Next fall, I'm travelling to Italy for several weeks, and want to do as much riding as I can while I'm there. Unfortunately, renting is not much of an option. I'm 6'5" and ride a 64cm frame that has numerous extra equipment on it to accomodate my size (I really need a custom frame, more like 66-67cm). On the other end, my GF rides a 48cm that is just a tad too big, but it's the smallest frame we could find, and we've fit her pretty well on it. Sounds comical, but true.
Anyway, we're concerned about the logistics of getting the bike cases around Italy. Can anyone who has travelled to Europe with bikes comment on ease of getting bikes into rental cars, on trains etc etc. Was it worth bringing the bikes along? Did you have difficulty getting from place to place? We're planning some 2-3 day trips into bigger cities (most of vacation is going to be more out in the country) and will need to store the bikes for short stretches, how easy is that to do?
Thanks for any comments, ideas, help, or anything you can tell me.