Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Flying to Colorado

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As I mentioned a while back, I'm currently flying out to Colorado for a couple of days, and then will be traveling to Wisconsin and will be hanging out there for a while.  I have a lot of personal stuff going on and will be traveling with my wife, so I didn't want to have the pressure of publishing a blog post every day that I'm gone.  So instead, I came up with the brilliant idea (not really my idea) of writing a whole week of posts ahead of time and scheduling them to come out on a daily basis while I'm gone.  The best part of this idea of adding even more blog work to the week before, is that it is also finals week and I have several massive tests to study for, and two long papers left to write (as of 4/27/2010).

Yes, this is a great idea! 

So while I'll be traveling the country, never fear, there will be new mountain biking content everyday to keep you satisfied here on Greg Rides Trails! Of course, as I'm traveling I'll definitely collect a bunch of content to share with you all when I get back. 

That's what's going on! Stay tuned for some great stuff coming over the next week!

Flying with a Bike

Bike Box
So in preparation for this trip to Colorado, I looked into what it would take to ship my wife's bike out there, as I will hopefully be catching my new Airborne ride when I'm out there.  Long story short: it is expensive! Expensive as in at least $130 expensive. As I wrote previously, one of the great things about road tripping is the fact that bike transportation isn't nearly as inhibited as it is on a plane.  When I wrote that post, I just had a rough idea of the headache going into transporting a bike cross country sans car.  Now after having hunted down a bike box and researched prices, I have an even better idea of the headache that sort of traveling entails. 

I'm not willing to go for it.  Nope, it's not worth the effort.  She isn't that passionate about riding anyway, and I'm pretty sure I can round up a bike for her to borrow in the different states we'll be in.  The costs and hassle of shipping or checking her bike far outweigh the benefits.  


Airborne Tank May 9, 2010 at 12:04 PM  

I could have told you that flying with a bike is expensive :) There is a service out there that specializes in shipping bikes that might be worth checking out. They advertise on MTBR.com and might be inclined to give a member of the flight crew a discount. Also, I've seen threads on MTBR.com where people have come up with creative solution for flying with a bike that allowed the bike to fit within airline's restrictions for normal checked baggage so they were only charged $25 per bag. Worth looking into IMO.

Regardless, have fun!!!

Greg Heil May 9, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

Thanks for the info man, even if it is a bit belated! Yeah, the whole bike thing didn't work out so well, but was able to borrow bikes both in Colorado and in Wisconsin... so everything is working out pretty well!

Definitely will look into it next time.

And yes, the trip is going really well! Got a ton of good riding in today. Good times!

Anonymous,  August 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM  

Check and see if Frontier flys where you want to go They don't charge at all for you check your boxed bike. That's what my dad does with his road bike when he goes out to montana. He's actually going back out this saturday with it.

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