Greetings MTBR.

I am sure this type of thread has been done before so apologies in advance but I am interested in hearing thoughts. I am riding trans-alp this summer and am leaving from Munich. I am trying to decide whether to ship bikes (perhaps via bikeflights, etc) or invest in plane compatible bike transport options (like perhaps Ground Effect Tardis bags).

The quote I got on Bikeflights.com for two bikes was about $1000.00 round trip (estimated fees and duties, etc). Tardis Bags are about 200 apiece plus any airline fees.

I am sure there are a ton of variables but I am wondering if anyone can share overall thoughts and experiences with either of these two ways of getting bikes from the US to Germany (or Europe in general). Any info/thoughts are greatly appreciated.

Thanks,