Anyone who has travelled by flying knows that it can be a pretty stressful and hassle filled event if the slightest part of the plan falls through. Missed flights, getting hassled by TSA and having your luggage not show up can be a huge pain. Add in trying to fly with your BMX bike and it gets even more complicated because the airlines LOVE charging you over $100 just because you are bringing a bike along for the ride.
Over the years, we have seen a number of creative ways to get a bike on board a plane without putting a huge dent into the budget from boxes to breaking the bike down into a couple different suitcases and more. However, one of the best ways to do it has been using a Golf Bag. Ironically, flying with golf clubs doesn’t come with a big fee even though half the time they weigh more and take up just as much space as a BMX bike.
Luckily, a few years ago DK Bicycles figured out that they could fit a BMX bike into one of those bags and made getting through baggage check and TSA a breeze. That lead to the creation of the DK Golf Flight Bag that has become a must have for any BMX rider that plans on doing some traveling in the air.
The DK Golf Flight Bag is made from durable rip stop cordura with fully padded sides, a larger padded side pocket, heavy duty zippers to help hold up to all the wear and tear, rolling wheels to help keep you moving and an embroidered DK Golf logo to help sell the baggage people that there’s just some golf clubs inside. The DK Golf Flight Bag measures in at 51″ tall x 15 1/4″ x 12″ wide giving you plenty of room to fit your 20″ bike, along with most 24″ bikes, your tools and even some clothes or whatever else you might need to bring along for the ride. However, we would suggest a separate suitcase or bag for the clothes just because you could end up with some grease rubbing on everything.
The DK Golf Flight Bag comes in two colors; black with green and black with plaid, and has a price tag of $139.99 through BMX shops and mail-orders that carry DK Bicycles. You can also get it for $139.99 + FREE Shipping on Amazon.
$139.99 might seem a little spendy, but if you’re planning to fly more than twice, this thing should pay or itself time and time again in the savings you will be getting with every trip to the airport.
The crew at Odyssey also make a bag called the Nest Travel Bag that is similar to the Golf Flight Bag, but has a few different features like a separator to help keep clothes clean. You can also find actual Golf Travel Bags that are more affordable, but they typically aren’t built to hold up to the same abuse as the DK or Odyssey bags. We have a few examples below that are currently available on Amazon for you to check out for comparison purposes. Either way, a Golf Bag of some sort is an absolute must have for flying with a BMX bike!
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