then, which was in '00. I had no way to get my case to the airport for my very early flight from Sevilla so I abandoned the box and rode to the airport. Back then, a bike counted as one of your two free pieces of checked baggage.

And yes, The bag is required to protect other luggage from grease.
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