There are many ways to use bicycles in conjunction with other forms of
transportation. Here is a collection of mail archives and articles
describing some of them.
Travel with Bicycles (Air/Rail/Other)
A major resource with information on access to specific
airports and railways throughout the world.
Bikes on Buses in Massachusetts
Bikes on Ferries in New England
New England Ferries which carry bicycles
Bikes and Airplanes
Amtrak's Twilight Shoreliner trains have baggage service and carry bikes
between Boston, New York, Washington, Richmond, and Newport News.
If you use their box it's $7 and there's a $5 handling charge, plus you
have to have a ticket for yourself.
The southbound train #67 leaves South Station at 8 PM and arrives in DC at
6:20 AM. The northbound train #66 leaves DC at 8:20 PM and arrives at
South Station at 6:55 AM.
The Downeaster carries bikes on its 4-time-a-day service between Boston
and Portland, Maine Bikes may be loaded and unloaded only at the ends and
in Wells, Maine. There is limited space per train, and a reservation charge
Other trains in California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Texas,
Oklahoma, and New York also carry unboxed bikes.
Folding bikes are allowed on all Amtrak trains if folded and not put into
overhead luggage racks.
Tandem bikes may be shipped for a fee through
Amtrak Package Express
(phone 800/377-6914). Also, standard bikes may be shipped this way if they
are not shipped as checked baggage. Both tandem and standard bikes must be
boxed to be shipped by Amtrak Package Express -- boxes may be purchased
at Amtrak stations served by Amtrak Package Express.
Because sometimes you can't take your bike with you.
- Logan Airport (Boston)
Airline policies on carrying bikes
According to one experienced bicycle traveller, this site is not
totally accurate or complete. For example, Lufthansa does allow bikes
on planes without boxing, and Alitalia, which allows unboxed bikes on
board at no extra charge if there is only one other piece of luggage,
was omitted. (from Ted Hamann)
At least four days before departure, call the airline you will be using,
(and any connecting airlines) for precise policies. Be sure to get a name,
phone number, or regulation code so you have some artillery if you get a
hassle at the airport. Something in writing is always best.
Airline policies are always changing. It used to be universally true
that bikes could fly free internationally as your second piece of luggage,
but many airlines now charge for international flights. If you have a
flight within the US before or after the intenational flight, it's best if
you can get all of it on one ticket because then - at least in theory - the
international rules should apply to the entire ticket. (from Charles Hansen)
Sending bikes unboxed is often the least risky way to transport them,
though boxed bicycles may present less hassle at check-in time.
- Travel With Bicycles
How to fly with a bike, including airport bicycle access worldwide
Folding Bicycle Links
The Folding Society, a UK organization propmoting the use of folders
A to B magazine, with reviews of folders
Bike Friday and Bike Tuesday tandem: Road-worthy take-apart bikes
Birdy from Germany:
Suitcase-sized, quick-folding, full suspension
Folding bikes of various sizes
Folding bikes from suitcase-sized with 16-inch wheels to 26-inch wheeled MTB
Mountain bikes which fold in half and tandems which fold in thirds
The gold standard in take-apart bikes
Folding bikes made in Thailand
Peregrine Bike Works:
Folding bikes with 20-inch wheels and good components
PTB Folding Frames:
Manufacturer of full-size folding frames
Raleigh 20: The classic folding bicycle
S and S Couplings:
Convert almost any bike into a folder
A belt-drive folder
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