Can anyone make a recommendation for shipping a bike internationally? I'm doing several stops before the race so I can't check it on my flight.
BikeFlights is looking like $450+ to Spain...are there any cheaper options?
Thanks in advance!
Radio silence...I'll take that as a "there are no good options."
I'm going to go with BikeFlights. I'll let the world know about my experience after I get back (hopefully with intact bike).
I would be tempted to do as Randy suggests. We rented bikes for the APEX in Switzerland a few years ago and it worked out well.
A friend of mine who travels a lot always rents. He takes his own seat and pedals and a cheat sheet of his setup to the millimetre: seat height, seat nose, bar height, reach and takes the time to set the rental to his known setup. The bikes are not usually quite as good as his own, but for him the travel goes much more smoothly. He generally does 3 away trips a year of about a week each.
I believe I went with BikeFlights when I did it once. They were pretty good to deal with. The cost was about the same as flying with the bike, but it was nice to not have to lug it to and from airports.
I believe that was just for shipping the bike from Italy to Sweden between two trips. Bringing it back overseas to North America, it was cheaper to fly with the bike.
Thanks all! I was tempted just to rent a bike, but my time to organize it before the race would have been very limited, and the language difference was an added barrier.
Also, our teammate at ITERA in Ireland last year had extreme difficulty finding a decent bike, even in the supposed outdoor mecca of Killarney. I didn't want to have a repeat of that experience.
Bike ships tomorrow...wish me luck with that (and I suppose the race too).