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Old 06-14-2011, 01:00 PM   #20776
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After some health issues prevented me from riding the past 2/3 months, I am glad to say I have finally been able to get back on the bike again. Unfortunately I have also got a new job that means I do more traveling - every other week to the same place (Columbus, OH if that matters).

So, the question to you road-warriors is, have you found a way to put some miles on a bike while traveling ? I have thought about buying a bike and leaving it here, but I don't really have anywhere to store it - would a bike shop do it or someone else ? Do bike shops rent out bikes for a couple hours ?

Has anybody found a way to do this ?

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Quite a few shops will rent or demo bikes.

A quick Google search turned up a few options in Columbus:

http://www.handybikes.com/rentals.html

http://bicycleone.com/about/pelotoni...ental-pg89.htm

Is a folding bike that you can take with you once and stash in the office an option?
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:08 PM   #20777
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I did this last year in Everett, Mukilteo.
The hotel we stayed at had storage closets we could use. I had my boxed up.
Shop to box bike - $40.00
Airline cargo charge - $50.00, (Alaska Airlines, company paid for this)

When I brought the bike home in December, the local shop up there charged me $50. Both shops provided a used bike box. Both did great jobs of packing up my near priceless Pinarello.

The higher buck way is to buy a dedicated travel box. You want one that has hard sides and good padding. I think the one I have seen most recommended to me was about $500. Notice this value and the two charges above are still a good bit apart. Particularly since I didn't pay the freight. so to speak.

I'd add images of the box, but Smugmug is down. Time for coffee I guess.


Demo bikes from Specialized ran about $50/day with an eye toward purchase.



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Quite a few shops will rent or demo bikes.

A quick Google search turned up a few options in Columbus:

http://www.handybikes.com/rentals.html

http://bicycleone.com/about/pelotoni...ental-pg89.htm

Is a folding bike that you can take with you once and stash in the office an option?
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:25 PM   #20778
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The higher buck way is to buy a dedicated travel box. You want one that has hard sides and good padding. I think the one I have seen most recommended to me was about $500. Notice this value and the two charges above are still a good bit apart. Particularly since I didn't pay the freight. so to speak.
There are some soft cases that will pack the bike so small it can pass as regular luggage and you may not get charged the bicycle fee from the airlines. A good friend of mine that travels to Italy a few times a year has one and has used it regularly for his BMC race machine. Uber-$$$$ bike that he breaks down and packs himself. I believe he said the airlines have only gotten suspicious a couple of times and charged him the fee.

I want to say his bike bag is called the Pika?

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The Pika Packworks EEP Standard Bicycle Travel Bag measures 87" at its greatest unloaded length(49") + height(28") + width(10"), and you know the airline baggage counter folks will measure it out at it largest dimension. It lacks any logos or language that could indicate to your airlines that you're carrying a bike, so if you plan to travel with a "drum kit" or a "tuba" you'll perhaps be able to avoid specialty item fees. The pull handles on the burly YKK zipper can be locked together with a TSA approved travel lock for extra security for your toys.

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Old 06-14-2011, 02:08 PM   #20779
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There are some soft cases that will pack the bike so small it can pass as regular luggage and you may not get charged the bicycle fee from the airlines. A good friend of mine that travels to Italy a few times a year has one and has used it regularly for his BMC race machine. Uber-$$$$ bike that he breaks down and packs himself. I believe he said the airlines have only gotten suspicious a couple of times and charged him the fee.

I want to say his bike bag is called the Pika?
I've heard of cyclists putting 'camera equipment' on their boxes...

Don't know if it works anymore or not.

Got in from 1:45 with 20min of 2on/2off intervals. Them last few 'on-s' sucked.

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Old 06-14-2011, 03:30 PM   #20780
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I would not trust a soft bag.

A buddy had a hard case he had labeled as "display equipment". To keep prying eyes out. That doesn't work with TSA, they are going to X-Ray and open it and look.
All the small bits need to be taped inside a small box/es.
Or the hard case would work best, though the price is tough. I'd go that way shipping the plastic bike for sure. Cardboard doesn't hold up. I had intended on re-using the box for the return but that was not possible. There were two large holes in either side.
The airlines put "Fragile" stickers all over the box, but I looked at that as sort of a challenge to the handlers to see if they could destroy it.

What TSA did to the grab holes in my box:


On the way back they untaped the box to look inside and never re-sealed it. This is the box back in my garage exactly as I picked it up from the oversize slide.

Some airlines charge up to $150 each way. American was $100 I think.


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There are some soft cases that will pack the bike so small it can pass as regular luggage and you may not get charged the bicycle fee from the airlines. A good friend of mine that travels to Italy a few times a year has one and has used it regularly for his BMC race machine. Uber-$$$$ bike that he breaks down and packs himself. I believe he said the airlines have only gotten suspicious a couple of times and charged him the fee.

I want to say his bike bag is called the Pika?
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:29 PM   #20781
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You may want to use Fed Ex next time if you're on a domestic trip. Never had an issue with large items including bikes. If I ever ship my recumbent via air, I'll use a Sportube for the frame and a wheel bag for the rest.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:44 PM   #20782
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Ridge the Hamme miester

That's supposed to be Hammer Miester. I was ok til you went up front, I held on longer than the last time so it's all good .I'm getting stonger every week. It was a pretty good ride. Got kinda sporty on Teague Lane,34-36 on the flats and a little slower going down the hill You gonna love intervals that coach has planned for you. You gotta go until you puke.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:14 PM   #20783
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How about one of those small (think closet size) storage containers/companies? Some are even environmentally controlled. I would think the monthly charges would be minimal. Either that or make some friends in the area with some extra storage space.
I might look into one of those storage sheds. Unfortunately the only guy I generally work with out here is in the middle of building a house so he lives with his parents at the moment....
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:29 PM   #20784
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Quite a few shops will rent or demo bikes.

A quick Google search turned up a few options in Columbus:

http://www.handybikes.com/rentals.html

http://bicycleone.com/about/pelotoni...ental-pg89.htm

Is a folding bike that you can take with you once and stash in the office an option?
I might look into a folding bike - I might be able to stash that somewhere.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:57 PM   #20785
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After some health issues prevented me from riding the past 2/3 months, I am glad to say I have finally been able to get back on the bike again. Unfortunately I have also got a new job that means I do more traveling - every other week to the same place (Columbus, OH if that matters).

So, the question to you road-warriors is, have you found a way to put some miles on a bike while traveling ? I have thought about buying a bike and leaving it here, but I don't really have anywhere to store it - would a bike shop do it or someone else ? Do bike shops rent out bikes for a couple hours ?

Has anybody found a way to do this ?

Cheers
If you are into mountian biking there is a superb 24 mile loop in Mohician state forest...

http://www.spokejunkies.com/reviews/...page=mohicansp

And a nice little bike shop here in loudonville that rents bikes for a very reasonable $25 a day...

http://www.kimsbikes.net/index.html

All about an hour and 15 north of Columbus.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:08 PM   #20786
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I'm further from shape than I figured.

Tonight I came home to ride the river trail again, starting off with a good feeling iced backpack and a big bottle of go juice. At about minute 44, I was pretty sure I was in trouble. After turning around so I had a tailwind of about 15 mph I was real certain of the trouble thing.

I was bonking big. I'd been swilling my energy drink, along with water, but I had not added another tablet to the big bottle after refilling yesterday so it wasn't all that full of energy stuff..

I figured out pretty quickly that I'd need some help to get home or this was going to be real ugly. A guy comes by slowly and I just spin up and sit in. he proceeds to slowly turn up the throttle until at about 25 mph I was not going to be continuing long, so I sat up and spun back to 17, and sat there for a bit feeling like maybe things would be OK. About 15 minutes later it became evident they weren't.

I was down to 12 mph pace and that was all there was on the flat. Figuring the hill back up to La Palma and then that last mile would probably kill me, I made the decision to make the call.
After crossing the river I stopped in the shade and called my wife.
This took a while since she didn't answer her cell, so I tried the classroom, both of them, then her desk, and finally got her at the home phone.

I had about a mile to ride to a good pick up point and go there after finding the Chomps I had stuffed in the bottom of my pack.

Without those I'm pretty sure I'd have been on the ground shaking.

An hour an a half the last half hour was u-g-l-y. I'll rest up tomorrow and ride on Thursday so I can ride Saturday.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:14 PM   #20787
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I'm further from shape than I figured.

Tonight I came home to ride the river trail again, starting off with a good feeling iced backpack and a big bottle of go juice. At about minute 44, I was pretty sure I was in trouble. After turning around so I had a tailwind of about 15 mph I was real certain of the trouble thing.

I was bonking big. I'd been swilling my energy drink, along with water, but I had not added another tablet to the big bottle after refilling yesterday so it wasn't all that full of energy stuff..

I figured out pretty quickly that I'd need some help to get home or this was going to be real ugly. A guy comes by slowly and I just spin up and sit in. he proceeds to slowly turn up the throttle until at about 25 mph I was not going to be continuing long, so I sat up and spun back to 17, and sat there for a bit feeling like maybe things would be OK. About 15 minutes later it became evident they weren't.

I was down to 12 mph pace and that was all there was on the flat. Figuring the hill back up to La Palma and then that last mile would probably kill me, I made the decision to make the call.
After crossing the river I stopped in the shade and called my wife.
This took a while since she didn't answer her cell, so I tried the classroom, both of them, then her desk, and finally got her at the home phone.

I had about a mile to ride to a good pick up point and go there after finding the Chomps I had stuffed in the bottom of my pack.

Without those I'm pretty sure I'd have been on the ground shaking.

An hour an a half the last half hour was u-g-l-y. I'll rest up tomorrow and ride on Thursday so I can ride Saturday.

I hate bonking, Glad you make the pick up point.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:49 PM   #20788
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If you are into mountian biking there is a superb 24 mile loop in Mohician state forest...

Superb is an understatement Tim, 24 miles of sweet single track, no pavement except road crossing and the covered bridge. How often have you gotten to ride there?
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:57 PM   #20789
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Kids

I hate kids, especially skinny kids that climb without breathing hard. Went out with a team mate and club mate on a nice 65 mile jaunt with about 3k feet of climbing. While there weren't many hills, those that were out there wore me down. The final big hill called "7 mile drive" which isn't anywhere near 7 miles long or 7 miles from anything important, was my last chance to ditch skinny kid.

Gave everything I had on the 38/16 single speed Trek XO CX bike while climbing in the high teens, breathing like a porn star and sweating like a pig. The kid is barely breathing and never left his seat! He just sat there and laughed as I nearly tore my bars off sprinting up that long grade (8-10%+-). My only revenge was hitting 49mph on the back side and leaving my gravity challenged buddy behind.

Kids...
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:25 PM   #20790
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I might look into a folding bike - I might be able to stash that somewhere.
the problem with most folding bikes is little wheels and a tall spindly frame.

this one looks interesting...
http://www.montaguebikes.com/crossto...bike_2010.html


those are 700c wheels.
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