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Old 20.05.2010, 22:50
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Travel with my bike

Hello bikers,

Wonder if you know a cheap way to take the bike with me when I am taking a plane, because some companies (Iberia for instance) charges up to 150 fee for taking the bike with you on the plane... Another way (slower, cheaper) of transport? Another company?

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Old 21.05.2010, 01:31
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Re: Travel with my bike

Easyjet is cheaper than that. Every airline charges differently, plus each airline's charges seem to change frequently. You therefore have to research all the options and prices before deciding who to fly with.

If you're travelling within Europe, then you could take a train - the regulations on Intercity trains vary by country, but your local train station should have most of the info you need.

You could mail the bike in it's box, but I don't know how much that would cost.

You could also get a bike that fits inside a suitcase/box that is smaller than the airlines regulations (the maximum total dimensions, width+height+depth, is normally 62 inches). You can get S & S couplers retrofitted into your current bike if it is made of steel or titanium, but not if it is carbon or aluminum. Or, you could use most folding bikes. Or, you could buy a Ritchey Breakaway frame and transfer your current components onto it (there are road, CX, and MTB versions). The initial outlay for any of these options is pretty high but after a few flights you'll start to make that money back.
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Old 21.05.2010, 03:06
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Re: Travel with my bike

I'm flying from NZ to Europe in a month with my bike. I looked at a few airlines, but all seem to have a stiff fee for carrying bikes now. I'm taking the wheels off and the carrier racks and sticking them in a tough bag (mine is bought in NZ from GroundEffect) and carrying them as my hold luggage.
Most bike shops will give you an empty box for free.
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Re: Travel with my bike

Thanks for the tips, I will do a research and post results!
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Re: Travel with my bike

Just to add my vote for the GroundEffect bike bags - I bought one a couple of years ago, and a few friends have also bought them since having seen mine. With a bit of additional padding from cardboard or clothes, they do a great job of protecting (non-carbon) bikes.
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