“How do I travel with my bike? Do I have to buy an expensive case?”
Easily! And you don't immediately need to buy a bike case (but they are worth investing in for frequent fliers). Traveling with a bike is easier (and cheaper) than ever on flights within the US. Many carriers outside of the US are now allowing bikes to be counted as normal checked luggage too. If you’ve got a tip or an airline recommendation drop it in the comments below.
For now - we’ll tell ya how to get it packed up!
What you need:
1. Save the sturdy box your bike came in + all of the bike specific packing materials (disc brake protectors + brake pad spreaders)
1a. Otherwise, head to your local shop and ask kindly if they’d sort you out with a box and some wheel / brake protectors
2. Get yourself some foam tubing (Home Depot Link)
3. A handful of 11-12” cable ties / zip ties or other fasteners (packing tape, velcro ties, etc)
4. Hex keys to disassemble your bike
5. Packing Tape (and a tape dispenser if you’ve got one)
6. Scissors or cutters
7. A sharpie marker
Make sure your box fits your airline specs before packing!
Airlines use “Linear Inches” as their size calculation - that means the length + width + height of the box.
For example, our bike boxes measure 53” x 9” x 29” and total 91 Linear Inches
Carriers that allow 50lbs and 115 linear inches or more within the US:
Some airlines only allow up to 80 linear inches, which will make it very challenging (if not impossible) to find a box that conforms. Some frame boxes are larger than that! So always check that all the segments on your itinerary are operated by airlines that allow bikes or luggage of this size.
How to get packed up:
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