[Yak] Packing my Tikit for a one way move
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Sun Sep 12 17:41:49 CDT 2010
Virgin carry bikes for free
I am currently in US having travelled here from UK on a virgin-atlantic flight with my tikit in it's case without charge
It's the large suitcase
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On 12 Sep 2010, at 22:51, "Robert Keith" <rob at thermid.com> wrote:
> Thanks for the advice everyone.
> I did not want to use a 71" suitcase because the biggest I am allowed is
> 61". The low rate on Virgin is specifically for sporting equipment so it
> needs to look like that. After a fair bit of disassembly I got it into a
> heavy walled box 950 x 470 x 262 mm; 66 baggage inches. Along with
> tools, spare parts, spare tires, a helmet and track pump it is a pretty
> snug fit. I used loads of bubble wrap and there is a big cardboard tube
> protecting the box from being crushed at the point where the rear forks.
> Now it looks something like sporting equipment and I can lift it easily.
> Now all I need is for some drone to tell me that a folding bike is not
> sporting equipment.
> Thanks for the tips Bob. I know all about North American baggage
> handlers. I go there regularly. On the last trip, MEL - LAX - EUG - SLC
> - DFW - BOS - DTW - LAX - MEL with numerous transits, both mine and my
> wife's suitcases were utterly shattered. Now we are moving there. We
> lived in Edmonton for a while. Once I bought a new hard Samsonite in
> Edmonton. One direct flight to Vancouver and six of the corners (all but
> the wheels) were bashed in, to the extent that the material cracked, and
> there was a deep scratch across the front. The handlers must have been
> true artists to do all of that accidentally. I hate to think what would
> happen to a bike in a case subjected to that treatment.
> Thanks and regards,
> On Sat, 11 Sep 2010 11:06:29 -0500, "ken preston"
> <secondwindctc at gmail.com> said:
>> Hi Rob
>> Why don't you pack your Tikit in a box that meets the airline guidelines
>> save the extra charge? We've done that before on one way trips and it
>> worked well for us in the past.
>> I copied the outside dimensions of the hard case. If you decide to do
>> make sure you use extra pieces of cardboard in between main pieces of the
>> bike. Bike Friday used nylon ties to tie those pieces to secure them.
>> works well.
>> Good luck, Ken P.
>> On Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 4:54 PM, Robert Keith <rob at thermid.com> wrote:
>>> Hi All,
>>> I am in the process of moving from Melbourne Australia to Boston. I have
>>> tickets booked MEL - LAX - BOS on Virgin, and they will take a bike
>>> through for A$67.50, so I want to bring my Tikit with me instead of
>>> sending it in the container.
>>> I am thinking of getting a solid cardboard box and packing it well. I
>>> can't really get a feel for the size of the box I need. Does anyone know
>>> the dimensions of the box used by Bike Friday to ship these bikes?
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