The bike bag, flight, hire car, family, space connundrum

Regardless of how many blokes you can fit inside a Mini, this doesn't appear to work.

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15/07/2013 at 16:03

Not been on for a while. In the unlikely event that anybody noticed, sorry. Hope that in my absence you've all become toned, hard-bodied performers rather than people who lurk in here, dreaming up futile extensions to the pirate kit brand empire .

I'm off to France for Alpe d'Huez tri next week. Just picked up a bike bag for my first foray overseas and horrified at how big it is. The plan is to fly to Geneva with wife, kids and bike, pick up a hire car, drive to Bourg. But it looks like I'd have more chance of packing family, bike and hire car in the bag than fitting family and bike in a car.

I had a look through old threads and can't find anything that covers this. But I can't imagine I'm the first to be flumoxed in this way. So what do you tend to do, folks, please? Do you just strap the big bugger to the roof? Send the kids by courier?

Any suggestions, please? Otherwise, I reckon I may be facing a DNS. Thanks!

seren nos yn canu    pirate
15/07/2013 at 16:21

leave the kids at home............or hire a car with roof bars and rack..or hire a car with bike rack on teh back

Cheerful Dave    pirate
15/07/2013 at 16:26

In the unlikely event that you're travelling with another family then I can confirm that two adults and two bike boxes will go into a VW Golf, while two adults, 3 children and all the other luggage will fit in another.

Failing that, hire a very big car (Volvo estate should do the trick), get one with roof bars or take a tip from this site:

http://www.enjoyoisans.com/location.asp

which suggests that you let the missus drive the kids from geneva, while you get the airport coach transfer to grenoble and bus from there to Bourg.

Or, get in touch with the folks at Nirvana or Sportstours, who both do organised trips to that event and see if they can transfer your bike for you.  Odds are, one of them is meeting people off your flight anyway.

Good luck, it's one on my bucket list so the more 'great trip' stories I can show the missus the better.

15/07/2013 at 16:32

what bike bag is it??  most of them tend to be fairly standard sizes and are pretty generic unless you have one of the fancy new ones with inflatable bladders internally (and very expensive).  but undoubtedly they do take up a lot of car space!!  you should have thought of that before booking the flights....  

just do a bigger car hire or as seren suggests

 

cougie    pirate
15/07/2013 at 16:33
Hire a bike for the tri maybe ?
Or get a bigger car ?
Unpack the bike at Geneva and leave the bag in left luggage there (check they have one)

My preferred solution is to leave the family at home - but I think this might not work for you.....
The Silent Assassin    pirate
15/07/2013 at 16:50

Put the kids and wife on the roof rack, loads of room then for the bike bag in car and it dosen't ask questions like"are we there yet?"

 

15/07/2013 at 17:17

One of the reasons why I am driving to Embrun.  Sticking the bike on a bike rack on the back and with a roof box I just about fit the 2 kids and missus in the car.  

 

Cake    pirate
15/07/2013 at 17:19

You could stick the bike bag on the back set and stick the kids in the boot maybe?

Want about getting a taxi/train to the airport just for you and the bike (assuming your better half drives) would that work out cheaper?

15/07/2013 at 17:35

Thanks all for some helpful ideas. I think I'll upgrade to a big old estate and hope it fits in the boot. Failing that, I guess I'll be following your advice Dave/Cougie, and bidding au revoir to the family at Geneva and travelling solo from there to Bourg. Just spoke to Brendan at Nirvana though, and he mentioned up to E400 for a one-way transfer with a bike bag/box .

All this stress has quite put me off my training for the last 3 months. KNEW I should have gone back to Tenby . Or become real serious about Marshalling .

Edited: 15/07/2013 at 17:36
seren nos yn canu    pirate
15/07/2013 at 17:37

I can pack my bike ontop of the luggage in teh back of my safira no problem so you should be ok with an estate

 

15/07/2013 at 18:22

Put the wife, kids and luggage in the car, and ride the bike to Alpe d'Huez!

 

 

Dustboy    pirate
15/07/2013 at 22:27

I think Coach Bassos said that my Wiggle bike bag was so big, it looked like you just put it on teh runway with wings sticking out of it. They can be quite a size.

17/07/2013 at 16:37

Hire a Berlingo (or similar) - the bike box stands up in those. Also get a taxi to the airport (explaining to them that you have a big box!)

 

 

IronCat5    pirate
17/07/2013 at 17:31

Are you picking up a hire car on the French side of GVA airport?

It'll be cheaper, 'preloved' aka dented and they'll care less about any damage done. It may be cheap enough to hire 2 cars.

You'll need to buy a Vignette for using Swiss motorways (~30-40€) or just drive on the French roads all the way to Alpe D'Huez.


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