Bike boxes - bus or hotel?

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Bike boxes - bus or hotel?

Postby nancynancy » Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:52 pm

This is our first CO, and I've read (and heard from a rider who did this last year) conflicting information on this. We are flying into Portland on Friday evening with our bikes in hard bike boxes as luggage, and staying at the Sheraton. Do we assemble our bikes in our room at the Sheraton, take the bike only on the bus Saturday morning, and then the hotel stores the boxes in a conference room or something for the week? Or do we bring the bikes still in their boxes onto the bus Saturday, assemble in John Day, and leave the boxes there? Or do we assemble them at the Sheraton, and bring the bikes and the empty box separately onto the bus on Saturday? Or is there an option to do either one?

Thanks - this will help me see how much free time we have on Friday evening!
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Re: Bike boxes - bus or hotel?

Postby Jackson » Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:41 pm

Last year, bikes were kept in their boxes and stored overnight in a locked conference room. No need to wrangle them up to the room. They were then loaded in their boxes onto the trucks that would follow the buses to the start town. Bike Gallery will help if needed to reassemble the bikes in John Day. The boxes will be stored in a secure location in John Day to repeat the procedure back to Portland. Hope that helps.
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Re: Bike boxes - bus or hotel?

Postby StarlightPurpleIF » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:10 am

The Bike Gallery people were very helpful with assembly at the start, which was free of charge. (Don't forget to tip.) Packing at the end of the ride was for a fee, but it was worth it. You can relax, eat and shower before the bus leaves.
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Re: Bike boxes - bus or hotel?

Postby Jackson » Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:41 pm

The truck will be at the hotel Friday night if you want to load them then. You are responsible of taking the case after assembly to the High Country Shipping truck for storage during the ride.
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