BYT has compiled the following sites containing information about cases, packing your bicycle into a case, shipping bicycles, airline considerations and travelling in vehicles with a packed bicycle.
Luggage transportation is a key benefit of organized group tours. Similarly, "pre-packaged" self-guided tours often include a luggage transportation service.
On a BYT Tour, luggage transportation is achieved using:
Using panniers, bicycle bags or a trailer allows you to cycle an entire route from one point to the next. Similarly, a service (for example, taxi cab) also allows you to cycle an entire route from point to point.
Using a rental car to transport bags, allows all but one member of your group to cycle point to point. If the driver is also a cyclist, consider the possibility of the designated driver riding "out & back" sections during the transfer day. A rental car also offers the benefit of a SAG vehicle for road emergencies. Don't forget a magnetic key holder to be placed on the underside of the car while everyone is riding or hiking.Another View of Car Rental by Pedal Dancer.
Car Racks for Bicycles
A smaller car with a bicycle rack may also suit your needs. Buying a strap-on rack in France is fairly inexpensive at local Decathlon stores. If this option is a possibility for your tour, let BYT know and we'll search for bicycle shops in the vicinity of your starting location.
A loop tour benefit is returning to your beginning location. Many hotels and lodging facilities will graciously store bicycle cases in their facility, especially when you have a room reserved at the start and end of your tour.
In a point-to-point tour, you probably want your bicycle case waiting for you at your end destination. Logistics for transporting the case from start to finish are similar to shipping your bicycle to the start point.
You're excited to join the "tifosi" at the Giro d'Italia or the "schloogs" at the Tour de France. Prepare for long days full of fans, traffic jams and the excitement of the tour. Start by visiting the "official" web site of the tour and learning as much as you can about the stage:
Once you've determined the stage route details, decide where you want to stake your territory for the day. One of the best places is on a climb near an intersection. The climb slows the peloton to a more viewable pace. The cross-road intersection allows later arrival time and reduced traffic issues.