The Ultimate Guide to Flying with a Bike: Tips, Tricks, and Essential Information
Nothing beats the freedom and excitement of exploring new places on a bike. From the thrill of turning a corner into the unknown to the sights, sounds, and smells of a new destination, cycling offers a unique way to experience the world. Traveling with your own bike gives you the ability to effortlessly traverse new lands, with plenty of time to pause and take in the beauty around you. While traveling with a bike can present unique challenges, the reward of arriving at your destination and hitting the open road or trail is worth it. Embrace the adventure and bring your own bike for an unforgettable journey!
As a do’er of many different types of bikes and outdoor sports, one persistent challenge I’ve faced is how to keep the stink from the day's dirty kit off of anything clean that's still left in my bag. At times it's been seriously difficult, especially during long crit series where I am on the road for weeks, leaping around from hotel to the next. Obviously a regular old bag or a plastic tub works perfectly when coming home from a weeknight ride or a session in the climbing gym, but for trips where the pace of your adventure leaves no time or ability to do laundry, more often than not, everything in the bag gets stinky pretty quick.
Last month Colin and I came up with this ridiculous idea for a hike. Leaving from Horseshoe Meadows, near Lone Pine California, we decided to attempt this 70-mile 4-day backpacking trip as an overnight run/hike. Normally our trips aren’t quite like this, but this October, my wife and I are expecting our first kiddo, and I wanted some type 2 fun before she arrives. When the days were short this past winter, I picked up trail running during the week because it was so convenient - over time I found that I also enjoyed it. Running gave me a fresh perspective on the trails behind the shop I’d been riding for the past 8 years. I decided to keep running through the summer, along with riding and racing at the track.Colin has a fair bit more experience in trail running than I do, and when this trip idea came up, it sounded perfect to both of us. Just stupid enough that we had a good amount of doubt in being able to finish it, but also amazing enough that if we did, we’d be talking about it for years to come.
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