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Air Travel With Bike?!
« on: May 16, 2012, 04:35:27 PM »
So, I am going to New Hampshire in June for a wedding and I am trying to decide the best way to get my bike there to use for the week.  Does I box it up and ship it via UPS for $100+ or can I box it up and check it for a minimal cost?

Does anyone have experience with this (particularly with Southwest)?
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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2012, 05:45:53 PM »
I have heard some ship their bikes from a local LBS (like AJ's) to one in the area they are going for a lower commercial rate and have the receiving lbs assemble it. may cost a little less than shipping on your own.

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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2012, 06:20:33 PM »
So, I am going to New Hampshire in June for a wedding and I am trying to decide the best way to get my bike there to use for the week.  Does I box it up and ship it via UPS for $100+ or can I box it up and check it for a minimal cost?

Does anyone have experience with this (particularly with Southwest)?

if you need help on the shipping for ALOT less, let me know.

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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2012, 09:04:18 PM »
Ship it ahead of time...checking it in at the airport is major hassle and a major strain on your wallet.
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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2012, 11:05:48 PM »
Def ship ahead of time. Any oversized checked items are not only a huge pain in the ass/pocketbook- but are also apt to be broken, stolen, parts borrowed by our friends in the TSA.

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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2012, 07:57:46 AM »
i just went out to sea otter in cali with my bike 50 bux south west no damage and i used a soft case... just pack it well use the pipe foam and old hubs in the drop outs...
no hassel no strain... i will buy a better case in the next few weeks but imo shipping a head of time is more of a pain then anything else..

45lbs with all of my gear in the bag.
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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2012, 10:00:23 AM »
Don't know if this would fit your bike, but I just happened to see it on CL after reading your thread:

http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/bik/3004213641.html


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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2012, 11:57:03 AM »
i just went out to sea otter in cali with my bike 50 bux south west no damage and i used a soft case... just pack it well use the pipe foam and old hubs in the drop outs...
no hassel no strain... i will buy a better case in the next few weeks but imo shipping a head of time is more of a pain then anything else..

45lbs with all of my gear in the bag.


that's actually pretty unreal! they tried charging me $120 to carry on a bike to CT in a bike box that only weighed 32lb. I turned around put it back in my pops car and emailed him a couple of FedEx Labels.

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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2012, 03:34:05 PM »
Southwest, Westjet, and Air Canada only charge $50 to fly a bike. I think there are a few others out there that charge something similar in price.

Either will work - just depends on if you have a respectable palce to which you can ship the bike and not worry about it. If flying and the rental car will hold your bike or a friends picks you up, the only hassle is getting from baggage claim to the car...

The other "major" airlines charge up to $200 each way to fly your bike.... those guys suck.

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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2012, 04:20:43 PM »
I'm flying on one of suckage Arline's (delta) next month, and am stuck paying $150.  I'm fling to Canada, and heard horror stories about shipping UPS OR FEDEX and having the bike delayed in customs  for long times, so I am flying with it and hoping for the best.

If you are not going to do several rides, I would just rent a bike at your destination. Just bring your own gear. I had good success using a rental bike in Alaska two times now, cheaper overall, no hassle flying/shipping, damage worry etc. I packed my own saddle, pedals, shoes etc, etc

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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2012, 07:52:39 PM »
I've flown my road bike to Texas for the Hotter N Hell 100 several times.  I have a hard shell bike box. It is a little bit of a hassel putting it together and taking it apart but you do learn how. The initial investment in the box has paid off since i've used it several times.  Some bike shops rent the box.  Southwest is $50 dollars and not much hassel. There is a .com website that does it for the same amount but you have to give them a week to get it there.  www.shipbikes.com  I used them once. Was OK


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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2012, 06:30:15 PM »
I have flown from tampa to manchester , nh with the wife and we had both our bikes on southwest. no $50 charge. its was just checked as luggage. easy.
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Re: Air Travel With Bike?!
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2012, 07:41:58 PM »
all you guys need is a seasucker rack to go along with your travels...  ;)

 

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