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  • iweatherseed
    Hello, I m planning a year-long trip around New Zealand and am curious about getting setup with an xtracycle over there (I m based near NYC). Although some NZ
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 1, 2009
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      Hello,

      I'm planning a year-long trip around New Zealand and am curious about getting setup with an xtracycle over there (I'm based near NYC).

      Although some NZ LBSs do import Free Radical kits, the cost appears to be prohibitive.

      Has anyone had experience taking their xtracycle rig on a plane?

      Grit and rubber,
      Ian
    • Travers, Neil
      Isn t the obvious solution to take the free radical and build the Xtracycle out there :) ... From: rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com
      Message 2 of 8 , Dec 2, 2009
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        Isn't the obvious solution to take the free radical and build the
        Xtracycle out there :)

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        Subject: [rootsradicals] Air travel with an xtracycle?


        Hello,

        I'm planning a year-long trip around New Zealand and am curious about
        getting setup with an xtracycle over there (I'm based near NYC).

        Although some NZ LBSs do import Free Radical kits, the cost appears to
        be prohibitive.

        Has anyone had experience taking their xtracycle rig on a plane?

        Grit and rubber,
        Ian




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      • David Dannenberg
        My wife and I travelled to NZ with a tandem. We packed it in one of those cargo bags designed for the purpose. This end was no problem at all. Forked over $80
        Message 3 of 8 , Dec 2, 2009
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          My wife and I travelled to NZ with a tandem. We packed it in one of those cargo bags designed for the purpose. This end was no problem at all. Forked over $80 extra to United and they took it. Almost all airplanes will accept the size. Do go early to the airport though. That said, the city of Christchurch (I think it was Christchurch) has different rules for weight than the rest of NZ and Kiwis are serious bureaucrats. So, we were able to fly in to fine, but heading out they said the bag was over weight and didn't want to take it--even for a fee. We did manage to lighten the bag sufficiently for them to take it, but it was a hassle and made us a bit nervous. Stateside it was again not a problem. In LA (we had to fly on to Philadelphia) we went to the airline's desk, changed our flight, paid them another 80 bucks, then left our luggage including the bike with them, even though the plane was not due to leave for 8 hours. The concept of that level of customer service simply does not exist in NZ, at least not in my experience. Nice people, but no idea of service. And Christchurch (or whatever) airport has a different union or something, so you can fly in, but not out with the same load. They also weigh--at random--carry-on stuff so try to be deaf if they call you to weigh yours. There is some ridiculous limit like 20lbs for carry-on.

          One way around this--the route people with Tandems who travel a lot take--is to have S&S couplers installed so that the frame comes apart into pieces and the entire bike packs into a couple of specially built suit cases. Expensive, and much more hassle to re-assemble the bike, but I think it could be done to a BD. With an X, you could un-install the FreeRad., and strip the bike, and pack it in a couple of cases without the need of couplers...

          HTH

          David
        • murray
          careful not to paint all Kiwis with the same brush there :) some of us are in the room. 2009/12/3 David Dannenberg
          Message 4 of 8 , Dec 2, 2009
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            careful not to paint all Kiwis with the same brush there :)  
            some of us are in the room.

            2009/12/3 David Dannenberg <ddannenberg@...>
             

            My wife and I travelled to NZ with a tandem. We packed it in one of those cargo bags designed for the purpose. This end was no problem at all. Forked over $80 extra to United and they took it. Almost all airplanes will accept the size. Do go early to the airport though. That said, the city of Christchurch (I think it was Christchurch) has different rules for weight than the rest of NZ and Kiwis are serious bureaucrats. So, we were able to fly in to fine, but heading out they said the bag was over weight and didn't want to take it--even for a fee. We did manage to lighten the bag sufficiently for them to take it, but it was a hassle and made us a bit nervous. Stateside it was again not a problem. In LA (we had to fly on to Philadelphia) we went to the airline's desk, changed our flight, paid them another 80 bucks, then left our luggage including the bike with them, even though the plane was not due to leave for 8 hours. The concept of that level of customer service simply does not exist in NZ, at least not in my experience. Nice people, but no idea of service. And Christchurch (or whatever) airport has a different union or something, so you can fly in, but not out with the same load. They also weigh--at random--carry-on stuff so try to be deaf if they call you to weigh yours. There is some ridiculous limit like 20lbs for carry-on.

            One way around this--the route people with Tandems who travel a lot take--is to have S&S couplers installed so that the frame comes apart into pieces and the entire bike packs into a couple of specially built suit cases. Expensive, and much more hassle to re-assemble the bike, but I think it could be done to a BD. With an X, you could un-install the FreeRad., and strip the bike, and pack it in a couple of cases without the need of couplers...

            HTH

            David


          • Pete B
            And we in Oz know they have no sense of humour, even about out small things like under-arm
            Message 5 of 8 , Dec 2, 2009
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              And we in Oz know they have no sense of humour, even about out small things like under-arm bowling... ;-)

              Pete.B

              (Hi Murray....)

              'Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization' : George Bernard Shaw



              2009/12/3 murray <murrayneill@...>
               

              careful not to paint all Kiwis with the same brush there :)  
              some of us are in the room.

              2009/12/3 David Dannenberg <ddannenberg@...>

               

              My wife and I travelled to NZ with a tandem. We packed it in one of those cargo bags designed for the purpose. This end was no problem at all. Forked over $80 extra to United and they took it. Almost all airplanes will accept the size. Do go early to the airport though. That said, the city of Christchurch (I think it was Christchurch) has different rules for weight than the rest of NZ and Kiwis are serious bureaucrats. So, we were able to fly in to fine, but heading out they said the bag was over weight and didn't want to take it--even for a fee. We did manage to lighten the bag sufficiently for them to take it, but it was a hassle and made us a bit nervous. Stateside it was again not a problem. In LA (we had to fly on to Philadelphia) we went to the airline's desk, changed our flight, paid them another 80 bucks, then left our luggage including the bike with them, even though the plane was not due to leave for 8 hours. The concept of that level of customer service simply does not exist in NZ, at least not in my experience. Nice people, but no idea of service. And Christchurch (or whatever) airport has a different union or something, so you can fly in, but not out with the same load. They also weigh--at random--carry-on stuff so try to be deaf if they call you to weigh yours. There is some ridiculous limit like 20lbs for carry-on.

              One way around this--the route people with Tandems who travel a lot take--is to have S&S couplers installed so that the frame comes apart into pieces and the entire bike packs into a couple of specially built suit cases. Expensive, and much more hassle to re-assemble the bike, but I think it could be done to a BD. With an X, you could un-install the FreeRad., and strip the bike, and pack it in a couple of cases without the need of couplers...

              HTH

              David



            • iweatherseed
              Agreed! I have been leaning towards this solution... the only possible snag is that I ll be heading to New Zealand after spending some time at panyaproject.org
              Message 6 of 8 , Dec 3, 2009
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                Agreed! I have been leaning towards this solution... the only possible snag is that I'll be heading to New Zealand after spending some time at panyaproject.org in Thailand, making this a multi-country tour. Will just have to be very careful about airline luggage policies I suppose :)


                --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "Travers, Neil" <Neil.Travers@...> wrote:
                >
                > Isn't the obvious solution to take the free radical and build the
                > Xtracycle out there :)
                >
                > -----Original Message-----
                > From: rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com
                > [mailto:rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of iweatherseed
                > Sent: 02 December 2009 01:24
                > To: rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com
                > Subject: [rootsradicals] Air travel with an xtracycle?
                >
                >
                > Hello,
                >
                > I'm planning a year-long trip around New Zealand and am curious about
                > getting setup with an xtracycle over there (I'm based near NYC).
                >
                > Although some NZ LBSs do import Free Radical kits, the cost appears to
                > be prohibitive.
                >
                > Has anyone had experience taking their xtracycle rig on a plane?
                >
                > Grit and rubber,
                > Ian
                >
                >
                >
                >
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              • iweatherseed
                Hi David, Thanks very much for your detailed reply. I definitely have some research to do with regard to this issue... as noted above, a stop in Thailand may
                Message 7 of 8 , Dec 3, 2009
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                  Hi David,

                  Thanks very much for your detailed reply. I definitely have some research to do with regard to this issue... as noted above, a stop in Thailand may complicate things somewhat. My worst nightmare is having the gear go missing en route.

                  On the plus side, if I DO manage to get it to NZ, there'll be one more x on the island for someone to enjoy after I leave :)

                  Best,
                  Ian

                  --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, David Dannenberg <ddannenberg@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > My wife and I travelled to NZ with a tandem. We packed it in one of those cargo bags designed for the purpose. This end was no problem at all. Forked over $80 extra to United and they took it. Almost all airplanes will accept the size. Do go early to the airport though. That said, the city of Christchurch (I think it was Christchurch) has different rules for weight than the rest of NZ and Kiwis are serious bureaucrats. So, we were able to fly in to fine, but heading out they said the bag was over weight and didn't want to take it--even for a fee. We did manage to lighten the bag sufficiently for them to take it, but it was a hassle and made us a bit nervous. Stateside it was again not a problem. In LA (we had to fly on to Philadelphia) we went to the airline's desk, changed our flight, paid them another 80 bucks, then left our luggage including the bike with them, even though the plane was not due to leave for 8 hours. The concept of that level of customer service simply does not exist in NZ, at least not in my experience. Nice people, but no idea of service. And Christchurch (or whatever) airport has a different union or something, so you can fly in, but not out with the same load. They also weigh--at random--carry-on stuff so try to be deaf if they call you to weigh yours. There is some ridiculous limit like 20lbs for carry-on.
                  >
                  > One way around this--the route people with Tandems who travel a lot take--is to have S&S couplers installed so that the frame comes apart into pieces and the entire bike packs into a couple of specially built suit cases. Expensive, and much more hassle to re-assemble the bike, but I think it could be done to a BD. With an X, you could un-install the FreeRad., and strip the bike, and pack it in a couple of cases without the need of couplers...
                  >
                  > HTH
                  >
                  > David
                  >
                • iweatherseed
                  Oh Pete. I wish I could agree with you here, but, ya know, humour aside... that s just not cricket. Best, Ian p.s. Born and raised in England. Finally enjoying
                  Message 8 of 8 , Dec 3, 2009
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                    Oh Pete.

                    I wish I could agree with you here, but, ya know, humour aside... that's just not cricket.

                    Best,
                    Ian

                    p.s. Born and raised in England. Finally enjoying the Ashes, albeit for the first time in 75 years ;)

                    --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, Pete B <nackterman@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > And we in Oz know they have no sense of humour, even about out small things
                    > like under-arm bowling<http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/video/underarm-bowling-incident-short-version>...
                    > ;-)
                    >
                    > Pete.B
                    >
                    > (Hi Murray....)
                    >
                    > 'Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle
                    > accident and the collapse of civilization' : George Bernard Shaw
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > 2009/12/3 murray <murrayneill@...>
                    >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > careful not to paint all Kiwis with the same brush there :)
                    > > some of us are in the room.
                    > >
                    > > 2009/12/3 David Dannenberg <ddannenberg@...>
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >>
                    > >> My wife and I travelled to NZ with a tandem. We packed it in one of those
                    > >> cargo bags designed for the purpose. This end was no problem at all. Forked
                    > >> over $80 extra to United and they took it. Almost all airplanes will accept
                    > >> the size. Do go early to the airport though. That said, the city of
                    > >> Christchurch (I think it was Christchurch) has different rules for weight
                    > >> than the rest of NZ and Kiwis are serious bureaucrats. So, we were able to
                    > >> fly in to fine, but heading out they said the bag was over weight and didn't
                    > >> want to take it--even for a fee. We did manage to lighten the bag
                    > >> sufficiently for them to take it, but it was a hassle and made us a bit
                    > >> nervous. Stateside it was again not a problem. In LA (we had to fly on to
                    > >> Philadelphia) we went to the airline's desk, changed our flight, paid them
                    > >> another 80 bucks, then left our luggage including the bike with them, even
                    > >> though the plane was not due to leave for 8 hours. The concept of that level
                    > >> of customer service simply does not exist in NZ, at least not in my
                    > >> experience. Nice people, but no idea of service. And Christchurch (or
                    > >> whatever) airport has a different union or something, so you can fly in, but
                    > >> not out with the same load. They also weigh--at random--carry-on stuff so
                    > >> try to be deaf if they call you to weigh yours. There is some ridiculous
                    > >> limit like 20lbs for carry-on.
                    > >>
                    > >> One way around this--the route people with Tandems who travel a lot
                    > >> take--is to have S&S couplers installed so that the frame comes apart into
                    > >> pieces and the entire bike packs into a couple of specially built suit
                    > >> cases. Expensive, and much more hassle to re-assemble the bike, but I think
                    > >> it could be done to a BD. With an X, you could un-install the FreeRad., and
                    > >> strip the bike, and pack it in a couple of cases without the need of
                    > >> couplers...
                    > >>
                    > >> HTH
                    > >>
                    > >> David
                    > >>
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    >
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