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Offline RangerTom

Re: Bike shipping / Lesson learned?
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2012, 11:18:10 am »
After looking at various options on this forum and others out there in internet land, I'm pretty well convinced that BikeFlight is the way to go for shipping our tandem cross-country next month. I was wondering if there is anyone amongst the forum that has used a CrateWorks  shipping box. Rather expensive, however I wondered if my percieved ease of packing (looks like everything you need is there, no stuffing the bike /equipment in via the narrow top )  and the added protection of it's design is worth the protection. Any further recomendations/comments in addition to ideas posted above?

Tom

Offline indyfabz

Re: Bike shipping / Lesson learned?
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2012, 10:59:03 am »
After looking at various options on this forum and others out there in internet land, I'm pretty well convinced that BikeFlight is the way to go for shipping our tandem cross-country next month. I was wondering if there is anyone amongst the forum that has used a CrateWorks  shipping box. Rather expensive, however I wondered if my percieved ease of packing (looks like everything you need is there, no stuffing the bike /equipment in via the narrow top )  and the added protection of it's design is worth the protection. Any further recomendations/comments in addition to ideas posted above?

Tom

My custom IF is sitting at home packed inside a CrateWorks box (the poly one) at this very moment. Going to Cycle Oregon on Friday.

I first used one to fly to Spain in '00. Not only did it hold my 63 cm Cannondale T-700, but also my tent, sleeping bag and helmet. For reasosns I won't bore you with, I ended up abandoning it there.

Bought a second one back in '02. This will be it's fifth flight. It has also been used twice to ship my 60cm Surly LHT to Montana via UPS. Still holding up strong. They are roomy boxes but sitll "legal." Easy to load. The internal tie downs can be positioned to best secure your particular frame size/geometry. Mine came with a diagram affixed to the inside showing you how to position the bike and tie it doen. And you can replace certain parts of they get damaged.

While I like the internal compression straps, I am less than enthusiastic about the outer h-strap system. TSA at my airport doesn't have a large scanning machine, so they open bike boxes. Some employees have had trouble figuring out how to re-secure the straps. One time, I got the box back with two of the straps tied in a knot.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Bike shipping / Lesson learned?
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2012, 01:36:35 pm »
While I like the internal compression straps, I am less than enthusiastic about the outer h-strap system. TSA at my airport doesn't have a large scanning machine, so they open bike boxes. Some employees have had trouble figuring out how to re-secure the straps. One time, I got the box back with two of the straps tied in a knot.

TSA must be hiring the gorillas from the Atlanta zoo that used to do luggage commercials.  They have trouble with belt buckles.  I'm sure that's why they want you to take your belt off.  Reading or following pictures is right out -- they've never done either with the directions on top of my S&S coupled bike, and I hold my breath every time I open the case after they've monkeyed around with it.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Bike shipping / Lesson learned?
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2012, 02:58:06 pm »
I took my bike with me on a US domestic flight in June. It went very smoothly. I constructed my own box. Here are two suggestions that worked well for me.

1. Tape the box closed, and put instructions on the lid about what tape needs to be cut to open the box. The TSA followed my instructions and cut only the tape I indicated, and retaped it securely when they were done.
2. Put as little as possible in the box and make the box generously oversized (but still within airline limitations) with sufficient space around the box. This way the TSA can thoroughly inspect the bike without removing it from the box.

Offline bodyscan

Re: Bike shipping / Lesson learned?
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2013, 06:55:44 pm »
Check out www.racedaytransport.com

It is absolutely the easiest way to transport your bike and gear bag.  It travels "fully-assembled", so you don't have to worry about bike boxes, dissassembly or anything like that. 


Offline DaveB

Re: Bike shipping / Lesson learned?
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2013, 09:57:40 am »
Check out www.racedaytransport.com

It is absolutely the easiest way to transport your bike and gear bag.  It travels "fully-assembled", so you don't have to worry about bike boxes, dissassembly or anything like that.
OK, let's see them drive it to Belgium. :)

Offline John Nelson

Re: Bike shipping / Lesson learned?
« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2013, 10:47:31 am »
Check out www.racedaytransport.com

It is absolutely the easiest way to transport your bike and gear bag.  It travels "fully-assembled", so you don't have to worry about bike boxes, dissassembly or anything like that.
OK, let's see them drive it to Belgium. :)
It does not appear that this service is useful for people doing bicycle touring.