CTC Plastic Bike Bag
CTC Plastic Bike Bag
Top Features of the CTC Plastic Bike Bag
Place your dirty bike in this bag before loading into your car/van and save yourself the trouble of cleaning up the mess after the bike has been taken out when you arrive home.
- Large clear plastic bag
- Size: 127cm x 245cm (50" x 100")
- 100% clear polyethene and thus fully recycleable
The CTC designed heavy-duty polythene bag is big enough for packing up a bike, yet is light enough and small enough when folded to carry on the bike whilst touring. Accepted by most airlines and coach operators, the bag protects the bike by letting baggage handlers see what it is but you can add your own padding eg pipe lagging as required. Parcel tape for wrapping not included. The bag can also be used for storing muddy or oily bikes in car boots or on trains etc. This bag generally survives for between 8 and 12 trips on planes/coaches and then you should consider replacing it, as a consumable item.
For more information on taking bikes by public transport, CTC members can access our library of information sheets by logging into the ctc website - www.ctc.org.uk
About Soft Bike Bags
A soft bike bag is designed to protect your bike from knocks and scratches whilst being transported, and to protect your car from mud and oil. If you are planning on transporting your bike any distance look for tough, thickly padded bags or consider buying a Hard Case instead
About the CTC brand
As the UK's National Cyclists' Organisation, CTC has been protecting and promoting the rights of cyclists since 1878. CTC is a not-for-profit organisation that is funded through its membership and donations in return for support. By joining CTC you are supporting UK cycling and giving us a louder voice when campaigning locally and nationally on the issues that are important to you. CTC was founded in 1878 as the Bicycle Touring Club, subsequently becoming the Cyclists' Touring Club. In 2008 CTC is celebrating 130 years of working for travelling, recreational and utility cycle users. We are the forerunners of the world wide network of cycling, motoring and tourism organisations, many of whom based their services on CTC's. The organisation has its origins in the early days of cycling when the bicycle opened up new horizons for independent travel. CTC set out to identify suitable hostelries for its members and include them in members' guides and handbooks. Occasionally you will spot a round plaque on the wall of older hotels showing the CTC emblem of a winged wheel, indicating a long history of welcoming cyclists.
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can you just get away with wheeling it inside and wheeling it out of the bag the other end at luggage reclaim as it stands. its such a phaff having to do all the mechanical stuff to the bike to ship it to point of tour start? this looks like the answer to my problems if the airline are happy with it
Plastic bag. Air Canada's guide lines. It would be good idea to have a shop take pedals off prior to flying and then put them on hand tight, some can be taken off with allen key multi tool, otherwise slim pedal wrench, handlebars are turned with allen keys, loosening screws and re tightening them. Tyres should be deflated but not flat. I have done 8 trips from Canada to Europe and never had a problem in the plastic bag. I like to arrive at one airport and fly home from another.
get some bubble wrap and fragile tape... oh and cross your finger
The mechanical stuff – It is a necessary pain. – You could check with your airline, but be aware some airports have their own whims. Best to play by everybody’s rules. These usually are:-
Pedals must be turned inward (or removed to your bag).
Handlebars must be turned round so they line up with the frame.
Wheels - Keep them on - But see comment below.
A bag is required to protect other people's baggage from your (dirty?) bike.
The rest of this is my recommendations and opinions based on my experiences to September 2011.:-
If you have drop handlebars, rotate them to protect the cables, and so that the package has fewer lumps sticking out.
Wheels- leave them on if possible – while fitted they protect other parts of the bike – If removed, they may scratch the frame, and everything is more vulnerable.
Deflating tyres is a really bad idea – it risks almost certain damage during handling. The lower pressure at 50,000 feet is minimal compared to the pressure already in your tyres. (There is a technical and authentic explanation of this somewhere online). If you are worried, just let them down about 20 percent..
Protect fragile or vulnerable fittings by rotating then out of harm’s way, or removing, eg light fittings.
Rear mech - I prefer to unbolt it (one bolt), and hang it below the frame with tape. I feel it is better like that than being a sticking-out, vulnerable item.
Check airline and airport regulations for maximum dimensions. Dropping the saddle could be one way to reduce the overall height of the package. (I did notice my package was only just small enough to fit into the x-ray machine at Amsterdam.) Take the front wheel off (rather than the back) if necessary to reduce overall length.
Add a layer of gaffer tape on the outside of the bag beneath each wheel to reduce the risk of it tearing if the “package” is dragged along the ground - I saw this done to mine. Don't try cutting holes in the bottom of the bag for the wheels to spin round – They won’t!
Tape your tools to the frame (you are probably not allowed to take them in the cabin), or put them in "hold baggage".
Add a clear label, to the bag and the bike, with your name, flight details, mobile number or email address, so that the bike and you are more traceable if there is any delay.
Gaffer tape is great for securing the bag.
Allow about an hour before check-in to carry out the packaging. It is a pain, but better than a holiday spoiled by a damaged, or delayed, bike. Some airports require an earlier check in for large packages. If you're late you risk your bike being delayed.
In the week before traveling, try all your rotating, dismantling and packaging to ensure it all works.
I would do it all again exactly the same way next time I take bike by air.
It is a useful to have a paper copy of the airline’s and airports’ regulations on the subject. If necessary you can diplomatically show them to any doubtful staff. (This paid off for me when carrying a lifejacket – No I don’t cycle on water, but I do go sailing!)
I saw a cyclist at Heathrow do the pedals and handlebars, then put his mountain bike in a groundsheet. A drawstring through all the eyelets closed it up. Cheap and cheerful; but the transparent nature of the approved bag allows handlers to see what they are grasping and to handle and stow it more appropriately. Good value for money.
Go for it. Enjoy your trip.
The sealed bag it comes is 37cm x 33cm which folds again and fits snugly into my rear pannier.
Sorry, can't help with opened out size, except to say I wheeled my 21" touring bike into it at the airport and it seeemed huge - like there was room for two people inside as well !!
Folded up about A4
Opened out it contains a road bike with nothing removed (like pedals etc.) with space all around and spare at the end to fold over and stick down with sticky tape.
It might even accommodate MTB even with the handlebars still in the ride position, as well as pannier racks in place.
I did contemplate disposing of the bag once used to save weight but it's so useful I have kept it for future use both on flights and putting the bike in the car
It's big. You could pretty much wheel a tourer in with the wheels on from what I remember.
The CTC.org forums or main website should have all the details
I think it weighs about 1 lb give or take, definitely light enough to carry on a tour, I dragged it from the top to the bottom of Spain without any trouble. Size wise not sure exactly but my 18" cannondale hybrid with rack and front headshock fit no problem so unless you have a massive frame I doubt you would have any problems.
Unfolded it will easily take a full size touring bike with room to spare- just turn the handlebars and remove the pedals.
Folded size 40cm x 33cm.
Weight - 750g Approx.
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