IM France – Traveling with your bike

18 02 2009

First of all, I’ll rent a traveling box from Dornellas: $45 per week for the box, Packing = $30, Assembly=$30. 

Most people that I’ve spoken so far are planning to take some time off after the Ironman and travel around Europe. I’m no exception. The problem is what to do with the bike. I don’t really want to travel around Europe with a huge bike case… so here are a few options I’m considering:

Storage – Store the bike after the event and pick it up before flying home. Here are a few places: 

  • Nice Airport: you can store a bike at Nice airport for 4.5 € per normal luggage per day or 7.5 € per luggage with special format per day (I suppose the bike is “special format”). However, the website mentions that you need to show an airline ticket, so if you’re not flying directly to Nice, it might be a problem.
  • NEWAY Bouticycle I emailed them regarding assemble (100€), packing after the race (45€) and a week storage (free for the ironman).
    23bis av Auguste Vérola
    06200 Nice
    04 92 29 10 03 
    info@neway-nice.com

Shipping – Ship the bike back to a friend in Canada after the race. Although I haven’t checked this option yet, I would think it would be more expensive.

I’ll keep researching this subject and updating this posting. If anyone has found a better alternative, please let me know!

Air Fare: when considering which airline to chose, I looked at the fare and extra cost for the bike. There is website that has a list of a bunch of airlines and bike charges: http://www.ibike.org/encouragement/travel/bagregs.htm

Airline

Ticket

Bike

Total (2 people 1 bike)

Star Alliance

British Airways  $  1,312.97  $            –    $           2,625.94

No

Air France  $  1,126.00  $  484.17  $           2,736.17

No

Lufthansa  $  1,239.60  $  321.37  $           2,800.57

Yes

Swiss  $  1,410.40  $  321.37  $           3,142.17

No

US Air  $  1,595.40  $            –    $           3,190.79

No

Air Canada  $  1,857.00  $     50.00  $           3,764.00

Yes

Austrian  $  2,195.48  $     48.42  $           4,439.38

No

 

 

 

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23 02 2009
paul smeulders

Check out airtransat. Bikes still fly for free. book direct with airline. Ladies on the phone are very specific that bikes are free…they just count as a piece of luggage and are only charged as overweight baggage if you exceed your allotted total.

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