How to pack bike for air travel

What you need for for bike packing –

  • You will need to take you nike apart and put into a disposable bike bag
  • Pipe lagging
  • Duct Tape
  • Nylon bands – for packing and compressing bike bag
  • Knife * – disposable – from pound shop
  • Spanner * – for pedals and headset

* – Pack in bike bag, as you will need them to unpack the bike on the beach.

Bike packed and at the airport for check in
Bike packed and at the airport for check in

Why not a hard bike box?

As carrying this whilst you are touring would be very difficult! – and posting it back isn’t an option. You need something you can leave behind. Even a canvas bike bag would be an extra 4kg to cycle with.

British Airways transportation

Carrying bike on BA – counts as hold item, therefore you will not be charged for this, but it does vary depending on flights.

British Airways will accept non-motorised bicycles up to 190cm (75in) in length, provided they are packed in a recognised bicycle bag.

Their policy for safe transportation of a bicycle is –

  • Pack the bike in a protective case or bag
  • Remove the pedals or fix them inwards
  • Fix the handlebars sideways
  • Deflate the tyres to reduce the risk of damage