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Home for the Holidays? Take Your Bike and Save Your Sanity

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Headed home for the holidays and already dreading not having your bike with you for a week or more? Let BikeFlights transport your bike to you—safely and securely—and keep your seasonal insanity in check.

For many cyclists—whether everyday Joes or competitive pros—bikes are more than mere transportation or recreation. Not only do they keep us fit, strong, and healthy physically, they also provide much-needed stress release and mental health benefits. During the holidays, with the accompanying excesses, social demands, stressful travel and time spent away from the comforts of home, many people notice the negative effects of lack of "Vitamin Bike". But now there's a simple solution for avoiding sudden bike withdrawal, thanks to BikeFlights.

BikeFlights is the most intuitive, customizable, and affordable way to ship your bicycle providing smart  options for traveling anywhere in the world with your bike. The company offers top-notch protection services—both in packing and coverage—and provides the safest path for your next bicycle excursion, race, or vacation. 

The idea for the company came to founder William Alcorn during a 14-hour drive when he accompanied a professional cyclist to and from a 100-mile mountain bike race in 2009. Since then the company has shipped over 50,000 bikes to people from all walks—or, er, rides—of life. 

“We serve every and any kind of rider who needs to transport a bike—from Olympic athletes, recreational cyclists, triathletes, bike shop operators and tour companies to those just trying to send a bike to their granddaughter,” said Alcorn, BikeFlights founder and owner.

“We’re all riders, and we all ride different kinds of bikes. Our service is not exclusively for any one group of cyclists; it’s for anyone, no matter what kind of bike you ride. We will help you get your bike to its destination anywhere in the world so you can enjoy riding it.”

With its Best Way program, BikeFlights guarantees that customers’ bikes, wheels and gear are delivered safely as scheduled, along with the lowest prices from top carriers and personalized service from fellow riders. 

So if you're headed home for the holidays and just can't bear the thought of sitting in on big sister Suzie's spin class, check out BikeFlights expert bike transport. Service is guaranteed, and it's less costly than a festivities-inspired trip to the loony bin.

For more information or to get started shipping your bike, visit BikeFlights.com.

{image_2}Üma Kleppinger is a Portland-based copy writer, author and bike addict. A recovering sesquipedalian who writes about life in the saddle and outdoor adventure, she is also the author of Bike Yoga, a flexibility and recovery program for cyclists. When not writing, she can be found riding and racing her mountain bike throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Related Slideshow: 10 Things You May Not Know About Truffles

The annual Oregon Truffle Festival is set to kick off in January in Portland and Eugene. But before attending the festival, here are 10 things you may not know about truffles. (All photos were provided by the Oregon Truffle Festival). 

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Truffles Priced 1,000 +

Prices in the U.S. for the French black truffle and Italian white truffle have reached up to $1,200 per pound. 

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Not All Are That Good

There are at least 1,000 truffle species in North America. All are thought to be edible, but only a few have real culinary value.

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Best in the West

Oregon has the four most famous “culinary” truffle species in North America.

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Where Else Are They?

There are currently three other “culinary” truffle species found elsewhere in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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European Truffles Here

There are at least 20 farms in North America that are beginning to produce European truffles.

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Growing in the Northwest

In the Pacific Northwest, farms are producing Perigord, Burgundy, and bianchetto truffles in orchards of inoculated trees.

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Success in the West

Seven orchards of inoculated truffle trees in the Pacific Northwest have successfully produced European truffles.

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Wine Country Truffles

Yamhill Valley wine country has one of the largest concentrations of productive truffle patches in Oregon. 

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Oregon Soil

The Oregon Truffle Festival will be holding North America’s first truffle dog championship, named “The Joriad.”  The event is named after Oregon’s state soil, Jory soil, which is prime for truffle growing.

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Oregon Leads the Way

In early 2013, the famous black truffle of Southern Europe, aka the Perigord truffle, was harvested for the first time in Oregon in an orchard of hazelnut trees. 


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