General Cycling Discussion - Travelling overseas with bike
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08-22-07, 08:44 AM
I am moving overseas for 4 months and thinking of carrying my bike with me. Just wondering what is the best way of carrying.
1.) Bike Bag??
2.) Cardboard box with lotta protection inside.
Just looking for opinion and experiences...will those check in people throw ur bike around like no tomorrow??
08-22-07, 09:01 AM
This is second-hand--a friend of mine and his wife toured England on bikes last year. I didn't go ANYWHERE... But he had some damage to both bikes in soft bags. It took a couple of days in a good shop in London to get things fixed, which meant a stay in a big-city hotel he hadn't planned on. Total, it cost them almost $1000.
He's going back next year, and just bought a Bike Friday tandem to use on that ride (too expensive for me, but money's not a problem for him). It folds up small enough to go into a bus or taxi, he says, which would have saved them some long, rainy rides. A couple of times they were out in the countryside when the weather went bad, but couldn't get a cab because nobody could carry their bikes.
With his existing bikes, he said, he'd definitely use hard cases to protect them, and try to arrange in advance with a bike shop at his destination to store the cases for a couple of weeks. In his case, the unexpected repairs and related expenses would have covered the cost of the cases.
08-23-07, 12:15 AM
If you're taking your bike on the plane, it all depends on the time/effort you want to put in, and how new/valuable your bike is. You should brace the forks (bike shops have plastic parts for this, and will usually give them to you free) and deflate your tires. Also, remove any delicate parts (derailleur, saddle brake levers, etc.) and pad them with plastic bubbles, towels or the like. Wrap towels and sheets around your frame and duct tape them in place.
I've traveled this way using just a cardboard box, and it's easy to assemble/dismantle a bike at the airport. I don't know of a good way to protect your spokes and rims, though. Any suggestions, anyone?
Hard cases seem to me like too much hassle, but they will keep your bike safe with minimal fuss.
Hope this helps.
you could buy one of these cases... Now some airlines may charge you for over sized luggage some may not... It's a pretty good case. http://www.triall3sports.com/bike.html
if you plan on traveling often with a bike this is well worth the money so are some smaller bike travel cases made by SCI CON. http://cbike.com/scicon.htm.
Both of these companies make cases for your bike that allow you to almost put the completely in the case with very little disassembling … making it easy to just travel and then jump right on your bike one you get to your destination.
If you do travel always get travelers insurance on yourself and your bikes...
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