yo edd, you fancy making a few of those and selling them? sounds like you'd get a good few shifted on here...
What to write on a bike bag to stop the baggage handlers trashing it...
To be honest, its not the amount of protective padding that you fit to the frame, but more about keeping components that can do damage to each other away from other components.
If packed correctly, ie, ends of axles away from the frame and secured in place in the bag so they can't move (I use gurt big zip ties and secure the wheels in their bags to the frame), the wheels themselves become protection for the frame doing away with the need for pipe lagging and such like. An old axle with your Q/R can be used as a frame protector to stop the rear end being squished together and remove discs from hubs to stop them getting bent.
At the end of the day its a gamble as to whether its gonna survive the trip or not. I've mates who literally just drop their bikes in a bike bag and suffer no damage and others who have spent hours lovingly applying padding only for it to arrive at the other end trashed!
Dont write anything on it. Regardless what you write if they are in a rush they will just launch it in the cargo hold. I actually know a baggage handler and have been told stories of days that they are PO'd and make a point of trying to damage things with fragile all over it. I know this is probably the minority of them that will do this but there are some right bas***s out there!!
which would have been worthwhile if tyres needed to be deflated.
true but its their rules, you can argue if you want but dont complain if they dont let your bike on the plane cos your too lazy to pump them up at the other end.
I've always been lucky with mine apart from the last time it travelled - I'd done the usual take mech off etc, everything padded as normal and somehow they bent the rear mech hanger. No idea how, it must have taken one hell of a whack *inside* the protective embrace of the wheels and a load of cardboard. About the only saving grace was it was on my way home from the holiday, not going out.
I use all sorts of foam mats, pipe lagging, bubblewrap, everything zip tied together to stop it moving and my clothes in the side pockets of the bag to give a bit of added protection and (apart from that one occasion) it's been fine with both road and mountain bikes.
Tip with the tyres, only half deflate them. It give the wheels a bit of added protection.
Flying with a proper airline (e.g. Air NZ for example as opposed to Ryanair) and taking spare disc rotors has always worked for me....
And not flying in a group of 50 other folk with bikes.
But its just luck really !!
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