Bike Travel | How to Travel with Your Bike
August 2nd, 2017 by admin
How to Travel with your Bike
Before you get to know how you can travel with your bike, you need to be aware of some things. The number one thing is that traveling with your bike is not easy. It can give you a headache. So you need to be prepared for that before you plan to carry your bike with you as you tour the globe.
The second thing, however, is that traveling with your bike is possible and it shouldn’t necessarily be a gut wrenching experience. You can transport your bike so easily and without much struggle. So do not be scared by the many scary stories you have read or heard about bike travels. Once you are aware of this, you are ready to go with your trusty steed wherever you want.
Is the main aim of your travel to ride a bike and you are totally in love with it? Then no doubt you need to travel with your bike. Renting a bike can be an option you are thinking of, but honestly, you cannot have much fun when riding on a rented bike. So bring your own. If you don’t have one, visit a bike shop and have your own. There are great bikes that don’t cost much and you can even find some of the best mountain bikes under 500. You don’t have to spend so dearly to go for a cycling vacation.
Once you have your bike, you need to know one or two things concerning its dissembling and assembling. The reason is that you will need to pack your bike and you can’t do that simply by sliding the whole bike into a bike bag. Also, at the end of your journey, you will need to put it up together for you to enjoy a ride. Finding someone to assemble the bike for you in a foreign land can be hard. So make sure you know some basics.
Pack the following:
- Multi tool
- Spare tubes
- Tire Levers
- Patch Kit
- If possible a Torque Wrench
- Allen keys
Disassembling your bike
To pack your bike, you will need to disassemble some of its parts. The kind of a packaging you will use will determine how much dissembling your bike will need. Bike bags like the Scicon will require the least amount of dissembling. On the other hand, an Orucase will require you to remove the fork, stem, wheels, and the rear derailleur and adjust the seat height. The majority of the travel bags like the ever famous Evoc will require you to remove only the handlebars and the pedals.
Checking with Your Airline
So you have packed your bike well, and you can’t wait for the day of travel to arrive. You also need to check how much your airline charges for bikes. You don’t want your joy to be cut short at the airport by the clerk when they ask you for money. Different airlines have different charges.
On the lower end, prepare to pay $25 and on the upper end $200. If you are traveling with a discount airline be careful to investigate how much they will charge you to travel with your bike. It’s often better to fly with a major airline that has less charge for bikes than a discount airline that may end up charging you $20 per kilogram.
At the Airport
Before flying, your bag will be checked. When the bag is checked mentioning of the word bike may land you in a surcharge. Instead of saying” this is a bike” you can say “am checking my overweight baggage.” Most likely, it will save you additional charges. If you are prompted, you can better say they are sporting goods. The airport staff can often show you mercy, so be patient. Starting your conversation with a smile can also save you.
Many people are nowadays flying with their bikes, so always expect to pay attention to the airline’s regulations and be happy when the airport clerks don’t charge you.
From the airport
If you are traveling alone, there is not much an issue. However, if you are travelling with your family, you will need to hire a van. In some cities, this can be hard. Therefore planning ahead of time is a great idea. If you are alone, you can assemble your bike and ride from the airport.
For you to enjoy your trip, you need a great bike. Not all bikes can give you an exceptional cycling experience in a foreign land. Getting the best full suspension mountain bike will give you the experience you have longed for. Purchase one, buy a bike bag for its packaging, dismantle it and pack and enjoy your journey.