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Old 04-10-07, 01:00 AM   #1
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Transporting your bike for travel.

Hello Gentlemen,
I have a small dilema. Some backround first.

I am a registered nurse, I do what they call "travel nursing". My previous assignments was only 5hours from home and the bike on the back of the Jetta worked fine. Now I might take a contract in California, I live in South Carolina, and of course I want to take my bike with me.

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What would be the best way toi get my bike to and back from California if I go? I do not plan to drive out there. I probably will get a rental car on occasion. I intend to ride my bike to and from work....if they have a secure area for me to lock it up.

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Clint

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Old 04-10-07, 01:45 AM   #2
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Hi Clint!

I worked as a traveler for 7 years and LOVED it!!! I'm planning on getting back into it in the future when I can. What part of California are you looking at?
When I traveled I always drove around the country to my assignments so i used my hitch rack. But I know my LBS has helped people with packing and shipping thier bikes. Maybe check with your LBS.

Have a great assignment!
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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).
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+1, just have it shipped. It's relatively cheap and bikes are bulky to travel with. You definitely want that bike in Cali. Hopefully you'll be able to commute, if not you'll want it on you off days. The cycling is great, well, everywhere. Probably a few more hills than you're used in South Carolina though
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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.
yep, i went to the lbs and grabbed a box when i moved to paris. i've got a roadie....wheels off and to the side, seat out and to the side and handlebars off and...yep you guessed it, to the side....closer to the front though thanks to the restrictive nature of cabling.

chucked it on the plane as checked luggage (albeit oversized) and it arrived safely in paris. just a quick note....tape up the bottom of the box too....the bottom of mine came apart on the homebound trip. wrapped the frame in bubble wrap to avoid scratches. pretty sure there are other posts regardng this elsewhere too. check with the airline's policies though....i think there is actually a website covering most airlines somehwere.

....er, im assuming you're thinking of going by plane?
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I traveled across the country by air a few years back. I went to a local bike shop , got a box, removed the front wheel, pedals, seat & post and handle bars. At a local hardware store i purchase enough foam pipe insulation, covered all of the frame bars and the front wheel. It fit in the box nicely. When it arrived there was a hole in the box but not a scratch on the bike. This worked very well for me. I had to pay something but don't remember what the charges were. Most airlines will ship a bike if it is boxed. When i took it out of the box i saved the pipe insulation and box for the return trip. Oh one more thing. At the bike shop I got a plastic front fork spacer at no charge either. they were glad to get rid of the box also.
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