I am using it in one month. Already have it arranged and paid for. Maybe you shouldn't speak so much for everyone. I put out fact - based on what a lot of other international travelers just told me within the last few months. I just looked up those LAX prices and they are available.
Yes, if you fly into and out of different airports then no storage will suffice for your needs.
Yep, I have used Luggage Storage places in Europe quite frequently, especially London Heathrow and Waterloo station to store my bike when traveling. Sometimes just stored the box there. If memory serves, I think Nice airport even had a bike stand and tools - just ride out of the airport if you wanted to. Super easy and convenient.
For US airports, more of a challenge. Luggage Storage varies between on property and some off property. Price is usually a pretty good indication. When off property you are not rolling up to the place and storing it there. You have to wait, they put it on a van and take it someplace nearby, then wait coming back. When on property, roll up and leave and thus the pricing is usually more. Not sure about LAX but remember looking at SFO and believe they were on property and like $40 a day for a bike (but think day was 24 hours so may be converted to hourly for less time).
Have had good luck with TBT myself from Houston, including when Tru Tri announced they were closing and my bike was going to be coming back there after Indian Wells so was concerned if the store shut down before truck arrived or shuttered with my bike in it! A few emails and everything sorted.
Idea is interesting on tracking but personally not something I would pay extra for to know exactly where my bike and bag is at the moment. If I want that security, I'll fly with it but even then between TSA opening it and repacking and the weight of peoples luggage that gets thrown on top of it, or the guy that takes it away at IAH that I hope gets it to the plane, no guarantees it will be working when I arrive.
Half the time I probably take with me and the other half shipping and probably split by what I am doing. With road and mountain, probably flying with me, but for tri sending with TBT and also have used Bike Flights to races where TBT was not an option for an event.
I think the service is really important for the sport, especially for those that do want to spend some time in the area before/after and not necessarily have to rent a larger car and/or shuttle the bike.
I miss you "Sports Night"