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I'm looking at doing some train travel in Queensland for a few weeks and then doing some cycle touring aswell.
I'm wondering what other people experinces have been with freighting your bicyle somewhere?
who did you use to freight your bicycle?
what did it cost?
was it a good experince?
I had to freight my bike from Oodnadatta to Melbourne a couple of years ago - too big to use Australia Post. Can't recall the name of the company, but it cost about $150-170 and took a week to arrive. Handling was excellent, no damage at all to the packaging or the bike. I did have to travel right across the city (40kms) to pick it up though.
I was going to say, what's wrong with taking the bike with you on board? It costs $12.50 to put it in the luggage compartment. You only have to take off the pedals and turn the handle bars.
I got my bike on a train that wasn't supposed to let them on. I don't know if its because i am a woman. The woman on the train wasn't going to let me take it on but the man in charge allowed me. I think the station master spoke to him.
I really can't see there'd be a problem with putting your bike on the train but obviously the information you want can be more easily obtained by phoning the rail people.
Jemo i reckon if you included more info in your posts, people could give you more useful responses sooner and ask you less pointless questions or at least feel less tempted to ask you fewer questions. I noticed this with your other posts too. Your posts just make me want to ask for more info every time i read them.
If any of that train travel is in NSW then taking the bike with you would be a hassle - $12 for each journey, a max. of 5 bikes per service, it must be booked in advance, and your bike must be boxed with front wheel and pedals removed.
That would be about right and you will have to pull it apart and put it in a box of course.
Yes, I had a bike sent from Melbourne to Alice. It was boxed up. i think they also charged me $15 to pick it up from a bike shop in melbourne and drop it off at the greyhound depot. This was an extra.
I remember ringing up to find out where it was with the tracking number.
Went down to the greyhound depot, and the baby was there all safe and sound.
Giant Defy 1
thanks Steve, thats what I was after personal experience
Trying to figure out the best way to get my bicycle from Adelaide to Perth Any suggestions?
Basically I'm catching the Indian Pacific to Kalgoorlie from Adelaide, then using local WA trains to get to Perth.
I can take a bicycle on the Indian Pacific but not on the WA train from Kalgoorlie.
Therefore, I either have to freight my bicycle from Kalgoorlie or Adelaide. The problem is that I am in Kalgoorlie on a weekend when freight services are limited from what I can find.
Sending from Adelaide the problem is that it could take a week to arrive.
Anyone got some suggestions?
I don't live in Adelaide or Perth
I take it that your bike will be boxed up, not in a soft travel bag? If not boxed and you wanted to ride from Kal to Merredin, halfway to Perth, there is the MerredinLink train on Mondays. Wednesdays, Fridays. I haven't tried this service as I couldn't get past the issue of max bike length. Might work for you however. Have fun in Kal and watch for double-gees.
If freighting instead do you have someone to send it to or an LBS that might help out?
There's probably an obvious reason for this but I couldn't see it so I have to ask - why are you not staying on the Indian Pacific right through to Perth? Or if disembarking at Kalgoorlie for some reason, just board the next Indian Pacific service to get you through to Perth?
I have just today arranged for a bike (LHT Disc) i purchased online to be shipped from Brisbane to Melbourne. I did this all over the phone as i live in Melbourne.
I rang a bike shop in Brisbane (close to where i purchased the bike), and asked if they could assist. The were happy to do so. All i had to do was get the bike to the shop.
Boxing up costs by shop and Freight with TNT to 1 hour north of Melbourne was $128.
I am expecting the bike either late this week or early next week.
Shall report back on the experience........after a little riding of course.
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