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    Flying overseas with my bikes

    This question is somewhat off-topic but I trust you folks.

    I may relocate overseas for work soon. What is the best way to take my bikes with me? I want to take my Curtlo hardtail and a 20" wheeled BMX bike. Hard cases are pretty expensive, and I'm not sure I can fit both bikes in them.

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Thank you in advance.
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    If it's a one and done kind of move, for a while at least, I'd use a standard cardboard bike box, pack them really well, and FedEx/UPS/DHL them to their final location.

    Airlines will charge you about the same per bike, as shipping (well, most do at least).

    If you'll be moving about, and taking them with you as you go, the plastic cases really are the best way to go.

    I don't travel much myself, but have plenty of customers who do, and I've packed a metric sh*t ton of bike for travel over the years, seen what happens to multiple use time boxes, vs cases too. Boxes are great fro a time or two, much more, and the cases pay themselves off pretty quickly....

    Good luck, and safe travels.
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    Standard cardboard box. Some airlines will see it as standard luggage and won't even charge if you carry just another suitcase or charge you 100 bucks as an extra. Bikes are seen w/ sympathy: cycling is trendy, "green" nowadays.
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    Word of caution, If you use a cardboard box, make sure that the TSA can remove and inspect you bike without too much trouble. If it's overly packaged for protection, and in a way that's not TSA (idiot) friendly, the TSA can and will remove it, inspect it, and just shove it back into the box any old way opening the door to damage by the airlines. Get a case, and protect your bikes, it's well worth the peace of mind. Or ship via non-airline carrier.

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    Thanks guys. Going to Beirut and treating it as a permanent move until the next permanent move, if that makes sense. I need to look into UPS/DHL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    Thanks guys. Going to Beirut and treating it as a permanent move until the next permanent move, if that makes sense. I need to look into UPS/DHL.
    Beirut is a beautifull city.. just stay out of wars.
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    Thanks. It's kind of like going home. I'm from there.
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