traveling? don\'t forget to fold the bike
\"There are two types of cyclists,\" said Christopher Choa, an American architect living in London 2011 . \".
\"Those who are very careful about the bike always put it indoors.
Those who regard it as a lawn appliance, \"he added with disdain.
It\'s not surprising, sir.
Choa, who owns five bikes, falls into the first category, though his folding bike is the most watched.
\"I carry it with me in taxis, trains, subways and even restaurants,\" he said . \"
Choa also flies around Europe, where he often works and vacations. Mr.
Choa is one of the increasing number of passengers who check their bikes as luggage when boarding.
It is usually a folded model, or a separate bicycle (a full-
The size bike, which can be divided into two, is packed in a sturdy, specially designed suitcase. )
These lightweight foldable bikes are manufactured by various companies such as Hampstead, Dahong and citizen bikes, and have recently become not only a portable and stylish transportation solution for many city commuters and adventure travelers.
Cost of advertising \"full shipping
A large bike to your destination, or check on the plane as extra luggage, could cost several hundred dollars . \"Choa explains.
His folding bike S2L-
Black bronmton, no need to check;
He said he was usually allowed to go through security and check at the door like a stroller.
But Tim Smith, a US airline spokesman, said that if the size of bicycles and containers is less than 62 (157)
Below 50 pounds (23 kilograms)
, As the first check package, it will be charged (
$25 domestic flights).
Advertising, but it\'s Brompton\'s innovative design and high performance-
It folds into the size of a small suitcase and weighs only 22 pounds.
What impressed him most was
Joya and other cyclists
Brompton has been fully produced at the West London plant since 1987, producing nearly 70% of the parts on site, and can even upgrade the oldest Brompton with some of its latest equipment.
Since 2008, the number of bicycles produced by the company has more than doubled, and about 30,000 bicycles have been sold so far this year. Mr.
Choa says his bike is packed in a nylon bag with pads, wheels, shoulder straps and handle straps.
Customers can choose from a la carte menu to create their own \"B-
Brompton calls it a \"custom\" bike
Manufacturing cycles, everything from materials (
Steel for the main machine, titanium or steel for the limbs)
Individuals can choose the color, the number of gears and the handle of the saddle.
Dave Furey is a medical equipment dealer and a bicycle enthusiast living in Michigan.
Choa is frustrated with the way airlines treat bicycles (
From South Africa to Costa Rica.
\"I used to take my car to triathlon a lot, and since their fees seem to be constantly changing, I never knew what the gate agent would charge for my bike,\" he recalls.
Furey paid $150 extra for his full luggage
The size of the racing bike goes back and forth to Arizona for $200 in another race in Vermont.
He said: \"from the extra baggage fee to the damage that may happen to your bike during the flight, I feel that I have been punished by the airline because I am riding a bicycle . \" Describe his envy when he saw other sports.
View golf clubs and surfboards for free for passengers. (
S. Airlines said the airline is not responsible for any damage to the bike during transit, but asked passengers to pack it in plastic foam or similar protective materials. )For this, sir.
Last spring, Furui bought himself a Ritchey Breakaway bike, which he immediately took to France for the Tour de France (
70 miles (112)
He climbed up the challenging Alpe d. Huez 10 days before the pro rider arrived at the stadium.
\"This is a beautiful road bike . \"
He does not have any inspection fees for the pound titanium carbon bike.
\"I\'m a confirmed Ritchey enthusiast,\" he said . \" He added that the total cost of the bike was $5,000, adding many different parts. Includes hard travel boxes that allow him to check for free, just like he checks for another piece of luggage.
One of the leaders of separated bicycles is Co-
Sports cycle in Eugene, Oregon.
According to Ben Moore, the company\'s marketing director, the bike\'s coupling system allows the bike to be split into two pieces, developed by a California company\'s machine, instantly making it possible
As a performance bike that can be packed with checked luggage.
\"Since the launch of our cooperation
In 1994, we have provided S coupling in almost any steel company.
We have bikes for two or for one . \"
Moore added that the family happily packed four or even five bikes in distant places
All over the world (
For example, a quad breaks down into four separate checkable packages).
\"With children, parents want to know that bicycles are safe. They want children to ride bicycles in foreign countries, so these bicycles are very popular with travelers,\" he said . \"Moore.
Serotta, founder of Ben Serotta, founded in 1972, is also good at doingto-order, high-
Believe, unlike Co-, performance bike
In order to prevent metal fatigue, separate bicycles should be specially made to handle the coupler system.
As a result, Sir.
Serotta insists that the only correct way to build a \"coupler\" bike is to design the frame specifically for this purpose.
There are only two premiums. to-Order a bike-
Legendary SE and classic T1-
The coupler option is provided.
Both are made of titanium because it is not only sturdy and durable, but also lightweight.
\"The best thing is ,\"
Moore said, \"Titanium will not rust or corrosion, so you can disassemble, pack, reassemble, and drive happily on the road instead of worrying about scratching the paint surface of your bike.
But whether you choose a folding bike or a split bike, buying one is like joining a global elite club --
A version of the article was published in the International Herald Tribune on September 17, 2011.
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