Panniers as luggage on planes

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Panniers as luggage on planes

Postby uad782 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:17 pm

Hi,

I am wondering how people put their panniers in luggage for air travel. I need something cheap and light and was considering something like this,which I think I did many years ago:
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Maybe not as big,nor with the girl though. This way I can carry the panniers and handlebar roll bag.

I also thought that airlines won't carry these crappy bags anymore.

Any comments appreciated.

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Re: Panniers as luggage on planes

Postby RonK » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:33 pm

Yes, the stripey bags are widely available, cheap and disposable. I've often seen them on the baggage carousel.
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Re: Panniers as luggage on planes

Postby A_P » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:35 pm

i have a big arse duffel bag like this to put my back pack in .
About 100-120l , in bright red so its easy to see on the carousel.

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Re: Panniers as luggage on planes

Postby uad782 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:48 pm

I like the Blackwolf bag however I am looking for something light - not strong as I have to carry it on the bike for two weeks.

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Re: Panniers as luggage on planes

Postby RonK » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:28 pm

So what are you going to go with your Tardis? Surely you are not going to carry that around with you?
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Re: Panniers as luggage on planes

Postby Leaf T » Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:08 pm

I've used the same Black Wolf bag as above but slightly smaller. Empty weight was nothing to worry about and you could use it as a rack bag of sorts. Unfortunately a couple of years later it came apart at the top seem parallel to the zip.

On a more recent trip I used the striped laundry bags (aka Just got out of jail bag) doubled up. It worked okay although some people at the airport check in queue kept their distance :D

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Re: Panniers as luggage on planes

Postby Trevtassie » Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:36 pm

Chinese shopping bags are the go, but go to a good stationery shop and buy a roll of 50mm fibreglass reinforced tape. It's clear with either straight fibres visible, or a crossed weave. It's amazingly strong, has a breaking strain of at least 70kg. Use that to reinforce the bag, go underneath, up the sides, along the handles (fold the excess flaps carefully around the handles) and back under. Do a couple of wraps around horizontally. I leave a couple of loops near the handle so I can put velcro straps across the zipper opening.
Interestingly we couldn't find any of the CSB near San Francisco Airport. Cost us a motza to buy a couple of big bags at the airport itself!

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Re: Panniers as luggage on planes

Postby uad782 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:17 pm

I'm going to have to take the tardis as I need it to transport the bike on the intercity bus. I will build the bike at Lyell.

Thanks Trevtassie and Leaf T. Both good ideas. I like how people kept their distance!

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Re: Panniers as luggage on planes

Postby Leaf T » Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:43 pm

I used regular packing tape to reinforce them but that reinforced tape would be much better. Quality of the bags vary. Some of the chain stores like reject shop or Kmart? might have better quality ones. Having said all that the next trip that requires a plane ride I'll be investigating large lightweight duffel bags again.

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Re: Panniers as luggage on planes

Postby RonK » Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:49 pm

Well Intercity do have a reputation for not being bike friendly.

I would contact Atomic Shuttles. I think they have racks in the back of their buses. I have seen this mentioned in CGOAB journals.

I would be trying find somewhere to leave the bags in Wellington, or send them to yourself Post Restante.

There's no need to be too fussy about the carry bag for your panniers. You're only going to Wellington and there will be minimal handling.
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Re: Panniers as luggage on planes

Postby battler2 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:07 am

great thread! i had this dilemma once and i did what the op posted a picture of, the cheap disposable (or foldable and keepable) bag. the airline even managed to lose it (but i got it back the next day).

this was only because i didn't travel with bike once but had my panniers and top bag with me (carryon). otherwise i squeeze the contents of the panniers into the box (usually clothes and stuff) and fold up the pannier and squeeze it into the box. bulges a bit but nothing duct tape won't fix ;)

remember though, no padding, but ortlieb panniers are fairly sturdy and i had no issues. just be prepared for the worst just in case (ie. somewhere to buy new panniers at your destination)

think i got mine for about $5-6 from cheap as chips.

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