Flying with your bike

While we understand that while it may not just be about the bike during the cycling season, it is a key component to being race ready.

Millions of rands worth of equipment will be on the roads taking part in the various races, and it is imperative that cyclists take the necessary precautions to protect their valuable bike and accessories in transit.

Bikes must not only be appropriately packaged for a flight, but also very well protected within its casing. Bear in mind that while a hard case will offer the best protection to your bike, the weight of these cases can attract a penalty fee on any airline if the whole package is over a certain weight limit. In the case of FlySafair, this limit is 32kg.

Many cyclists agree that padded soft-shell cases or well protected bikes in cardboard cases offer a better solution. To ensure a safe journey, use a soft shell case, pad it well and remove the rear derailleur from the hanger.

How to package your bike:

  • Only bike parts may be packed into the box, bike case or bag, with nothing protruding.
  • Shift the gear into the highest position and ensure that the gearing is well protected.
  • Wrap the frame in bubble wrap for extra protection, with the handlebars turned in line with the frame.
  • Partially deflate the tyres to accommodate air pressure differences in the aircraft and arising from altitude differences between the highland and the coast. Remove the front wheel.
  • Do not include any valuable electronic equipment, your helmet, cleats and pedals in the bike packaging.
  • Empty the water bottles.
  • Four CO2 gas cartridges, not exceeding 28g each, per bike are allowed.
  • The fully packed bag must not weigh more than 32 kg.

Whether you're a novice or riding in your tenth race, cyclists can rest assured that FlySafair will get you and your bike to your destination in peak condition — and the rest is up to you. Good luck!

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