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    Quote Originally Posted by anotherbrian
    Beware that 62 linear inches is the common maximum for US carriers for regularly checked luggage. Beyond that it is considered oversized and up to their baggage rates. I've taken my S&S case (26x26x10") more than a dozen times r/t on United and it has never been measured, though YMMV.
    Yes, although I have yet to see anyone ever measure that dimension. They really only check the weight. Since it is a large odd shaped bag and not some kind of box, it is very difficult to measure anyway and the counter people usually don't care all that much. But yes, it is a bit of YMMV.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bula
    JustMtn44: Sounds brilliant. Were you able to get your bike in the bag without removing the fork? Anxiously awaiting those photos.
    Thanks. No, the fork must be removed. But you already need to take the handlebars off to fit a bike in a box, so the only extra step is to remove the front brake caliper. Here are the pictures:

    Bag:


    Frame and fork ready to go in bag:


    Frame and fork and helmet and camelback in bag:


    Wheels in bag:


    Ready to go on plane:


    Also, this is a good video that I used for inspiration.
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    Huge Problem

    I just skimmed over this thread. I am going to Phoenix (currently in Virginia) over thanks giving. I am flying jet blue and they carry bikes for $50 each way.

    One HUGE problem they make you sign away all liability!

    Thats right they can loose a bike all together and not be responsible at all and I am expected to pay them 50 bucks for that privilege. Yes I am fuming mad.This is totally un acceptable. I am a shop wrench and make very little and have a bike worth a whole lot. If my bike were lost it would take me over a year to replace it piece by piece even buying every thing at cost. I had to bite the bullet and UPS the thing, which is insurable and requires signatures by the UPS driver ect. WOW ups got a lot more expensive, it was only about 64 bucks last year and this year the same bike (well 2 pounds lighter) in the same size box costs 114 dollars. Ouch. I may just have to start renting. If I have to get bent over with a big expense I would prefer it to be at a bike shop rather than some huge souless company. Rant over.

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    Superuseful post JustMtnB44. I never would have thought of this. Thanks.

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    I'm heading out to New Zealand in a couple of weeks, and taking my bike with a Sette Travel Bag. One question: how do you keep the large chainring from slicing through the bottom of the bag? Take all the chainrings off? I was thinking of a block of styrofoam under the bottom bracket to elevate the chainring off the bottom of the bag, but not sure how to attach it securely. Any ideas?

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    I cut a length of junked inner tube, knotted the ends, then stretched it around my chainring.

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    I took a small cardboard box and fit it around my chainring and crankarm to keep them from cutting through the hockey bag I used and it worked pefectly.

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    Wow! I actually started this thread over two years ago...glad it is still going strong!

    I have flown with my bike 5 or 6 times in the last two years and here is what I have found:

    I live in Miami but have gone to Denver and Portland, OR on my travels...never made it to La Ruta due to a nice training spill in '08. That Costa Rica trip was the reason I started this thread...I had no clue how I was going to get a bike to CR.

    I have only used the Serfas hard case, not the prettiest out there, but it has been perfect and held up exceptionally well. My buddy uses the Thule hard case and he loves it. The bike goes in without taking the fork off and I can break it down and build it back up in a half hour or so.

    As for airlines, I have ONLY flown Southwest. They only charge $50 each way so it is still cheapest way out to do it. On one trip home (luckily not on my way to ride), my box did not make my connecting flight but they had it back to me the next morning. I let the ticketing agent know that a few weeks later on another trip with the bike and they waived the $50 fee for me.

    TSA has been an issue, they definitely pop the box open and don't put it all back together the way you, so I did have 2 spokes break on one trip out West. Luckily, I always travel with extras so it was not a problem. As you know, some airports have TSA screening areas that you can watch the screeners rummage through your box, I (very politely) ask to watch. I give pointers on packing when appropriate. They will let you look but not touch the box, to make sure it is locked up securely. The idea from another poster about a kindly worded not seems to be a good idea. I have found that the screeners out West are much more used to handling bike boxes than the ones I deal with in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, so they definitely do a better job.

    When it comes to renting a car wherever you travel too...don't skimp and not get an SUV...it is a must!!
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    Regular luggage size bike box, for FS bikes

    I made a couple of bike boxes out of coroplast, basically it's the corrugated plastic that political signs are made out of. Fairly indestructable stuff. I had made larger bike boxes out of it previously and know that it survives the airline staff very well. So with the new airline bike fees I decided to try to make boxes that would qualify for regular luggage, 62 linear inches total.
    Yes, it means that you've got to do a good amount of taking apart and putting back together of the bike, but the FS bikes that we have I do all the mechanic work on, so it's not that big of a deal.
    Bottom line......it's a tight fit, but it worked. The bikes were a Turner Flux and a Spec FSR. It required removing the crank, taking the handlebars, fork and rear der off, deflating tires, folding up the rear linkage, and stuffing it all in. The box size was 28x24x10.
    Still though, when they asked what was in the boxes, since the airlines don't really spell out the charge for a bike in regular size luggage......."just camping equipment, sir".
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    Just my $0.02.

    I traveled to CR last spring with a bag made by Pika Packworks out of Slt. Lake. It's under the size limitation, no fees were added (AA), and the bike (a large Trance) with all the pieces plus ride gear made it in perfect shape. The bag is the "Disc" model which is not listed on his site, but the owner and I chatted a couple of times and he took great care of us (bike and me). He's been making these bags for a number of years (I believe the US Cycling team uses his bags).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goatrak
    I made a couple of bike boxes out of coroplast, basically it's the corrugated plastic that political signs are made out of. Fairly indestructable stuff. I had made larger bike boxes out of it previously and know that it survives the airline staff very well. So with the new airline bike fees I decided to try to make boxes that would qualify for regular luggage, 62 linear inches total.

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    Interesting. How did you secure the corners ..glue, pop rivets??

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    They are basically plastic ratchet type rivets. I know crateworks uses velcro and I've used zip ties on my previous bike box, but these rivets held, not one popped, so pretty robust. I found them here, http://www.mrmcgroovys.com/

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    Pack a starter pistol

    I've seen many posts in this thread referring to the TSA and them not re-packing your bike properly and thought I'd share this little tip. This has worked for my friends who needed to check high end camera gear and there's no reason it wouldn't work with a bike. Pack a starter pistol in the bike box.

    Expensive Cameras in Checked Luggage

    I've only traveled with my bike once (to Japan) and didn't have any issues (didn't pack a pistol with it). Many of my friends have used the above technique to check their expensive camera gear and not had any issues whatsoever.

    If someone tries it let us know if/how it worked!

    Happy travels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goatrak
    I made a couple of bike boxes out of coroplast, basically it's the corrugated plastic that political signs are made out of.

    Good job on the boxes. If ever you decide to sell some, let me know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goatrak
    I made a couple of bike boxes out of coroplast, basically it's the corrugated plastic that political signs are made out of. Fairly indestructable stuff. I had made larger bike boxes out of it previously and know that it survives the airline staff very well. So with the new airline bike fees I decided to try to make boxes that would qualify for regular luggage, 62 linear inches total.
    Yes, it means that you've got to do a good amount of taking apart and putting back together of the bike, but the FS bikes that we have I do all the mechanic work on, so it's not that big of a deal.
    Bottom line......it's a tight fit, but it worked. The bikes were a Turner Flux and a Spec FSR. It required removing the crank, taking the handlebars, fork and rear der off, deflating tires, folding up the rear linkage, and stuffing it all in. The box size was 28x24x10.
    Still though, when they asked what was in the boxes, since the airlines don't really spell out the charge for a bike in regular size luggage......."just camping equipment, sir".
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    This looks somehow perverse, like body parts in a box or something.

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    Anyone ever send a bike by train? My wife and I shipped some stuff from Portland to Syracuse via train once and it arrived in three days in great shape and it cost us somewhere around $80US for 200lbs. Seems like a bike could ship for $10. I'd be willing to go three days without my bike to avoid rental rates, assuming my bike made it safely.

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    Look: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...=1241245658041
    "A superb method of SHIPPING a bike IF YOU ARE NEAR AN AMTRAK STATION THAT HANDLES CHECKED BAGGAGE is by train. Box is provided by Amtrak. Box is much larger than those provided by airlines. Have to remove pedals and handlebars but that's all. Roll bike into the box. Give to station agent. Pay $25 to $50 (I was quoted $30 for Seattle to St. Louis). Retreive the bike a few days later at the destination. " -some random guy on the internet.
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    Southwest's policy as of today:

    "Non-motorized bicycles, including Bike Friday and Co-Pilot, will be accepted in substitution of a free piece of checked baggage at no additional charge provided the bicycle is properly packaged and the box containing the bicycle fits within the 62-inch sizing limit and weighs 50 pounds or less. (Maximum weight is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height per checked piece of luggage.) The handlebars, kickstand, and pedals must be removed and placed inside the box. A $50.00 each-way charge applies to bicycles that don't meet the above criteria. Bicycles packaged in a cardboard box or soft-sided case will be transported as a conditionally accepted item."

    Now to figure out how to get down to 62 inches, 50 pounds and remove my kickstand! This thread is useful for that, sure I'll find a solution.

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    another resurrection.

    Is it possible to pack your bike into your suitcase (I have a hard one that will fit my bike). ? I'm thinking of taken off the wheels bubble wrapping the entire thing and throwing in into a suitcase when I travel both domestically and internationally. I typically fly with United.

    Is it legal? - I see everyone spending lots of $ on bike box's and travelling fees etc. If it fits in a suitcase why not?
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    Of course it is legal. As long as your suitcase fits the baggage size regulations of the airline, this is actually the best option to take a bike on the plane for free. But I doubt your bike fits into a regular suitcase. Only few 26" full suspension frames will fit, I guess. What frame is it?

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    I figured it would be. I've got a fuji Nevada 1.5 D hardtail. 17" frame. I'm sure it can fit with room to spare in a larger suitcase. Can't wait to take it to Trinidad with me next time. I've also got a euro trip planned this year that i'll be sure to bring it along with me.
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    Good to see this thread bumped up. I would love to hear about recent anecdotes from people who have flown with their bikes.
    Heading to Europe this summer. I'm resigned to the reality that it'll cost a few hundred bucks round trip, but don't want any surprises along the way.

    Scenarios that concern me:
    1. Rather than charging just the $200 fee for a bike, they charge me $100 for additional luggage + $200 for exceeding 62 inches + $200 for exceeding 50 lbs. Since the airlines don't tend to clarify whether the charges are stacked or not, my imagination is creating worst-case scenarios. $500 bucks would be hard to swallow, one way.
    2. I get through immigration in connecting country and when I re-check-in for the final flight on "partner" airline, they charge me all over again. This could be another $200 bucks or another $500 bucks (see above). My mind is ready to explode now!
    3. Connector flight is on a small commuter plane that is not capable of carrying a bike.
    4. Flight doesn't have room for oversized luggage (Lufthansa in particular specifically mentions this as a possibility on their flights). Then what the heck do you do?
    5. Damage. I'm only really interested in first or second hand stories that have occurred in recent times. Sure, anyone can imagine horrible things happening, but do they really happen? Is a hard case really worth the extra cost/weight when shipping a bike designed for durability (ie not a road bike)?
    6. Is it really true that sometimes they just choose not to or forget to charge you the oversized fee? Would be a nice perk.

    Any and all stories would be greatly appreciated and welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    1. Rather than charging just the $200 fee for a bike, they charge me $100 for additional luggage + $200 for exceeding 62 inches + $200 for exceeding 50 lbs. Since the airlines don't tend to clarify whether the charges are stacked or not, my imagination is creating worst-case scenarios. $500 bucks would be hard to swallow, one way.
    I've never had that happen. It might be worth a call to the airline before buying a ticket. On international flights, I'm always a little nervous that checking the bike and paying for it isn't taken care of in advance, but no horror stories yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    2. I get through immigration in connecting country and when I re-check-in for the final flight on "partner" airline, they charge me all over again. This could be another $200 bucks or another $500 bucks (see above). My mind is ready to explode now!
    Only one experience here; on a flight from JFK to Marrakech with a layover in Madrid. JFK-MAD was on American, MAD-RAK was on Ibera as an American partner. No issue at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    3. Connector flight is on a small commuter plane that is not capable of carrying a bike.
    4. Flight doesn't have room for oversized luggage (Lufthansa in particular specifically mentions this as a possibility on their flights). Then what the heck do you do?
    the MAD-RAK flight mentioned above was in the smallest plane I've been on in a long time; a 40 or so seater. I'd guess they put that disclaimer in as a CYA, not that it's likely to happen. I believe they only use those tiny planes for less popular routes, so it's less likely they have a full flight's worth of baggage to fit.
    If it happens, I believe they'll put it on the next flight that has room. That's worth asking if you call.

    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    5. Damage. I'm only really interested in first or second hand stories that have occurred in recent times. Sure, anyone can imagine horrible things happening, but do they really happen? Is a hard case really worth the extra cost/weight when shipping a bike designed for durability (ie not a road bike)?
    I have a hard-side case (Trico), it's been on a couple dozen flights and the contents have never been damaged. If you are coming from or through the US, I worry more about TSA not getting it back in the the case after their inspection than baggage handlers. I've seen enough success with soft-side cases that I'm considering getting one (EVOC), not for weight but just because it's so hard to fit an XL bike in the ironcase, which is the biggest hardside I know of.

    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    6. Is it really true that sometimes they just choose not to or forget to charge you the oversized fee? Would be a nice perk.
    Don't hold your breath. It has happened to me, though I can't remember the last time; not in the last 3-4 years. Baggage fees are going up, airlines profits are down.

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    So, How'd it hold up?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goatrak View Post
    I made a couple of bike boxes out of coroplast, basically it's the corrugated plastic that political signs are made out of. Fairly indestructable stuff. I had made larger bike boxes out of it previously and know that it survives the airline staff very well. So with the new airline bike fees I decided to try to make boxes that would qualify for regular luggage, 62 linear inches total.
    Yes, it means that you've got to do a good amount of taking apart and putting back together of the bike, but the FS bikes that we have I do all the mechanic work on, so it's not that big of a deal.
    Bottom line......it's a tight fit, but it worked. The bikes were a Turner Flux and a Spec FSR. It required removing the crank, taking the handlebars, fork and rear der off, deflating tires, folding up the rear linkage, and stuffing it all in. The box size was 28x24x10.
    Still though, when they asked what was in the boxes, since the airlines don't really spell out the charge for a bike in regular size luggage......."just camping equipment, sir".
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    I am curious if this box held up for travel on a plane. I was going to make the same kind of box for my S&S coupled bike. Did you find that the rivets came apart-either intentionally (you had to break the box down) or unintentionally (oh crap! Anyone have tape?!)

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    TSA has been really tough with bikes, don't be surprised if they inspect, then can't repack or loose a part, esp international parts. do a pre-inspection if offered in your airports

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckySailor View Post
    I am curious if this box held up for travel on a plane. I was going to make the same kind of box for my S&S coupled bike. Did you find that the rivets came apart-either intentionally (you had to break the box down) or unintentionally (oh crap! Anyone have tape?!)
    He said in a post above (this page post #111) that the rivets he used held fine, throughout his travels. I think he said they are threaded, so I might assume they can be removed, but you might wan to check the link he added in that same post.

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    Just an FYI, I flew Iceland Air from Denver to Reykjavik with my stumpjumper and wasn't charged. I also flew from Reykjavik to Zurich and wasn't charged. When I flew from Zurich to Denver they charged me 80 Euro. Not bad.

    Also Frontier airlines has a reasonable bike policy $75 each way as long as its under 109 linear inches, they don't seem to care about weight.

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    sounds like you got a good break, 80 euros each leg would have been tough to cough up

    riding is Iceland is one of my bucket lists along with long boarding like Walter Mitty

    was the trip what you expected? did you go solo or with a tour group?

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    Quote Originally Posted by qclabrat View Post
    sounds like you got a good break, 80 euros each leg would have been tough to cough up

    riding is Iceland is one of my bucket lists along with long boarding like Walter Mitty

    was the trip what you expected? did you go solo or with a tour group?
    The trip was about what I expected. I wasn't blown away by the trails in Iceland as much as the landscape.
    I went with a couple friends and did some research and did the trip on our own.
    We rode in Iceland, Switzerland, and France. France had the best trails in my opinion.

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    Luggage fees are not likely going away

    It's been a couple of years since I flown to US airline and I noticed it is getting worst. A lot of people wonder why airline tickets cost so much money. Besides, the additional random charges are also confusing and not clearly advertised. Apparently, airline luggage and other charges at this time are not merely a hassle, but rather a fact of life. Flight companies will probably only continue to charge fees in coming years as it gets tougher for some companies to stay in the sky.

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    I recently traveled to New Zealand over the Xmas/New year period and had two weeks in West Coast of South Island.
    Qantas charges $AUD70.00 per 5kg blocks, via online of 5,10,15,25, 35kg. Normal excess luggage fee is charged on top of 23kg allowance.

    My case is Thule 699 hard case, that is within the bike bag dimensions for air lines. This case weighs around 16kg empty.
    Bike is a Specialized Enduro Expert 2014 29 inch wheels

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    The only hassle was opening the case for customs to inspect tires were clean of dirt.

    No damage occurred in freight from both flights

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    Thread from the dead.

    I built similar boxes, also using box rivets. Technically the rivets are reusable, but it would take some serious work to disconnect them without destroying the box. I wouldn't plan on breaking the box down unless you're throwing it away.

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    I've been traveling with the bike a little bit in the last year and I have a 'take' to share...
    I've been using a hard-case similar to the Thule above. Protection is very good... but... TSA will always open and rummage through it, everytime. They never put the puzzle pieces back where you so carefully packed them. This creates two problems almost everytime...
    1)Parts are not carefully repacked, so cassettes will be grinding on downtubes, etc. Even when wrapped, stuff will wear through in time.
    2)When hard-cases are not repacked carefully, they do not nest together very well. I always end up with gaps between the two case-halves. I haven't lost anything yet, but if you left any small parts loose, it could be lost.

    I just ordered two Evoc soft cases for my wife and I. Very easy and much faster to pack. No need to remove the rear derailleur, forks, etc. But the best part is that everything is secured in-place in a manner that allows TSA to zip open the side panel and see everything without questionable un-packing and repacking.

    The speed of packing is a secondary, but critical issue. The last thing I want to do after a long, hard endurance race is to stay up til midnight disassembling and packing bikes.

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    😲If the airlines break guitars and even passengers these days, what chance has a bike got?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andytiedye View Post
    😲If the airlines break guitars and even passengers these days, what chance has a bike got?
    I guess you have to pick your poison, do you want TSA to destroy it or the baggage handlers.

    For the record, I have had great luck with SouthWest.
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    I just traveled domestic with my road bike in a Bike Ninja case. ALl went well, no issues. The bag is built to get around the gagage fees and worked for my road bike, on the one trip.

    I'm planning on 1-2 trips in the next few months and want to take a MTB this time (Moab and Park City). I'm considering an EVOC case. Reviews look good and much less disassembly/reassemble. But, I'm concerned about being tagged for $150 for a bike bag.

    Most airlines mention 62" (or there abouts) for an oversize fee. Ive also read some that use a square inch calculation. For example, american:

    "We calculate the size limits of your bag by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, length + width + height. For all regions, your checked baggage allowance is:
    Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm"

    Anyway, the EVOC is lsited as Outside: 53.2x15.0x31.5


    Anyone have any success with the EVOC NOT getting tagged as over? Is there another case the fits a large frame MTB?

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    I haven't used the Evoc bag, but I have traveled domestically and internationally with the Dakine Bike Bag.
    You basically need to go into it budgeting for them to charge you and hoping they don't. I'm currently at about a 50% rate of being hit with the charges. When you buy your air tickets, factor in the charges. Basically, legacy airlines are $150 and smaller airlines might be $75. Per bike. Each direction. United charges even more for international: $200/ea.
    There's no way of realistically packing a mountain bike for vacation and checking it as normal luggage. Add it up; W x L x D gets you waaaaay past the allowed size with any of the available options. Accept it and move on to focusing on enjoying your vacation.

    As far as baggage handling goes, soft case is safer because TSA can inspect without compromising the case. There simply aren't many anecdotes of ruined bikes. They're meant for abuse. It's not a guitar. Imagine crashing a bike with a guitar strapped to your back. What do you think is most likely to be broken after the crash? Then ask yourself, do baggage handlers really lay down as much abuse as you did in that crash? These are the guys who are constantly being watched by passengers!

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    Last time I traveled it was with Dakine soft bags. A Niner Air Nine (carbon) and a Niner Jet Nine (AL, XL). All went well. Bags were under 50lbs, and Alaska Air did not charge extra--but, I was prepared to pay if asked to. Taking the Fat bikes this time around (Trek Farley EX 8's) and they did not fit in the Dakine bags--going to try the Skinz Fat bike bag--even at that, my XL is going to be a tight fit, but the bikes are 33lbs, the bags 12lbs, so in theory, 45 pounds (under the magic 50lb mark)--traveling May 13th, so I will see how it goes.

    The Dakine bag wheel bags provided good protection for the brake rotor. I did take a 2x2 peice of wood, cut to fit the rear droppout and place it in with the skewer to provide protection to the rear triangle. The placement of the wheels served to provide a lot of protection to everything, but fitting everything did require a fair bit of disassembly--Pedals, handlebars, front and rear wheel removal, seat post.

    It looks like I will need to remove pedals, front wheel, handlebar for the skinz bags--the seats are on dropper posts and will fit as is. The dakine bag had wheels which was nice--the Skinz bag must be carried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTUB View Post
    1)Parts are not carefully repacked, so cassettes will be grinding on downtubes, etc. Even when wrapped, stuff will wear through in time.
    the solution to this is to strap/velcro/zip tie everything together so there's only one way it can go into the pack and no parts can move relative to anything else. If there's any possible way your cassette could touch your downtube, you've done a poor job packing (that's your fault, not TSA).


    It's true baggage handles are being watched by passengers; have you ever watched them? They're all union and can't be fired for anything, and it shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    you've done a poor job packing (that's your fault, not TSA).
    I've done a great job of packing, TSA just doesn't put it back exactly the way I packed it. Please read that a little tongue-in-cheek... I get your point, pack it in such a way that they can't do much harm.

    I'm pointing out a problem in the system. I don't blame TSA, they can't be expected to pack with the knowledge and care and time that I have employed. I always pack with a plethora of zip-ties and padding... but I haven't gone so far as to zip-tie wheels into position. That is a good answer, but it takes even more time, which is already an issue when I'm on the road. I'm usually traveling with my wife, so multiply my packing time x2. (For the record, TSA often will cut zip-ties to access something that they want to see.)

    For me, this has already reached the point of "there has to be a better way". That "better way" is a better case/bag. I can pack my bike into the EVOC bag in a fraction of the time I can pack it properly into a featureless hard-case. Most of the padding and straps are already built-in and there is no need for TSA to unpack or repack anything.
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    Full suspension 27.5 fat XL into the bag (Trek Farley eX8)--There are times where being tall has its drawbacks. Ended up pulling the seat posted spinning the stem around, letting the air out of the rear shock, and removing the handlebar, and turning the stem--Bike and bag come in at 48 pounds--glad a put on carbon rims (shaved 3 pounds overall), as keeping it under 50 means Alaska Air will likely not charge extra fro the bag. Heading to Mesa Az in a week so I put an extra 2 ounces of stans in each wheel (no cactus needles in Alaska to worry about). My wife's frame is 18 inches and it will fit with the seat installed.
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    This is how I packed mine up last year when I traveled to CO to ride, fork went separately into my hard bottom duffle in between clothes. Hardest part was making the jig saw the first time, building it up only took a couple hours if that and packing it up about the same. Proper hard shell case designed for folding road bikes, just perfectly fit my 29er wheels, 60 linear inches, so no oversize charge.

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    Just back from traveling. The Skinz Fatbike bags did well--safe travel roundtrip Anchorage/Phoenix. No charge out of Anchorage (Alaska Air), $75/bag out of Phoenix (Alaska Air). TSA in Anchorage--excellent--treated the bike well, pack it up well. Phx--Alaska air rep would not let me take the bag to oversized drop off myself, and would not le the observe inspection---zippers were set under (bottom of bag) rather than centered top between straps, and the two straps the clip to secure the top of the bag/zippers, were not connected when I picked it up, but everything was good--no damage. My wife bike was zipped up properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTUB View Post
    I've been traveling with the bike a little bit in the last year and I have a 'take' to share...
    1)Parts are not carefully repacked, so cassettes will be grinding on downtubes, etc. Even when wrapped, stuff will wear through in time.
    2)When hard-cases are not repacked carefully, they do not nest together very well. I always end up with gaps between the two case-halves. I haven't lost anything yet, but if you left any small parts loose, it could be lost.

    I just ordered two Evoc soft cases for my wife and I. Very easy and much faster to pack. No need to remove the rear derailleur, forks, etc. But the best part is that everything is secured in-place in a manner that allows TSA to zip open the side panel and see everything without questionable un-packing and repacking.

    The speed of packing is a secondary, but critical issue. The last thing I want to do after a long, hard endurance race is to stay up til midnight disassembling and packing bikes.

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    Good tips. I would like to take mountain bike trips, but every time I think about the hassle of bringing my bike, it is big deterrent. I have traveled enough to know that traveling in itself is cumbersome and adding a big bike to the mix would be more cumbersome not to mention damage to the bike that may occur.

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    Just checking in here... I now have a couple of trips under my belt using the Evoc bags. So far, not a scratch on anything. I love these things.

    The wheels make moving through the airport pretty easy despite the size and weight.

    I've been hit with the fee every time, but then I always load-up the bags with other items pushing the weight over 50 lbs. Helmets, shoes, even fishing gear...

    Packing time is so much better. After I finished Leadville this year, I had to pack three bikes into Evoc bags before bedtime. I could have never managed that with traditional hard-cases.
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