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Old Jul 13th 2011, 7:08 pm
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For a sheer act of stupidity which is to be announced in due course, I need to be able to get a bicycle from The Valencia area to the UK in mid to late August. It doesn't particularly matter where it gets delivered to as I have someone who will go collect.

It will be packed fairly well, but it is for a charity event and if theres a way of getting it there cheaply I would really really appreciate the help / contact.

And yes ........ I'm taking the bloody bell!

Hope someone can help, many thanks
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My son does triathlons and Ironman events and takes his bike everywhere with him on the aircraft, he reckons it's not that expensive. I know he has done Germany, Switzerland, Lanzarote and is doing Finland in a few weeks, so it's affordable. I can ask him how much if you want.
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Old Jul 13th 2011, 7:26 pm
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Originally Posted by agoreira
My son does triathlons and Ironman events and takes his bike everywhere with him on the aircraft, he reckons it's not that expensive. I know he has done Germany, Switzerland, Lanzarote and is doing Finland in a few weeks, so it's affordable. I can ask him how much if you want.
I would greatly appreciate that, thanks
If it's Ryanair though they probably charge by the spoke
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Mitzy, I remember him telling me he paid about £30, which I didn't think was bad. However, I have asked him, and seems it could be a lot more! Might be wrong, but I think the cheaper price he had was with Ryanair. I've always said he has more money than sense!

Depends on the airline. Some charge £30-40 each way, others charge up to £100 each way, they must check with their intended airline.
Bikes have to stripped down (only takes 10 mins) and packed in a bike bag (soft bag) or a bike box (hard case). You can buy a bag for £50-150 or buy a box for £150-450. You can also hire bike boxes from bike/tri shops (I have done this for my last few trips).
I hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by Mitzyboy
I would greatly appreciate that, thanks
If it's Ryanair though they probably charge by the spoke

Apparently it's arms and legs if you want it in the baggage hold, but a few quid cheaper with Ryanair if you don't mind it tied on the wing.

Hope it's street legal in the UK with that weird bell-like device.
The cops may well think it's some strange ultrasonic radar jamming device and give you a tug.
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Originally Posted by Dick Dasterdly
Apparently it's arms and legs if you want it in the baggage hold, but a few quid cheaper with Ryanair if you don't mind it tied on the wing.

Hope it's street legal in the UK with that weird bell-like device.
The cops may well think it's some strange ultrasonic radar jamming device and give you a tug.
Where I'm going, I wont be needing a bell
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Originally Posted by Mitzyboy
Where I'm going, I wont be needing a bell
thats not really as memorable as
"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads" from Back to the Future...
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Old Jul 13th 2011, 10:39 pm
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Please don't tell me you are going to be doing some long distance mad marathon?

At your age you should know better.
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Please don't tell me you are going to be doing some long distance mad marathon?

At your age you should know better.
Me thinks maybe he is going to ride it back to Spain.

Too old to do the round trip
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Old Jul 14th 2011, 4:47 am
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I know what he's doing


but I'm not telling


Mitz - my dd was looking at taking her bike over to the UK if we went over for a few weeks this summer - it really wasn't much to fly it over
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Can you get a cycle rack for your car and drive over?
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Well I can remember (a very long time ago) when we brought (flew) bikes to Spain when staying with my aunt inland from the Costa Brava.... it was FREE - and that was a family's worth - 4 bikes!

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Originally Posted by lynnxa
Mitz - my dd was looking at taking her bike over to the UK if we went over for a few weeks this summer - it really wasn't much to fly it over
Yes, as I said, I think it was £30 with Ryanair, which compared with some charges you pay isn't bad.
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I'll try and figure it out on Ryanairs site then. I don't want to drive over, and in any case that would be a bit of a nightmare

Thanks for the suggestions, any more thoughts then please dont hesitate to let me know
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Old Jul 14th 2011, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by agoreira
Mitzy, I remember him telling me he paid about £30, which I didn't think was bad. However, I have asked him, and seems it could be a lot more! Might be wrong, but I think the cheaper price he had was with Ryanair. I've always said he has more money than sense!
Well, it's true to say that Ryanair will take it for £40, and the only specification is that it must be protected in a protective bag or box. Nothing about stripping them down.


So now I guess I send them the email asking about it, to which of course I will never receive a reply

Karma sent, I never even thought about asking

This is the ryanair take on bikes, but it doesnt make very clear what kind of protective bag. Of course they are all 0871 numbers so you cant call them from Spain!

Special advice for the carriage of bicycles
The pedals must be removed (or fixed inwards) and the handlebars must be fixed sideways. The bike MUST be contained in a protective box or bag. It is not necessary from a safety perspective to deflate typical tyres found on bikes and wheelchairs for carriage in the hold. However, to eliminate the small risk of them being damaged by bursting, you may wish to deflate the tyres.

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