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If you are planning on some hard core training on your bike then Tenerife is the place to come.  It is a great place to practice and do some pre-season training and during the winter months has ideal weather and road conditions.

Why not bring your bike and practice on the roads used by the top cycling professionals in preparation for major cycling events.   Team Sky partake in a two week training programme based at Mount Teide in preparation for the Tour de France.

There are companies which offer a week long cycling and training camps during the winter months, so if you after some serious training or just some days out enjoying the scenery and a work out then why not try Tenerife?

Taking your bike to Tenerife

If you are planning on taking your bike with you to Tenerife you will find that airlines differ in their charges and policies for transporting bikes.

Firstly, make a comparison of the different airlines current policies and charges for transporting bikes.  These can vary quite a lot, even depending on the destination you are travelling to.  It can work out relatively expensive to take your bike with you so it is worth checking out your airline’s current charges for transporting sports equipment.

Sports Equipment

You can add your bike in addition to your checked in luggage which is put in the hold of the aircraft.  This will usually be added under Sports Equipment and some airlines have a weight and length restriction for these items and you will need to ensure they are packed correctly according to your airline’s requirements.  It is important that you understand your airline’s responsibilities and requirements before making this booking.

If you are travelling to take part in a sporting event with your bike, you may be surprised to know that no airline will guarantee that your bike or luggage will arrive at your destination on the same plane as you travelled on.

Whilst your airline is responsible for ensuring your luggage arrives at your destination, the Montreal Convention gives airlines an allowance where they are not required to carry an item of luggage for safety or space reasons.

If your bike or luggage which is put in the hold of the aircraft is delayed, in general airlines are very accommodating in ensuring these items are delivered to you as soon as possible.  This is usually within 24/48 hours.  Our advice would be to allow extra time in case of a delay if this is possible.

Packing your bike

You will want your bike arriving in the same condition as when you packed it, so it is important that you make sure it is packed properly.  In addition your airline carrier will have requirements when accepting your item to go in the hold of the aircraft.  Airlines require that bikes are packed either in a suitable bike bag or box.

Most bikes can easily fit inside a bike bag and reduce down to 1 metre if you put the saddle down and remove the front wheel.

You will need to remove the pedals.  Don’t leave these items loose in the bike bag/box but tape them together and put them either in your hold luggage, or if your bag has a side pocket, store them in here.

You can either remove the saddle and seat post or lower it to the lowest level.

If your bike has disc brakes remove and pack separately.

Make sure the bars are turned and twisted downwards to prevent being damaged.

Remove the wheels and deflate the tyres slightly.  Airlines usually require you to deflate them slightly.

To prevent scratching of the frame either use bubble wrap or foam pipe lagging which you can buy from any DIY shop.

Bike Box

If you are using a box to transport your bike place the frame in the box upside down.  One wheel to the front of the bike and the other to the back.  Pad the box where there is room and seal the box with tape.  You can always fill in the spaces in the box with some of your equipment to prevent the bike from being damaged but check the weight.  Again, bubble wrap or foam pipe lagging around the frame will prevent sratches.

Generally, the same suggestions as packing your bike in a suitable bike bag apply.

Make sure you write your destination address and contact information on the box.

Collecting your bike

When you collect your bike, this should usually come through on the luggage belt.

Before you leave the airport check inside your bike bag/box in case of damage.  Any damage will need to be reported to your airline’s luggage handler before you leave the airport.

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