How to pack your bike for the flight

Packing up your bike for the flight.

Packaging up your pride and joy ready to place it at the mercy of the airport baggage handlers can be a worrying thought. But with a little careful preparation you can safeguard yourself against most foreseeable damage that can occur in transit.

Firstly, there is no need to invest in an expensive bike bag. A bike box from your local bike shop is just as effective and much less costly, depending on your local bike shop, they may even have a box that they will give you for free! From there a couple of other packaging items will see you safely to the other end of your journey, firstly some bubble wrap and second some spare foam pipe lagging.

So here goes, these are the things you need to do.....

There are a number of YouTube videos available to help you along the way, some more advanced than others, but this is a link to a playlist of useful videos on the subject.

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BA7F200D322FF4DC&search_query=packing+mountain+bike

When asking for bike boxes and things from your local bike shop, cakes or biscuits often go along way towards easing the transaction along ! One final thing, contrary to popular belief there is no need to let the air out of your tyres or suspension parts before flying, if a aerosol can of deodorant can stand the low air pressure, your tyres and suspension sure can!

We hope that helps to get you away with the minimum of fuss and risk, if you think we have missed something, or you have a particular tip you would like to share with your fellow travelers then please feel free to drop us a line.