Kako putovati sa biciklom?
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  Posted March 14th, 2009 by Zdenko  in Trenerski kutak | 16 komentara


Sastavio: Zdenko Kahlina

Kako spakirati bicikl za putovanje avionom? Koju vrstu torbe za bicikl kupiti?
Sta uzeti sa sobom? Rezervne gume, unutarnje gume (slauf), sportske cokoladice, kakvo pice? Hmmmm. Odlucio sam da potrazim pomoc od onih koji vec imaju iskustva sa time. Malo sam se raspitivao medu biciklistima, a isto tako trazio sam informacije uz pomoc mog kompjutera na Internetu. Bojao sam se da cu spakirati previse stvari ili jos gorje, premalo. Svakako sam morao uzeti u obzir danasnji nivo osiguranja (security) na aerodromima, I predvidjeti sta mi se moze dogoditi na aerodromu. Htio sam saznati kako je tesko kretati se okolo sa jednim od tih bicikl-kofera po aerodromu. Evo sta sam naucio…


Za pocetnike, isplati se kupiti dobar kofer koji ima tvrde stranice ili torbu za bicikl, koja ima dosta podstavljene (stofane) stranice za zastitu bicikla. Ja sam se odlucio za “SciCon  Travel Basic” torbu, jer je prakticna, lagana i nije bila preskupa ($150.00 CAD). Torba je napravljena od Nylon-a, teska je samo 2,100 grama, a velicine je 117 x 20 x 82 cm.

09-bag-travel-racingDa bi bicikl smjestio u torbu, kotaci se moraju skinuti I staviti sa strane od rame. Moja torba ima specijalne dzepove za kotace. Preporuceno je da se sa kotaca skinu “zatvaraci” ispusti zrak iz guma, kako usljed povecanog pritiska u avionu na velikoj visini, guma nebi eksplodirala. Neke avionske kompanije inzistiraju da se sa bicikla skinu I pedale.

 Sama rama od bicikla se mora osigurati, pa sam ja obmotao cijelu ramu sa zastitnim masnim papirnim trakama, kako se nebi ostetila boja. Prednju I straznju vilicu sam ucvrsio sa time sto sam na njih montirao stare osovine od kotaca (naravno bez felge I spica). Tako je vilica zasticena od moguceg savijanja kod transporta. Zadnji mjenjac sam odsrafio od vilice, ali nisam dirao sajle od mjenjaca. Samo sam uzeo ljepljivu traku I sve zamotao oko vilice (sa gornje strane). Prednji pogon sam ucvrstio za vilicu, tako sto sam sa trakom zamotao kurblu sa straznjom vilicom. Pedale se mogu po zelji demontirati, ali nije obavezno. Ovisi o velicini torbe/kofera.

 Koristan savjet :

Nemojte cekati do zadnjeg dana prije putovanja, da spakirate bicikl. Pakiranje treba utrenirati par dana ranije, kako bi se naucilo sta je sve potrebno, koji alat, materijal i na kraju koliko vremena je potrebno za cijeli postupak. Ako se sa bicikla mora skinuti i sjedalo sa drzacem, drzac treba oznaciti, tako da se kod sastavljanja bicikla moze natrag sloziti ista pozicija. Preporucam bicikl ocistiti prije pakiranja.


Od alata, za vecinu bicikla, potrebno je imati samo tri razlicita allen kljuca. Jedan za pedale, jedan za zadnji mjenjac i jedan za sjedalo i volan.

 Obicno je unutar torbe dovoljno mjesta, da se moze dodati nesto od alata ili dodatne biciklisticke opreme. Moja torba je bila dovoljno velika, da sam uz bicikl i kotace, mogao jos staviti i rezervnu opremu (malu kutiju sa osnovnim alatom, veliku pumpu, rezervne bidone, rezervne vanjske i unutarnje gume, krpe za ciscenje bicikla i kacigu). Sve se to nekako mora pogodno smjestiti u torbu, tako da nebi doslo do ostecenja farbe na rami, za vrijeme putovanja.

18892_062824 Vodite racuna o tezini, jer sve to obicno ide prvo na vagu. Svaki kilogram preko dozvoljene tezine se placa (obicno oko $5.00/kg). Pravila su razlicita ovisno sa kojom avionskom kompanijom se leti.

Boxing Your Bike
While some airlines take bicycles with only minor adjustments, such as turning the bars and removing the pedals, we recommend having the bicycle boxed, which protects it in transit. We box bikes in the same cardboard shipping boxes they come from the factory in. This requires some disassembly meaning you’ll want to travel with tools to reassemble your bike, or have it done by a shop when you arrive. If you’d like us to box your bike, give us a call so we can save a box for you.det_tws-2_2005729_58322

We’re also happy to provide cardboard boxes should you want to box your own bike. Just be sure to tape the box (bottom and top) to reinforce all the seams. And wrap your bicycle carefully to protect it (pipe insulation works nicely).

Frequent fliers should consider purchasing a “bike case,” a special container designed for airline travel (photo, below). These hard and soft cases make packing and unpacking easier because they require less bike disassembly. Plus, they feature handy details, such as handles, straps and wheels for that long haul to the terminal.

They’re also an investment, costing several hundred dollars, yet this expense pays for itself many times over if you fly a lot because it saves you the trouble of getting boxes for each trip plus you save time packing. If you don’t fly that often, consider renting one of our bikes cases.

General packing tips:
(read your bike case instructions)

  • Remove the pedals, seat/seatpost
  • Remove road bike’s front brake
  • Release mountain-bike front brake cable
  • Remove handlebars (or bars/stem) 
  • Remove the front wheel and quick release 
  • Bag or box all removed small items
  • Ensure parts & frame can’t hit each other
  • Do NOT lock the case; inspectors need access 
  • When packing a cardboard box, tie the parts to the bike so inspectors won’t disturb them
  • If you’re using a cardboard box, pack tape to seal the box on the return leg
  • Carry cycling shoes, shorts and jersey in case/box; you’ll be able to ride if other bags are lost
  • There’s no need to deflate tires; elevation will not cause problems
  • Bring a quality frame pump for tire repairs if your mini-pump won’t reach optimum pressure
  • Sleeping bags or soft clothing makes great padding and frees up room in other baggage  

09-aero-comfort-basicFees To Fly
Even though you’ve carefully boxed your bike and made it easy to handle, and even though airlines take surfboards, skis, golf clubs and other exercise equipment for free, they generally charge an “oversize” fee to take bicycles. This is usually around $80 each way when flying in the states. For international flights you might not get charged. The only way to know for sure what the charges are is to check with the airlines before you travel or ask your agent when you’re making reservations.

Also check to see how taking the bike along effects other bags you plan to carry. There may be a limit to the overall number of items you may check.

Another thing to consider in planning your trips is that you’ll need a place to store your bike case or box when you arrive at your destination. And, you’ll need to take it with you if you’re traveling around and staying in different places on vacation. If you’re relying on a rental car, for example, it has to be large enough to accept your bike case along with any people and gear.

Traveling with your bike adds joy and variety to trips. There’s the opportunity to cycle storied trails and roads, make new friends and even burn off some of those vacation calories. We hope these tips help you take your bike along. Give us a call or stop by if you have any questions.

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