We will be renting a car in Paris and driving down to the Pyrenees with our bikes. I plan on
"rebuilding" the bikes at CDG airport and then using a trunk mounted bike rack for
The cardboard box suggestion is a good one and would probably work if we were just taking touring
bikes. However, we are doing L'Etape du Tour and will be bringing our very nice racing bikes. I
definitely do not want to chance what could happen to them in a cardboard box on British Air! We
went through an unfortunate experience years ago when the airline cargo guys almost destroyed a
front wheel on one of our touring bikes enroute to Amsterdam. It took several days to get it fixed.
Anyhow, perhaps calling ahead to some hotels near CDG to see if they are willing to let us leave the
hard shell boxes with them without staying might be the best answer at this point. Any other
suggestions would definitely be welcome. Thanks.
"Robert Chung" <[email protected]
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> > Anyone have any suggestions on where to store hard shell bike boxes upon arrival at Charles De
> > Gaulle Airport/Paris? The airport has eliminated left luggage due to security reasons. I know
> > that many hotels will provide a left luggage service if you stay there but we plan on
> > immediately heading south out of Paris to the Pyrenees. Thanks.
> There are a couple of hotels at CDG. You could check with them ahead of time to see if they'll
> take your hard cases even if you're not staying.
> Most of the TGV don't have baggage cars and bikes must be dismantled and put into a "housse" of
> specific dimensions (I think 90cm x 120cm, but you'd have to double check) that will fit in the
> carryon areas at the ends of each car. Some of the traditional corail do have baggage cars that
> will take bikes, but they are definitely not a majority of trains, so you'd have to check there,
> too. If you don't take a corail with a baggage car, you'll most likely have to put it in a housse,
> also. I know a guy who was lucky enough a few years ago to take a nearly empty TGV so he didn't
> have to dismantle his bike, but this is almost surely not something one can count on.