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Flying With Your Bicycle

by David Mozer


Whether you are going across the continent or to another continent, taking a bike can add independence, exercise, economy and more contact with local people. Taking a bike may be easier than you think.

Bicyclists wondering how to pack up their two-wheelers and take them traveling may be interested in 'Bikes Can Fly: Survey of Airline Baggage Regulations for Bicycles', from the International Bicycle Fund. This comprehensive report describes in details how to fly-with-your-bike, looks at packing options, and gives step-by-step instructions on packing your bike to meet the airline requirements. It also compares domestic and overseas policies and baggage regulations for bicycles on forty major airlines.

'Bikes Can Fly' shows that while bicycles are widely surcharged on domestic flights, there are still a few bright spots for international travelers. If you can use certain airlines, you bicycles can fly free, east-west, on flights to or from North America. "You will find that taking a bike requires some forethought," said David Mozer, director of the fund, a non-profit organization that promotes bicycle transport. "Each airline," he says, "has its own policies for domestic and international flights.  But, with the "Bike Can Fly" report and a couple phone calls you should be well prepare for the experience."

'Bikes Can Fly' is available for US$4.00. To order, write to the International Bicycle Fund, 4887 Columbia Drive South, Seattle, WA 98108-1919 USA (include US$1 for postage and handling in North America, US$2 for postage and handling to other continents.) We accept payment by check, credit card and through Paypal (direct payment to: "[email protected]" our domain name).



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