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Need travel tips on taking my bike to Hawaii(13 posts)

Need travel tips on taking my bike to HawaiiMel Erickson
Jun 2, 2003 9:14 AM
I know this has been covered before but a search didn't give me good results. I'll be traveling to Hawaii in July out of O'Hare in Chicago and want to take my bike for as little $$ as possible. United says an oversize bag is $80 each way (even $160 'round trip is cheaper than renting a bike in Hawaii for 10 days). How can I take my bike cheaper than that? I should be able to manage it as one of my checked pieces of luggage. I have a Softride and the beam can be lowered to make a more compact package but I don't know if it can meet the 62" restriction on size. How closely do they check? I'm aware that sometimes you can check it at the curb and tip the Skycap well and they'll "overlook" the size limit. Any other tips?
Have you bought your tickets?js5280
Jun 2, 2003 9:27 AM
If not, you could try the Bikes Fly (Sorta) Free through the Bicycle League or IMBA. The catch is you have to use their agent, might not get the cheapest fare (but sometimes you do), and pay $30 travel agency fee.

I think the only way you could get it on for free is that it would have to be diguised so well, that they wouldn't even ask what's in the box. Probably poor odds of that these days, not to mention it will almost certainly be x-rayed. I don't think you can slip it past anymore with the security and wouldn't advise trying it.
YesMel Erickson
Jun 2, 2003 10:10 AM
Frequent flyer miles so no IMBA. I know if I can get it within the size limits I can take it as one of my two pieces of luggage. The trick is keeping it small enough or getting it by the luggage people. Xray shouldn't be a problem. They don't care if it's a bicycle if it's one of your two checked pieces and either within the size limit or passed through be a skycap or at the counter. I know counter people are much tougher. Any other options?
bike travel to HawaiiSuds
Jun 2, 2003 11:33 AM
Just got back from a trip to Hawaii with my bike two weeks ago. Like you, I used miles to get there - I just had to suck it up and pay the $160 roundtrip for the bike. Well worth the cost once you are there. FYI - If you are doing any island hopping, the cost for the bike is only $25 each way.
A few months ago,msmootsiemartin
Jun 2, 2003 5:42 PM
we had to pay the $160 as well to and from Hawaii. It doesn't matter what is in the case, they base it strictly off of size and weight. And, FWIW, they were much more thorough in Hawaii, taking each case apart and checking everything! So, if you can get your bike packed within size/weight limits, you may be able to bypass the fee!

good luck,

re: Need travel tips on taking my bike to HawaiiIan
Jun 2, 2003 10:16 AM
This isn't going to help you much, but $160 to get your bike to Hawaii and back? That really sounds like a pretty good deal. And I would agree with the other poster that in todays security, I would not try to pull the wool over anyone's eyes. You don't want to get detained and then miss the flight yourself.

Did some measuring over the noon hourMel Erickson
Jun 2, 2003 11:49 AM
I might just be able to squeeze my Softride into a box that meets the size limitations. I would need to remove the handlebars entirely (cables and all) and take off the crank arms and the beam. I'd put the wheels and the bars in my suitcase and pack the bike in a box. I may also have to remove the rear derailleur. Total time to dismantle and reassemble should be about an hour each with minimal tools (crank puller, open end wrench and two allen wrenches).
Sounds good....oh and buy clothes over there......nmTower
Jun 2, 2003 12:09 PM
Huh? nmMel Erickson
Jun 2, 2003 12:49 PM
bags full of bike parts... no room for clothes! (nm)rockbender
Jun 2, 2003 1:05 PM
Bingo! nmTower
Jun 2, 2003 5:48 PM
Going to Maui?the Phantom
Jun 2, 2003 7:00 PM
If you are going to Maui, catch up to the 'Go Cycling Maui' guys. 808 572 0259, . They offer first class guided rides on the island paradise for the avid and elite cyclist. That means, no wankers. They offer really nice Litespeeds as rentals too thus no real need to bring your bike. I dragged mine half way from around the world last November, it cost the extortive $160 R.T. If you bring your bike, very important to have a hard shell case, well worth it, anything else is a pain and worry. Baggage handlers are unionized neanderthols... Hawaiian baggage handlers even worse.
Nope, Big IslandMel Erickson
Jun 2, 2003 8:29 PM
This will be our third trip, my son lives and goes to school there. He's getting married in Kona. This will be the first time I'll be biking on the island. Bike rental fees for a good bike (Specialized Allez or Raleigh R600) for 10 days is $170 so taking my own bike, even for $160, is a better deal and I won't have to get used to a new bike. I've been to Maui but only did the ride down Haleakala with the family. Not the Power Ranger ride. Got hooked up with an ex road and hill climb champ who runs a great down the mountain tour ending at the Tedeschi Winery for a picnic. Alot of fun with the family (all non-bikers except for me). Hope to get in about 300 miles in 10 days on the Big Island, including a trip from Hilo to Kona, about 130 miles and 5,000 ft. of climbing. Really looking forward to the whole trip.