The best bike to ride is your own, and traveling with your bike need not be a great stress or hassle. Here are some suggestions
1 The easiest way is to get your local bike shop to pack it into a box for you – for a small fee.
2 Alternatively you can get the cardboard box from you local bike shop and pack it yourself – they are usually happy to give them away and more than willing to give you some top tips on packing it. Here are some guidelines;
a. You will need a suitably sized bike box and some plastic fork-end protectors both of which should be available and free from your local bike shop, as well as a roll of packing tape, bubble wrap or pipe lagging from a hard-ware store.
b. Remove your pedals, and take out your seat post.
c. Take off your handlebars, which you should tape under the down tube, you may need to release your front brake cable for this, be wary of crimping hydraulic cables if you have disc brakes.
d. Tape pipe lagging or bubble wrap around the frame’s tubes, shifters and back derailleur. As an added precaution you could also fit a plastic fork end protector. These come with new bikes, and most cycle shops will have a few lying around - which they will let you have.
e. Deflate your tyres and air shocks, take off your front wheel leaving the back wheel in place, and your bike should fit in the box. You will probably have to take the skewer out of the front wheel, and you should keep this in a padded bag with your pedals.
f. If you use disks place a piece of cardboard between the pads to stop the pistons from popping out.
it is important to use as small a cardboard box as possible to fit your bike into, as a tight fit will help to protect your bike. A small bike box also helps to overcome potential problems at airport check-in.
3 Another option is to use one of the latest padded bike bags, which are easier to handle than a cardboard bike box, especially if your journey involves public transport on the way to or from the airport.
4 Finally you could use a purpose-made rigid box. These are expensive and can be heavy (which may put you over the baggage allowance) but do ensure that your bike arrives in one piece.
At the start of your the biking holiday with Bali Trailblazers, we will store your bike boxes, bags or cases and return them to you for your flight home. If you are using a cardboard box, don’t forget to take an extra roll of packing tape to seal your box for the return journey.