When we helped design the Paravelo flying bicycle a decade ago, battery tech of the time didn’t allow us to go fully electric so we opted for bio ethanol, but now that e bikes of the non-flying variety have become so popular what are the rules about carrying them on conventional passenger aircraft?
The unfortunate news is that airlines won’t allow you to carry lithium ion batteries over 100 Wh, and e-bikes use power packs that put them over this limit. Some e-bike manufacturers have taken a creative approach to this restriction by fitting two 100 Wh batteries, which means these models can be carried by passenger aircraft.
If you’re intent on taking your e-bike and visiting a popular cycling destination, it’s worth contacting local bike hire places to ask if they’d rent you a battery that’s compatible with your model as it’s a cheaper alternative to hiring the entire e bike.
Insurance for your bike when flying
ETA cycle insurance covers your bike while its in transit – just one of the many benefits of taking out a policy with us.
The ethical choice
The ETA was established in 1990 as an ethical provider of green, reliable travel services. Over 30 years on, we continue to offer cycle insurance , breakdown cover and mobility scooter insurance while putting concern for the environment at the heart of all we do.
The Good Shopping Guide judges us to be the UK’s most ethical provider.