Boring bike box question
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Mar 30, 2011 6:00 PM Last Post By: monkeypike
Feb 16, 2011 5:31 AM
Boring bike box questionIn all the years i have been cycling around the world, i only needed to put my bike on a plane twice.... I used a cardboard bike box for both occasions.
So, here we go again.......
I am flying out of Buenos Aires, and want to take my bike with me.
i am flying BA.
18,000 km later i am not so precious about my bike.
My questions are...
1. Can i just rock up with the bike at the counter
2. Has anyone flown from Buenos in the same situation
3. has anyone tried shrinkwrapping.
4. Did a dustsheet/blanket idea that i read elsewhere work?
5. Anyone know a good bike shop in Buenos with boxes?
Ta very muchly
Feb 17, 2011 3:56 AM
1My situation was similar but in Cordoba. I had 3 bikes to pack and fly. I had a BOB trailer and went to a bike shop and bought 3 used cartons. Can't recall how much peso but not much. We flew on LAN. No problem.
I have flown BA many times with my bike and they are good. Just avoid AA, UA, DELTA (how interesting, all the bad ones are from the same country).
Feb 17, 2011 5:13 AM
2Buenos Aires airport (Ezeiza) does have shrinkwrapping stalls that (grudgingly) do bikes, I've flown out of there a few years ago that way. Wouldn't recommend it if you're worried about damaging the bike, but if not then go for it, chances are it will be OK and the airline shouldn't have a problem with it. Might cost a little more than shrinkwrapping a regular suitcase.
Mar 30, 2011 6:00 PM
This is more for people searching TT in the future, than a reply to the original post (as I assume it's too late for that).
We just flew with British Airways direct from Buenos Aires to London. We got hold of boxes from Bike Shop (Calle Talcahuano in the centre of BA). They charged us 15 pesos a box, which we paid as we were fed up of wandering round looking for boxes. Checking the bikes in was simple and fast, and as they arrived in London in one piece we were pretty happy with British Airways.
The shrinkwrapping places in Ezeiza charge 50 pesos (about 12USD) per suitcase - if they do wrap bikes it may well be more expensive.
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