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Old 06-07-2012, 02:56 AM   #201
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I'm flying up to Sacto to do a Livestrong ride in Davis later this month, which means I gotta get my bike up there.

Current plan is to send my bike up there via Amtrak. They sell bike boxes at the station for $15, and the guy gave me a rough estimate of about $28 to go LA to Sacto. That's WAY cheaper than shipping or trying to check through as baggage on the flight.

So the process is put the bike in the car, drive to Amtrak in LA, remove pedals and loosen/swivel handlebars, bike goes into Amtrak box with both wheels still attached, box goes on the train, I fly to Sacto (following day), pick up box from Amtrak station there, reassemble and ride. Hold onto box and reverse the process for the return. Since I can't fit the box in my car, and it might be done after being used for 2 trips anyway, I'll leave the box at Amtrak in LA and the $15 will just be a "loss".

Amtrak Express says: Regular bicycles, tandem bicycles and unicycles may be shipped on Amtrak Express. Bikes must be securely packed in a box; you may bring your own box or purchase one at the station (call ahead for details and to make sure that boxes are available). Bicycles are generally exempt from Amtrak Express size requirements.

The Amtrak box is 69" x 41" x 8.5", which means minimal disassembly of the bike.

I've looked at soft cases and hard cases, the Air Caddy, and thought about a free box from my LBS. But I just don't foresee flying to that many bike rides (if I drive, the bike just goes in/on the car), so I'm not sure buying a case makes sense for me. Plus, in my apt, I don't really have a place to store it the other 360 days/year.

Also, some of the cases and the lbs box require a lot more disassembly than I'd enjoy, and still don't get underneath the airline's oversize dimension limits. So that means you take a spanking on the baggage fees. There are stories online of people skirting it by saying it's not a bike, but it sounds like a roll of the dice, and once you're standing at the counter, it's too late to do anything else if they decide to charge you.

I have the additional issue of only having my Ci to get to and from the airport. Even with the seats folded down, an lbs box, the Air Caddy and/or the Amtrak box won't fit in my car. There are times I miss my Explorer.

Anyway, that's the plan. Any input from peeps that have traveled with/flown with/shipped their bike before?
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:46 AM   #202
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:22 AM   #203
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Anyone else use the iOS app "cyclometer?". I love it! Stats and logs galore. I got a handlebar mount so I can keep an eye on it.

Sorry if this is a repeat, I didnt scan over the whole thread.


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Old 06-07-2012, 08:25 AM   #204
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. . .Anyway, that's the plan. Any input from peeps that have traveled with/flown with/shipped their bike before?
When I got my last bike - a friend of mine 's first question was "does it fold up?" I'm like WTF? "no, this is sort of an expensive, nice bike - not sky mall catalog $hit". He was like "hmmm ok"

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Anyone else use the iOS app "cyclometer?". I love it! Stats and logs galore. I got a handlebar mount so I can keep an eye on it.

Sorry if this is a repeat, I didnt scan over the whole thread.


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I use it from time to time because I'm too cheap to buy a computer
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:09 AM   #206
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I use it from time to time because I'm too cheap to buy a computer
I use it b/c I like to minimize device count so as not to look like a university experiment hah, and also I love google maps export so I can view on my computer.

PS google maps is going 3D this summer! www.macrumors.com

We should have a friendly group sharing/ encouragement and all post our rides to a shared google map. Anyone else have the ability to export?
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:33 AM   #207
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I use it b/c I like to minimize device count so as not to look like a university experiment hah, and also I love google maps export so I can view on my computer.

PS google maps is going 3D this summer! www.macrumors.com

We should have a friendly group sharing/ encouragement and all post our rides to a shared google map. Anyone else have the ability to export?
I use a Garmin computer. I download the ride data to Garmin Training Center on my pc, and I can then view the route in Google Earth. Its just the route, though, no other data.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:44 PM   #208
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Did Livestrong Davis yesterday. I rode the 65 mile route (turned out to be 68.6 according to Garmin), my buddy rode the 100.

It was a nice event, really well organized, tons of volunteers, good support at the rest stops, good lunch and 1 free beer for each rider at the end.

Was sooooooooooo blissfully flat. I would totally recommend this ride for someone that's doing an intermediate distance or a century for the first time because there's so little climbing. The published elevation chart shows an elevation gain of 436' for the 65 mile ride.

My Garmin shows a total of 768' elevation gain, but it also shows 610' in descent, so it thinks the finish line went up by 158' during the ride. IIRC the altimeter is barometric, so maybe a low pressure front was creeping in during the day.

Regardless, it was a great event, good weather, was a little windy in the afternoon, but nothing too bad. We were on mostly rural farm roads, so there was almost no car traffic.

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Old 06-26-2012, 12:12 AM   #209
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:12 AM   #210
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:30 PM   #211
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I'm flying up to Sacto to do a Livestrong ride in Davis later this month, which means I gotta get my bike up there.

Current plan is to send my bike up there via Amtrak. They sell bike boxes at the station for $15, and the guy gave me a rough estimate of about $28 to go LA to Sacto. That's WAY cheaper than shipping or trying to check through as baggage on the flight.

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So Amtrak worked out OK.

I bought one of their bike boxes for $15. It lasted fine for the trip Union Station (LAX) - Sacto Station - my buddy's house in the back of his pickup - Sacto Station - LAX. The box probably could have made another round trip or two, but I had no practical way to get it home from the station, so I left it at Union Station for them to recycle.

The box is huge (69 x 41 x 8.5 in, 175 x 104 x 22 cm). I took the pedals off and unbolted the handlebar from the stem, wrapped it in a towel and laid it over the top tube, then just rolled the bike into the box with both wheels still in place. If I do this again, I'll probably bring a second towel and drape it over the rear wheel to cover the rear derailleur. The bike seems to have made the trip with no dings, scratches or crunches.

Besides the towel I put around the bars (which actually helped make a snug fit inside the box at the front of the bike so the bike couldn't flop around), there's no protection inside the box. If someone lays the box on it's side and puts stuff on top of it, the bike could get smushed. If someone drives a forklift into the side of it, the bike wouldn't stand a chance. A proper bike hard case probably affords more protection from such abuses.

On the other hand, baggage at Amtrak doesn't seem to go through what airlines put it through.

Each leg of the Union Station to Sacto trip was $34, so that's $68 round trip. Add in the box, and a couple of $s I tipped at each end when I asked them to take good care of my bike, and the total expense was about $90. I assume the $34 would change depending on the route.

Overall, it worked out great, and was a lot cheaper than shipping or checking on the plane, and required a lot less bike disassembly than either of those would.

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Moved last weekend, not on the beach any more However my new loop still takes me right by my old place with the added bonus that my entire ride isn't on the beach any more so I'm not battling the wind for the duration of my ride, not to mention I'm getting a little elevation change now.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:39 PM   #213
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Moved last weekend, not on the beach any more However my new loop still takes me right by my old place with the added bonus that my entire ride isn't on the beach any more so I'm not battling the wind for the duration of my ride, not to mention I'm getting a little elevation change now.
How are your arms/hands doing?
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Better. I think changing my seat height helped out.
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Hey man, just a tip: You might enjoy that better on the road.
LOL It's a "roofie".

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Old 07-12-2012, 11:34 PM   #218
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On Sunday, I rode over to Manhattan Beach for the MB Grand Prix. I spectated at Tour of CA stages before, so I kinda knew what to expect as far as speeds, but this course was easy to walk around and find good spots to watch from.

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Got 15 miles in yesterday and felt like I could have kept going when I got done, which was a great feeling because I haven't been riding as much as I'd like the past couple weeks. On a side note, watching cycling in the Olympics made me feel like a piece of sh!t. 120 miles into it the guys were still able to stand up and sprint to the finish, unreal.
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