So I just finished my recent tour from Buffalo, NY to New York City with one of my friends. Initially I was going to just ride back home, but at this point I don't think I want to do it alone (my friend is leaving tomorrow). What do you think is the best way to get my bike home safely? Some options I have considered: slipping the megabus driver $20, boxing it and taking it on the Amtrak with me, having a bike shop box and ship it for me, and boxing it myself and going to a ups/fed-ex store.
I know going to take a megabus with hopes that slipping the driver some money is risky. I'm also worried it may be rejected from the Amtrak (this route does not have an on car rack so it must be checked... I also worry it will just get thrown around and bruised). Right now I'm leaning towards taking it to the lbs.
Does anyone have any experience with this?