> The first time I took it I asked what it would cost to check. I forget
> exactly but I rerember that I could have bought THREE unicycles at the
> same price I originally paid for mine, for the price they wanted to
> check it.
The League of American Bicyclists (national advocacy organization) has
been campaigning against surcharges for bicycles for years. It’s unfair
discrimination to charge up to $75 each way for a bicycle, but to take
other large objects, like a cello, for free.
Members of the LAB (http://www.bikeleague.org/) can fly with bikes (or
presumably unicycles) for free if they book travel through the
Meanwhile, we unicyclists don’t even have bikes. I’ve been told that
wheels are what airlines worry about damaging. I thought it was frames.
Either excuse can still be applied to unicycles. So your first step is not
to travel with unicycles. Whatever you’re checking in, it should not have
the word “cycle” associated with it. Sports equipment, circus props,
exercise equipment, or even NYOB (unless you’re talking to customs).
Nowadays I pack my unicycles in luggage they fit in. I have these bags I
get from my local Korean luggage vendor at the flea market. They cost
$25-35. They have a flat bottom with six wheels, soft sides, and a zipper
that goes over the top. They come with two expandable, zippered sections
that make the bags quite tall when fully opened. I can put in a 24" with
the seat still on, if I want. Usually I don’t even have to have both
extensions open. My 26 x 2.6" Gazz fits in there, or two 24" and a 20".
I always put the tires in garbage bags. This makes them slide in and out
easy, instead of gripping onto everything. I separate the parts with
pieces of foam. Mine is from cut sections of a camping mat. It weighs
nothing but helps obscure the contents of the bag and provides protection.
These are cheap bags that start to fall apart after a few flights. But
they’re well worth the relatively low price. I wish I could describe the
type of luggage better. Just a flat-bottomed bag with soft sides.
Enjoy, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone firstname.lastname@example.org www.unicycling.com
“Rain, slickrock, and unicycles. Bad combination.” – Tison, a Moab bike
shop employee (who also unicycles and does Trials) advising Brett Bymaster
on a tire purchase for the Slickrock Trail
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