Cycling in Sydney Australia
I am mixed about what to buy buy I definitely need a decent quality one. Which one should I get and why?
I do own a soft bag (double) but it is to big and made from the lowest level construction. (I got it because of train travel in Japan. It was a easy sleave to put the bike in but horrible to carry.
I will be hopping around the globe in July by planes trains and ferrys.
Looking forward to you points of view. Please consider the 20kg limit.
Amsterdam, Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest back to Amsterdam
I was thinking one of these.
nice and neat and not excessive
subtotal A$139 : freight A$7 : total A$146
If i am feeling fragile I guess I can put the whole bag into a bike box.
Hi yogi, I have not yet travelled overseas with my bike (and have only ever used a cardboard box for interstate. however, the topic has been discussed at length on the BN chat emails and here is what one seasoned traveller had to say:
I would be happier with you using a hard case.
That way you can carry the mint 1985 60cm Puch Ultima (that you will find for me in when you are in Vienna) home safely.
But, all GE stuff is good but I never used the bags. I think a cheap foam sleeping/camping mat cut up to add some bulk around the wheels may help.
I borrowed a version of their simpler bag http://www.groundeffect.co.nz/product-detail-BOD-BAG.htm from the saintly BikeSaint when I went overseas in 09.
Used a cardboard box for the flights to and from Zurich ... the rest of the time I was catching trains, and the bike bag was GOLD for that. You can carry it long distances using the shoulder straps; it gets onto trains easily. So if you're going overland between those destinations, that'd be my advice. Use the cardboard box for protection on flights.
That said, someone at Singapore put a big weight on my bike box on the return leg, buckling the wheel. It's made me wonder whether having the bike in a soft bag would make the baggage handlers treat it more gently. Much like the "motorists drive closer to cyclists wearing a xxxxxx" debate.
Just put it into a bike box. Bike bags are too cumbersome and you still need to add extra protection like cardboard. Who are you flying with and how are you travelling between countries?
I have heard from a lot of other travelling cyclists that they don't pack their bikes but get the staff to wheel their bikes onto the cargo hold. I wouldn't do that. I have seen some amazing bike packing in my time, including a couple who just bubble wrapped their whole bike (including pedals). They didn't even turn their handlebars.
I have heard from a lot of other travelling cyclists that they don't pack their bikes but get the staff to wheel their bikes onto the cargo hold.
I've heard of this but I wouldn't fancy trying it. Maybe on Lao Air but certainly not on Qantas etc.
"To be accepted for carriage, bicycles must be suitably packed in a bike box. Bike boxes can be purchased from most Australian Qantas Terminals. Customers can travel with their own bike box, however it must not exceed the dimensions and must be properly and securely packed."