Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Fly with a Bike and Avoid Sky-High Costs on the Train

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Fly with a Bike and Avoid Sky-High Costs on the Train

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Byline: says Simon SIMON CALDER

I'M hoping to take my Brompton folding bike on a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Newcastle. I know you've got one -- do you check it in or take it on board? -- Katie Bates WHETHER you travel by plane or train, the London-made Brompton remains the best solution for providing local transport at the end of a long-distance trip.

It's a decent city bike that, in less than a minute, folds down to the size of a suitcase. It is not quite small enough, though, to comply with BA's cabin-baggage limit: each of the length, breadth and depth dimensions is exceeded by an inch or two. So you'll have to check it in, paying PS10 more than the hand-baggage-only fare.

The bike will need to be in a bag to protect baggage handlers and avoid damaging other people's luggage. You may have to drop it off/pick it up at the outsize baggage belt. …

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