How I Pack For a European Bicycling Vacation

Carefully. Like a surgeon.

I just returned from a trip to Munich. Staying in one hip hotel, the Ruby Lilly, I got to my room and proceeded to unpack enough clothes and shoes to open a store. Munich, evidently, was a breeze to pack for. My doppelganger threw everything from my closet into my luggage, zipped it up and I was off to cart around Bavaria with all the comforts and contents of home. Don’t . . . just don’t.

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Want to Bicycle in Europe?

How can I bicycle in Europe?

I have a complex answer for this simple question . . .

First . .  start with a bike.  A few airlines will let you take your bike on the plane as a piece of luggage.  I have flown British Airways and Aer Lingus with bikes before and have not been charged for them at all! I have also flown Swiss Air with a bike, and it become a little more complex, but I made it through after some arm wrestling. These airlines treat a bike like a piece of luggage, so we check the bike, and use our panniers are carry-ons.  

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