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I have a small folding bicycle (Brompton) and plan on bringing it on an upcoming RCCL cruise.   My itinerary is US port heavy so one day is in Miami.   I can't wait to cycle in South Beach.   Anyone else bring a bike?   Any tips?

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If your main reason for bringing a bike is to cycle in South Beach, I’d consider just renting a bike for the day there. There are several renting places in the area. I don’t know if you’re familiar with where the port of Miami is located and where South Beach is, but it’s not like you can easily open your folding bike when you get off the ship and just start pedaling. You could most likely find a way to do so, but it will be challenging.

 

Unfortunately, most cities in the US are not as cyclist friendly as in other parts of the world, so you may want to check the other ports of call that you’ll be visiting to see how viable it will be to use your bike at those. I’d hate for you to haul your bike, maybe pay extra fees, only to learn that you won’t be be able to use it as much as you’d like. 

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I'm not sure if you meant the route would be tricky or the assembly would delay me.   But I thought I would show you a folding demo of me with a Brompton.    Unfolding is nearly as quick but I didn't have a convenient video.  I'm determined to ride my own bike but may Uber to or from the South Beach area is too much trouble to get to.  

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As an FYI, some cruise lines forbid bikes and all forms of non-disability related mobility aides, all because of someone who brought a Segway onboard, used it on ship and not only that but in a dangerous and irresponsible manner.

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As cruising cockroach mentioned, make sure your ship will allow you to bring your bike. I was onboard a ship once, and someone was told they could not bring their bike on the ship (he was right behind me in line). RIding bike on the ship is frowned upon (not saying you would do it, but I'm sure someone has tried) since there are so many people. 

 

I hope you can bring your own.  Good Luck!

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FYI, I saw a woman taking a full size mountain bike off the Freedom in Bonaire a week or so ago. She checked her sea pass to disembark so I knew she was a passenger.

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Great bike. I have never seen one like that? Curious, have you ever done a bike and barge trip? If so, with which company and how did you like it. My sister and I have been discussing the possibility of taking one next year.

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I love my Brompton bike.   I found some manufacturer videos on folding and unfolding to give you a better view.   Owners are a little cult like (in a good way).   Check out also the Brompton World Championship videos.   I was in one race in Richmond, VA that was held on the UCI course.   

 

3 hours ago, hi2you said:

Great bike. I have never seen one like that? Curious, have you ever done a bike and barge trip? If so, with which company and how did you like it. My sister and I have been discussing the possibility of taking one next year.

I ride in so many more places then I ever used to.   And I don't have to think much about whether it might be worth taking.   It's super easy so why not.   When I travel occasionally for work, I can now do something healthy that's not boring.   It can allow me to see parts of an area than I might not have before.   

 

I have not done a bike and barge.   This might be fun and you wouldn't have to manage the bike when you're not using it.    No storage or bag handling.   I don't see a river cruise in my immediate future.   Maybe later.   

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On 3/19/2019 at 6:35 PM, kurtp13 said:

hi2you

I love my Brompton bike.   I found some manufacturer videos on folding and unfolding to give you a better view.   Owners are a little cult like (in a good way).   Check out also the Brompton World Championship videos.   I was in one race in Richmond, VA that was held on the UCI course.   

 

I ride in so many more places then I ever used to.   And I don't have to think much about whether it might be worth taking.   It's super easy so why not.   When I travel occasionally for work, I can now do something healthy that's not boring.   It can allow me to see parts of an area than I might not have before.   

 

I have not done a bike and barge.   This might be fun and you wouldn't have to manage the bike when you're not using it.    No storage or bag handling.   I don't see a river cruise in my immediate future.   Maybe later.   

Happy Riding. Soon the trails will be open again for spring/summer biking. Wooohoooo!

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