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Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

34 min 20 sec ago
Are you flying back from the same airport. If not, what do you intend to do with the bag/box? If you are, where are you going to store it?

You could just get a large box from your local bike shop and pack the bike in that, then dispose of the box (responsibly) when you land at your destination. Then get another box for when you fly back.

Another alternative is the CTC Polythene Bike Bag. Provides minimal protection, but you can roll it up and take it with you.

If you are flying back from the same airport and can find a hotel that will store your bag, then a padded bike with you. I have a Pinnacle bag from Evans that's been used quite a few times and the bike's not been damaged. The heavier the bag/box the more protection it will provide, but you may exceed your weight limit. The last time I flew with Easyjet, the limit was 18kg for bike and bag/box. I had friends who had to pay out up to 100 euros extra because the box was over the weight limit.

Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

1 hour 8 min ago
I'd love to pick your brains re: flying with my bike. I am planning to go to Venice next year to cycle down the Adriatic coast, and would need to take the bike on the flight, which would probably be Easyjet.
Would anyone heartily recommend bags/boxes, or does anybody have bad experiences with particular brands? There seems to be a huge variation in price, but do you really get what you pay for?

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

23 October 2014 - 11:47pm
On a recent easyjet flight from Southend a few passengers had to get off because it was overweight. Apparently it has happened before with easyjet.

The press announcement said they take fuel, luggage and an average for passengers plus weather conditions.

It seems they can overbook weightwise so I agree check with airline. Also if you are all slim ones (carefully avoiding the f word) then maybe weigh yourselves. You could easily be many KGS below the British average.

Re: Avenue Verte Blog

23 October 2014 - 11:37pm
Hi again all - many thanks to those of you who have taken time to read my story so.

I've now put up Day 3 - Heading south from Dieppe at 4am. You can find it here: http://r1chmay.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/avenueverte-3/



Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

23 October 2014 - 11:13pm
I ran the same tyre (supreme 26 x 1.6) for a 4000 km tour last year, puncture and trouble free on and off-road, with a 120 kg rig (rider + bike + luggage).

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

23 October 2014 - 11:03pm
Nowadays, a lot of (non-cyclist) passengers don't bother with hold luggage, as they have to pay extra for it. This leaves more room in the hold to carry bikes, etc. Obviously, depends on what time of year you are flying, whether the plane is full and what type of plane it is. Flights to Northern Ireland perhaps don't have such seasonal variations in passenger traffic.

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

23 October 2014 - 8:30pm
Be best to check with them, we had a group of 11 fly to Mallorca in 2012 and some of the bikes, despite being, booked were left behind and came on the next flight 2 days later, as the hold was full.

Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

23 October 2014 - 7:59pm
One of my Marathon Supreme 26x1.6 failed in the first few hundred km of use during our tour of Sri Lanka. The failure I had was only on one side of one tire on the rear, and looked identical to other photos I've seen including in this thread. I initially suspected the rim but it showed no damage, and running the undamaged tire on that same rim for the rest of the tour didn't show any abnormal wear.

Previous failure reports on this tire mentioned that a ceramic compound added to the rubber for puncture resistance had been the culprit in earlier failures, as it prevented sufficient flex in the sidewall, and had been superseded by a different compound in Schwalbe's "HD" series. But the failed tire is already from that HD series, so this may not be the whole story.

Re: Good footwear?

23 October 2014 - 6:35pm
In an amazing stroke of fortune I might have found a pair of the Exustar Stelvio on LFGSS classifieds from about a year ago! The seller still has them although he has moved country. They are my size.
I will let you know how things progress. Just in discussion now.

Re: YHA Discount.

23 October 2014 - 4:43pm
OK , I just tried it for tonight at a hostel and it worked.

So the answer is not valid during school holidays by the look of it.

Re: YHA Discount.

23 October 2014 - 4:36pm
Thank You for that, I have emulated your booking and got it to work there. Knowing that I have the discount code correct, I retried for this Tuesday 28th Oct and it refused again.

It is refusing on the grounds of date, possibly they have a compulsory advanced booking period for the CTC bookings that we have not be told about.

Or possibly the whole school holiday week is off limits for discounts?

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

23 October 2014 - 4:32pm
We've had 35 on a flight when they flew out of East Midlands to Majorca. That was in 2012 though. (they no longer fly from East Mids).

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

23 October 2014 - 4:26pm
i'd give Easyjet a call - i've seen half a dozen on a flight but that number is pushing the boundaries!

Re: YHA Discount.

23 October 2014 - 4:20pm
Out of interest, which dates are you entering?

I've just tried a booking at YHA Bath dorm for 8/9th November (2 nights, 2 beds) and the website wants to charge me £66.00 less £9.90 CTC discount = £56.10.

So its worked for me...

Re: YHA Discount.

23 October 2014 - 2:22pm
I tried Bath and then as a check Manorbier in Wales.

I also tried rooms instead of dorms and it still keeps refusing on the ground of dates.

The codes are VISIT-001 from the email offer and ******* from the CTC website.

The latter code is only available to CTC members so I guess I shouldnt post it publically but they have annoyed me now, I dont even care about the 15% just about being suckered in with offers that dont actually exist.

Edited to remove the code as it does actually work.

How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

23 October 2014 - 2:11pm
a group i ride with are planning a tour of Northern ireland, flying from Gatwick. there will be 15/17 bikes.

Easyjet take bikes, but do they have a limit on the number of bikes they will allow on a single flight?

Re: YHA Discount.

23 October 2014 - 1:59pm
You may find that the hostel you are booking is an independent under the YHA franchise, for which there appears a significant number these days as the YHA sells off their rural hostels. Any discounts are only available at wholly owned YHA hostels.

Re: Cornish way / west country way

23 October 2014 - 1:43pm
I thought I'd covered my bases and looked at the path on google maps and street view, and it looked really decent. What it didn't show was the middle bit. If I did do it again on a road bike I'd definitely stick to the road!

Re: Cornish way / west country way

23 October 2014 - 1:04pm
Nice write up.
I don't know anyone who rides the path from Penzance Station to Marazion on the cycle path. Everyone rides past the old Heliport (either on the dual carriage way in front or past the Tesco garage behind) and then around the A30 roundabout (which can be interesting) and through Long Rock.
The Philps' pasties are worth the wait, Hansons the butcher also in Hayle do a very good pasty.

Cornish way / west country way

23 October 2014 - 10:32am
Reading the Captain Offensive's blog on his Avenue Verte trip has kicked me into action and I've finally written up the first day of my short tour I did in July. Here's a link to the blog post -


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