When bikes fly
18 October 2012
Mountain bikes can fly. Too bad, no matter how good the rider's skill, it will never allow you to travel in the air for more than a hundred metres. For a long distance flight, you and your pedal-powered two-wheeler need to use the service of airlines.
But not every carrier permits bicycles on board unless it is neatly packed in a box or a proper bike travel case. For domestic flights, only Nok Air and Thai Airways let you load your bike whole, no need to remove the wheels and the pedals or realign the handle bar.
I've taken a bike with me on Thai Air, wheels and pedals off, handlebars turned, wheels each side of frame then all bubble wrapped, worked out well and they didn't even charge as it and my backpack came under their 20kg weight limit per passenger. Also sent it ahead of me within the country wrapped the same way using Thai Post Office, more risky but got there undamaged and on time.your bicycle:
Must be properly packed in recognised bicycle bag or in a protective box or bag or in plastic wrap. Otherwise, we will refuse carriage.
Should be of the general and standard dimensions
Must adhere to the handling procedure stated below.
HANDLING PROCEDURE OF BICYCLES FOR TRAVEL
One bicycle is accepted as one sport equipment in the following manner:
Handle Bars: The handle bars must be turned in so that they are in alignment with the frame
Pedals: The pedal should either be removed or checked-in this to prevent them causing damage to other bicycles or checked baggage
Gears: The gears should be wrapped to protect them from damage
Tyres: Must be deflated
Mudguards: These can either be removed or again should be protected from damage
Loose items: Any loose items e.g. pump, lights, water bottle and etc. must be securely fastened to the bicycle or removed and checked-in.