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taking bike to Sri Lanka(3 posts)

taking bike to Sri LankaSuddha
Jun 10, 2003 1:14 PM
I am going to Sri Lanka in December for three weeks and would like to bring my bike to do a 3-4 day tour in the hill country/tea estates. I would rather not rent a bike there and therefore face the issue of packing my bike along on the trip.

Does anyone have any experience bringing a bike to Asia via multiple flight transfers in Europe and the Middle East? My fears are that it will get lost or damaged in transit. My father-in-law lives and works in Sri Lanka and I have wondered if I would be better off shipping the bike to him ahead of time and then assembling it on arrival. But that would obviously cost a lot.

Planning to get a bike box from a local shop and padding and taping the heck out of it for the journey. Then I'd get a new box at a shop in SL and do the same for the trip home.

Thanks for any advice.
get a local bikegidget
Jun 10, 2003 2:39 PM
i have 2 flying pigeons in kathmandu. i suggest you get a brand new honda hero or a chinese flying pigeon for about 30US$. they weigh a lot, but they go downhill really fast and the only tool you need is a hammer. why would you even consider bringing a bike from the outside.
get a local bikeSuddha
Jun 11, 2003 6:45 AM
I want a comfortable bike with familiar gear ratios, since the hill country is climbing, climbing, climbing.... and I'll be going out for days on end.