Phil66 wrote:Hi Folks,
Just wondering if anybody has any advice for travel by air with a bike when on your own. I've always managed to get dropped at Heathrow by a friend, so easy. Next flight is from Gatwick and I'll have to drive myself and park, this means getting my bike and bag on the transfer bus, a bit tricky if its busy. Just wondering if any body has any suggestions that would help. The bike will be boxed in a halfords box.
If it's in a box it's really just a large piece of luggage, so in theory shouldn't be a problem. If it's a cardboard box I use the Arno straps that I'm going to use on tour to drag it with, and a flattened plastic 2l drinks bottle gaffer taped to the corner that will be dragged along the ground!
Return i often cycle to the airport with a box from a local bike shop (Google translate and emails ahead of time), carried rolled up with a strap and box the bike up at the airport with a couple of rolls of gaffer tape. Takes me a good couple of hours but it's often less stressful than negotiating public transport with a boxed up bike, unless you don't mind paying for a taxi.