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How to Prepare Your Bike for Travelling


All of us like going on holiday, but when going on holiday it’s never easy to say goodbye to your beloved bicycle for more than a few days. Luckily it’s now easier than ever to take your bicycle with you no matter how you’re traveling. However, traveling with your bike can potentially put your bike at risk of being damaged or being stolen, taking the right precautions to protect your bike before travelling will help to prevent this from happening. This guide will give you some essential information on how to make travelling with your bike easier and more enjoyable.


Flying With Your Bike

Flying is unarguably the fastest way of travelling. It allows you to reach another country or continent within hours. Flying at high altitude requires a strong and secure bike bag or a bike box to protect your bike from damage.

We recommend using a bike bag, modern bike bags offer plenty of additional padding to keep your bike secured. Also, as opposed to a card bike box, these are much stronger, resistant to various weather conditions and therefore can be used multiple times.

Polaris Eva Polaris EVA Bike Pod Plus

Packing your bike into a bag is not difficult. First of all, you need to make sure you remove the air from your tires and suspension (if you’re packing a mountain bike). Not doing so might result in these items being destroyed due to increased air pressure at higher altitudes.  If you have disc brakes we also advise removing your brake rotors and packing them separately to prevent them from being bent. Apart from removing wheels and putting them in wheel covers we would recommend dismounting the chain set and the derailleur hanger with the rear mech – once removed, wrap these parts in bubble wrap and place them between your rear dropouts or underneath your downtube to avoid any damage. Make sure these do not move freely around the bag and do not damage your frame or forks.  Undo the front plate of your stem, remove your handlebars and carefully tape them to the top tube of your frame – this will prevent them from getting damaged. You can also wrap them to provide further security. Once this is done, undo your stem bolts, turn it around by 180 degrees and tighten as it is facing your seat post. Use some bubble wrap and tape to prevent it from damage. Finally, undo your seat clamp and place your seat post in the lowest position. Once all these steps have been made your bike should easily slide inside a bike bag. Place the wheels in wheel bags on both sides of your bike. You should easily be able to close your bag. Please note that all additional items you wish to pack inside your bag should be placed at the bottom, below the bike or wrapped around the frame for more security. The overall weight of your bag should not exceed 25 kg. If it does, it might make it very difficult to transport and carry. Always use airport trolleys and lifts to avoid any injuries while carrying such a heavy luggage.



Driving With Your Bike

Planet X Deluxe Bike Bag


Using a car to transport your bike is reliable and safe. You can either use a bike rack or place your bike in the boot of your car. If you are using a bike rack on your car and you have a carbon bike, you have to be especially careful not to over tighten the clamps as you risk cracking your frame. The boot of your car is a safer option as you can always stop and place your bike in your car differently in case it is getting damaged. We still recommend using a lightweight, padded bike bag for added protection. If you don’t have one, make sure the wheels of your bike are not touching any fragile parts of your bike to prevent them from getting scratched. Placing softer bags or clothes between fragile areas of your bike is a great idea! Once driving, listen to the noise your bike makes in the car. Stop and check if you hear any loud rattling or unpleasant hitting noise. Finally, make sure you always keep your boot locked and you do not leave your car unattended with the bike inside as there would be nothing worse than getting it stolen and your car damaged.



Taking Your Bike on the Train

POD Bungee

Taking your bike on a train is easy and simple but, first of all, you need to make sure your train has a special bike storage area. On some services this will require you to pre book a space for your bike, you can check this by visiting the train operator’s website. You will not have to prepare your bike in any special way whilst traveling on the train, but you need to make sure it is secured and will not get damaged due to the vibrations and braking forces on a train. Use the straps and hangers provided to secure your bike, as well as giving it a good shake once strapped to check it’s fully secured. You might also want to always keep a few spare straps with you when travelling on the train, as some services can offer insufficient straps. The most important thing while travelling on trains is not to leave your bike unattended for too long as it might attract unwanted attention and, in the worst case, get stolen.

Regardless of which way you’re travelling we strongly encourage you to take your bike with you on holiday! There’s nothing better than exploring new places and cultures on a bike. A bicycle will let you see more and go further than without. 

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