The One Hack You Need To Know To Fly With Your Bike For Free

The One Hack You Need To Know To Fly With Your Bike For Free

We all spend some time flying. For a portion of the population, traveling often isn’t always for leisure, it’s also for business.

If you fly often, you know how much of a hassle it is trying to reach your destination comfortably with everything you need.

Airports make it hard to get some of the things you need to your target destination without spending a lot of money.

Fees on more than the free checked bag rack up a large chunk of change, and shipping it is just as much pain, sometimes costing hundreds of dollars. If you are a cyclist, this problem is even worse.

The reality is that you don't need to spend massive amounts of money to get your bike on the plane. We have found a pretty unique way to get your bicycle through that applies to many cyclists. If you are interested, read on.

The Gist Of The Method

Basically, this tactic applies to those that have lighter frame bicycles that are able to be deconstructed pretty easily or those that have folding bicycles.

Opposed to trying to get the entire bike shipped or transported via freight/air company, you can simply take it apart. I know what you are thinking.

Taking it apart can sound like a pain, but it's worth it for the savings. If you deconstruct your bike and purchase a simple bicycle transport briefcase for trips, you will be able to safely and securely put your frame, handlebar, and other pieces into a relatively lightweight case.

Bike packed in a bag for transport

That way, you will be able to use it as your checked bag when you want to go on a weekend excursion or a day only business trip.

The Caveats

Now, this method has a few caveats. You will need to have a bicycle that is relatively light in weight, like an aluminum speed bike or city cycle.

If you plan to travel often and want a quality cycling experience without dealing with rental fees and the inconvenience, you could invest in a travel bike. This will allow you to fly with it for free or nearly free long term.

If not, you should choose airline seats and airlines that offer more than one free checked bag when you are booking in advance.

Kid on a bike flying a toy plane

It will save you time, money, and effort. There are some promotions and discounts that airlines offer that can lead to you having the bag checked for free.

The Other Option

The other intelligent option is to bring your bike to the airport with the pedals removed wrapped in a few large see-through plastic bags. You would be able to check it in for a very low price that would be a fraction of any other option, and despite what you would think, it gets handled with care.

This post was last updated on June 5th, 2018 at 01:59 pm

About the Author Max Shumpert

Over the last few years, I’ve taken my love of the outdoors, hiking, skiing, trekking and exploring to the next level by starting this site. I started a bike shop in Denver, CO, and have seen amazing growth over the last few years. Getting paid to do what I love has been a dream come true for me. That’s also what led me to start In my shop, I spend a large amount of time helping people find the perfect bike for them and the style of biking they’re going to be doing. It only made sense that I expanded my reach and got online, making it possible for me to help people all over the world. If biking and staying fit is your priority, too, you’ve come to the right place.

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