How To Fly With A Bike By Kelsey Leigh! Today, I’m featuring a video from Kelsey Leigh.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered what it’s like to travel with a bike. Unless you own a few folding bikes such as me, a Tern Link D8 and Brompton 2-speed, traveling with a bike can be a huge challenge.
Do you buy a travel bag or box for your bike? Or do you use a regular cardboard box, that you throw away when you arrive at your destination?
Kelsey Leigh has traveled a few times with her bike, and in this video she gives some helpful tips.
Here’s how you fly with a bike
In this video, Kelsey Leigh offers the following tips:
- How to pack your personal belongings.
- When to use a regular bike bag for travel versus a cardboard box.
- How to find a cardboard box.
- Getting your bike ready for travel.
- Avoiding extra airline fees.
- And what to do with the box once arriving at your destination.
Kelsey Leigh also mentioned how some airlines charge extra fees. After doing a little research, here’s the airlines that are best and worst for traveling with a bike, according to bicycling.com.
- Alaska Airlines-standard bag fees(1st/2nd/3rd):$30/$40/$100 Bike Fee: None
- Delta Airlines-standard bag fees(1st/2nd/3rd):$30/$40/$150 Bike Fee: None
- American Airlines-standard bag fees(1st/2nd/3rd):$30/$40/$150 Bike Fee: $30
- Southwest Airlines-standard bag fees(1st/2nd/3rd): None (2 bags free) Bike Fee: None
- JetBlue-standard bag fees(1st/2nd/3rd):$30/$40/$150 Bike Fee: $100 (in addition to bag fee)
- Frontier Airlines-standard bag fees(1st/2nd/3rd): $30-$95 Bike Fee: $75
- Spirit Airlines-standard bag fees(1st/2nd/3rd): $28-$100 Bike Fee: $75
- United Airlines-standard bag fees(1st/2nd/3rd): $30/$40/$150 Bike Fee: $None
Im also including some quick tips, compliment of Skycanner.com.
What you need to know
- Each airline is different as some charge a fee for taking your bike on the plane. Others will include it in your normal baggage allowance.
- You will need to make sure your bike is properly packed in a bike bag or a bike box. In some cases you can use a cardboard box, but check with your airline.
- You will need to take your bike apart.
- Some airlines require you to tell them in advance that you will be traveling with your bike.
How to pack your bike for a flight
- Remove your pedals.
- Remove your wheels and deflate your tires.
- Turn your handle bars around.
- Optional: Remove the rear derailleur. This is the most delicate part of a bike. Some cyclists advise to remove it and keep it packed separately. This is due to many people finding their rear derailleur bent or not functioning properly.
- Make sure you pack your toolkit!
And as promise, the super useful video by Kelsey Leigh.