Bikes and coach buses
My s/o lives in Toronto and a couple of weekends a month, I come up to visit him. I generally take the Coach Canada bus (sometimes the Greyhound, but I try to use CC because they're schedules are ideal for me, and they are usually less packed).
However, using the Coach, I'm at the mercy of public transportation, which gets boring and annoying sometimes. Right now, I'm considering bringing my bike to use to get to his place which is about 10km from the Bay St. terminal, at Danforth and Main. I'm just thinking of the logistics of this plan, and if it's going to be a pain in the ass I may as well continue to use the TTC... though a bike would be nice when the weather's good and to be above surface and out of the crowds. I estimate it may be about 10-15 minute longer trip on a bike.
So a few questions if you can answer them:
1) Coach Canada says I need a bike bag or box. The only bags I've seen online require front wheel removal. Are there any that will bag the whole bike without having to disassemble it? Does anyone have experience transporting their bikes this way?
2) Is there an extra charge? I can't imagine there would be. I've seen people bring luggage that looks more than 40lbs.
3) My route will be mainly on the Danforth. Will it be less of a PITA or more to just use the TTC?
Thanks in advance for your help.