New to the forum (though I've lurked) and to traveling, and I'm in need of some assistance for an upcoming trip.
I'm going to be vacationing in Ireland with my family for a couple of weeks this summer, after which they will return to the States while I do some traveling in Europe (7 weeks for this). From there I go to Scotland for grad school. My greatest desire is to see Scandinavia (Denmark--Sweden--Norway), but I'm on a soon-to-be-fairly-poor college student's budget (though I have saved, so I won't be totally broke).
Since, as I understand it, slow travel can be cheaper than blitz travel, and I have more time than money, I thought I might make my trip into a bike tour, with rail travel for the farthest distances. I have a foldable bike (a Brompton, so it can be taken on public transpo pretty easily) and I'm considering a trailer that could hold my bike on the air travel, protect it on trains, and could hold my travel gear and be hitched to my bike while riding.
The questions! Does anyone know if it's possible to check such a large (31 x24.5 x12.5 in) bag in the museums of these countries (massive generalization, but I can't find any info online about coat-checking bags in the museums)? Locking my bike outside is not an option. Also, does it even make sense to do this, considering I would like to be able to explore the cities I'll be in (the capitals and some of the smaller towns in the vicinity)? Cycling is apparently an excellent way to see Europe, but would the necessity of keeping my bike pretty close on hand negate those benefits?