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Bikes and baggage on Easyjet flights PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 February 2013 17:26

Here is my interpretation of the Easyjet requirements – for a full account see:

http://www.easyjet.com/EN/Planning/baggage.html

There are two categories for luggage – hold luggage and cabin luggage:


Paid for hold luggage:

• you need to pay for your bike and hold luggage bags separately

• for bikes see http://easyjet.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4040


I strongly recommend taking a print of these requirements with you – some Easyjet staff don’t

seem to be aware of what’s on their website – it could save a long argument.

• 1 bike and 1 hold luggage bag can weigh up to 32kg

• bike – my Galaxy weighs 14kg

• bag – my hold luggage bag will weigh about 15kg - most of my equipment like tent and some panniers will fit into a laundry bag like this – these are very light, have zip tops, fold up very easily, cost about £1.50 and come in three sizes – the picture shows the smaller and medium sizes (I think).

 

 

cabin luggage :

this is free and you can take one bag which must not be bigger than 56cmx45cmx25cm – there does not seem to be any weight restriction for this luggage – so it could be a good idea to put your heavy stuff in such a bag – I will probably use one of those supermarket’s ‘bags for life’.

 

Bike bags :

I pack mine like the photo shows – these bags are sold in the CTC shop or The Bike Adventures

shop: http://www.bikeadventures.co.uk/shop.html or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There has been some controversy about these bags so I’ve included a positive email from Easyjet – I recommend taking a copy of this to the airport.



Some other very good advice/suggestions:

• Shops that sell beds and mattresses always have an amount of the clear plastic bags that mattresses come wrapped in. They are basically the same as the CTC bag.

• Try a Garden Centre for heavy duty clear plastic on a roll. (The CTC bike bag is made out of the same stuff.) Be sure it is heavy duty, i.e. much thicker than the black plastic on a roll they will also sell. If it is 2m wide, which it probably will be, I would get a length equal to about 3 times the length of the bike, fold it in half and then tape up the bottom "join" so you end up with an envelope 2m high and 1.5 times the length of the bike, open along the top and at one end. Insert bike and then cut to length and seal the end and then the top, trimming off excess as required. 2" wide packing tape should be up to the job for the taping bit.

 

• Prep tips: Cardboard is a useful thing for protecting the bag from the sharp sticky-out bits on the bike. You can chuck the cardboard when you arrive and hope you can forage some from airport bins for the return journey. Turn handle bars through 90 degrees and depending on brake levers, rotate the bar forward so the levers are protected. Reverse or remove the pedals and ideally remove the rear mech and strap to the frame with plastic ties.

 

• Lessons from experience: It is likely the airline will ask you to deflate the tyres - do this before sealing the bag! Have tools to assemble bike readily to hand, carry some disposable plastic/latex gloves so you don't get filthy – you will have to remove your pedals when preparing for flight packaging so make sure that the pedals are easy to remove – free them the day before flying and grease the threads – make sure you have a removal tool at hand at the airport.

 

• You will need spare tape for the return journey, a half used roll would be ideal unless you are sure you can buy some locally.

 

• Decathlon have bike covers, for dropping over a bike... we spread them on the floor, stood bikes on them and pulled them up over bikes and sealed up with gaffer tape... came in their own stuff sack so can be looped on to panniers at your destination ready for re-use.


 

By John Crinion

 
 
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