Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
I agree, a bike shop should be able to help you. You can use one of the boxes their stuff comes in, if you're able to disassemble the bike and put it back together yourself when you get there, but ask their advice on packing and padding.
One thing you should be aware of is that most of California has no public transportation to speak of, and it's common to live 20-30 miles or more from where you work. EVERYBODY drives except in the largest cities, and a lot of people drive there. Doesn't mean you can't ride, but depending on where you are, it may be hard to find a place to live within reasonable cycling distance of your job, particularly if you're not making a ton of money. Rents are apt to be scary high nearly everywhere (just for instance, the average house in the San Francisco area is over $750,000 now, and rents reflect that).