(1) Get a nice rack, (2) stick your bike in a bag, or (3) pop it in a box.
High quality racks at decent prices are becoming the norm, so there is no excuse for securing your 3K rig to the rails with zip ties and a blanket. Whether you go roof, trunk, or hitch, do spend the extra coin for the locks and keys, or your trip to the Back 40 will end at the Motel 6.
- Roof rack. Front wheel removal more stable and lower profile for SUVs. Still a no-go for parking garages.
- Truck rack. Most affordable. Folds aways when not in use. Better then roof rack for gas milage. Less secure than hitch rack.
- Hitch mounted rack. Most expensive option including the hitch mount. Easiest to load and lock. Better than roof rack for MPG.
- If possible, invest in a decent quality bike bag (less expensive bike box method covered below).
- Travel by air, deflate the tires by 75%. Possibly deflate the suspension (check with manufacturer for details).
- Remove rear derailleur. Afix to inner chainstays with zip tie.
Pack, ship, ride.
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