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10 Top Tips for TraVelling with Bikes on Planes April 09 2014, 0 Comments

TraVelo’s 10 Top Tips for TraVelling with Bikes on Planes

 

  1. Most airlines allow passengers to include bicycles as part of their checked baggage allowance and as long as the weight of your bike in its bag/box is within their weight requirements, you shouldn’t incur any additional baggage fees. 

 

  1. Get your bike serviced before you leave and whilst you’re at it, make sure you can remove the pedals and adjust the seat post.  Over time these components can seize-up and fighting your pedals off your bike is the last thing you’ll want to be doing on your way to the airport.

 

  1. Give your bike a good clean before you leave and pack a basic cleaning kit such as baby wipes and chain lube to keep your bike looking its best. Also, this’ll prevent the rest of your gear from getting covered in road grime and grease.

 

  1. Pack a basic tool kit including a set of allen keys, pedal wrench and puncture repair kit in case you don’t have access to these at your destination.  Electrical tape is also very handy and wont leave sticky residue on your frame.

 

  1. Use your clothing as extra padding for your bike by packing it around the more vulnerable components, such as between the rear dropouts. Additionally, empty water bottles double as great vessels for storing sunglasses and bike computers whilst travelling.

 

  1. To keep your steed extra safe, particularly if transporting your bike in a cardboard box, use bubble wrap to protect the frame and folded cardboard as extra support between rear dropouts and forks.

 

  1. To save some extra weight and bulk, it’s worth investing in a compact floor pump with good pressure that’ll fit in your back pocket (Lezyne make a great micro floor pump).

 

  1. When you are not riding your bike, a medium-sized hatchback car will fit two people and two bikes (packed in their bag/box stacked on top of each other) reasonably comfortably.  If you are relying on taxis, request a van or a large wagon to transport two passengers with two bikes.

 

  1. The most convenient way to transport a bike is in a soft bike bag as they are lightweight and pack down well when they are not in use at your destination. Additionally, they usually feature wheels and handles making them exceptionally easy to maneuver around airports.

 

  1. Don’t forget to mark or measure the height of your seat-post and the angle of your handlebars before your remove them so you can easily put them back the right position when you reassemble your bike. Also, you’ll need to deflate your tyres before flying but it’s worth leaving a bit of air in them in order to maintain the shape of the tube and its position in the rim.

 

TraVelo is a Melbourne-based business that rents Evoc bike travel bags from just $10 per day. For more information and to rent a bag for your next cycling holiday, visit www.TraVelo.net.au


TraVelo in the media: Bicycling Australia, Jan/Feb 2014 January 06 2014, 0 Comments

TraVelo got a great write-up in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Bicycling Australia. Available now at leading newsagencies. 

 


TraVelo in the media: Ride On magazine, November 2013 December 07 2013, 0 Comments

Did you see TraVelo in the November issue of Bicycle Network's Ride On magazine? Click here to read the full article about getting away on a bike holiday. 

 

 


10 Things to Know Before Chasing the Tour de France, by www.CyclingTips.com.au August 08 2013, 0 Comments

 

CyclingTips' top 10 things you need to know before heading over to the Tour:

 

Don’t expect to see much of the actual race by being there. Sitting on the couch is the best way to do that. Being at the Tour is about being part of the show — you’re not there to necessarily see the Tour, you’re there to experience the Tour. Soak up the atmosphere and the excitement. You can’t get that by watching the race on TV. A great compromise is to go for a ride that intersects with the race route, watch the riders come past, then head to a nearby bar to watch the rest of the race on TV. Of course to do that you’ll need to …

 

Bring your bike. There’s no better way to see the Tour de France (and the most beautiful parts of France) than on a bike. You get to experience the same climbs as the riders do and when they come flying past, you have first-hand experience of what the climb is like and just how fast they are going. If you do bring your bike, avoid taking trains if you can. Lugging a bike bag or box on and off trains is a pain in the arse. But if it’s a choice between taking your bike on trains, and not bringing your bike at all, bring your bike. Or hire one.

 

If you can spare the extra money, go with a tour group. I can’t recommend this highly enough. Chances are you’ll only have a couple weeks to play with and you don’t want to waste it. Being with a Tour group will ensure that you see many of the best things the Tour (and France) has to offer, all with a structure that allows you to get more done with your time. Not only that but being with a tour group removes the hassle of organising accommodation and transfers yourself.

 

Don’t expect everyone in France to be deeply engrossed by the Tour. Sure, the race is part of their national heritage and identity, and it is a massive tourism driver, but most people in France are largely apathetic towards the race … until it comes through their town.

 

Expect large crowds, traffic jams, and long delays. If you get caught in the wrong place after a stage finish, you could well be stuck in an hours-long traffic jam, unable to move at all. Either plan ahead so that you’re avoiding doing whatever everyone else is doing (e.g. coming off a mountain after a stage finish) or accept that crowds, traffic jams and delays are part of the spectacle. Alternatively, if you don’t want to deal with the crowds but want to see a Grand Tour, maybe head over to the Giro or Vuelta instead.

 

If you want to interact with the riders stage starts are better than stage finishes.  You get to see the riders casually hang out around the start-line for an hour before their departure. If you’re lucky enough to know someone who can get you access to the “Village Tour de France” (the barricaded section that the team buses and riders are in), take advantage of it. You’ll need a pass that allows you to walk freely amongst the riders and vehicles inside the Tour Village. These passes aren’t overly hard to come by, but you usually need to know somebody who is connected. It’s also worth noting that the first half of the Tour gives you much better access to the riders and race than the latter half. It’s often not as picturesque as the later mountain stages, but it’s not nearly as crowded.

 

Don’t try to fit too much in. Of course coming to the Tour de France means that you’ll be travelling a lot, but don’t try to see every stage. If nothing else that would mean a lot of packing and unpacking — not much fun. Often you can pick a town to stay in that will allow you to see two or three parts of the race or multiple stages. 

 

Try to stay in towns that host a rest day. This means you get three days around the race — the previous day’s finish, the rest day and the start of the next stage — all without having to move around.

 

Make the effort to see a mountain top finish. The crowds will be massive so be prepared for long delays and plenty of traffic once the race passes through. If you’re planning on taking a caravan to a summit finish, you’ll want to be up there with as much time as possible to get a spot. I’m talking as much as a week or more.Alternatively, if you don’t want to deal with the crowds on a mountain-top finish, head to the penultimate climb. The crowds will be smaller and you’ll still get to see the action. That said, it’s the crowd and the atmosphere that make the race so exciting so if you can be at a summit finish, it’s worth the trouble.

 

Learn a little bit of French. You certainly don’t need to be able to speak the language fluently — but if you can, that’s a massive benefit — but even knowing a few key phrases will open doors for you.

 

Source: www.CyclingTips.com.au


Domestic airline baggage info June 15 2013, 0 Comments

Flying interstate? Here’s the low-down on domestic airline baggage requirements.

Flying interstate with your bike is super easy! All Australian airlines will happily let you check-in your bike as standard luggage, you just need to comply with the airline’s weight requirements.

As a general rule, the maximum weight of a single item cannot be more than 32kg. However, you shouldn’t have any trouble with this! A TraVelo bike travel  bag, packed with a 9kg road bike and bike accessories (such as helmet, shoes, water bottles, etc) weighs approximately 21kg's - well within the included baggage allowances. 

In a nutshell…

Airline

Included baggage

Excess baggage charges

23kg

There is a $30 charge if your bag is more than 23kg. Click here for full details.

23kg

If you expect to exceed 23kg you can purchase an excess baggage allowance for $30 (purchased in advance) or $40 (purchased at airport). Click here for full details.

Up to 40kg

Baggage needs to be purchased in advance and ranges from $18.50 for 15kg to $45 for 40kg. Click here for full details.

Up to 40kg

There is a fee for flying with ‘sports equipment’ which is $60 for flights less then 1h45min and $80 for flights more than 1h45min. Click here for full details.

 

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Welcome to the TraVelo Blog May 08 2013, 0 Comments

From airline baggage requirements to our favorite bicycle tours, TraVelo bike travel bag hire has done all the research for your next cycling holiday!