Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: On the Road
Bikes: Custom built tourer, custom electric bike, beaters everywhere
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
In addition to the info provided by members, I small bit of advise: British trains are common and frequent. Often they stop for seconds to let passengers on and off. If the station you are boarding at has platform wardens ask where you should stand to load the bike. Some trains put them in baggage, others don't have a baggage car but just a designated area.
If you are travelling by tube (subway) in London, make sure the bike is boxed and not clearly labelled as a bike as bikes are banned from the tube . If you are landing in London see if you can land as Gatwick which has a proper train station and you can possibly avoid downtown London completely, that is unless you want to go.
My airline lets me put my bike in a bag. I bike to the airport, roll it into the bag and drop it as luggage. At the destination I roll it out of the bag and take off to the train station. I never have to carry a bike box.