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CTC Plastic Bike Bag (Bike Bags Soft Case) @CTC powered by Wiggle @ £7.99 free P +P

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Found 2nd Aug 2011
Large clear plastic bag
Size: 127cm x 245cm (50" x 100")
100% clear polyethene and thus fully recycleable


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.
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 - ctc.org.uk
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
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They are always this price. This is the full RRP. Good product though.
Banned
A plastic bag for my bike!?!?!Y OUTSTANDING!!! Now I can carry my bike wherever i go....oh wait....wait....:3.
£7.99 for what is basically a giant bin bag?

No thanks.
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poopoo1

A plastic bag for my bike!?!?!Y OUTSTANDING!!! Now I can carry my bike … A plastic bag for my bike!?!?!Y OUTSTANDING!!! Now I can carry my bike wherever i go....oh wait....wait....:3.


Have you ever taken a bike on a flight? You know the thing that goes in the Air?
Numpty !!
Onehotxfirefight

Have you ever taken a bike on a flight? You know the thing that goes in … Have you ever taken a bike on a flight? You know the thing that goes in the Air?Numpty !!



??????????

Nope can't say i have, and i have never seen anyone in an airport with a bike in a carrier bag
Onehotxfirefight

Have you ever taken a bike on a flight? You know the thing that goes in … Have you ever taken a bike on a flight? You know the thing that goes in the Air?Numpty !!



Ridiculous! If I was going to take my bike on a plane I would put it in a proper bike bag that would give it some protection, not a bin liner!
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To use bike bags or not to use bike bags?
These are our thoughts about whether to use cardboard boxes, plastic bags, soft bike bags or hard cases, perhaps you have other experiences in which case we would interested to know.
Advantages

Disadvantages

Cardboard cycle box


Bikes have some level of protected from damage in transit with less risk of them being damaged.
Everything is in a box together, extras such as bottles & pumps etc. can be left on the bike.
Boxes are free from cycle shops.



More likely to be stacked or mishandled which could incur damage.
Need to get a replacement on your return journey unless you have it stored some where.
With the wheels removed the front chain ring and derailleur are liable to be bent unless protected in some way.

CTC plastic bag


Baggage handlers can see it is a bike and our more likely to take more care.
It is cheap at only £6.50 a bag.
The bags are small enough to carry with you on tour and could be also be used as groundsheet protection.
Very little of the bike has to be dismantled.
More likely to be placed straight on a trolley rather than being sent down a conveyor belt.



Greatest risk of damage if the bike is indeed dropped or mishandled.
I have heard that British Airways will not accept bikes in the CTC poly bags only bikes in padded bike bags and boxes.

Soft Bike Bag


Bikes are protected from rubbing against other baggage in transit.
Less risk of them being damaged.
Everything is in the bag together, extras such as bottles & pumps etc. can be left on the bike.
Baggage handlers cannot see it is a bike and are less likely to take care of it.
More likely to be sent down a conveyor belt which can cause damage.
With the wheels removed the front chain ring and derailleur are liable to be bent unless protected in some way.
What to you do with the bike bags whilst you are touring?
Initial cost of bag.
Bike has to be dismantled to get it into the bag.

Hard Bike case


Virtually bomb proof protection for your bike in transit.
Minimal risk of them being damaged.
Everything in the case together, extras such as bottles & pumps etc. can be left on the bike. What do you do with the bike case whilst you are touring?
High initial cost of a hard case.
Hard cases are heavy and will eat into your baggage allowance.
Bike has to be dismantled to get it into the case.
In answer to one of the disadvantages of bike bags or cases 'What do you do with them when you are touring', (they are too bulky to contemplate carrying them). When we flew to Helsinki we stayed our first and last nights at an airport hotel which we had booked in advance. When I booked I managed to negotiate that we could leave our bike bags at the hotel, this they kindly agreed to at no extra charge (they were stored in a locked room usually set aside for luggage).
Which ever way you chose there is one thing that you should do if you do use a bike bag and remove any of the wheels is to reinforce the dropouts. One of the main strengths of a frame is the fact that the axles hold the forks and rear frame in tension. Without the axles there is a chance that if some thing heavy were dropped on the frame or forks they could be bent. By putting some reinforcement between the front and rear dropouts you can help prevent too much damage.


Edited by: "Onehotxfirefight" 2nd Aug 2011
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CSB

Ridiculous! If I was going to take my bike on a plane I would put it in a … Ridiculous! If I was going to take my bike on a plane I would put it in a proper bike bag that would give it some protection, not a bin liner!


How ridiculous is it now?
Onehotxfirefight

How ridiculous is it now?



Hire a bike when you get there
could double up as a body bag for those without bikes!

Place your dirty bike in this bag before loading into your

..... washing machine
Not sure of the deal as they are normally around this price, although for storing mountain bikes inside the house when your too lazy to clean them.
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GAZZAHUTCH

could double up as a body bag for those without bikes!


And there a a few on here I would nominate to go in it
Onehotxfirefight

How ridiculous is it now?



As ridiculous as it was earlier. £7.99 for a big bag that is very similar to a wheelie bin liner is not a bargain. But please feel free to buy as many as you feel you need.
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