To the Airport
At Pisa Airport
with the carrier (European Air Charter) several times about what was required of us.
Somehow I still expected a nasty surprise, but we didnt get one.
Basically, they wanted
- Pedals off
- Handlebars turned and strapped to the top tube
note, not loosen the headset or anything like that, merely turn the handlebars
- Front-wheel out and strapped to the back wheel (we
strapped it to the main triangle as it felt more secure there)
- Tyres letting down (I know!)
They didnt want the bike in a bag or a box
(which surprised us), but what we did do, more for our own piece of mind than anything,
was to wrap the tubes with bubble wrap, secured with lots of electricians tape, and
covered the transmission with a sheet of cardboard (bent over the chain ) and taped
securely. As well as protecting the rear mech., it would also protect other peoples
luggage (cos were thoughtful like that). We fastened one of the cranks to the
chainstay to keep it from moving, and also made some dummy front hubs out of
some dowel and old skewers I had. These were used in the front forks when the wheel was
out, to hopefully keep the forks from being crushed.
And that was it!
As we didn't want to pay anything to keep some
scraps of bubble wrap and a couple of sheets of cardboard at Pisa Airport for a fortnight,
we simply binned it at the other end. Coming back, we sliced the KarriMat up into strips
for the tubes, and wrapped what remained around the transmission. If anything this worked
better than the bubble wrap and cardboard!