Did you know you can bring a bike on a plane? They’re accepted by all major and some minor airlines. That means you can explore new trails, test out your skills, and race all over the world. Travel doesn’t have to be stressful as long as you follow the rules.

1. Check the Airline Rules

Airlines have different rules and fees for flying with a bike. They could also change, so recheck them every time you fly. You might have to pre-book your bike to ensure there’s room for it on the plane. It’s likely over the weight and dimensions of standard luggage. If that’s the case, you’ll have to pay an excess baggage fee. Know the cost ahead of time so you can budget for it. Also find out if you have to take your bike apart for the trip, and exactly how you need to pack it.

2. Disassemble Your Bike

You should disassemble your bike even if it’s not required by the airline. It’s easier to pack, and it’s less likely to get damaged in transit. Take it apart before you get to the airport to save time. It’s best to remove the seat, handlebar, pedals, wheels, and tires. Deflate the tires, too. Secure the thru-axles and excess chain, and protect the disc brake pads.

3. Pack it Up Well

Pack your bike in a dedicated bag, box or case – whatever’s required by the airline. If you follow the company’s rules, it’s more likely to accept responsibility for damage in transit. Put the wheels in first with the skewers in a small bag or pocket, followed by the frame. Place the bottom bracket in the center and hang the chainring upside down. The handlebar goes in last. EVOC sports makes one of the best bike travel bags that fits almost any mountain, gravel, road, or triathlon bike.

4. Do a Final Inspection

Once you reach your destination, check your bike for damage or missing parts. Most airlines give you a limited window to file a claim for reimbursement, so do it as soon as possible. You can also file a claim with your travel insurer, just in case the airline doesn’t pay you back. Be sure to have photos of what your bike looked like before your trip, and documentation of all parts.

Buy an EVOC Bike Travel Bag in Scottsdale, AZ

Follow these tips, and you can travel stress-free with your bike. But first, you need to buy your own EVOC bike travel bag here in Scottsdale, AZ. It fits almost any cross country, all mountain, enduro, freeride, or downhill bike up to 29″. Along with any gravel, road, or triathlon bike. They fit in the EVOC perfectly and securely for your plan rides. Get your bag at Airpark Bike Co today!