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I’m not going to sugar coat this. Travelling with bikes is a headache, especially flying internationally. No matter how many times you do it, you always worry about whether your bike is going to make it unscathed and let’s not start on the hassle of lugging a bike around the airport.
However, there are a few things you can do that will ease your worries, wallet, and wear and tear.
Before you book your flights and make holiday plans do your research:
Once you check your bike bag in at the airport you will have no control over how it will be handled. Prepare your bike to get thrown around in its packaging. Areas to consider:
If your bike is going to be considered a piece of luggage then with all its packaging it will most likely need to be under the weight allowance. This is normally 23kg, but double check with your airline. I typically remove my pedals and put them with any spare parts in my other luggage to save weight.
Try to get a good bag or hard box to transport your bike. Cardboard boxes are a last resort as they don’t hold up well to rain and general wear and tear. Personally I have always used an EVOC bike bag as I love:
Inside the bag/box use bubble wrap, clothes, and corrugated cardboard on your bike to protect vulnerable areas. I also use my knee pads and chamois to protect my frame.
Through trial and error, and unfortunately a few damaged parts over the years of travelling with bikes I’ve learnt to:
All this may seem like a lot of effort, and maybe a bit of paranoia, but it’s worth it when your bike turns up undamaged, and immediately ready for your vacation.
If travelling with your bike sounds like too much hassle, or if you’d like to ride something more suitable to the terrain of where you are visiting, renting a bike may be a better option.
In Whistler, the bike terrain is a lot more rugged them most areas. Then, there’s the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. For Whistler you will want a burlier mountain bike, ideally one with at least 150mm of travel.
There are many pros to renting a bike instead of bringing your own:
Hopefully I haven’t completely put you off travelling with bikes internationally. However, it’s clear that in some instances, it’s not the right course of action.
If you are planning to rent a bike here are a few tips to help get your bike set up and on the trails quicker and smoother:
If you are considering renting a bike for your Whistler bike trip check out Arbutus Routes’ full fleet of downhill, all mountain, cross country and road bikes to rent. Or if you are unfortunate and something goes wrong with your bike in transit pop by the store and we will be sure to help you out.
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