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Dead easy if you pick the right airline
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When you are taking the bike apart take a careful note (or mark with masking tape) the height of the seat post and how/where the handlebars attach to the stem.
Once I had mastered the actual fitting the bike into the box I found the biggest hassle was the logistics of getting to/from the airport with what is in essence a rather large suitcase. Having something with wheels helps enormously.
Jj - would the bike packaging skills of Aitch have withstood a bag - throwing - athon from the airlines.
or was it making a nice jingle- ing noise ?
Good comment FB, mine always passes that test, I think I have padding OCD
OMG FB that link's scared the crap out of me!
So there's no just wheeling you bike onto the plane and sticking it in the corner then ...
Sleezy-jet give you a baggage allowance of 20Kg per person, add a bike to your ticket and you get a further 13Kg (I think) to add to the total.
However, they won't ship any item that weighs more than 32Kg. Like FB says do a dry run, and make sure you weigh the outcome.. you may be suprised. Some airlines charge an embarrassing fee per additional Kg.
Pack helmet & shoes in hold luggage ~ they're weapons now you know.
Don't pack non-bike related stuff in the bike box/bag.. they'll sniff it out and unpack for you. Drinks bottles, helmet etc. count as 'bike stuff'. Not sure if a wetsuit would count, probably not, but then it's heavy as well. Some say pack the wetsuit to pad your bike, this is subjective but I wouldn't want to risk damaging the wetsuit.
It took you 5 years to repeat a joke?
No, there was a spammer who spammed every bike transport thread last night. The spam has been deleted but other funnies/comments left behind.
We flew virgin, they don't charge for bikes (but probably wished they had as it was the world champs in Vegas and all the team seemed to be getting on the same flight) they all arrived on the flight safe. Ryan scare charge but got the bike to Spain in one piece.