Storing a bike for a week to travel home

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Storing a bike for a week to travel home

Postby randomblue » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:32 pm

Ok so I'm not travelling home but I've been invited on holiday with my family and since it's free to me I figure I might as well go! But this leaves me needing to find a place to leave my bike and bags for 5/6 days in Marseille. Has anyone taken a short trip sans bike during a tour and if so what arrangements did you make for bags and bike? I can look for a left luggage place for the bags and I guess just lock the bike up as normal but I don't feel like that's particularly safe! I'm also looking to see if a warmshowers host might be able to help but was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions? :)

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Storing a bike for a week to travel home

Postby DaleFTW » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:44 pm

Bike shop?
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Re: Storing a bike for a week to travel home

Postby simonhill » Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:49 am

Local bike club.

They are likely to be sympathetic and have members who have safe storage.

Left luggage, eg at airport, may be expensive. A bike at Gatwick is £6 per day.
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Re: Storing a bike for a week to travel home

Postby eileithyia » Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:18 am

Having left a car for 2 weeks in Marseille I certainly would not leave a bike locked up somewhere for a few days....

Can you not take it on the side trip with you? Otherwise any of those other suggestions...
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Re: Storing a bike for a week to travel home

Postby thirdcrank » Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:55 am

simonhill wrote:Local bike club.....


And plenty to choose from. There are around 50 bike clubs listed in Déparment 13 Bouche du Rhône ie Marseilles and the surrounding area.

http://www.cyclisme-amateur.com/annuair ... rhone.html

Many of those are purely racing clubs, but I see that Vélo Club de Marseille covers everything - sport, touring and leisure.

http://veloclubmarseille.online.fr/index.php?page=club

If you do go to Marseilles, don't forget Cassis. Loosely translated they say "If you've seen Paris but not Cassis you've seen nothing."

Qu'a vist Paris, se noun a vist Cassis, pou dire: n'ai rèn vist
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Re: Storing a bike for a week to travel home

Postby bohrsatom » Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:12 pm

I just had to do this very thing as we had to return home mid tour from Vienna for a wedding.

I decided the easiest way would be to find a hotel with luggage storage and stay there before/after our trip to London and get them to look after our bikes and 2/3 of our luggage whilst away. I got the local tourist information office to help (my German is nowhere near good enough to ask for such things) - it took a bit of time but we found somewhere and our bikes and luggage was there when we got back.
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