Hi, I'm planning a 7 day euro trip next week , I also plan on possibly purchasing a Brompton in either Paris or Amsterdam . I'll also be riding immediately after purchase whether it be 1 day or 4 days . So my question is : when I come back through customs will my bike be considered a used bike ?
If you had paid cash and never asked, you might have got away with it. But since you posted, the NSA has a copy of your plans. Here is an interesting saga of a smuggler and the Movie Stars he caught up in his scheme. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/2008/12/us-indicts-g...
I guess that explains the black windowless van that's been parked across the street since last night ...hmmmmmmm.
You could always buy a used Brompton. I understand that they hold up real well over time.
I thought of that too. I've checked the used market and there really isn't a buyers market (very limited choices). Also since they do good their value ,I might as well spend the extra few hundred and buy new .
A friend of mine did that with a Dawes touring bike years ago and brought it back as used. Actually, you probably don't have to declare it. But i'd think that the airline's baggage fees might be high.
Ideally ,this would go as a carryon as I'm only going to have 1 other bag with me..
"if you can't get free coroplast, you're spending $30 each time you travel because it doesn't survive well multiple times."
Is that based on your experience? Reason I ask is that I've read of several people who have made coroplast liners to use in their dimpa bags, for the purpose of reusing them. I don't remember them saying anything about needing to replace them periodically. But I've never tried it (was thinking about it).