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Questions tagged [transportation]

This tag should be used for all questions dealing with the transportation of bicycles from one place to another (not using the bikes themselves as a form of transportation)

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Mini-van for bicycle

I realize this is on the edge of asking for a "product recommendation", and is also likely to be viewed as "off-topic" by some because it's not directly about bicycles, but I need to get a new motor ...
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Public Transportation Bike Rack Size

I have TX36 E bike. Had no idea when purchased that the overall length is 6 feet (183 cm) which is probably 6 inches (15 cm) longer than most bicycles. It does not fit into both front and rear tire ...
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Hitch mounted bike rack swaying

Should hitch mounted bike racks move or sway when traveling? My current one (1.25", two bike trays with arms clamping on the tire) will sway and move when traveling with bikes on it. During the ...
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How to carry a bike box from the start to end of the trip?

I'm planning for a cycling trip from Srinagar (starting point) to Leh (Ending point) approx 450 kms. Going to Srinagar in Flight and coming back to my city from Leh via flight only. So, I have to pack ...
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Can I move one bike with a second bike with a QR and carrier-rack attachment?

I thought of drilling a hole in a rear rack then put the quick release in, therefore securing the bicycle on the rack and making it possible to move a bike with another to another place that seems ...
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Could you advise me on budget folding bikes [closed]

I figured the best way for me to commute to work (3 - 4km) during the summer may be riding a bike. The problem is that I live on the fifth floor and there's no elevator in my building, thus I need ...
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What can one damage by bending the wheel?

What parts may be damaged by bending rear wheel manually with very high force? My father bent rear wheel several times with such high force that the tire contacted the seat stays. Could he have ...
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How to effectively hitch a bicycle with a scooter?

Background: I was getting back home from school one day but noticed the front tire of my cycle was deflated. The nearby shops were closed that day, and I had to walk nearly than two kilometers to get ...
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How do airlines calculate the cost of a Brompton? [closed]

How do airlines calculate what to charge for a Brompton in a bag as checked luggage? I’m flying on Iberia and from their website it looks like they will charge me US$75 to take it from BOS to BCN, ...
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Bike travel bags, hard cases, and homemade bags

I am regularly using airplanes for transportation between race destinations. In fact, travelling with a bike is always a very stressful situation. Usually, I am very afraid when I have stopovers, ...
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Possible to fit 7 Bikes in a Van/SUV?

I am going on a long 200 mile tour over 3 days with six other people. We are riding down to Washington DC and then renting a car to drive back. We thought we could rent a Van or SUV and have two ...
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Multimodal - Packing a bike for a trip with several different transport stages [duplicate]

In few months we are going to visit Japan to cycle the 88 Temples pilgrimage there, and therefore we want to take our bikes with us. Neglecting the transport from home to the airport, I will need to ...
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Bike Rack (w/hitch) - Any easy-to-remove anti-wobble bolts/pins?

I've just purchased a hitch for my car and the Allen S535 bike rack. It comes with an anti-wobble bolt that is screwed onto the hitch but it is very time consuming when I need to remove the rack off ...
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Will trailer be my best option? If not, what is?

I need to take a backpack with me that's literally wider than my body and about as tall as my torso and neck, it weighs around 15-20kg. What I'm concerned about is roads that aren't so good or ...
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Protecting bikes from elements when traveling suspended on hitch bike rack

I'll be traveling this summer (1000km each way, with one stop in between) and would like to take our bikes (4) along with us. I have a Thule Apex installed in a 1.25" hitch that will be host to 2 ...
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Preventing staining of clothes when carrying bike

Is there any reliable way to carry a bike (of non-insignificant weight) without ruining the clothes one's wearing? I live in a part of the world where millions of people ride in plain clothes every ...
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Packing bikes to send overseas

I just bought two bikes in Australia and I'm wondering the best way to pack them and ship them to my country. They're sitting at a relatives house right now. I'll probably send by ship due to cost so ...
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Minimalist setup for a “travelling bike mechanic”?

I have very little living/working space of my own and so, in order to keep my personal bike in working order, I need to be able to transport "bike mechanic stuff" (e.g. tools, screws, cables, inner ...
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How do I remove the axle protector after shipping

I recently purchased a road bike, and while assembling it I found a piece of plastic to protect the bottom of the fork legs. A mountain biker, I always used different protection for that part and am ...
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Would it be better to fly with my full-size road bike or rent at the destination?

I'm trying to weigh whether to fly from Ireland with my full-size road bike during my vacation in Italy or to rent at the destination. Can you give me some rough sense of the costs involved and how I ...
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What is the best way to secure a bike on a bus bike rack?

This question involved a bicycle stolen off the front of a San Francisco muni bus. Up to now, I never thought much about how vulnerable my steed is on a bus. What is the best way to secure a bicycle ...
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How to safely transport a Brompton by air?

I now own a Brompton folding bike.  (Fortunately, I bought my plane tickets first, as I am also now broke!) Anyone here ever checked one into baggage in a B-bag, and suffer damage?  If so, what parts ...
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B.o.B Yak Trailer on car

Any suggestions for how to carry a B.o.B. Yak (or Ibex) on a roof rack? I drive a small station wagon and the trailer is a bit big to fit comfortably in the car with our other gear when we travel with ...
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Should disc brake rotors be removed when packing bike for travel?

I've been looking at a few tutorials on packing a bike to take it on a plane, and most of them make no mention of disc brakes. One did specifically mention disc brakes, and recommended taking the ...
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What is the most secure bike rack for long distance travel? [duplicate]

I'm looking to transport my bike a fair distance (500km) and I would like to spend $150 or less on the transport. I currently have a strap mounted trunk rack but I worry about it loosening over the ...
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Are there special concerns traveling by plane carrying Air shocks?

Are there any special concerns or precautions to take when traveling by plane with a bike that has air shock or air fork? Is it necesary to take the air out or is it safe to leave them as they are? ...
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Guidelines for building a road bike

I am planning to build a road bike for 5-10km transportation purposes and I want to build it part by part because I only earn $30 to $60 per semi-month (monthly bills are included, that's what I earn ...
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Cyclocross on airplane

I'm planning on flying to Japan for a bicycle vacation early this spring. Having had a look at flight bags, I'm puzzled. They are expensive, weigh tons and are huge, I couldn't feasibly bring them ...
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How to transport bulky things on a bike

I am a hobby musician and would like to transport my instruments on my bike because there are just a few parking lots and it is too far to walk. Is there a good and safe way to carry a trombone, ...
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How much does a typical cardboard bike box weigh?

Exactly as per the title. This is surprisingly hard for me to google. I found one estimate of about 10 pounds, and the tech at my LBS "guesses" that a standard 30 x 8 x 53 box weighs 2 pounds. For ...
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Is it ok for the trunk bike rack to rest against the glass of a hatchback?

I feel like this is one of those obvious questions, but I have been unsuccessful at finding an answer (even in the manual for the rack!). I just purchased a bike rack (only holds 2 bikes) for my ...
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How should I transport Cannondale Bad Boy 5 INSIDE a BMW 4 Series Coupe?

So, I have a Cannondale Bad Boy 5 and I'm LOVING it. I'd like to understand how to transport it. I have 2014 BMW 4 Series coupe. Even though I folded back seats (to maximize trunk storage), bike won'...
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Lightweight aluminum frame transported via trunk rack

I've been riding steel for a while now and recently added a CAAD10 to the fleet. I am planning on taking it with me on our upcoming vacation. I have a Thule gateeway 2 (trunk rack) that I've been ...
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How can I transport a Madsen bike?

I just got a Madsen bike for my wife, and now I am looking at how best to transport it. I have a Suburban with a roof rack. The bike is 88" long with the handlebars turned, and I don't know if I ...
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Shipping my bike across US (DC > LA)? [duplicate]

OK! So, I have my (large) single speed in the DC area -- but have just relocated to the LA area. I'm wondering; What is the best and most economical way to have my bicycle shipped across the states? ...
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Can I carry my tandem on a bumper carrier?

I would sometimes like to transport my tandem by car, and it would be convenient to use one of those "strap-on" bumper carriers. Is it feasible to use this type of carrier?
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Roof Rack vs. Trunk Rack for Sedan

I'm looking at possibly buying some kind of bike rack for my 4-door Mazda 3 sedan. I currently just have one road bike, but want to be able to carry two bikes just-in-case. Does anyone have any ...
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Packaging a bike for flying with a bike bag

I am doing a cycle tour of Japan starting from Fukuoka and ending in Tokyo. I will be flying with the bike and as my start and end points differ I will not have the opportunity to use a box (unless ...
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Will my bike hitch fit on any car?

I'm trying to sell a 4-bike hitch on craigslist. One thing I'm unsure of is whether or not it's tailored to universally fit on all cars. I'm worried because if it's too specific, a few people who ...
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Choosing mudguards for carrying a bicycle in a small lift

I am in need for mudguards for a bicycle I bought. Here is a link to the bicycle's description: Speeder i8 The bike is a flatbar road bike, with an internal hub and roller brakes. The bicycle is ...
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top tube adapter for hitch mount carrier

I recently bought a Trek Navigator 1. I just installed a hitch and a Allen 2 bike rack. BUT the Trek has a verry angled top tube. so the front tire is only a couple of inches off the ground. Would a ...
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Disassembly and Shipping of bike

I have a road bike lying around in a garage in California. I would like to use it here in Illinois. However, there's no one out there who can disassemble and pack the bike for me in California, ...
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Do I need a bike bag / box to put my bike on the Eurostar?

The Eurostar website has a page that really should say but doesn't: http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/travel_information/at_the_station/bicycles.jsp I'm guessing I don't? Would also be ...
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I'm going to take my bike with me on a plane. Do I really need a special bike travel bag to have it transported safely?

I have a road bike that I want to bring with me to the place I will be flying to. I know that there are bags that are designed especially for this kind of situation: the bike travel bags such as the ...
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What is the cheapest option to fetch a person over a long-distance with bicycles?

I need to fetch an outsider from about 20km far away and I want to use my bicycles. I have used roller skaters with a bicycle to fetch my friend, I let my friend to use the bike while I will stuck to ...
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How to get a bike from one city to another in the U.S

I need to mail a bike from Portland, Oregon to Austin, Texas. I know that you can get free bike boxes from many bike stores, but how do you pack a bike to ship by mail or to check as baggage on a ...