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Old 07-18-16, 01:34 PM   #1
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Bring bike back to USA

Is it posssible to carry bike on airplane from Europe to USA?

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Old 07-20-16, 11:22 PM   #2
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I have similar questions. In 1996 I took my Marin mtb to England and rode it around, but sold it before heading back to US. I want to take a bike to Europe again, but can't seem to find any threads discussing this. How do people get their bikes to AND from Europe? Packing it up and loading it as checked luggage isn't so tough (or wasn't 20 years ago): pay to transport the bags, etc; pack your bike appropriately, claim it at the destination, then, as I did from Heathrow in '96, ride on your merry way...BUT, how do you get her back? Where can you store a bike box with all the extra crush-resistent packing? I'd be curious to hear from those who have done this. Although I didn't spend a lot of time searching too many key-words, I couldn't find any threads by tourers who have done this. I want to do the Hexagon and bone up on my franšais next year. Is it maybe better to just take gear over and buy a tourer there, then sell it before departing?
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Is it maybe better to just take gear over and buy a tourer there, then sell it before departing?
I don't know about the used market in England and France, but here in the Netherlands new bikes loose about half of their value in the first 10 yards, after that the depriciation is very slow. So it will be very hard to save money if you'd buy a new bike and sell it on.
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Oh, yeah, here in the States we say a car loses half its value the minute you drive it off the lot. No different with new bikes! I'm sure Europe, and Holland in particular, have plenty of used tourers available. I wouldn't buy a new bike just to tour a few months. That's simply a luxury I couldn't afford. It'd be cheaper to go used, plus a solid used bike is broken in with all the kinks worked out. To the OP, I found a site discussing something called CTC bags, and most folks swear that packing a bike in a clear bag is the way to go!
Interesting page and links, and some serious food for thought:A guide to taking your bike on an aeroplane | Cycling UK
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