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Travelling With Your Kid's BMX Bike


Our guide on travelling with your kid's BMX bike on a car, bus, train, or plane.

Travel of any kind is always stressful, especially for parents.

It can be even more taxing if your kid has developed a newfound interest in their BMX bike and doesn't want to go anywhere without it.

Whether you are travelling to a different country, city, or just over the next town to visit your parents, if your travels involve your kid's BMX bike, you need to know a few things.

This is why we have come up with our guide for travelling with your kid's BMX bike, to help you learn all you need to know about the subject.

We will discuss all major forms of travel including car, bus, train, and plane, to give a comprehensive overview.

Travelling With Your Kid's BMX Bike

Let's start with the simplest form of travel and work our way up.

Travelling by Car

Travelling with your kid's BMX to let them enjoy the mountains or countryside is an excellent way for them to test their BMX skills on rougher terrains. It is a popular and healthy activity that should be encouraged by more parents.

When travelling by car there are three main ways to fit a kid's BMX bike.

Bike Carrier

You can simply install a bike carrier on the roof of your car. These are great for multiple bikes as well and you can even fit two BMX bikes if you want.

Back Seats

If you are less in number and are travelling light, you can simply fold the back seats and place the bike lying flat on the folded seats. Just make sure to tie it down properly to avoid distractions while driving.

Disassembly

If you are travelling with a lot of luggage, you can also disassemble your kid's BMX bike to fit it in a large bag or cardboard box.

Here is a basic disassembly guide for most BMX bikes.

  • Remove the pedals.
  • Reduce the tire pressure and then remove the wheels.
  • Remove the rear derailleur and pack it separately to keep it from getting damaged during travel.
  • Remove the handlebars and the headset to prevent dysfunctional wheel balancing.

Once disassembled, you can pack and place it anywhere you have space in your car.

Travelling by Bus

Most inner-city busses allow bicycles because they understand that every day longer commutes cannot be covered by bicycle alone. This is why your kid's BMX bike should have no trouble on the bus. However, always call and check with the bus company before you travel.

Travelling by Train

Most inter-city underground and aboveground trains allow BMX bikes on trains to encourage the use of bicycles. Still, you should always check with the train company in advance.

However, never let your kids ride their bikes on the train or station. Always walk the bike when you enter the train station. It is also mindful to ensure that your kid's BMX bike does not bother fellow passengers.

Travelling by Plane

Taking your kid's BMX on a plane is possible, however, it may cost you. Depending on your travel distance, airline, and the weight of the bike, it can cost you anywhere between AUD 100 and 300 when you want a "bicycle on a plane".

There is a way around this. You can always disassemble your kid's BMX, pack it, and check it in as your standard luggage. Most airlines allow disassembled bikes as standard luggage, however, it is always best to check their guidelines before you travel.

Some airlines require you to disassemble bikes and they will still charge you extra for "bicycle on a plane". This is simply because that is how they transport all bicycles. If your kid's BMX bike is imported, it likely came in the country this way as well. 

This is why checking with the airline first is always important.

Conclusion

Your kid's BMX bike is not like any bicycle for an adult, it is their expression of freedom and it is good parenting to try your best to allow them this freedom. The best part is that they can enjoy the experience more if they have their BMX bike with them.

It will open them to exploration and get them excited to ride their bike in a new location. We highly recommend giving it a try even if it means a little disassembly or a few bucks to get it up on a plane.

 
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Published: 29 September 2021

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