Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Activities > Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 22.06.2009, 16:56
Dusty's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Vaud
Posts: 62
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 19 Times in 9 Posts
Dusty has made some interesting contributions
Advice on flying with a bike and what bike to bring?

Hi to all fellow riders both road and MTB

Moving to Orbe area in August.

Unsure about what bike to bring with me. I have a Trek elite 9.8 carbon fiber XC hardtail MTB this is my baby but im very nervous about flying it across being carbon fibrer and also wouldnt want to throw this bike down steep mountains. Any recommendations on bike boxes or traveling with bikes by air?

Are there any XC trails (nothing too insanely downhill) in and around switzerland? Or is more like North Vancouver style downhill beasts of trails. (maybe time for a full suspension toy)

Also aware that Switzerland has amazing road cycling. I might get laughed at for this suggestion but if I stick a good set of road tires and rims on my trek and lock out the front forks. will this be a good substitute for a road bike?

If not where is the best place to buy a decent road bike? I like trek alot is it cheeper to buy a bike in france?

Sorry for all the questions

Dusty
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 23.06.2009, 12:31
advntur's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Richterswil/Zürich
Posts: 149
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 139 Times in 62 Posts
advntur has a reputation beyond reputeadvntur has a reputation beyond reputeadvntur has a reputation beyond reputeadvntur has a reputation beyond reputeadvntur has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Advice on flying with a bike and what bike to bring?

Quote:
View Post
... im very nervous about flying it across being carbon fibrer and also wouldnt want to throw this bike down steep mountains. Any recommendations on bike boxes or traveling with bikes by air?
Welcome (soon) to the Alps. Lots that could be commented on, but I'll stick to the flying part for now. I've flown carbon fiber road frames across the Atlantic, within the States, over to Hawaii, and within Europe and I've never had a problem with frame damage. I use a 12-year old Trico Sports Iron Case. There are probably better bike boxes on the market now, but this one has served me well for a long time for flying with both road and mountain bikes. If it's just a one-time use though, you could always pack it (carefully) in a standard cardboard bike box.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 23.06.2009, 16:20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 297
Groaned at 12 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 140 Times in 60 Posts
Ripz has earned the respect of manyRipz has earned the respect of manyRipz has earned the respect of many
Re: Advice on flying with a bike and what bike to bring?

Quote:
View Post
Hi to all fellow riders both road and MTB

Moving to Orbe area in August.
check out metabief (french jura). it has lift assisted biking for DH but there are plenty of mellow uphill trails too. you are also close to Chaumont (Neuchatel) which has a funiculaire and nice trail riding. super crazy North Shore trails but also easier trails. and there's another funiculaire in Biel/Bienne that is supposed to be similar to Chaumont.

Quote:
View Post
Unsure about what bike to bring with me. I have a Trek elite 9.8 carbon fiber XC hardtail MTB this is my baby but im very nervous about flying it across being carbon fibrer and also wouldnt want to throw this bike down steep mountains. Any recommendations on bike boxes or traveling with bikes by air?
no problem. i brought a carbon bike in a cardboard box. go to a bike shop and see if you can get an old shipping box from them. take off your pedals, loosen your stem and turn your handlebars sideways (or take them off), deflate your tires, and that's about it. use some pipe insulation on the frame. otherwise, you can buy a bike box or padded bag to transport it. i have a performance bike box which is a hardshell plastic case. its worth it if you plan on flying with your bike more than a few times.

Quote:
View Post
Are there any XC trails (nothing too insanely downhill) in and around switzerland? Or is more like North Vancouver style downhill beasts of trails. (maybe time for a full suspension toy)
yes. tons. lots of mellow XC riding and plenty of DH riding, including north shore trails. if you are a serious biker get a full suspension too. its waaaay more fun than XC.

Quote:
View Post
Also aware that Switzerland has amazing road cycling. I might get laughed at for this suggestion but if I stick a good set of road tires and rims on my trek and lock out the front forks. will this be a good substitute for a road bike?
no problem unless you plan on some really long distance rides.

Quote:
View Post
If not where is the best place to buy a decent road bike? I like trek alot is it cheeper to buy a bike in france?
i haven't found france to be any cheaper, in fact, i think it's now more expensive than switz. if you are coming from the US, buy something there and bring it over. otherwise, seek out a good local bike shop here and give them your business. nothing is cheap here. except my full suspension DH bike that i'm trying to sell.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 24.06.2009, 00:29
Dusty's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Vaud
Posts: 62
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 19 Times in 9 Posts
Dusty has made some interesting contributions
Re: Advice on flying with a bike and what bike to bring?

Thanks for both your responses very useful.

Im gonna hit the huge bike warehouse in town tomorrow they should have plenty of shipping boxes.

Nice plug at the end there Ripz I will check it out.

Dusty
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 24.06.2009, 06:14
ChrisW's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Lausanne (or out on my bike)
Posts: 1,780
Groaned at 8 Times in 6 Posts
Thanked 856 Times in 495 Posts
ChrisW has a reputation beyond reputeChrisW has a reputation beyond reputeChrisW has a reputation beyond reputeChrisW has a reputation beyond reputeChrisW has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Advice on flying with a bike and what bike to bring?

A DH rig will definitely give you more freedom to fully explore the trails, but I expect that you could do so pretty well on a XC machine, too. I wouldn't be too concerned about shipping the bike. Investing in a proper box might be a good idea if you plan to use several times, but you do have to consider whether you have the storage space for a hard box. I've frequently used cardoard boxes from my LBS and not had a problem, although I haven't shipped my carbon fiber baby yet.

As for slick tires and locked-out suspension making it a road-worthy machine, then certainly give that a go. However, the gearing and riding position may still be way off what you would get by having a true road machine. If you're buying brand-name bikes like Trek then buying in France won't save much money, and could cost more because they charge more sales tax. There are several online retailers in Europe where you can pick up a decent road bike for a good price, although these often don't have a wel-known brand and you have to be your own local bike shop with setting it up, fitting, tuning, etc. By September, they should start selling off last year's models at pretty good prices (10 to 25% off), particularly for brands who are making major changes to their line-ups for 2010. If I was you, I'd wait until I get here and search for something like that.

There is currently a pro' road cyclist who is actually from Orbe - Danilo Wyss. I believe he is currently on the BMC Racing Team, who do most of the big races in the US.
__________________
Cycling in Switzerland | Photo blog (mostly travel pics from Switzerland)
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need bike (bicycle) buying advice please... Chuff General off-topic 2 03.06.2009 17:34
Advice required for Mountain Bike Route TheHiddenPerilsOfDancing Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness 1 16.05.2009 21:47
Buying new Bike - specs and advice plz ip2012 Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness 15 13.05.2008 16:20


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 21:34.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0