Transporting Your Bike?

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  • #2546
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    Harrison Shao
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      Bike Transportation Options
      I did some research on transporting my bike across the country and a few readers might benefit from my findings.
      GREYHOUND. I’ve never tried it. It’s cheaper than flying and you’re required to bring your own bike box. Some cycling enthusiasts wore by it and have been loyal. My understanding is Greyhound is a franchise and how they handle bike boxes with other luggages can be eye wrenching.
      GREYHOUND PACKAGE EXPRESS. There’s also this. Never tried it.
      VELOFIX. $150 one way. You give your bike to a velofix person. They dissemble, box it, send it to a nearby VELOFIX franchise, assemble, and delivered to your hotel room.
      AMTRAK. 2 Personal Items Free. 2 Free Checked Items. This works if you’re on a train that’s doesn’t involve layovers. Cheaper overall than flying but may take days. Plus side, you can sleep over night while on the train.
      You can also ship your bike from an AMTRAK station (that has checking) to another major AMTRAK station. 2016 rate for shipping from Los Angeles to Virginia was $80. 2 weeks to transport.
      SHIP BY AIR. It’s like FEDEX. You still have to disassemble, package and ship.
      TRIBIKE TRANSPORT. Pricey. Bring it to a partnering bike shop, they’ll dissemble and it’ll be reassemble at or near the race start. When finished, bring it back to their tent and they’ll dissemble the bike and send it back to the partnering bike shop.
      FLYING. Price ranges from $80 to $250 one way. Each airlines have their own sports equipment rule and may overrule the oversize rule. Majority do not. If you’re flying United, package it well.
      OCEAN FREIGHT. You can. This is, however, overkill. If you’re shipping a cargo full of bikes, would be cost effective. If it’s just one, or two, or three, choose another option.

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      Sara Clifford Randolph
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        I’ve used Tri-bike Transport for a race and it’s nice to walk up to a race and have your bike waiting for you but there is a big cost associated with that convenience. In my experience with them – I had to drop my bike off about 1.5 weeks early and pick it up a week after my race.

        I prefer to check my bike with the airline that i’m traveling with. I purchased a bike bag 3 years ago for less than $500. I only need to take off the seat, remove the pedals, and secure the handle bars to the side. The tires fit in the side of the bike bag. Y

        Virgin America charges $50 each way for transporting a bike and who doesn’t love the pre-flight safety movie on Virgin America 🙂

        The cheapest I’ve paid to fly with my bike is $1 each way on Air New Zealand …. I was a little worried about the reasonable charge for flying with my bike – but it didn’t seem to be thrown around any more than any other airline 🙂

        Some airlines will charge an additional fee if you bike/bag weighs more than 50 lbs. Sometimes you get lucky and they won’t charge an extra fee even if it’s more than 50 lbs.

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        Nate Rusch
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          I’ve traveled with my bike twice, once from LA to Michigan with TriBike Transport and once from LA to Germany in a Scicon AeroComfort. Hands down, I recommend the Scicon. TBT was pretty pricey, but it was nice to show up to the race and have your bike ready for you. TBT also means that you lose your bike for a week or two before and after your race.

          Unfortunately, TBT wasn’t servicing Challenge Roth, so I had to bring my bike with me. The cost of buying the bag used (Thanks CalTri member) + oversized bike fare was less than TBT. Plus, the Scicon fit in the back of my rented VW golf and I only had to remove the wheels and pedals. Seat and handlebars stayed put. It also meant that I had my bike during my taper once I was in Europe. I was worried about it being damaged in a soft case, but I packed my tri clothes and nutrition around it and covered all the carbon with foam pipe.

          Don’t already have a case? If you’re in LA and are looking to borrow mine, let me know. Rentals cost one beer/week.

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