The world’s largest individually timed cycle race, The 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour, is just a few weeks away and this year and British Airways (operated by Comair) wants to prep all pedal fans on “How to’s” when flying with your bike and getting it safely to Cape Town ahead of the 109km challenge.

For lots of cyclists getting their bike on the plane and safely to its destination is a big frustration, but it doesn’t need to be. By following our simple “fail-safe” steps you can get your two-wheeled monster machine to where it needs to be, so that you can get yourself in a winning position right from the start.

Before you fly 

  1. An aircraft can only fly a minimum allowance of bikes so make sure to pre-book to save costs as well as disappointment.
  2. At check-in you will sign a limited release tag, which you use when you you drop-off and pick-up your bike at your destination. Keep this safe.
  3. Drop-off your bike at the demarcated area (depending on your airport), which will be pointed out to you to by the check-in agent.
  4. We recommend you place your bike on your private insurance for extra peace of mind, though of course care will be taken not to damage your bike
  5. If you are renting a car also do this well in advance and get a big enough car so your bicycle can fit without damaging your bike.

Packing your bike

 When you fly with your wheels it is important to follow special packing procedures to make sure it gets to the other side in perfect condition so do the following:

  1. Please do not lock or seal your bicycle box or bag until after you have checked in to ensure that it can be accessed for security checks prior to acceptance
  2. The seat must be fully lowered
  3. Turn the handlebars parallel to the frame
  4. Leave the front wheel attached
  5. Remove or turn the pedals inwards
  6. Deflate your tyres
  7. Do not inflate with nitrogen as this will not be accepted for carriage on the flight
  8. Place the bike in a bag, box, or wrap it in bubble wrap.

What can be Checked in as luggage

  1. Inflation pumps filled with division 2.2 Carbon Dioxide non-flammable gas will be accepted for transportation as checked baggage only. The maximum amount per customer is limited to four 16 grams cartridges. Cartridges larger than 16 grams will not be permitted for carriage. Make sure you declare this when checking in for your flight
  2. Wheel bags cannot be carried as hand luggage and need to be checked in as checked baggage. The standard checked baggage allowance will apply.
  3. If you do have more baggage than you are allowed you can pay for the extra baggage beforehand or at the airport. Pay R290 online or R385 at the airport.
  4. Spare wheels need to be packed properly before they are checked in. At check-in, the spare wheels will be tagged with a limited release tag.

What can be taken on as hand luggage

  1. Speedometers and any other electronic equipment, helmets and shoes can be transported in your hand luggage so remove it from your bike so that it will fit within the specific hand luggage allowances.

How to book

  1. Call 0861 KULULA (585852) daily between 7am-7pm to book in your bike. Have your flight details handy.
  2. Pay the R350 one way bike handling fee. (credit card payments only).
  3. Once payment has been received your bike handling receipt will be mailed to you and this will serve as proof of payment.
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  5. Once payment has been received, a bike handling fee receipt will be emailed to you. This will serve as proof of payment and must be presented when fetching or dropping off your bike.

British Airways (operated by Comair)

        1. You can take non-motorised bicycles of up to 190cm (75in) in length as part of your checked baggage allowance at no cost
        2. When you have booked your ticket, remember to call us as least 72 hours prior to your flight on 0860 I FLY BA (435922) and let us know the size and weight of the bike you are bringing, so we can be ready to accept it on the day.

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