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Old 04-24-06, 10:23 PM   #1
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I enjoy biking on and off road, and am considering getting into touring. Before buying a new bike I would like to know of good solutions to the problem of transporting the bike for point-to-point touring.

At present I am considering buying a bike with S&S couplers and a (hard) suitcase. Question: What happens to the case while I am riding? I don't want to carry it! (At least, this does not sound like a reasonable plan.) The only solution I see is to ship it, which somewhat limits my choice of destinations A and B (can't be too remote). Also, if I fly to point A, ship the suitcase to point B, what happens if something goes wrong and I never make it to B?

If I choose instead to ship my bike to point A in bike boxes, I can just discard the boxes at point A. But then it seems that I have to count on easily finding replacement boxes at point B.

I feel that there must be a better solution that I have not thought of. How do others handle this?

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In the past I used a cardboard bike box, which most airlines provide.

Nowadays i go with a folding Bike Friday, which comes with it's own suitcase that you can use as a trailer. www.bikefriday.com
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Hi-
I enjoy biking on and off road, and am considering getting into touring. Before buying a new bike I would like to know of good solutions to the problem of transporting the bike for point-to-point touring.

At present I am considering buying a bike with S&S couplers and a (hard) suitcase. Question: What happens to the case while I am riding? I don't want to carry it! (At least, this does not sound like a reasonable plan.) The only solution I see is to ship it, which somewhat limits my choice of destinations A and B (can't be too remote). Also, if I fly to point A, ship the suitcase to point B, what happens if something goes wrong and I never make it to B?

If I choose instead to ship my bike to point A in bike boxes, I can just discard the boxes at point A. But then it seems that I have to count on easily finding replacement boxes at point B.

I feel that there must be a better solution that I have not thought of. How do others handle this?

Keith
As far as the boxes go, the LBS where ever you arew going will likely have bike boxes for free or next to nothing. I know the LBS i deal with here provides boxes by storing back the shipping bixes the new bikes come in. You could call them at the destination end and ask about boxes before you leave on your trip, and ask them to keep one back for you! Shoot, the LBS here even is willing to pack and prep the bike for shipping for a really nominal fee. Just a thought!
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