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Under ""multimedia"" in the right-hand column, click on ""Slide Show: Taking Your Bicycle Along for the Ride."""

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Basil Ashmore (not verified)
No longer available???

Having just returned from a trip to St. Croix (with bike), this would have made interesting reading.
Did you by any chance save the text (if there was any)?

BTW, some interesting facts regarding that trip (it was the St. Croix Ironman 70.3 so many others travelling with bikes also):
Person A:
- Charged no fee outward and $80 on return leg.
Person B:
- Charged no fee either way (very lucky!)
Person C:
- Charged $100 on outward leg and $25 on return leg.

CO2 cartridges:
- Conventional wisdom advised not to bring them anywhere (checked or not) luggage.
- I was ready to discard mine at Christiansted (St.Croix)airport (as everyone I know had already done) when an airport security employee advised they were now allowed in checked luggage. So, I put mine back in with the bike literally at the security checkpoint where they'd just opened the bike case for inspection.
(Warning: Don't rely on this without double-checking).

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Etoain Shrdlu (not verified)
How about an emotional support bicycle?

"Nevermind boxing the bike. On the same web page referred to in the first posting above, there's a piece about people bringing dogs and even goats on airplanes in the passenger cabin, presumably without charge, because they keep the owner from getting depressed.

Will anybody test the application of this same technique to bicycles on airplanes? It's worth a try and if it works you will win the admiration of the entire bicycling community. Just say:

""This is not an ordinary bicycle. It is my Emotional Support Lightspeed. When I am separated from it, I suffer from severe anxiety and panic and am likely to have a mental breakdown."" (If you shelled out for a top-end bike, that's probably a true statement anyway.)

Put similar language in a letter and have your psychiatrist sign it. If you don't have a psychiatrist, get one. We're all crazy for our bikes anyway, right? If you can bring a goat aboard a plane (see the article) for emotional reasons, why not a bike? It won't even lift its leg or poop in the aisles.

""Permissive societies keep going in the direction they are pointed.Where's my bike?""
--Uncle Ardvik Shrdlu.

Your Pal,
Etoain Shrdly"

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