Soft bike bag on a plane - any experiences?

by TheHatter   July 23, 2012  

Off to Ireland soon and I was going to take my steel road bike in my soft Carradice bike bag. However I may instead have to take my carbon bike - I'd put loads of padding in but is it wise to take a carbon bike on a plane in a soft bag?

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Is it anything like this? I've taken this abroad on flights, boats and trains without an hint of damage at all

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PADDED-BIKE-BAG-CYCLE-LUGGAGE-BOX-CARRYING-CAS...

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posted by Gkam84 [8863 posts]
23rd July 2012 - 22:02

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Took this one to Kiev and back without any problems.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=68409

posted by kowalski [10 posts]
23rd July 2012 - 22:07

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I do hamburg with the same bag leave the back wheel on and put a spacer in the front fork and has worked for me ( do not put too much other stuff in apart from bottles ,shoes and helmet )

posted by Mixk40 [20 posts]
23rd July 2012 - 23:08

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I'd get a cardboard box and some padding from your local bike shop. It'll be free and gives way more protection. You can do the same heading back, there are lots of bike shops in Dublin city centre, if that's where you're heading..

posted by polariz [3 posts]
24th July 2012 - 7:30

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Thanks for the comments. Mine is Cordura material with no padding but I was intending to use pipe cladding, lots of foam and cardboard. What's the worst that could happen!? Thinking
http://www.bikeplus.co.uk/images/fullsize/CARRAIDE_BIKB_BAG.jpg

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
24th July 2012 - 9:16

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I just got the Chain reactions case to fly to Hong Kong.
I got a cardboard box from my local store, cut up the sides and placed them in the bag for better rigidity.
When i got there nothing was broken.

posted by alston251 [25 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:10

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I flew to Portugal with my bike in a bag. Generally, everything went well. I made the mistake of throwing my foot pump in next to the frame and the frame got a bit scratched.

I wrapped everything up in beach towels which helped. I also used a cardboard box around the whole thing.

Buy wheel bags for the wheels is the only difference I would have changed.

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
29th July 2012 - 16:54

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Cheers London Player and Alston. I've got wheel bags that cover the rims and the cardboard and beach towels is a good idea.

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
29th July 2012 - 19:46

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