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Old 09-30-06, 06:41 PM   #1
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Traveling by air, from a different perspective.

I read alot of posts on taking a folder on a plane, so I wanted to post my point of view.

I've recently started bringingmy Speed P8 on my daily run to the islands. Sometimes the Keys
and sometimes the Bahamas. I usually have 8-10 hours to kill so it's either sit around and gain
weight (which is the habbit of everyone else) or make some use of my time.

The bike fits well into the cargo pod with room to spare.

I was a bit worried about the reaction of the security and ramp workers of a guy walking
a bike (in full uniform) across the ramp. Most of the remarks were very positive. Mostly,
"what a great idea" and "wow, that's really cool!"


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Old 09-30-06, 10:39 PM   #2
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Excellent!

Thank you for the pictures
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Crimson, I am so glad you posted about this, because I have been thinking the same thing. I would like to broaden this topic to not only include Air, but any form of mass transit including trains, ships, buses, subways, you name it. My fold up, also a P8, changed my summer and I don't think I will ever travel again without seriously considering bringing a bike along.

This summer I from New York to Montreal and back, then San Francisco and back. I've taken the bike on several train trips along the Bos-Wash corridor using Amtrak, and I have used it quite a bit on the New York City subway. There are several water-taxi options around NY which I have not tried yet, and then there in Long Island Rail, Metro North Rail, and New Jersey Transit Rail all of which I intend to check out. Of all of them, Metro North is the only one that requires someone to have a "permit" to bring a bike on board. I have not heared of anyone challenging this by throwing their fold up into a bag. The over head compartments on metro north are really small and I think the P8 wouldn't be safe up there, but there is plenty of room near the doors for larger pieces of luggage. The beauty of traveling with a fold up right now is that most people don't even know what it is, but then they are very positive to find out it's a bike.

The hotels I stayed in, in Montreal and San Francisco, could not have been more cooperative. They had no issues with the bike and in fact were both very helpful at giving me some tips and information on local places to ride. I have found that it makes sense to visit a good bike shop whenever visiting a new city. I suggest purchasing a bike map on the city. That was critical in San Francisco because the maps not only suggest safer traffic routes but they allowed me to travel around the city without needlessly climbing hills. The San Fran map include slope grades on the map so I could see where all the hills were. Riding accross the Golden Gate Bridge down into Sausalito and taking the ferry back to the city was a real highlight.

Traveling with a fold up completely changes the way I feel entering a new city. I got a chance to explore and get the lay of the land quickly and saw some beautiful sights not ususally taken in by other tourists. Montreal has some beautiful bike paths along the Saint Laurence. There is some interesting urban renewal going on in the old industrial sites along the canal and Olympic Park and the old Expo site are really beautiful places to ride. I have taken the bike into several restaurants and never had a problem, but I admit I carry a nylon bag with me and I toss the bike in there if I think I am going to have a problem. Anything that covers it up and I suppose even a trash bag would work. Out of sight out of mind. I do lock the bike up frequently, especially if I find a place where I want to walk around. The 22 lb. bike is great for traveling, but it's not the kind of thing I want to take for a liesurely stroll. When I lock up I take the seat with me making it an added disincentive for thiefs. A neighbor of mine just warned me to keep doing that because his seat for the same bike was just stolen (just the seat!) and it is taking forever to order a new one from Dahon. Apparently they are back ordered.

So I think this bike has started a whole new way of traveling for me, and I would love to hear from other fold up owners on any experiences they have had traveling with their bikes. Where are the cool places to visit with the bike? Has anyone had any problems traveling with their bike or would anyone like to offer any tips or thoughts about travel with a fold up? May the wind always be at your back, fellow travelers.
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I love that picture with it snuck in the under-cockpit baggage. You should get FedEx to get a fleet of bikes with sponsor decals on them...
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Cool pics, CE!

I've brought my Speed P8 along when I go flying too. Although it's on a much smaller scale.

I posted about it on the Dahon forums (registration required now, for some stupid reason) a couple years ago.
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[SIZE=2]This summer I from New York to Montreal and back, then San Francisco and back. I've taken the bike on several train trips along the Bos-Wash corridor using Amtrak, and I have used it quite a bit on the New York City subway. There are several water-taxi options around NY which I have not tried yet, and then there in Long Island Rail, Metro North Rail, and New Jersey Transit Rail all of which I intend to check out. Of all of them, Metro North is the only one that requires someone to have a "permit" to bring a bike on board.
NJ Transit does not require you to have the bike in a bag or even a pass. The Long Island Rail road requires a pass ($5.00) and it's the same one you have for Metro North. The Path system also require the bike to be folded. Amtrak requires the bike to be folded and in a bag.

You sound like a person who really needs a GPS. I like maps but only to be used as a source of info for my GPS.
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[QUOTE=mattygobatty]Crimson, I am so glad you posted about this, because I have been thinking the same thing. I would like to broaden this topic to not only include Air, but any form of mass transit including trains, ships, buses, subways, you name it. My fold up, also a P8, changed my summer and I don't think I will ever travel again without seriously considering bringing a bike along.

[SIZE=2]This summer I from New York to Montreal and back, then San Francisco and .........

I totally second the emotion about SF and Montreal. As a like minded New Yorker, bringing a folder enhances the quality of enjoyment while visiting other cities. Reading your post I'm also reminded of the beauty of the Lachine Canal ride in Montreal and of the unique beauty and surprise of the SF terrain. Like you, I try to vacation with cycling in mind. It's a work in progress with my family to consistently vacation this way, but the upside is I now have 4 folders to choose from for my daily ride.
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You sound like a person who really needs a GPS. I like maps but only to be used as a source of info for my GPS
I would like to get a GPS, and even do some geocahing . Winter is upon us and I have not been out riding much this year other than back + forth to work. But now is the time to start planning. The Lachine Canal was a favorite of mine too h stopped at the Attwater Market (sp?) on the way. YUM!
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i just bought a dahon helio 8 and am due to fly back to my boat on virgin airways dec 31st to south africa. im wondering how to pack it to prevent troubles with airlines?
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