Remember that video that did the rounds a couple of months ago showing baggage handlers unceremoniously dumping bike boxes and bags from the hold of an easyJet flight? In case you missed it, here it is.
— Andy Thornley (@scouser_andy) March 6, 2017
The footage was shot by journalist Andy Thornley as he waited to board a flight at London Gatwick, with the baggage handlers involved employed by Menzies, the company the airline uses for baggage handling at the airport.
@pdjohnson Hi. We have taken this up with our ground handling agent, as we expect our agents to treat our customers’ luggage with care. BR V
— easyJet (@easyJet) March 9, 2017
It was enough to make anyone who flies with their bike cringe, and now one professional cyclist has vowed never to travel with the airline again after his bike was destroyed when he took a flight with the same airline.
Peter Koning, who rides for the Irish UCI Professional Continental team Aqua Blue, tweeted a picture today of the frame of his Ridley bike, broken beyond repair.
— Peter Koning (@nl_peterkoning) May 15, 2017
The 26-year-old Dutch rider competed in the Four Days of Dunkirk last week, and is due to race at the Tour of Norway, which starts on Wednesday.
His tweet drew this response from Cornish ex-pro Tom Southam, Koning's former sports director at Drapac.
— tom southam (@tomsoutham) May 15, 2017
That wasn't the only tongue-in-cheek reply.
— thisdell (@thisdell) May 15, 2017
— uniltelligible (@chefesque) May 15, 2017
However, this Twitter user wasn't alone in suggesting that a hard case might be safer than a soft bag in future.
I wouldn't fly with a soft bag though, hard case only.
— Ste (@me_ste) May 15, 2017
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.