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Does anyone have any suggestions about finding someone to shuttle four people and bicycles from Washington DC to Pittsburgh?
There's even more snow in Montana -
Lot's of high elevation areas have 200% of normal.
Generally, I use a 1000-foot rule for the Rocky Mtn states.
What's 10,000 ft in NM, is 9000 in CO, 8000 in WY, and 7000 in MT.
I have the bike shop assemble and get ready... saving money is obviously not why I do it this way.
If money is tight then I would stick with the Bike Friday. A loaded down bike on tour is a different animal from a racing bike. You ride it differently, it feels differently. I actually like a loaded bike. Your young, a few extra pounds aren't going to make a lot of difference. I haven't tried the case as trailer. You could always store the trailer and just use panniers. Picking out a tour bike is much easier after you have done some touring.I'm beginning to think this is the best solution if money is tight and the model Bike Friday you have is suitable for racks and panniers. I've ridden a Bike Friday a modest amount (my son-in-law has one) and, while it's initial handling is different from a 700c wheel bike, you get used to it pretty quickly. After that, it's just another bike and only seems strange when you look down.
I alway ship UPS or FEDEX store to store, you get business rates that way. I haven't done in a while but it used to be cheap.
PS Any MUST see's or MUST NOT do's please feel free to let us know.