Touring - riding through the Pyrenees
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06-21-09, 08:24 PM
My Wife agreed to drive, while I cycle through the Pyrenees. My question is should I take my roadbike and pay shipping and storage for my trico case? Or take my Ritchy breakaway cyclocross bike which weights a respectful 19 lbs with a lightweight wheelset with road tires. I would avoid any fees as the bike case is a checkable size for the airlines (just barely). Any thoughts?
If yoou're wife is driving, will the trico case fit in the car? Is there a hotel where you can leave it? Lots of times if you book rooms at a hotel at the beginning and end of a tour, they'll let you keep a piece of luggage there between stays. I guess the other question is, which bike would you rather ride up and down a bunch of steep hills?
There are still one or two airlines that will take bikes from North American to Europe for free, BTW.
06-21-09, 09:16 PM
I don't know anything about your Ritchy breakaway cyclocross bike, but I rode in the Pyrenees on my folding Bike Friday with panniers, and I had a great time, including climbing the col du Tourmalet. My bike also packs into a suitcase small enough to avoid airline fees. I was able to leave the suitcase with friends in France. Airline fees have gotten so absurdly high that if you're reasonably happy with your Ritchy, I'd say take it.
06-22-09, 08:55 AM
I'd take it for sure. the case fits easily in the back seat of a car (if it has one)
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