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Old 03-14-10, 06:12 PM   #1
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How many regularly bike when traveling? (business trip, vacation, visiting others)

When I'm home, getting around by bicycle is easy. But when traveling by plane for business, vacation or visiting family friends, it becomes far more complicated.
Some of my options:
1. Hit the gym when I'm away from home and use a stationary bicycle to keep up my fitness
and endurance.
2. Buy a folding bike and pay up to $80 in extra baggage fees when I fly
3. Buy a bicycle for each frequently visited location and keep at a friend or family member.
4. Rent a bicycle
5. Giving up biking while I'm away from home

I'm wondering what others do when they travel somewhere by plane.
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Old 03-14-10, 07:41 PM   #2
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I fly low...

I drag a bike with me everywhere I go, sometimes two or three.

I have left bikes at various locations in the past. But since I got my Raleigh Twenty that hasn't been necessary. I do keep a bike at my parents house for when I ride Amtrak home.

I normally drive to most of my work locations. However if I had to fly I would defintely have something like a Bike Friday NWT or Season Tikit. Fits in an "almost" standard suitcase, so it should miss the over sized baggage fees, good luck on getting out of the other fees. BF has other styles of bikes too.

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Old 03-15-10, 01:58 AM   #3
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My bicycle accompanies me on most of my vacation travel. It feels odd to travel somewhere without a bicycle in tow.
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suitcase bike for the win! flies as standard luggage.
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I usually get them there. For a business trip to Santa Cruz, I bought a bike at a thrift store and left it at the Bike Church when I was done. In San Diego, I rented a bike to get around and in D.C. I rented a bike.
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Old 03-16-10, 02:22 PM   #6
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When we drive the bike comes with me. Twice a year I'm in NYC for big bike events, visiting family and other sight seeing.
On longer trips it depends on if I will have time to ride. I've rented on trips to San Francisco, Chicago and Central IL.
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Depends... if it's business travel, I often don't have time to do anything but work, eat and sleep... and in a couple of cases the environment was so different (China) I was even a bit timid crossing the street. But I have squeezed in cycling a couple of times... I had a great time in Oulu Finland where I rented a bike... the environment was just made for cycling.

When traveling for pleasure, I either bring a bike (or two) or ensure that one is available to me at my destination.

One way the wife and I have really enjoyed traveling is for me to get up early and take off in an agreed upon direction (we study the maps together the night before). She likes to sleep in, so this works well. I take off and she later finds me (I do carry a cell phone just in case we mess up somehow). After we rejoin I clean up with supplies (water, soap, wash cloth and towel) and change into street clothes... then we head off and look for an interesting place for brunch. Usually the roads are quiet in the mornings, so this affords me great biking in remote places, and permits us to cover more miles than cycling alone would allow.

At times I have used this technique just to explore a town... and come back to a hotel or camp ground and we discuss my discoveries and plan for the day. I've found some neat antique shops this way (she loves to antique shop) and other little places. At camp grounds this works nicely to allow me to explore without the ruckus of a car... so seeing animals is always a thrill. (once saw a huge lone wolf early in the morning at the Grand Canyon.)

Another thing that is key to do is stop at the small visitor centers in small towns... you'd be surprised at what you find out about an area.

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I have thought several times about traveling with my bike. The airline fees have scared me away. I was really looking into a nice steel frame with a set of S&S couplers so I could pack it as standard luggage, but with the ever increasing bag fees, i'll just spend a few hours on the stationary at the hotel. Like some of the other have said, on most of my business trips there really isn't time for a good ride anyway at least while there is sunlight.
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...One way the wife and I have really enjoyed traveling is for me to get up early and take off in an agreed upon direction (we study the maps together the night before). She likes to sleep in, so this works well. I take off and she later finds me (I do carry a cell phone just in case we mess up somehow). After we rejoin I clean up with supplies (water, soap, wash cloth and towel) and change into street clothes... then we head off and look for an interesting place for brunch. Usually the roads are quiet in the mornings, so this affords me great biking in remote places, and permits us to cover more miles than cycling alone would allow.

At times I have used this technique just to explore a town... and come back to a hotel or camp ground and we discuss my discoveries and plan for the day. I've found some neat antique shops this way (she loves to antique shop) and other little places. At camp grounds this works nicely to allow me to explore without the ruckus of a car... so seeing animals is always a thrill. (once saw a huge lone wolf early in the morning at the Grand Canyon.)

Another thing that is key to do is stop at the small visitor centers in small towns... you'd be surprised at what you find out about an area.
That's how I envision doing my perimeter tour of the USA, but with her driving an RV support vehicle that we'll buy with our anticipated lottery winnings.
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All of my travel is for vacations, and all my vacations involve cycling.
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Brompton folder goes with me when i travel. Even take it in the sleeper in my semi. Favourite bike to ride in sloppy weather. Easiest bike to clean,i can just put in bath tub and clean it, its that small.
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My bicycle has accompanied me when I have vacationed in France, on Cape Cod (MA), Mount Desert Island, and in numerous other places in Maine. I've also traveled throuhout Maine on many bicycle treks and club rallies. I've also brought it with me to places where I also visited relatives and friends. I'm unable to ever drive a car, so my bicycle is my vehicle.
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