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Best way to take bike on plane trip(6 posts)

Best way to take bike on plane triportman
Sep 23, 2003 2:55 PM
I'm flying to Colorado Springs in October for a bike seminar and am considering taking bike. Any suggestions as to best way to do it? Pack it myself in a box somehow? Does anyone know of rentals for hard case bike carriers in Portland Oregon? I could buy one, but they're not cheap. Thanks.
re: Best way to take bike on plane tripcloset roadie
Sep 23, 2003 4:05 PM
I live in California and am in Florida on business right now and took my bike. AA charged an additional $80 each way. I had my LBS save me a box and a fork brace. I packed it myself using lots of bubble wrap. Just be sure that if you pack it with the wheels off that you brace the dropouts, or if it gets smashed from the side it could cause serious damage. Also, make sure your rental car will hold the box without having to break it down (a Pontiac Grand AM with folding rear seats BARELY made it!)

It was well worth the trouble......I've logged 78 miles in two days.
Many methodsKerry Irons
Sep 23, 2003 4:24 PM
I have always traveled with either a bike box (from the bike shop) or a bike bag borrowed from a friend. I've make tandem boxes by cutting up two bike boxes and duct taping them together. With a bike shipping cardboard box, you want to reinforce it in places with duct tape, brace the forks and rear dropouts, wrap the frame with foam or towels to protect it, cover the ends of the wheel axles to prevent them from chewing through the box, and secure everything so that stuff doesn't float around and chew the frame or escape the box. Brace the forks with a 2x4 cut to the width of the box and then drilled with two large holes to hold the fork tips. You might well find a bike shop that is renting a transport case or a bike club doing the same thing. Call around. I've never had a problem either with the "home made" box or the bike bag. Others have horror stories. Another alternative is to ship the bike by UPS, which some like and other hate. All methods have risk.
Consider Crateworks Proteoteoteo
Sep 23, 2003 5:13 PM
I would say to consider a Crate Works Pro ( mine is heavy duty corrugated vinyl and allows me to pack my bike and lash everything down inside. It costs about half of what the trico hard side costs.

I have had it about 4 years and used it several times as well as loaning it to friends. On of the best features is that it folds 100% flat. It also weighs less than others also.....
buy it the seat beside you!!!! (nm)toomanybikes
Sep 23, 2003 5:09 PM
re: Best way to take bike on plane triplyleseven
Sep 23, 2003 5:25 PM
There are three ways to get your bike to where you want when flying, that I know of:
1) Cardboard bike box, with all of the shortcomings as mentioned from the others above. I have done this many times. however, over the past couple of years, airlines have been charging anywhere from $50 to $100 extra---each way! Hopefully, it won't get damaged in shipping. I have shipped my bike this way many time and only a couple of times have I sustained any damage in shipping.
2) Ship it UPS or FED Ex (cheaper). Fed Ex is easier to deal with. Usually this costs about $40-50 each way. You can ship it in a cardboard bike box or a hard plastic case. Colorado Cyclist has a $99 version that works okay.
3) The best way, buy a Performance or similar hard plastic box with wheels on sale for about $199. The airlines-at least all I have used in the past two years- have never charged me any extra charge as it qualifies as luggage, provided you don't have more than two pieces weighing more than about 60 lbs. total. This is in the long run, the cheapest way to go and it will protect your bike the best. If your travel much with your bike this is the only way to go.