There is nothing better than going to a destination race to collect points for World Championship qualifications, or to simply enjoy the experience and have a little getaway. You may even want to join the Davey Black Melbourne Triathlon Club and Des Gooda Coaching athletes over in the Tweed Coast for the annual training camp in June!
The one thing that can make or break the experience for every triathlete is the correct and safe packing of the bike into a bike bag or bike box.
To pack a bike for travel on a plane, you’ll need a few things:
– a bike box or travel case,
– a shifter,
– hex/allen keys
– foam padding,
– bubble wrap,
– and some packing tape.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to pack your bike for air travel: Start by removing any accessories from your bike, such as water bottle cages, pumps, lights, and computers.
You’ll then want to use some liquid paper or tape to mark out the exact position of your handlebars and seat post. You can then remove the pedals, handlebars, and seat post from the frame.
You may choose to remove the derailleur depending on the type of bike bag you have. Some bike bags or boxes protect this component well enough, while others leave it open to being knocked around a bit.
Use the foam padding to protect the frame, fork, and other parts of the bike. Make sure to wrap each part separately and use enough padding to ensure that the bike is secure and protected.
Place the padded bike frame and other parts into the bike box or travel case. Make sure everything is securely positioned inside the box and there is no movement or shifting.
Use the bubble wrap to protect any remaining parts and accessories. You can use it to wrap the pedals, handlebars, and seat post, as well as any other small items.
I find it useful to pack some clothing or towels in there as well to help keep things secured in place. Use older clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty, and make sure you don’t go over your airline’s weight limit in the process.
Once everything is securely packed, use the packing tape to seal the box or use the clasps to close the case. Label the box or case with your name, contact information, and destination details, and take it to the airport to be checked in. You’ll generally have to take it over to the Oversized Baggage area so ensure you leave enough time to complete this process which can be a long walk in some airports.
Packing your bike for air travel can seem daunting at first, but with a little bit of preparation and care, you can protect your bike and ensure it arrives at your destination safely and race ready.