Hi guys, I'd love to get your thoughts on taking my bike apart and bringing it with my on my first flight over to my new home in RT, I took the cash in Lieu option, so I would have to figure out how to do this on my own, not to mention if its even a possibility on Lufthansa. But I guess my main question serves as that of need. I've read posts about people who have bikes and gold carts on the compound, and I've read a few more saying everything you need is in walking distance. I'll be living in the bachelor section of the compound, so I'd love to get others thoughts on this matter, or advice in shipping in general if you please. Thank you.
I will check out those boxes you mentioned. What are your thoughts on the need for a bike in RT? Is everything in walking distance since the compound is smaller compared to some, or would a bike come in more handy than I'd think?
Hi Cob, Having a bike at RT would make certain things easier plus there is also the exercise aspect of riding a bike. Dependant if you want to visit the gym or get a snack at the golf club there can quite a distance to walk ( in saying that you could quite easily walk from one end of the camp to the other in about 30-40 mins. I bought a bike out here (from Rashid Mall then put it in the luggage compartment of the bus to get it here). Depends if the bike you have is expensive or just one you want to keep. The fare for bringing may be more than buying one out here. Other at RT have also ordered more expensive bikes off the internet ((UK expats). In doing so they save on sales tax (VAT) which is about 21% in the UK
Thanks Welshman, I have both an expensive bike I can bring, as well as a cheap one. It sounds to me like either buying or shipping my bike is the recommended option, so I will do that. While I'm not an avid rider, as you mentioned, just a nice ride through the compound would still be pleasant. Now I just need to figure out how much of a pain the the neck it would be to pack it into a box for the flight over, or if buying one as you mentioned would be easier. So many decisions to make!! Still good to have the advice though, so thank you.
Are there cycling clubs in the compound? I am an avid cyclist and also have both cheap and expensive bike but I will be looking to sell them here in the UK and re-purchase while I am there and maybe same some money by not having to pay Uk VAT