- Bike for travelling?
I’m hoping to start a new career in the next 6 months which will involve travelling a fair bit… Along the lines of 6 weeks away, and 3 weeks at home.
With that in mind, considering travelling with a bike and the difficulties involved. I’ll be pitching up at a major airport (probably Glasgow), flying to another destination (probably a couple of hops), before jumping in a taxi to go to the accomodation.
My bike is a 27lb carbon frame full sus trail bike. Even if I went simpler with a hardtail I wouldn’t save much weight. I’m more concerened about the size once packed up. Don’t want to arrive at the other end and non of the taxi’s are able to carry a bike box/bag.
Any experience of this kind of travelling? Hints/tips/suggestions to get a hardtail to make life easier? Anyone had work pay for the flights but they’ve paid for the bike to travel seperately?
Ta!Posted 5 years agoTooTallMember
Are you going to the same destinations on a regular basis? Might be easier to sort a bike there.Posted 5 years ago
Depends where you are and what you do, but the thought of hauling a bike on multiple flights and convincing a hotelier that it’ll be fine in my room for weeks at a time doesn’t sound like fun. I’d try and sort something there.
SandS couplers on a frame would be a better option if you insist on taking a bike.
Depending on how much faff you want…all full-sus frames can have the rear removed. Failing that, so can an Ibis Tranny or the soft-tail frame I’m selling. I don’t think I’d ever pay the premimum for S&S couplers unless I was in the market for a custom steel frame already.
EDIT: Tranny already mentioned.Posted 5 years ago
I can’t bring myself to go from a 5″ carbon trail bike to a brompton!
Not even if I do you a Brompton with Rohloff and disc brakes? 😉
Edit: Yup, I’d also be thinking Rhino – I built a pair of those a few years ago for a couple who were off to ride the Silk Road (or bits of it or something).Posted 5 years agomyheadsashedSubscriber
Just read a site from a guy who packed an Ibis Mojo within a 62″ box so it qualified as luggage… Involves removing a bolt from the swingarm so it folds better, again that’s maybe an option.
I do like the Ibis Tranny though!
Unsure of destinations at the moment, but I like planning ahead and this is giving me something to do at the moment as work is slow!
Might break my bike down this weekend as I’ve never removed the pivots before, might be worth a shot.Posted 5 years ago
The seatpost connection is probably fine – I’m not sure one-bolt clamps are enough to resist the rotational forces, but whatever. But that collar thing on the down tube – one bolt holding that on? And that collar will wear – also very critical that it doesn’t bottom out.
I’m probably spoiled by the S&S couplings, to be honest.Posted 5 years ago
This one is interesting, evidently the clamp was stronger than the frame:
Interesting – though that’s pedaling forces that have done that – the ST/BB joint is under a lot of stress.
I guess it just looks a bit of a fudge to me – I remember seeing some Chinese-made folding bikes a while ago that used plumbing fittings, though 😉
My other worry is that you’re reliant on that collar thing, and if that gets lost in transit…Posted 5 years agoneninjaMember
That’s what I’d wantPosted 5 years ago
I think you would just disconnect the mech and brake caliper. You wouldn’t want them left on the outside of the frame anyway.
The only thing that would be straight forward would be a bike with a interupted rear mech cable and rim brakes…then you could use quick-release cable connectors.Posted 5 years ago
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