It is winter and I know a few of you like to travel with your bike so I thought I would highlight a few things I've learnt from traveling with my bike. First and foremost, make sure your bike is tuned up and ready to go. There’s nothing worse than getting to your destination and finding out that your bike isn’t performing well.
Your bike must be packed up for an airline to accept your bike as luggage. There are a few different options when packing your bike for a flight. The cheapest would be to get a cardboard box from your local shop. Some shops charge a few dollars, max should be about $20. Most bike shops rent travel cases for trips. We charge $50/week for our soft sided Dakine bike bags. I have taken these on many of my Florida trips. My carbon road bike has never been damaged. Hard cases are also a great option. Thule makes a great hard case, they are expensive but I have sold a few and people love them.
We offer a pack and go service for $30. We will pack your bike for you and all you have to do is reassemble when you get to your destination. You can do this with Matt if you want to learn the process.
Here are a few good Youtube videos that can walk you through the steps.
Most airlines charge $50 for your bag per trip but you may want to check with the airline you are traveling with. I pack all of my cycling gear and nutrition that I will need on the trip in the bike bag. If they weigh your bike, you still need to fall under the maximum allowance for sporting gear. Make sure you know this when checking in, I once had an agent try to tell me it was the same allowance as luggage(it was actually 25lbs more). I did have to pay but got a refund after. Another important note, if you like to use cartridges for your flats, you will need to purchase these at your destination as they are not allowed in your bag. I pack both a travel floor pump and flat pump that I carry with me on my bike.
Hope this helps you travel with your bike, it is such a great way to see places. Let us know if we can help get you rolling on your holidays.
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