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Old 09-03-2006, 03:55 PM   #1
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Taking your bike on Air Canada

Since I leave tomorrow afternoon, I have a question for the wonderful people of TRIBE.

Has anyone ever taken their bike onto a flight?
If yes, how did you pack it and anything specific I should worry about aside from the loading guys taking a beating to it?

I'm also flying out of London and connecting in Toronto.

Thanks!

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Old 09-03-2006, 04:00 PM   #2
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I'm using bubble wrap to protect it since I don't have a case specific for it.

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Old 09-03-2006, 04:01 PM   #3
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that would be the ideal.
try and find a shop that rents them.
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Old 09-03-2006, 04:02 PM   #4
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A friend of mine brought a bike on a plane but she had to take it apart to get it on there, and put it back together when she got back to Toronto.
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Old 09-03-2006, 04:03 PM   #5
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just catwalk that shit to your seat..im sure the security wont fire warning shots into your back


for serious, las ttime i took a bike on a plane that shit had to be half disassembled and fit into a specific box
but with the restrictions now a days...GFL
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Old 09-03-2006, 04:10 PM   #6
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Well it's just to Vancouver.

I don't think I can rent a case since I'm moving to Vancouver.
Unless there's the same shop there that I can return it to.

Disassembling,bubble wrap and foam it is!

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Old 09-03-2006, 06:26 PM   #7
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to fly with a bike on AC, you need to have already made arrangements before arriving at the airport. In most cases, there will be an additional charge of $40 or $50 as well.
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Old 09-03-2006, 06:59 PM   #8
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There is a $50 charge for the bike. If you don't have a shipping box, Air Canada will provide a plastic bag for your bike but you must sign a release form and AC may not be liable for any damage. Max weight is 70lbs for the bike.
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Old 09-03-2006, 07:08 PM   #9
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to fly with a bike on AC, you need to have already made arrangements before arriving at the airport. In most cases, there will be an additional charge of $40 or $50 as well.
Made arrangements? How? Do I call the airport. Fuck worst case is I have my parents bring it back the next day to ship via Air Canada cargo with anything else that doesn't get on. [It's closed tomorrow and today].

Gah.

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Old 09-04-2006, 09:24 AM   #10
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I fly out west every summer with my bike. Go to a bike shop. Get them to partly disassmeble the bike and pack in cardboard shipping box. It costs about $20. If you care about your bike, don't ship it in a bag. Go to special baggage when you check in. It'll cost you an extra $50 or so, but it's no big deal and no need for any advance notice to Air Canada.
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Old 09-04-2006, 10:47 AM   #11
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My dad flew from Toronto to Madrid (and back) with his bike once... if you don't have it in a box/container, they make you sign something saying they don't owe you anything if it gets damaged.

The official word is here:
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Bicycles
There is a fixed handling charge for the carriage of bicycles anywhere Air Canada flies: $50 CAD/$ 50 USD - One Way.

The bicycle must be prepared as follows, prior to arrival at the airport: fix the handlebars sideways and remove the pedals. Place the bicycle in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping. If not packaged in a container, Air Canada will provide a plastic bicycle bag and will accept the item with a limited release form (to be signed at check-in), releasing Air Canada of liability. Bicycle suitcases containing collapsible bicycles are also accepted.
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Old 09-04-2006, 11:25 AM   #12
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Made arrangements? How?
post it on tribe, that's all.
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Old 09-04-2006, 11:26 AM   #13
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I flew with my bike once. I put it in the Air Canada bag and didn't have any problems. Although this wasn't a thousand dollar bike or anything.
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Old 09-04-2006, 11:50 AM   #14
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Aren't bikes considered sports equiptment? When I brought my snowboard from Vancouver out here on AC I didn't have any additional charge.
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Old 09-04-2006, 01:17 PM   #15
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Off I go.. hopefully no problems..

eek !

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Old 09-04-2006, 04:54 PM   #16
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$50 for a large plastic bag...yay.
Plus 210 for the two extra bags..

Man oh man. Now I'm paying for this stupid hotspot.

MG
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Old 09-04-2006, 05:09 PM   #17
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You should have Uhauled it out there Marian. It would probably have cost you around the same amount and the experience would have been better getting to see the country and all that.

Cheers,
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:50 AM   #18
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it is such an extreme rip off bringing extra or even just large items on a plane.

when I went out to Vancouver they wanted to charge me for all the extra weight that came with carrying my records (and extra $10 per kg!!!). luckily the chick working the counter was super nice and let it slide and I just Canada Posted them back to Ontario along with some other items to ensure I was under the weight limit on the way back.
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