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How to pack your bike

Le Tour de France was a soaring success in 2014 and Jet2.com were proud to play a part in the Grand Départ from Yorkshire. We flew Le Tour de France Race Director Christian Prudhomme from Paris to Leeds Bradford Airport to prepare for the start of the world’s most famous bicycle race.

As cycling is now more popular than ever, lots of our customers want to bring their bikes on holiday. Well, the good news is we offer a great value bike carriage service.

VIDEO - HOW TO PACK YOUR BIKE

Guide to packing your bike

We’ve put together a handy step-by-step guide for how to pack your bike so it’s ready to fly:

What you'll need

  • Bubble wrap
  • Allen key
  • Zip-ties
  • Firm cardboard
  • Duct tape

Pedals

  • Take off the pedals and tape them together.
  • The left pedal has a reverse thread, so please turn the spanner clockwise for this one.
  • Pedals are best kept with your main luggage.
 

Seat post & saddle

  • Remove the saddle and seatpost from the frame, or lower them to their minimum height.
  • Tighten the clamp lightly or remove it completely
 

Wheels

  • Take the front wheel off and remove the quick-release skewers.
  • Keep the quick-release skewers in your hand luggage, because you won’t want to forget them!
  • Deflate both tyres about half way, leaving some pressure in to protect the rims.
  • Leave the rear wheel on your bike if you’re using a box.
 

Handlebars

  • Turn your bars downwards so they will fit into the box.
  • Remove your handlebars from the stem if they won’t fit.
 

Gears

  • Put the bike onto the biggest rings front and back.
  • Leave the bike with the left crank pointing straight forward.
  • Tie the right crank to the chainstay, ensuring it will not turn.

Rear derailleur

  • Remove the rear derailleur
  • Tighten the hanger bolt

Bike protection

  • Make sure that you have no rubbing points between your frame and components.
  • Wrap all parts in bubble wrap.
  • Tape down any moveable parts.
  • Wrap your bike in a stiff cardboard box and seal with duct tape.

The Jet2holidays check-in for bike carriage

  • Make sure your bike weighs no more than 30kg.
  • Make sure your bike is not bigger than 182cm x 91cm (6ft x 3ft).
  • Pre-book your bike carriage before you fly.
  • Head to the Jet2.com baggage check-in area when you arrive at the airport.
  • Go to the airport in plenty of time before your departure, as it may take a little longer than usual to check-in your bike.

Now you know how to get your bike air-ready, it's time to plan your next cycling trip. Jet2holidays offer lots of great cycling destinations such as Majorca, Tenerife and more. Remember, you can pre-book your bike carriage online from just £30 each way. Get packing for brilliant value on your cycling holiday!

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