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Old 09-06-22, 03:20 AM
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Question Air Travel with e-bike

Hi,
I am planning on flying to Amsterdam in early 2023 for an 8-week cycling tour.
I want to take my electric gravel bike which is set up for loaded touring. But I am not allowed to take the battery (either in checked luggage or hand luggage).
My idea therefore is to purchase a battery on arrival in Amsterdam. To make sure I can actually get one and also to speed my departure from Amsterdam I aim to purchase a battery in advance.
My question:- does anyone know of a storage service whereby I can have a parcel delivered and stored for say a couple of weeks before collection?
This way, if purchase and delivery fall through, I still have time to organise another attempt or two.
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Old 09-06-22, 07:49 AM
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Most hotels will hold parcels for incoming guests.
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Old 09-06-22, 08:14 AM
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"Assuming" your battery is 36V and you can't locate a method to procure and store your battery, ebikesca, makes 36V battery modules that can be taken on airplanes, then "combined" in order to get the proper w-h.
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Grin Technologies also makes modular batteries that can be taken on a plane.
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Grin = ebikesca
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Thanks for those suggestions - we'll probably try the hotel delivery method.

As regards the small, airline acceptable plug together batteries, I found the following useful:-
https://ebikes.ca/product-info/grin-...batteries.html

There appear to be some short-term parts supply issues. We'd have to source them and then get them through Australian processing.
Given the weirdness happening with Australian flights at the moment I'd not be keen to rely on this approach. Seems like a great idea though.
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Not to be a downer but have you look into the Laws on ebikes in the EU? This article is a year old but it points out how different ebikes are looked at and regulated over there.
https://electric.travel/guide/pev-an...0license'.

Also make sure your charger is compatible with EU voltage.

Safe travels.
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I have done this before, but I did have a problem.

FIRST- In Europe you can rent ebike batteries. Take your fave bike there and rent a battery for your time. Rare to find battery rental in the USA.
NEXT- My story. I had read of others taking their bikes with them on flights, so I thought I would do it too. Bike was boxed. It was accepted, but the girl at the counter had to do some digging and finally gave the OK for my battery to be carry on. TSA had no problem. They waved their magic wand over it and sent me on my way. Great.

However when it was time to go back, the Mexican boss at the airport wouldnt let me return with it. He called the CARGO guy who, of course, said it wasnt allowed. The logic of my argument that of course it was allowed, I brought it here on the plane!!

It was left behind with a friend. Arrgh! American Airlines said screw you too!

SO it can be done, but its not mainstream enough to be done reliably.
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Originally Posted by 2old View Post
"Assuming" your battery is 36V and you can't locate a method to procure and store your battery, ebikesca, makes 36V battery modules that can be taken on airplanes, then "combined" in order to get the proper w-h.
Until I hear otherwise, I am putting substantial money on the likelihood of the o.p. battery pack being 48V.
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