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"it's an IRONMAN not PUSSYMAN race" - haole
I highly recommend the Pika Packworks bag. The company is a tiny operation, and the founder stands behind his product.
theoretically it should not, in practice both times I've removed the rear der for traveling it has affected the shifting. This doesn't happen if I remove/replace the der in the workshop, so I am a bit puzzled. Working theory is that the TSA gets in there and twiddles around with the cables, screws etc to make sure the bike isn't a funny-looking bomb..
What did they charge you? On Southwest it's supposed to be free if it's under 62" and 50lbs or $50 if over.
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You can easily fit in everything for a race in the bag. Slide the pump in at the bottom and stuff in your cycling and running shoes. Cram in tools and nutrition. Stuff a wetsuit on top. Still comes way under luggage limit weight.
My timesaver tip: buy a cheap foam mattress pad and cut it into pieces for parts of your bike. Sandwich your bike sections between the foam and duct tape together. Faster and IMO safer than bubble wrap. And it looks more legit if you're going with the "scientific equipment" line.
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what airline did you fly?
i flew united and the counter person charged me 100 to check it in.
From the continental website:
If the bicycle(s) are packed in a container that is over 50 lbs (23kg) and/or 62 (157 cm) total linear inches (L + W + H), a $100 service charge applies each way for domestic travel, and $200 each way for international travel. The service charge is in addition to any excess baggage charges that may apply, but first and second baggage service fees do not apply. Bicycle equipment over 70lbs (32 kg) will not be accepted as checked baggage.
If the bicycle(s) are packed in a container that is under 50 lbs (23kg) and 62 (157 cm) total linear inches (L + W + H), there is no bicycle service charge, but, if applicable, the first or second bag fee applies.
But it seems like they are saying that even if it is a bicycle, if it is packed so that it is less than 50 lbs and 62 inches, a bike fee will not apply. Unless I am interpreting that wrong somehow. I just want to make sure the case fits within the size requirements before purchasing.
I don't even know why the Airlines even bother with this - it's impossible to pack a normal bike in any normal bike case and have it come out less than the 62 linear inch measurement.
Yes - you can do this by completely disassembling and a smaller bag( hockey duffle bag etc . .).
Yes - you can do this with coupled frames
Yes - you can do this with extraordinary other bikes, Bike Friday, some compact 48 size bikes etc . .
Yes - you can do this by disassembley and separate packing of wheels( but perhaps adding additional bag charges)
I have put this question to airlines many times, but I have never received a straight answer - why do they seem to have it out for cyclists?
I don't mind paying a reasonable extra bag few or a special fee for my bike. But it seems like a complete rip-off, when I do get charged $150+ when my bike is packed in it's Aerus bag. It weighs about 26 lbs and it's just slightly over the 62 linear each measurement. Why is this such a burden or arduous bag to handle?
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All of it is completely ridiculous though - and totally arbitrary that the fee for a domestic flight is $100 and international is $200. Is the bike that much heavier/burdensome to place onto an internationally bound airplane??