I'm gonna go to Norway and I'm gonna ship my bike by plane. I'm not experienced at all, so I'm searching for some suggestions. Since I'm travelling by bus, by train and by plane because the airport is not close where I live I would prefer to not carry the bike through a box but I'd prefer using a bag like the CTC one. My concern is about mudguard protection. The flight company writes in its website about bike shipping:
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Limited capacity per flight.
We recommend for all bikes to be packed in protective packaging suitable for the transport of bicycles. Flights departing from London-Gatwick (LGW) and Bangkok (BKK) require that all bicycles are packed in a hard case/box, a bag is not acceptable. Bicycles that are not packaged in a hard case will be rejected. Norwegian does not have hard cases/boxes available for purchase at the airport.
For bikes not packed in a hardshell bike suitcase, the handles must be turned around, pedals must be taken off, other additional parts must be removed or covered and the tyres must be deflated.
NOTE: You must book your bike at least 25 hours before departure. We recommend for you to book your ticket and bike at the same time to ensure available space.
I don't flight through London or Bangkok, so it seems possibile to keep the tyres connected with the bike. Unfortunately I cannot disassemble the mudguards because they're mounted through cable ties. What do you think? Any suggestion is appreciated.