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A bike / scooter to carry in the back of the plane (including electric ones)?

Kwiggle mentioned here.

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Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

Now for something different: a “proper e-bike”

I have had mountain bikes for ~30 years but never flown with one because while one could get it in the back of the TB20 (either on the back seat or in the boot) with the front wheel removed) it would leave really messy oily marks.

Today I had a go on a loaned £5k e-bike – a Cube Stereo and it was amazing in the distance and speed capability. A ride which I do on my nomal MTB was done is about half the time, and relatively effortlessly. 22kg! And not foldable.

Of course for riding from an airport one would not use a mountain bike. One would use a roadbike, but they are not (currently) any lighter.

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Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

One would use a roadbike, but they are not (currently) any lighter

Depends what you ride – I have a Pinarello Nytro for long distance and gravel work and a Trek E-Caliber for DH work, both chosen because they have the Fazua drive.

The Nytro is 13kg (drive and battery included), the Caliber about 15. With the motor and battery removed they weigh (almost) the same as their non motorised brethren.

As an after-thought – I also use an Ampler Curt single-speed as a daily run-about and to pull my SUP trailer to and from the lake; if you don’t need a specialised e-bike, the Ampler is great and very light (14k). The battery is not removable though so it is only good if you have a charging outlet in your bike storage room (or live in a detached house).

Last Edited by T28 at 05 Apr 18:23
T28
Switzerland

I had the paratrooper Montague MTB folding bike with electric rear gear conversion kit, it does fit easily in DA40 via rear doors in barely 5 seconds, but in the Mooney it was a sporty 20 min task to get inside the aircraft: fold the seats, remove the gears, put a carpet, fit inside the aircraft, it’s 55lbs with two batteries in my bag pack (not comfortable specs if things gets hot behind my back while cycling or in the seats while flying )

Last Edited by Ibra at 05 Apr 18:56
Paris/Essex, United Kingdom

Yes, I have exactly the same bike.

I have added an electric motor and am very pleased with it. Only draw back (and the more so with the motor) is I sometimes which it was a little lighter – it isnt the lightest of frames in the first place. Be great if they could do it in carbon.

Has anybody tried to put 2 Brompton’s (or other foldable bikes) in the baggage compartment of the PA28?
I am looking for 2 (electric, I am lazy) foldable bikes to be carried during weekend trips on an Arrow, and would like to carry them in the baggage compartment and, even better, load them through the baggage door and avoid the hassle of lifting them through the main passenger door (I am very lazy).
I don’t feel ok about the Kwiggle as I’m looking for something a bit more close to a bicycle.
Looks like brompton are the smallest when folded (and also very expensive) but does anyone have any experience with the baggage compartment (and door) of the Arrow?
Thanks!

EHLE LIMB, Netherlands

does anyone have any experience with the baggage compartment (and door) of the Arrow?

In my post #18 above, you will see that I do maintain that two Strida bikes can be fitted into the hold of a PA28; although I recommend that the passenger seat behind P1 should ideally be removed (an easy procedure). This makes the transport of the bikes so much more convenient and hassle-free.

Rochester, UK, United Kingdom

NicoKM wrote:

Has anybody tried to put 2 Brompton’s (or other foldable bikes) in the baggage compartment of the PA28?

NicoKM wrote:

Has anybody tried to put 2 Brompton’s (or other foldable bikes) in the baggage compartment of the PA28?

We had 2 of these in our Archer and they fitted perfectly in the rear compartment through the baggage door, saved a fortune in taxi fares especially in Holland.

They have 20" wheels which makes things easier.

You can google Raleigh Stowaway 2021 to see a modern version

NicoKM wrote:

I am looking for 2 (electric, I am lazy) foldable bikes to be carried during weekend trips

Come on …. we all need the exercise


Not really stable because of the small wheels on the luggage, but it‘s possible to take the luggage with you using the Kwiggle. I did it from Erfurt (EDDE) to the city center and back to the airfield. The way back was harder because it was going uphill. 6,5 kilometers each direction.

EDDS , Germany
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