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Bikes on Planes

petererpeterer Posts: 6
edited October 2009 in MTB general
Could someone advise me on taking my bike on an aircraft please.
I know(?) one should deflate the tyres, but what about the hydraulic brakes?


  • DufferDuffer Posts: 379
    This is somthing i deal with on a day-to-day basis. i often see people on this (and other) forums saying how you should let pressure out of your tyres etc. there is absoloutely no need. we regularly fly cars/land rovers/HGVs/armoured vehicles/etc around the world - and if they don't require pressure changes to the brakes/suspension/tyres, i don't see why anyone would feel the need to change anything on a bike. besides - baggage holds are pressurised anyway.

    just make sure you wrap it up propperly to minimise the risk of it getting damaged (it can get pretty tight in baggage holds) and you should have no problems.

    hope this helps
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    read what the carrier says you should do.

    generally they want you to rotate the bars, remove the pedal and let the air out of the tyres (why i dont know why, but if that is what they say you should do then you have to).
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • Thanks for that; i always like advice that doesn't require me to make much effort :D
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