flying w/ your bike, vs. shipping it ahead
My wife & a friend & I are planning a cycling vacation to Tuscon this coming winter, and unlike previous trips we want to bring our own bikes (rather than rent there). We're trying to weigh the pros & cons of packing the bikes as checked luggage on our flight, versus packing them in advance & shipping them via a freight carrier (UPS or FedEx, I suppose?) to our Tuscon destination.
One obvious advantage of the latter is that we don't have to worry about getting 3 crated bikes to & from the airports.
Anyone have any first hand experience with either method (or perhaps an alternative method) that would sway us one way or the other? Thanks.