So far I've done short trips, out and back, or trips where I either started or ended at home, so I haven't had to wrestle with this.
This spring I'm thinking of flying up to Ohio, probably Columbus, biking around for a week or so, and then flying home out of Cleveland. Seems like whatever I do to get my bike to Columbus, it'll result an any packing materials being left there, leaving me high and dry when I get to Cleveland. How do people deal with this?
- Get a box from the bike shop for the plane, ditch it in Columbus, and just hope I can do the same in Cleveland.
- Get some kind of container that I can ship from Columbus to Cleveland.
- Find some way to carry my container with me (probably only for a day or so)
- Forget it. Add an extra two days on to my trip to travel back to my starting point.
I have an old Raleigh Twenty that I got specifically in hopes that I could get it into a suitcase that meets the baggage requirements, but 1) I haven't actually tried to do this, and 2) It occurred to me that if it only cost $100 ($50 each way) more for my full size bike, I'd rather have that. But the more I think about it, the more it seems that the $100 is just the minimum, and dealing with a shipping container and different starting and ending points could drive the cost up. Of course even the Raleigh Twenty option leaves me with a hard-sided suitcase that I have to travel with for at least a day.