Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

How do people pack bikes for travel?

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

How do people pack bikes for travel?

Old 10-17-22, 10:13 AM
  #26  
gugie 
Bike Butcher of Portland
 
gugie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 11,199

Bikes: It's complicated.

Mentioned: 1242 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4409 Post(s)
Liked 4,750 Times in 1,973 Posts
Folding bike option

Bike Friday has been making folding bikes made for travel in a standard Samsonite suitcase for a few decades. I've used this a few times:

15-20 minutes to unpack and ride if you're experienced.

I took this bike to Canada for a 4 day trip, France for a business trip where I had a free weekend to get in a long ride, and a week long trip to Hawaii where I got a couple of good rides in.

__________________
If someone tells you that you have enough bicycles and you don't need any more, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
gugie is offline  
Old 10-17-22, 10:16 AM
  #27  
gugie 
Bike Butcher of Portland
 
gugie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 11,199

Bikes: It's complicated.

Mentioned: 1242 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4409 Post(s)
Liked 4,750 Times in 1,973 Posts
Ritchey Breakaway

S&S couplings and the Ritchey Breakaway system are two other options to consider if you plan on doing a lot of airline travel with a bike.


Wheel go on top
__________________
If someone tells you that you have enough bicycles and you don't need any more, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
gugie is offline  
Old 10-17-22, 10:36 AM
  #28  
gugie 
Bike Butcher of Portland
 
gugie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 11,199

Bikes: It's complicated.

Mentioned: 1242 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4409 Post(s)
Liked 4,750 Times in 1,973 Posts
Traveling with a fendered bike - Rinko!

Travelling with a metal fendered bike can be a challenge. With a couple of minor modifications it can be done relatively easily. The rear fender needs to be split, and it's highly recommended to use a sealed bearing headset as the fork needs to come off.


First layer


2nd and 3rd layer


hatches battened
__________________
If someone tells you that you have enough bicycles and you don't need any more, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
gugie is offline  
Old 10-17-22, 10:41 AM
  #29  
nlerner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 16,505
Mentioned: 448 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3441 Post(s)
Liked 5,308 Times in 2,175 Posts
Hmm, @gugie, seems like a lot of work. I think we need zero bikes stashed in multiple locations: Kalispell, MT, with @mountaindave; Tucson, AZ, with @Soup_Please; SF Bay Area with @BoltBreaker; NJ/PA with @rhm. What could go wrong?
nlerner is offline  
Old 10-17-22, 10:47 AM
  #30  
gugie 
Bike Butcher of Portland
 
gugie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 11,199

Bikes: It's complicated.

Mentioned: 1242 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4409 Post(s)
Liked 4,750 Times in 1,973 Posts
Originally Posted by nlerner
Hmm, @gugie, seems like a lot of work. I think we need zero bikes stashed in multiple locations: Kalispell, MT, with @mountaindave; Tucson, AZ, with @Soup_Please; SF Bay Area with @BoltBreaker; NJ/PA with @rhm. What could go wrong?
What, no room in the Brookline Bike Cave?

__________________
If someone tells you that you have enough bicycles and you don't need any more, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
gugie is offline  
Old 10-17-22, 10:51 AM
  #31  
nlerner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 16,505
Mentioned: 448 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3441 Post(s)
Liked 5,308 Times in 2,175 Posts
Originally Posted by gugie
What, no room in the Brookline Bike Cave?

Oh, there's room. But I don't need a zero bike there! Just being selfish.
nlerner is offline  
Old 10-17-22, 11:01 AM
  #32  
VRJAKE 
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 143

Bikes: Bakers dozen is the limit!

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Liked 250 Times in 81 Posts
Got this S&S Coupled Bilenky custom off eBay precisely because of the desire to travel with a "normal" bike using airline standard sized luggage. As has been said, oversize fees have been nil since the pandemic, but not when I got it (images from the auction and how it shipped to me in the S&S case). My travel companions have ridiculed me on the amount of disassembly and time it takes to put the bike together (about 1 beer's worth of time). Yet the bike is great, kind of an all rounder for road and gravel terrain. It's currently getting some Gugie love to add a fork, improve the front geometry and fabricate a front rack so there's some carrying capacity on this cross-style bike.


VRJAKE is offline  
Likes For VRJAKE:
Old 10-17-22, 11:35 AM
  #33  
Soup_Please
Newbie
 
Soup_Please's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 32

Bikes: '58 Paramount Track; '69 Lejeune; 2014 MAP S&P Project; 2018 Ritchey Road Breakaway; 2021 Ritchey Outback; 2022 Gilmour

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 34 Times in 10 Posts
I'm complete
Originally Posted by nlerner
Hmm, @gugie, seems like a lot of work. I think we need zero bikes stashed in multiple locations: Kalispell, MT, with @mountaindave; Tucson, AZ, with @Soup_Please; SF Bay Area with @BoltBreaker; NJ/PA with @rhm. What could go wrong?
For riders between 6'1" and 6'3", I have plenty of bikes already stashed here in the secure dry desert storage facility. I might consider stashing others, but given my propensity to switch parts around, they may not have the same components they arrived with when their owners come to ride them.

But as Gugie and others have suggested, Ritchey Breakaway and S&S are the way to go for frequent air travel. I've traveled with both a Ritchey Road Breakaway and a Ritchey Ascent and Outback Breakaways. I will say that rim brakes are your friends on a travel bike. The Ascent and Outback are disc and really need to have the discs removed to pack if you want to arrive with straight rotors.

I've just recently picked up a Brompton, and on account of its quick, small, secure fold, I think it is the best choice for city travel, public transport and throwing in compact cars. I did climb a 9,400' mountain on it last week, which wasn't bad either, although the 16" wheels don't roll over really bad frost heaves with the same ease as a 700c wheel.
Soup_Please is offline  
Likes For Soup_Please:
Old 10-17-22, 04:35 PM
  #34  
iab
Senior Member
 
iab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: NW Burbs, Chicago
Posts: 11,720
Mentioned: 191 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2754 Post(s)
Liked 2,885 Times in 1,148 Posts
Originally Posted by Mr. Spadoni
I assume that you are showing just the bottom part of the box(es) and there is a corresponding top sentino some they come together like a bakery box?
Yes, top looks like bottom. That way you get double-wall thickness on the sides. I add a loose heet to the top and bottom to get double-wall thickness there. Probably don't need the strength, but the 3-ounce weight penalty is insignificant.
iab is offline  
Old 10-17-22, 05:09 PM
  #35  
mountaindave 
tantum vehi
 
mountaindave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Flathead Valley, MT
Posts: 4,420

Bikes: More than I care to admit

Mentioned: 147 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1112 Post(s)
Liked 774 Times in 413 Posts
Originally Posted by nlerner
Hmm, @gugie, seems like a lot of work. I think we need zero bikes stashed in multiple locations: Kalispell, MT, with @mountaindave; Tucson, AZ, with @Soup_Please; SF Bay Area with @BoltBreaker; NJ/PA with @rhm. What could go wrong?
I have the ability to store as many bikes as needed using the infinite improbability shed. Once one calculates exactly how improbable it is to store an infinite number of bikes in my shed and feeds it into the finite probability generator (along with a pint of beer), the space is created out of thin air. However, side effects are known: one may find that their bike has been transmogrified into a bowl of petunias or a sperm whale.

You have been invited and warned.
mountaindave is offline  
Likes For mountaindave:
Old 10-17-22, 07:30 PM
  #36  
jiangshi
OFG in Exile
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,927
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 493 Post(s)
Liked 244 Times in 159 Posts
iab Do you glue the box flaps? With what adhesive?
jiangshi is offline  
Old 10-17-22, 07:52 PM
  #37  
iab
Senior Member
 
iab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: NW Burbs, Chicago
Posts: 11,720
Mentioned: 191 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2754 Post(s)
Liked 2,885 Times in 1,148 Posts
Originally Posted by jiangshi
iab Do you glue the box flaps? With what adhesive?
Hot glue. I don't know the particular brand. We have several types at work. I tried them all and used the one that worked best with polypropylene. It has held up to 2 shipments well. Once IL to CA and back, the other was IL to NC and back.
iab is offline  
Likes For iab:
Old 10-18-22, 12:03 AM
  #38  
Mr. Spadoni 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 778
Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 300 Post(s)
Liked 276 Times in 158 Posts
Originally Posted by iab
Hot glue. I don't know the particular brand. We have several types at work. I tried them all and used the one that worked best with polypropylene. It has held up to 2 shipments well. Once IL to CA and back, the other was IL to NC and back.
Polypro is slippery by nature, a PP specific glue is very important. 3M makes hot melt part 3731 specifically for PP. sure others make it but Iím a 3M fan


Mr. Spadoni is offline  
Likes For Mr. Spadoni:
Old 10-18-22, 11:05 AM
  #39  
davester
Senior Member
 
davester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Berkeley CA
Posts: 2,400

Bikes: 1981 Ron Cooper, 1974 Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 2000 Gary Fisher Sugar 1, 1986 Miyata 710, 1982 Raleigh "International"

Mentioned: 91 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 850 Post(s)
Liked 953 Times in 395 Posts
Originally Posted by mountaindave
I have the ability to store as many bikes as needed using the infinite improbability shed. Once one calculates exactly how improbable it is to store an infinite number of bikes in my shed and feeds it into the finite probability generator (along with a pint of beer), the space is created out of thin air. However, side effects are known: one may find that their bike has been transmogrified into a bowl of petunias or a sperm whale.

You have been invited and warned.
I've heard that very time you open the shed there are exactly 42 bikes in there.
davester is offline  
Likes For davester:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.