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Forum: Touring
12-26-21, 06:03 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By BobG

Heh! Reminds me of a trip I took back in the...

Heh! Reminds me of a trip I took back in the '80s. I bicycled from my home in NH to White River Jct VT to catch the Amtrak to Montreal. I bought the official large bike box at the station in White...
Forum: Touring
12-25-21, 06:27 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, "building a box" at UPS meant cobbling...

FWIW, "building a box" at UPS meant cobbling together two boxes in the few cases where I have seen them pack bikes or other items that didn't fit a standard box. It wasn't something that was easy to...
Forum: Touring
12-24-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By staehpj1

You really can't be sure about what if any boxes...

You really can't be sure about what if any boxes will be available in a given town on short notice. Unpacking schedules may mean that the boxes are all gone on a given day. If you ask ahead of time...
Forum: Touring
12-24-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By indyfabz

Or…Maybe look into the possibility of making...

Or…Maybe look into the possibility of making arrangements with a LBS at the destination to box your bike while you relax with a beer or something. Also, maybe ship it home using ShipBikes.com or...
Forum: Touring
12-23-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By djb

Ive never had to remove a rear rack, and Ive...

Ive never had to remove a rear rack, and Ive never turned the bars 180 degrees either. Ive also usually been able to put the seatpost all the way down and the seat was at box top height---but I...
Forum: Touring
12-23-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By djb

hope it works out for you. Certainly sounds like...

hope it works out for you. Certainly sounds like the store manager really helped out, thats the sort of service that makes you remember them and return to support the business.
I personally have no...
Forum: Touring
12-23-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By indyfabz

Maybe I missed it, but is this an end-to-end trip...

Maybe I missed it, but is this an end-to-end trip or a loop?

In any event, to give you and idea about protection, this is my 60cm Surly LHT packed in an airline legal, corrugated plastic box for...
Forum: Touring
12-23-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By staehpj1

All of this reminds me I should probably just...

All of this reminds me I should probably just keep a box or two from a local bike shop on hand. It can sometimes be a hassle to find one when you need it, especially in a smallish city.. I...
Forum: Touring
12-22-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By mev

That has been my experience. Prior to the...

That has been my experience. Prior to the baggage feeds being added, I flew at least 25 times with my bike and was just able to pick up a box at a US airport. Occasionally, it one airline didn't...
Forum: Touring
12-22-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By BobG

For at least 30 years (my touring history with...

For at least 30 years (my touring history with flights) airlines had accepted and provided "Amtrak" sized boxes (or close to that size) of up to 126 linear inches that fit the entire bike with both...
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By tyrion

I used to put my bike in a box and get it in as...

I used to put my bike in a box and get it in as checked luggage back in the 90s, just give the curbside luggage person a $20 and he gets it on the plane. Doesn't work anymore after 9/11.
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By headwind15

As a bicycle store owner for over 12 years, I can...

As a bicycle store owner for over 12 years, I can tell you that cardboard boxes from bike shops are much smaller than the ones being discussed. The one in MSN's picture would likely be close to 54...
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 05:32 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I attached three photos, these are of my road...

I attached three photos, these are of my road bike when I unpacked it from the manufacturer. In other words, this is how the manufacturer packs a bike to be shipped all over the globe. (No, the canoe...
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 04:39 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, I've found Alaska Airlines...

For what it is worth, I've found Alaska Airlines to have some of the better boxes at least at airports I've flown most often. Not as large as a Amtrak box, but my large frame bike still fits by...
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 04:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By djb

didnt read all the posts, but I can add that a...

didnt read all the posts, but I can add that a box that is really big will allow more possibility of the bike moving around in transit, greatly increasing chances of damage. You really dont want the...
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By BobG

Kev, Does American Airlines go to your...

Kev,

Does American Airlines go to your destination? I see that they still have the old 126" (L+W+H) box limit ...
...
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 01:18 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By John N

Years ago (maybe 6), I used an Amtrak bike box on...

Years ago (maybe 6), I used an Amtrak bike box on SWA. I had gone from an Amtrak ride to SWA. The bike had the regular SWA fee, whatever it was at the time. The bike got dumped upside down...
Forum: Touring
12-20-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By indyfabz

L+W+D according to the measurement instructions. ...

L+W+D according to the measurement instructions.

https://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/baggage/baggage-fee-waivers-exceptions
Forum: Touring
12-20-21, 04:27 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By 7BikeTourist

I recently flew Alaska Airlines to Arizona and...

I recently flew Alaska Airlines to Arizona and checked a bike bag as regular luggage. This I believe is a recent change in the Alaska Airlines Policy

Below is the relevant content from their...
12-18-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 998
Posted By pastorbobnlnh

Here's a good picture of the ones I made from...

Here's a good picture of the ones I made from leather for my Lotus Super Pro Aero....
Forum: Southeast
12-13-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,850
Posted By indyfabz

Checked baggage service is not always needed....

Checked baggage service is not always needed. Depends on the service and the station. I used the Vermonter carry on service back in September to go from Philly to St. Albans, VT for the start of a...
Forum: Touring
12-12-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By tommymc

The Miami Dade Metro bus and rail system is...

The Miami Dade Metro bus and rail system is extensive and bike friendly. The Tri Rail line runs up the coast to Palm Beach County and the elevated Metro rail will carry you to downtown Miami. Both...
Forum: Southeast
12-12-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,850
Posted By alan s

Also, you can take a ferry from Key West to Ft....

Also, you can take a ferry from Key West to Ft. Myers, which will save a ton of time. Just don’t plan to stay in Key West unless to want to spend $500 a night for a hotel or camp for $100 a night.
Forum: Touring
12-09-21, 04:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By Slasharoo

I've ridden about ten miles south from Dania...

I've ridden about ten miles south from Dania Beach ( just south of the Ft. Lauderdale airport) to Haulover Beach park. The first 8 miles are pretty good, especially through Hollywood and the...
Forum: Southeast
12-01-21, 05:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,850
Posted By A350driver

If you want to see and ride in central Florida...

If you want to see and ride in central Florida there is an Amtrack train station in Sebring. We have a club that rides 5 days a week (no Tuesday or Thursday rides) starting at 7:30 am from the...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,841
Posted By raybo

I wrote a guide to riding from SF to LA...

I wrote a guide to riding from SF to LA (https://www.biketouringtips.com/showTipComments.php?tipID=2130) that might be of interest to you. There are stores in Carmel, Pfeiffer-Big Sur, and Cambria....
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