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    Looking for travel bike bag for Whistler trip

    Going to Whistler from LA at the end of the month so I'm looking for a bike bag that's going to protect my nomad. Also, if I could avoid paying extra fees at the airport would be awesome. Any suggestions?
    Does anyone have any tips or suggestions to travel to whistler?
    like where to stay and the best way to get from the airport to the bike park.
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    Personally I don't think it is a good idea to fly with a bike. The last time I took one on a plane (Montreal, in a bag) it took about a month to fix the stuff they broke.
    I would (1) drive there with my bike and stuff (2) fly to Seattle, rent a car and drive to
    Whistler where I would rent a bike (3) fly to Vancouver and rent a car, drive to
    Whistler, rent a bike.
    Lots of options on where to stay, but like most world class ski areas, it is tough to find a really good deal. They are nearly as busy in the summer as they are in the winter.
    Good luck on the trip. You will love the place!

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    There's good stuff in this thread:

    Taking your bike on an airplane

    As I mentioned in the thread, I used one of these Dakine bike cases on a recent trip. On Virgin America airlines it was only $50 each way. Other airlines cost more (as described in the thread).


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    Thanks man,
    I already bought a flight to Vancouver.
    One option is to fly there, take the shuttle to whistler, then rent a bike.
    so I might just do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianala View Post
    Thanks man,
    I already bought a flight to Vancouver.
    One option is to fly there, take the shuttle to whistler, then rent a bike.
    so I might just do that.
    I have done DH trips every year since 2009. There are definite advantages to renting:
    1. No airport hassle.
    2. No airport to mountain transport hassle (a small rental car will not fit a large bike case).
    3. Try out cool DH bikes and learn which ones you like. (it really is a good idea to ride a full DH bike out there, if you are riding DH trails).

    Drawbacks of renting:
    1. Expensive. Like $80 ish for a half day and $100+ for full. Most people find a 4-5 hour session to be plenty. So full day rental not necessary.
    2. Unfamiliar bike may cause you to be uneasy or hesitant in your riding.
    3. Bike may not be set up to your preference--for example, I like my bars taller than typical. The rental shop guys are not gonna switch bars out.
    4. Check your rental bike thoroughly and pay for the insurance. Some of the shop guys are sharp, but there are also some duds. I won't say which mountain I'm talking about (not whistler).

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