It can be done but it's a PITA & yes expensive these days. I suggest a hard case for both bikes for protection, carry documentation on value with you, no change of planes - sounds like that one is out and then pay the airlines fees. Good luck.
Dan Mazzeo Morrison, CO
-----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of John Thompson Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 8:52 AM To: classic list Subject: Re: [CR]international travelers: help me with my plea!
r garni wrote:
> My son Linus is going to study this year in Strasbourg, France. He has
> been a bicycle mechanic for about 6 years now (at the tender of age of
> presently) and so naturally he wants to take the Medici (does anyone
> remember the "Not today, James--I will take the Medici" ad from days
> of yore, talking to the butler, choosing the Medici over the Rolls?)
> Anyway, that's another discussion...
> What Linus needs now is any help he can get about sending the bike as
> well as another, unspeakably off-topic bike to France. This includes
> any help about airlines (he is taking British Airways to Heathrow,
> then Paris) and then from Paris to Strasbourg by train.
> If any of the cool jet-setters among you have done something like
> this, have any travel/packing/general advice at all (other than "God
> help you" which was always my mom's advice) both Linus and I would be
> very very appreciative!
No matter how you cut it, shipping two bikes round-trip is going to be quite expensive. What I'd do is go bikeless, pick up a funky French bike over there, and bring it back when I return. Maybe Norris can give some ideas on this?
-John Thompson (email@example.com)
Appleton WI USA