Tenerife help

by Raleigh   July 27, 2013  

Planning a li'l training camp in Tenerife next feb, looking to stay at the Pandoras Canadas hotel (2,200m).

Any advice on flights, where to go from the UK and how to get to the hotel from [one of] Tenerife's airports.

Also just does anyone have any experience of cycling on the Island?

Cheers.

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Don't go... it will be the day of the Mega Tsunami... d-d-d-dur!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw5ohzwrN5Y

Well probably not.


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posted by bikeboy76 [1239 posts]
28th July 2013 - 1:38

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Pff haha

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
28th July 2013 - 17:19

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I feel guilty putting a jokey reply when no one else has an answer/bump. Perhaps repost something asking about flying with your bike, perhaps Tenerife is too specific. I would be interested to see any replies as I would like to go to Morocco.


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posted by bikeboy76 [1239 posts]
29th July 2013 - 18:29

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Sorry to piggyback on your post, but I'd also be interested to hear of others experience of taking their bike on holiday when going by airplane. I'm starting to think about a trip to France next year to take in a couple of the tdf climbs but not sure if fly or drive is the best option? Not sure I can handle Driving that far! Sigh

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posted by Tinternet_tim [75 posts]
29th July 2013 - 20:01

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Tim,

It's a trade off basically

Went to Sardinia last year and it cost £50 each way for the bike bag up to 20 kg which I managed to stay under - above that it was £20 per kilo - I own a good bike bag, the sort that I didn't fret whatsoever about the handling during the flight but that's £400 - and at the other end you better be sure that the car you hire will fit the bike bag in or check with the transfer provider that they will take the bike (apparently becoming an issue in Majorca with coach transfers)

Have driven down to the Alps often and you don't need a bike bag but the toll charges add up (approx £100 each way) as does the fuel and an overnight is best advised which even in a cheap chain is £40 a night

Depending where you are intending to go in France I'd seriously consider Eurostar and TGV trains as you may still need a bike bag but an aircraft hold safe quality bag won't be required - I've certainly found prices from London to Grenoble return for £130 per person

posted by Throbbobank [9 posts]
29th July 2013 - 22:44

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You can rent Bikeboxalan's though can't you?

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
30th July 2013 - 17:34

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Raleigh wrote:
You can rent Bikeboxalan's though can't you?

You can - weighs 11.2 kilos so if you have a carrier with a 20 kg max before £20 per kilo excess - your bike better be cracking towards UCI legal weight and be prepared to take kit, pumps etc in other luggage....

BBA won 2009 best bike box which suggests that things have moved on a tad......I've also heard talk that the "bullet proof" construction may be a negative in terms of aircraft packing as it looks like a "solid base" for other luggage i.e. it's solid so put it at the bottom of the pile and the bike is safe but the box gets the damage (which at £400 a go is not inconsiderable)

Personally, if I had the money for excess baggage, storage space at home etc I'd have one but was quite satisfied with my alternative....

posted by Throbbobank [9 posts]
30th July 2013 - 22:10

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I have flown with Easyjet to Mallorca and brought my bike (Giant Advanced SL ISP) the past two years.
We assume the baggage handlers know what's inside and due to the size it's harder to throw about like a normal suitcase.
I hired a bike box last year and still couldn't settle for fear of damage to my bike.
This year I packed it into a cardboard box - the type all new bikes travel halfway round the world in!! - and my bike was fine.
You should be able to pick one up from your LBS and recycle it when you return home. Smile
PS. Bring a roll of tape with you to secure the box for the return journey.

posted by Alan hall [14 posts]
31st July 2013 - 10:58

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If you're flying with easyjet there's no limit on the weight of a bike, and the cost of adding a bike as hold luggage isn't that much more than a standard bag IIRC.

A group of 8 of us from my cycling club all flew out to Spain, from different airports in the UK in january with easyjet and no one had a problem with bikes. I rented a Polaris bike box from my LBS which was about £30 and seemed like it would protect my bike from most things.

posted by pirnie [184 posts]
31st July 2013 - 11:54

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In stark contrast I just flew back from Warsaw with mine.

I rode to the terminal, unlatched the saddle bag, finished off the water in the bottles (and then reinserted them into the cages) turned and twisted the handlebars, took off the pedals and gave it to the baggage dude.

I got it back 6 hours later with flat tyres (they had let the air out themselves), both bottles still in cages and everything else the way I had left it.

reattached, straightened and rode away from the terminal with a smile on my face.

that was lufthansa - who because I didnt take any more luggage other than the saddlebag and bike didnt charge any extra for it either!

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posted by themartincox [330 posts]
31st July 2013 - 12:14

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Agreed, there is an argument for leaving bikes unpackaged so the baggage handlers can see what it is, and take more care with it, and there's plenty of evidence for that method working!

Personally though I'd be more comfortable knowing my bike was protected!

posted by pirnie [184 posts]
31st July 2013 - 13:01

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Or you could always hire a bike?

posted by stepho [102 posts]
31st July 2013 - 16:37

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Thanks for the info Throbbobank (and others).

I think a bit of research is in order before I decide. I hadn't considered using Eurostar so will also look into that as well.

Cheers
Tim

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posted by Tinternet_tim [75 posts]
31st July 2013 - 22:32

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Just saw this, ONLY £300 if you buy a new bike too!

http://www.probikekit.co.uk/cycling-accessories-nc/scicon-aerotech-evolu...

Depends if you get to travel lots. Lord Sugar stuff this.


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posted by bikeboy76 [1239 posts]
1st August 2013 - 10:42

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Uh oh.

I THINK WE NEED SOME MO' SUGAR HERE.

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
1st August 2013 - 22:25

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*wonders whether there is much of a market in setting up a training camp business with airport pick ups, accommodation and route support...*

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11th August 2013 - 9:17

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