Has anybody done this? Thinking about if for this year but haven't taken my bike on a plane before so have a couple of questions if anybody can kindly help;
Getting the bike on the plane - Having looked on some of the bike forums via Google box seems the preferred option over bag with maybe renting from LBS. Is that the most cost effective safe option? And how much extra does the airline charge you typically?
Parking bike at hotel - Whats the quickest way to identify a hotel that has somewhere safe to lock your bike up? Is it a matter of simply finding a hotel close by to the start and then ringing to see if they have the facilities? Don't suppose they let you keep them in your room!
Any help greatly appreciated
NTL if you are referring to the Challenge Barcelona tri (Iron-length)- its the first year this year.
Boxes- hard cases are more expensive than bags, not all LBSs have boxes for rent (my local one charges around £40 for the week). If you're only flying once then cheaper to rent. Some airlines do not charge for bike boxes (e.g. BA), some of the cheaper ones will do, you may also get stung for a handling charge by the airport.
Most IM type photos I've seen do feature bikes in hotel rooms.
No FF, not the Challange Barcelona Tri, may be tempted one day but a 112 mile cycle is way too scary right now so sticking to Oly's It's this one I'm looking at: http://www.garminbarcelonatriathlon.com/
Interesting re keeping the bike in the room, wasn't expecting that, makes one part of the trip a lot easier.
I think BA have backed down on the extra charge? I certainly I couldn't find a tick box for bike box when booking flights to ZUE and their website still seems to imply that a box can go free (linky)
Edit: Having just read the small print it seems they could charge....
We will accept all single bicycle bags as illustrated, but these may be subject to additional fees.
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