- Bike bags being overweight at airports
- Kona TCSubscriber
Both times I have flown out my bag has been under the 32Kg restriction but the X-ray chap at Luton wanted to know what every shadow on the screen was ‘as you are not allowed to put anything extra in your bag’, mind you it was stuff with clothes (bike packing), spare odds and sods (they are need to make the bike work). Mind you on the way back the Spanish couldn’t have cared less, thankfully as all my dirty kit was also in the bag along with some duty free.
I suspect as already said it really does depend which airport, who’s on shift at the weighting machine and what sort of day they have had.Posted 4 years agoRealManMember
Experiences? I’ve managed to squeeze my road bike and my mtb into a bike bag (yes, really), but the weight limit is 23kg, and it all comes in at 24.5kg ish.
Don’t really want to buy a lighter bike (although it is tempting).
Already emailed the airline to ask them but I wondered what’s happened when to you lot when this has happened? Do they just make you pay extra?Posted 4 years agokayak23Subscriber
There really is no set scenario. Pretty much every time I’ve flown with bikes and kayaks, a different approach has been taken and it depends on who is on the counter you walk up to.
Mostly I have flown in groups and so whoever has the lightest bag we get weighed first. Several times they have just assumed that the rest of the bags will be about the same and just weighed the first.
I always wrap my clothes etc around the bike to show they are part of the packaging. I’m not really sure why they don’t like clothes in the bags but to be honest I have never been checked.
Smile sweetly, be very polite, what could go wrong?…Posted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Put the cranks in your luggage? They’re usually the densest part of the bike.
Just make sure you take the chainrings off them otherwise they’ll definitely be classed as an offensive weapon!
Never had any problems with mine. Bike has always been wrapped up in clothes, no-one has ever said to unpack it (in spite of the T&Cs saying it should be bike only).
On that note, it’s worth taking a copy of the T&Cs to check in – a lot of the time the staff there are contract workers who might not know the exact rules which that particular airline has. And if you’re worried about it being overweight, stick your shoe under the bag and raise your toes a bit. 😉Posted 4 years ago
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