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How to Beat the air lines on their fees!

How to Beat the air lines on their fees! Airlines dont generally charge extra for hockey equipment since they do not want the NHL teams not to fly with them. Put your bike in a hockey bag and have it under 50 pounds is a simple way to beat those hefty bike fees! Remember to say it is sporting equipment in the bag and you shouldnt have an issue!

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  • + 41
 hahah u sly mofo:P
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 such a sick bike :O
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 when they ask what it is u say what? couldnt understand
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 Think he said sporting equipment not sure it would work as well with a dh bike but maybe
  • + 5
 i dont think they under stand that normal lugauge gets throw around on the plane alot, your better off to get a bike bag.
  • + 23
 of course a canadian has a hockey bag
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 ok now fly ur bike to my house its cheap haha
  • + 20
 yes of coarse a canadian has a hockey bag...why wouldnt he?
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 exactly my point! haha
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 NO f*cking shit, what country did hockey originate from...?
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 and when they put it through the Xray machine remember its your funky shaped cup??
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 they can only charge you at the check in + wheigh area they don't care if its a bike at the x ray thing.
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 it depends what it is checked in as, they can get you to open it aswell. after checkin if it is not what it is checked in as.
  • + 24
 It truly is sporting equipment.
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 does thiswork in the UK too?
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 Dude those Morpheus frames are sick. Do a bike check for the fully and hardtail. Good tip for all travellers
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  • + 10
 G.I. Joe > Barbies
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 I think Mitch is right: if you say that it's, "sporting equipment," then technically you are not lying. If someone from TSA were to x-ray it and see that it's a bike, AND they found out that you had not checked it in as such, well you STILL weren't lying when you claimed, "sporting equipment." At that point, you play the innocent "sports enthusiast," and assure them that you had no idea that bikes were an additional fee. My only concern is traveling abroad to live for a year, 3 or 4 stopovers to get there, and taking my carbon Nomad in a bag rather than a hardcase. I guess you can pad the hockey bag with all sorts of foam as long as it remains less than 50 lbs. Thanks for the tip, in any case! Good idea!
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 I think the airlines would trash your bike if in a hockey bag. I watched a guy kicking my Iron Case as hard as he could to get it on a little commuter flight's cargo hold. I can't imagine what that would have done if I used a bag.... Great tip though nonetheless. Another good one that takes more skill is to hang around the AP but then check in 'almost too late'. I was rushed through without weighing my box and it was included in the 50lb sporting allowance for free on Air Canada Wink

A.
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 Ive worked in baggage long time ago and i wouldn't do it. Trust me. The bags get beat up a lot!
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 oh and one more tip, if you have a Boxxer World cup, drop out the air in the spring side, and you can push the stanchion down, and it will stay there...the damper side should push down and stay down as well without doing anything to that side....
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 hmm. if i was traveling soon. this would be a good idea. but i'm not. thanks for the video though!
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 Doesnt it not matter what is inside? I thought the bigger and hevier the bag the more you pay.....
How would sporting equipment or a bike make a difference.
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 its still cheaper to pay for extra baggage weight then it is to pay for a bike box, and the extra bags, plus this way they dont go through your bike box and tear it up leaving your bike open to the outside world and able to loose parts
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 ah, and stolen 500$ hubs Big Grin
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 yeah dont you still pay for over weight?
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 Just tell them its sporting equipment, The check in clerks dont have legal authority to check if you wont let them only the TSA does and thats hassle for a clerk to go get one. Since its a hockey bag most airlines wont charge extra for its because of the NHL. Keep it under 50 lbs and its not charged for over weight!
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 how do i keep it under 50 pounds if my bike weighs like 50 pounds though?
  • + 37
 Why the hell does your bike weigh 50 pounds.

You should dispose of it immediately and buy a new one.
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 well i guess its from my bike bag aswell.
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 It's fantastic that Pinkbike supports saving money!! Very nice!
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 thats great advice. im going to bc in august and i will def have to use that Razz . how much does it normally cost to take that bag along?
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 A cheap, large hockey bag is 35 bucks and the bike should fit in that.
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 nice idea but to save on airline fees i just ride my bike there =)
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 what brand bag is that and what are the dimensions. it seems the only ones i can find are all 43"X20"X20".
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 a top crown mounted stem (Boxxer/Fox 40/88Cool sure would make it easier to break down as well...
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 for sure going to do this if im traveling!! Save money is what everyone is trying to do
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 I would love to know where you got your pink spokes from? They are so cool!
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 how is that any easier than using a bike bag or bike box? It'll still weigh the same and therefore how is any cheaper? :S
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 because for bikes they charge $50+ each way and for an extra bag its around 25 bucks. so you put your bike in a regular bag and tell them it sporting equipment and they charge you 25 for the extra bag
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 Airlines in north america charge a huge fee for a bike box, from $100-250 USD each way, depending on the air line.
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 Or you could just book 2 bags on with you, instead of paying at the airport for having an extra bag.
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 great idea man
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 does anyone else think the bike looks like a skinny, squashed down iron horse sunday?
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  • + 2
 he's wearing a highland mountain bike park branclet tup
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 your bike is sexy as a godess
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 will they ever want to look inside your bag or put it through a scanner to see whats in side of it
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 The Check in Clerks cant, they dont have legal rights to check, only the TSA does. and its a huge hassle for them to get them to come over and check. Ive never had an issue. IF you say its sporting equipment your not lying.
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 nice highland wrist band.
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 How big of a bag does he use here? Like 43?
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 I bet u can't do that with a V-10
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 I've had other DH bikes in in hockey bags before, You just need a bigger hockey bag, they come in some massive sizes.
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 BEST HOW TO EVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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 Perfect thanks for the tip.
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 good idea! and my dh bike is under 40 lbs Wink coils on both ends even
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 wouldn't it get x rayed and then you'd get in huge shit from the airline
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 After you check it in it goes to the TSA, the airline have no control of it after that. Besides TSA doesn't know what you checked it in as.
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  • + 1
 what if your bike doesnt fit in a bag like a dh bike
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 get a bigger bag
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 Howd you get past this if youv got a dh bike tho?
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 I slide the fork out of the lowers and do the same. My DH bike fits, just, you may have to dissemble the rear triangle. Just make sure you keep it under 50 lbs!
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 Out Freakinsstanding!
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 do you have 26'' wheels?
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