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is $20-$30 per day for food acceptable? How long could I go with around $10,000? Would that last a year?On the TransAm, I got by on $14 a day for food, eating about half out of grocery stores and half in cafes. Budgeting for 3 months is easier than budgeting for a year. For long tours, you're more likely to need bike repairs, you're more likely to incur transportation costs, you're more likely to incur medical costs, you're more likely to need replacement equipment. The cost of these things can vary over a large range, so are hard to predict.
The parts of my LHT after a flight.OMG, they lost your front wheel!
Is there any shipping option available where I can ship it without having to remove and reinstall the racks and fenders? Thanks.Yes, certainly. But it will be expensive, perhaps as much as four times the cost of shipping with the racks and fenders removed. Use the online FedEx and UPS shipping cost tools to compare.
John, thanks for the feedback, albeit not very constructive.Your plan is exactly what I was suggesting. Sorry I wasn't clear. Good luck. You'll have a ball!
I'm already committed to the tour, so it's happening. It's also 7 months away, and I plan to do some 'weekend touring' in the interim to field test my gear, get in some rides, etc.
How much does it generally cost to ship a bike (roughly)? I'm looking at coast to coast shipping.Both FedEx and UPS provide online shipping calculators. The cost depends on the distance you ship, the details of the pickup and delivery, the size, the weight, the number of days you can wait, the type of signature required, and the amount of insurance. One of the biggest factors is size. It's much more significant than weight. San Diego to New York shipping of a typical bike box (50 pounds, 50x10x33) with no insurance or signature, a 4 to 6-day delivery time where you deliver and pick up from a FedEx facility is probably about $150. If you can get it into a smaller box, you might be able to get it down to $100. If the box grows, so does the rate. Cutting the weight from 50 pounds to 30 pounds won't save you anything. If you want a bike shop to pack and ship, where they will provide the box, add about $50. If you want a receiving bike shop to reassemble, add more. Home pickup doesn't add much. Residential delivery adds more.
Do I need to provide my own box/carrier?