Help Me Plan a Trip to LA
I live in Philadelphia and I'm seriously considering spending like a week in LA this winter.
There's the usual question of where to stay, what to see, etc, but since this is a bike forum...
how to best bring a bicycle? I have considered a folder, but honestly a good folder would be too expensive it seems. To me it looks like the best option would be to ship it somehow. This understandably makes me a little nervous...
So, tips? Which routes would I take? I wouldn't be worried if the bike were on the same train as me, maybe in the cargo area, but if it went by a separate train, that would worry me.
A train takes about a week to get cross country, so I hope you are talking about using Amtrak's cargo service (Amtrak Express), and not taking it yourself.
Other options are UPS/FedEx ($70-$120 each way depending on the size of your box), taking it on the plane with you ($50-$300 each way depending on the airline), Greyhound package services (~$60 each way), and others. Do a search for bicycle shipping and you should see a lot of threads.
Regardless it can cost $100-$600 to transport your bike round trip, so that folder might not seem so expensive if you think you'll be doing this again.
Yeah, that's a good point. How about upgrading the rail system, Obama? I would really love it if I could take my bike with rack + panniers on any train, go to any city, and go from there.
Recommended folders? What I'd look for would be some sort of IGH hub (might double as a winter commuter) and a rack, fenders too would be nice.
I'd plan ahead, throw the bike on a train, and pick it up when you arrive. That or rent a bike locally. 'Course I own five bikes so being without one of them for a week prior to departure wouldn't be a problem for me...
- Take the bike on the plane. Airline fees usually start around $50 and are often more. Plus, you have to get the bike to the airport, from the airport, and do something about the box / case while traveling.
- Use http://www.bikeflights.com
- Talk to your LBS, see if they can arrange to pack and ship the bike for you.
FWIW I'd fly rather than take the train. The costs are comparable, and the trip each way will be 4 days of non-stop (miserable) train riding. I.e. you can spend 8 days in transit and 7 at your destination, or you can spend 2 days in transit and 13 at your destination....