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I can tell you why you're sick, I just can't write you an Rx
2019: IMTX|IM 70.3 OOB| IMMD
I'll let you know in a few days ;-)
Literally just dropped off my bike and gear an hour ago for 70.3 CdA. So far, the process has been pretty seamless (reservation, drop-off). Prices seem a bit high but I'd still gladly pay what they're charging to not have to pack and fly with my bike and race gear and wheel bag.
Dropped the bike of on the 24th of May for a June 3rd race. It arrived back in the Philly area on Monday the 11th. So basically 8 days both ways.
I do agree with that. At some point, it isn't worth the downtime of not having the bike for the week+ pre and post race
Exactly why I keep my old road bike. Wife keeps asking when I'm going to sell it, but when you use TBT you need a bike for the 2 weeks you are without the race bike.
Anyways... I have used them 2 times and no issues. Keep in mind inflation and gas prices keep going up, and life doesn't get cheaper as time goes on. Staff. Labor. Equipment. The cost of doing business... all of it gets factored in. I'd rather throw my eggs in the transport basket than airline and TSA basket. At least TBT won't try and bust your frame apart looking for whatever as I have seen in way too many posts of other triathletes and their horror stories while flying with their bike.
I did fly my bike to Boulder 70.3 in 2011 and didn't have an issue. But, it was a pain in the rear to break the bike down, pack it, reassemble, break down again after the race and reassemble back home. Not to mention wheeling that thing through the airport and getting in the rental car. Pick up at race site. Pedals on. Ride, race, pedals off, hand off, pick up at home town bike shop.
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Hi, to answer your question, we did increase our shipping rates slightly this year. The increase was distance-based, from $0 for less than 1,000 miles (partner shop to event site), up to $30 for more than 3,000 miles. We estimate that the resulting net average increase will be $8.89/reservation or 2.7% from 2017. Our last prior increase was in 2016.
We are keenly aware that cost is an important consideration for many of our customers. However, we have seen significant increases in our overhead (insurance, etc.) and operating costs (diesel is up 35% since June '16). We did our best to keep the increase as small as possible, so that we would remain as competitive as we can with alternative shipping options (airlines, bulk shippers, etc.). I hope this explains the change.
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The most expensive airlines will charge you $300 round trip. Fly 2-3 times a year and buying a case pays for itself.
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Every single time I have used them, I become upset when they can't tell me where my bike is after we pass the 5 day mark. At what point do you contact the police/insurance on a stolen bike and feel foolish saying I have no idea what day it was stolen because the company would never tell me where it was. It also doesn't help that they didn't drop off my bag in Oceanside one time last year until past midnight the day of the race. This started a chain reaction of problems. To make it up TBT made good by sending my stuff to Santa Rosa 70.3 for free. They treated me very well on the front end. When I got my stuff back, no communication for 6+ days. Then my stuff was placed in two separate bags for some reason and not linked/connected together. The bike shop gave me one bag. Luckily I noticed it was light, opened it up and realized my wetsuit + other stuff was missing. I walked around the bike shop myself and located the other bag. Still no communication, complete discard for organization and having their sh*t together.
I bought a Tririg Omni last year for the main purpose that it was easy to break down (3 screws) and rebuild myself. I took it to Santa Cruz 70.3 last year. Zero issues flying with it. No down time without the bike. Awesome bike btw. I also purchased a bike-specific GPS device that I can use to know where my bike is (i.e. did it make it off the plane?, Is it still in transition?). I am flying with it to Greece 70.3 in a month. I would still use TBT for places like Santa Rosa 70.3 because of the logistics of the two different transitions and the bike dropoff location. But definitely not at a $300+ difference. And you guys are correct, I used TBT in IM Arizona in 2012 - they were barely $300. Big difference. I can't justify $500+ for something I can do myself and not lose the bike for over 2 weeks with an unknown return delivery.
This is NOT accurate at all! They run an expensive business . . . really pretty incredible and don't make a whole lot doing it (yes, I have personally seen every line of their finances). What they had to do is evolve in their configuration in order to survive, and to continue to bring this wonderful service to athletes.
I was on the verge of discontinuing my Ironman/triathlon passion due to three rather young kids, wife, and many responsibilities . . . the "ball and chain" of traveling with a bike was about my breaking point until I heard about TBT. I signed up for IMCdA in 2009 (I think) and gave them a try - it was literally life changing. I've done about a dozen IMs since then and ALWAYS use TBT. They saved my hobby, my marriage, and my kids . . . well, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but really made things easier. I will continue to use them. On top of that they are great people who really care. I'll ask Marc or Taylor to chime in - they are great.
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Not associated with them at all, but have used them probably 10 times over the years. Did have one incident where they sent my gear bag to Florida 70.3 rather than New Orleans 70.3, got it the day before the race. Yeah, there was a bit of stress and I typically don't send a bag out anymore (as frankly it's not a bid deal to pack it).
Just my experiences.
I bought a Sherlock Invisible GPS anti-theft device. https://www.sherlock.bike/en/
I totally understand your pain and I don't get why the bike industry doesn't have this down better.
Many airports do not offer this post 9/11 and it simply does not work for our itineraries. For example, last trip was flying into Boston, leaving from Newark. Next trip is flying into Ottawa and out of Montreal.
Sorry, "this is how people handle racecations" is a ridiculous thing to say. May also handle it with TBT. For some reason that bothers you [/shrug] You have a hard on for TBT, I get it. Me, I'm fine with them.
Also, let's say I come from Montreal and fly into and out of LAX (even though I live here, just for example). TBT is charging me $360 to go LAX to Montreal so assume it's the same for reverse. two week vacation. Now I spend airline fees (let's say $300) plus 10 days of storage. So now I've spent $450 instead of $360 (not including an amortized box, I travel once per year typically to race so it has to be added) No idea how that is supposed to make any sense.
And I don't really have to say that I don't use TBT for races it doesn't service. Non sequitur