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    Going to St Petersburg - Can I borrow a Hard Case?

    Good day all,

    Starting a new job that requires I train in St Petersburg and Covington, Georgia in a two week span.

    I am in central Ohio, Westerville specifically.

    Does anyone have a Hard Case I can rent or borrow? This would be for my Look road bike if that helps.

    Inquired about rentals down there and they are quite expensive, $40 a day!

    Thanks,

    Mike
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    How are you getting there. A hard case will likely put you over the airline weight limit. Amtrak you can get a large box for $15 from them and check the bike as luggage for about $25 and Amtrak treats bike pretty well.
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    Flying, their dime.

    Some more info, this would be for March 4 through 15.
    Current Rides, Look 566 & d' Arienzo-Basso Daily Rides. Cannondale 800 Optimo, utility bike.

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    You can do a surprising amount with the boxes bikes ship in if you know how to pack it well.
    One thing Roll some tubes out of more Cardboard as cross braces , across the Box inside .
    use the plastic fork blocks , and tape them in the fork and then tape a scond face of cardboard, another box double wall, over the sides.

    Packing tape , in generous amounts is your friend, just be ready to open it for TSA inspection.
    so bring more tape , they will mark it as having been inspected,
    so there should be no re opening.

    or so I hear.. havent flown since 9-11-01

    3 trans atlantic bike tours before then and always abandoned the cardboard at the arrival chute,
    then got more boxes for the return trip..
    Like riding up to the AMS airport, and Buying one from KLM.
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    Buy a cheap used bike from a shop and sell it back to them when you leave for half. Many shops here in the tourist areas of Fl do that.

    Many years ago four guys from my company were in N Y. For two weeks or so of AMA training. They bought a new Yugo to use. One of them had intended to buy the others out at the end of the stay, but the car was so bad he didn't want it. So when they left they took the tags off and left it idling at the curb at LGA. There is probably a field of idling Yugos at LGA.

    buy a functional bike for $100 and just leave it there when you leave. That would be cheaper than shipping your bike plus packing plus hassle factor.

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    Why not rent a hard case from a bicycle shop? I've done that twice when I've flown with my bicycle.

    Option 2 is to pick up a cardboard box from a bicycle shop (or at the airport, but that's not easy to do anymore). I've done that on all the rest of the flights I've done with my bicycle.



    BTW - you're flying "their dime", but do they know that you're planning to take your bicycle? The charges for bicycles on domestic flights within the US can be VERY expensive.

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    First off, buy a box or case for your bike. You'll be traveling with it again and they are not extraordinarily expensive.

    Bikes are virtually always an exception and have separate specific fees if they don't conform to standard bag size and weight limitations. Each airline has different policies and fees which are spelled out on their websites. The bike fee is often much less than the fee for a non-bike piece of luggage of the same size and weight. Soutwest, JetBlue, and Virgin are three airlines I've flown that charge $50 for a bike.

    Airline Baggage Regulations For Bicycles

    My wife and I fly with our bikes fairly frequently and use Aerus soft cases. Loaded with CF bike, riding gear and accoutrements, it weights about 35 lb and is much easier to maneuver on shuttle buses, taxis and rental cars than hard cases, which is what we used to use. Here's a somewhat dated review, but mostly still accurate. The new version comes with tube pads so you don't need to make your own out of pipe insulation.

    How I travel with my bike | DC Rainmaker

    Boxing the bike up and shipping it ahead is good, but the shipping fees, time en-route, etc. may make that option less than desirable.

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    Can't help you with the box, and I'm not sure what whether this is appropriate for whatever you're training for, but fwiw I was down in St Pete last weekend, and had a chance to cycle on the Pinellas Rail Trail. If I'd been on a road bike (rather than the >35lb full-squish MTB that I rented) and the wind speed hadn't been >25mph from the north, that would've been a fun ride.

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    If you want to drive to Pittsburgh and back, you are welcome to borrow mine for $100 deposit. But a regular bike box from your LBS is perfectly satisfactory. I have used them many times. I do prefer the case but depending on the airline, you need to watch what you pack in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    Can't help you with the box, and I'm not sure what whether this is appropriate for whatever you're training for, but fwiw I was down in St Pete last weekend, and had a chance to cycle on the Pinellas Rail Trail. If I'd been on a road bike (rather than the >35lb full-squish MTB that I rented) and the wind speed hadn't been >25mph from the north, that would've been a fun ride.
    The training OP is talking about is for work and not cycling.
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    Thanks for your input. Have decided to skip riding while there. Business days will be to long. Not willing to ride in the dark in unknown territory.
    Current Rides, Look 566 & d' Arienzo-Basso Daily Rides. Cannondale 800 Optimo, utility bike.

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