If you're a mountain biker of a certain vintage, it's probably not as easy to just take off somewhere with your bike as it used to be: there are other people to bring into the decision-making process when considering/planning a mountain bike trip - people like your spouse, your kids, etc...
So if you find yourself in a situation where you have to get consent from a significant other for your mountain bike wanderings, here are a few suggested strategies:
1) "Honey, it will make me a much happier - and hence much better - husband/wife/father/mother."
Good writers have often used sport as a metaphor for life: the lessons of the playing field or arena applied to daily living. If Norman Mailer (boxing), William Kennedy (baseball) and John Irving (wrestling) had spent time on a mountain bike, they would have learned that...
Research shows that over 30% of adventure travellers on guided trips report being dissatisfied with their experience. Often this comes down to some easily avoided mistakes. So, after 17 years of traveling the world with my mountain bike and learning the hard way, I've listed some of the most common mistakes adventure travelers make (particularly those going on guided trips) and some tips on how to avoid them.
If you plan on traveling more than once with your mountain bike, or are doing multiple legs on your journey, invest in a proper case for your bike. Nothing sucks more than getting to your destination, opening up your cardboard bike box and finding a bent or broken derailleur hanger or brake rotor, and then spending half a day looking for bike shops to fix the problem. See the next section (A guide to protecting your mountain bike) for more information on the various types of bike protection.
Dealing with airlines can often be the most frustrating aspect of mountain bike travel. You show up at the airport with your bike carefully packed up, walk up to the counter and place your bag on the scale... and then choke on your coffee as the service agent tells you there'll be a $250 charge to bring your bike on the plane with you. Each way.
At Sacred Rides we've been developing amazing mountain bike itineraries around the world for over 17 years. In that time we've learned a thing or two about traveling with your mountain bike, and we're now sharing that knowledge with the world - for free - in a comprehensive new travel guide entitled 'The Ultimate Guide to Mountain Bike Travel'.
This poster has been going viral on our Facebook page (as of last count, 380 shares and over 900 likes in 3 days), and we've had several people request versions they can print out or use as desktop wallpaper on their computer, so here it is: