What to write on a bike bag to stop the baggage handlers trashing it…
Bike is bagged and ready for it’s first long haul flight. I’m hoping that 6 metres of pipe lagging, lots of cardboard and copious amounts of bubblewrap will offer enough protection. I’m a little concerned it now feels so robust that it might get abused as I’ve often seen happen to ski bags (granted, Lyon Airport isn’t a centre of excellence I imagine).
The Pinnacle bike bag:
is quite understated, without too much to let you know it’s a bike- no ‘fragile’ or handle with care’. Don’t want too ham it up too much though in case it draws attention to it and it gets singled out for more abuse! (My God! I’m getting paranoid!)
All suggestions of what to add onto the bag in permanent marker (amusing or otherwise) gratefully received!Posted 9 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
“Next they’ll be telling you not to use mobile phones at petrol station! “
urban myth, there is no good reason not to ue your mobile at a petrol station, unless your wandering arround not paying attention and get run over. It all started with a CCTV tape from the US, showing a ady on her phone get out the car and rmove the hose before bursting into flames. Wasn’t the phones fault, more likely a static charge from clothes/seat.Posted 9 years agofalkirk_markMember
speaking as an ex baggage handler when you have X amount of bags to get on a plane on a short period of time you do not have time to read anything.The best thing is to pack the bike as well as possible and hope for the best.Bags get thrown on a plane without a second thought as to what it is (unfortunate but true)Posted 9 years ago
“Next they’ll be telling you not to use mobile phones at petrol station! “
urban myth, there is no good reason not to ue your mobile at a petrol station, unless your wandering arround not paying attention and get run over. It all started with a CCTV tape from the US, showing a ady on her phone get out the car and rmove the hose before bursting into flames. Wasn’t the phones fault, more likely a static charge from clothes/seat.
The reason mobile phone use is discouraged at petrol stations has nothing to do with the danger of causing a fire whilst talking on the phone, but from the phone causing a spark if it were to be dropped whilst refuelling!Posted 9 years agoflamejobMember
Last time I came back from Spain I was watching them take our two bikes off the plans onto one of those flatbed truck things.
The bloke took them out and carefully propped them up vertically against the cab. He then scratched his arse, rubbed his chin, laid the bike bags flat and proceeded to pile the entire plane load of suitcases on top of them.
Cheers buddy. What a total Cock.Posted 9 years agoIWHMember
The only time I’ve had a bike damaged in transit was when I labelled it as fragile and ‘handle with care’. They managed to slam something on the front triangle so hard that it left a nice crisp fold in the tubes.
Every other time I’ve not bothered and the bikes have been fine.
Pack well, make sure the baggage check staff know the bike is expensive and you’ll be fine.Posted 9 years agoIWHMember
Nice selective editing there Twohats.
I said: Pack well, make sure the baggage check staff know the bike is expensive and you’ll be fine.
Two parts – pack well. It sounds like that has been done already.
Inform the baggage check staff of the value – request this note is entered into the booking file so that if the worst does happen and the bike is damaged they can’t deny liability or refuse to pay as it’s too expensive.
Some airlines will present you with a waiver / release that you’re supposed to sign and will sometimes ask you to pay extra for increased cover. Even if you don’t take this cover your checked items are covered for $3000 anyway.Posted 9 years agoNZColSubscriber
Pray and/or use a hard bike case has been my proven solution.
More than once I’ve used a bike box with padding etc, checked it in, done the “Yes it is a bike’ thing, then they say “ah OK i’ll put some Fragile stickers on it then” then they go slap slap and they say “AH dave” * the baggage guy “can you take this through please ?”
Dave then kicks it over, ties it to the back of his little machine and drags it through the terminal before piling asmuch weight as possible on it. Its not that Dave doesn;t care, he just doesn’t need to care.
* name madeup for the purposes of this example.Posted 9 years agoSpongebobMember
Two years on the trot my bikes have been damaged in transit between London and Geneva! All thanks to those sloppy lazy baggage wrecking feckers – low pay is no excuse for trashing someone’s belongings! What are they jealous or something? No, they just couldn’t care less! My insurance did not cover the damage when i read the small print – bxxtxxds!
The bike was bubblewrapped, but not pipe lagged the first time, i didn’t bother using lagging that time as the bike was getting old. What was frustrating is that each year prior to this it was totally protected. For years my mates have taken the mick out of me for being over careful. Of course they never bothered and they got away with it.
The bag had clearly been stacked under a pile of other bags and the sheer weight caused the hubs(minus spindles)to pierce their wheel bags and then the bag itself. The hubs then scratched up all the paintwork on the frame. I reckon there were 20 other bags thrown on top as the fabric of these bags is very durable and well padded.
The second time and with an almost immaculate newer frame, i used the pipe lagging once more, but it happened again!! WTF? GRRRRRRRR
I wasn’t too bothered the first time as I was planning on a respray, but this time it’s not convenient! The frame has a small dent (as per last time), but i will probably be able to partly sand it out so it will barely show.
I’m goint to buy a couple of those foam camping mats and cable tie them to the wrapped up bike next time (as well as making sure my insurance will cover it).
My next bike bag will be a hard cased type.Posted 9 years agoSpongebobMember
BTW, I refit the spindles that slot through a couple of wooden frame spacers which fit in place of the wheels to protect the frame and forks.
I also tape a large block of hard foam to the bb to protect the chainset.
Both discs and calipers are removed, bubblewrapped and taped up.
Brake lever clamps are loosened to allow them to rotate and then gloved up with bubble wrap.
The frame is pipe lagged and bubble wrapped – bar one time!
Inside a padded bag with all this care, you would have thought that the bike would be safe.
I recommend fitting discs of flexible plastic to the wheel bags to prevent the spindles rubbing through when excess weight is piled on at airports. I will fix mine with cable ties.
I hope you are luckier than me!
Or maybe I won’t take my bike on the plane again!Posted 9 years agoeddSubscriber
I’ve made this neat spacer to stop the baggage handlers flattening the rear triangle together. It also provides a nice place for my QR skewer to go.
I know that I could just use an old hub/ old axle but this is neat and I like it…
I also have a matching one for the front.Posted 8 years ago
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.Posted 8 years ago
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!XanMember
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!!Posted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
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.Posted 8 years ago
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.
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