Cycling is one of the best ways to move around short distances making it the perfect way to get around most cities.
While we will conceed that cars, trains or planes beat the bicycle for long distance travel for us around town the bicycle is the clear winner for the following reasons:
- Cycling is Free – Buses, subways and trains are just not cheap and the purchase and maintenance costs for a bicycle are minimal in comparison. And let’s not even get started on car parking charges!
- Cycling is Healthy – Subways are horrible, dark, depressing places. Overcrowded buses are not much better.
- Cycling is Just Plain Faster! – Even in a large city you’ll find you can get most places faster on bike that you will on public transport.
If you are used to the benefits of cycling around towns and cities then it can be quite annoying when you travel abroad and sudddenly you need to go back to using public transport with all it’s costs and problems.
But wait a second! Did you ever think about taking your bike with you? To help you decide if travelling with your bike we created this guide to taking your bike on public transport.
Taking Your Bike In The Car
The ease of taking your bike with you in the car of course depends on what car you drive.
If you are driving a small car you will probably need to think about a folding bike.
Larger cars might be ok to put your bike in the storage area with perhaps using the quick release system to remove your wheels.
If you are looking for a commuter bike that you will use mainly for transport purposes then folding bikes such as the Brompton are going to make your life a lot easier.
Taking Your Bike On The Train
Taking your bike on the train is usually pretty painless. However it’s probably best to contact the train company before your turn up if you are riding a full size bike.
With regard buses it is possible to take your bike but usually it’s really not worth the hassle you are going to face.
If you want to avoid such conveniences then again the answer is a folding bike. Folding bikes shrink down to luggage size and you should not need to book ahead for the train, subway or bus.
Taking Your Bike On the Plane
Yeah you read that right. We think taking your bike with you when you travel on a plane is an excellent idea. Ok maybe it doesn’t work if you are travelling with the whole family, but if you are travelling alone or with a partner the you will have amazon freedom in your destination city when you have your bike with you.
In this case a folding bike is really the best option and you can buy special bike cases so really your bike is no different from regular luggage. If you bike is very small then you may even be able to take your bike on as carry on luggage. When you are flying it’s always best to check ahead as each airline has different regulations regarding bikes and check your carry on luggage size allowance so you are well prepared.
We hope this article encourages to use your take your bicycle with you when you travel. In our experience a bicycle is way better option than public transport in most of the worlds major population centers.