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kellyrocheearly

Bike Boxes

Going to be doing some travelling and wanting to know what experience people have with bike boxes and airports?
I am thinking of getting the Trico Sports Iron Case which has great reviews and is apparently bomb proof for my precious cargo.
When moving to Boston i brought my old bike over using a cardboard bike box from my local bike shop plus lots of foam padding but not going to risk that with my Orbea.
CapeRoadie

Re: Bike Boxes

kellyrocheearly wrote:
Going to be doing some travelling and wanting to know what experience people have with bike boxes and airports?
I am thinking of getting the Trico Sports Iron Case which has great reviews and is apparently bomb proof for my precious cargo.
When moving to Boston i brought my old bike over using a cardboard bike box from my local bike shop plus lots of foam padding but not going to risk that with my Orbea.


That's what I travel with.  It's a good one.  You can borrow mine if you want.
Bartali

This is mine ... expensive but bomb proof ...

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDe...x?Cat=cycle&ProdID=5300002583
headwind

I have  a trico as well...been all around the world and never an issue.  Just be sure not to lock it otherwise they will cut the lock off.   Indestructable.  If you are gonna travel much buy it...or take up cape on the loaner.  I can get my bike and all gear + clothes in it.

word up: go to home depot and get some foam pipe wrap to cover the tubes.

its hard to belkieve itll all fit...but it does!!
kellyrocheearly

thanks for the offer Cape but i'm gonna go buy one as i plan on bringing the bike home to Ireland when i make trips home to ride my old favorite roads as well as panned trips to Italy next year and hopefully the Basque Country so it'll get plenty of use if i get working on those holiday savings!
Dont worry Headwind i have plenty of foam tubing.
headwind

Lemme know if theres anything I can help with if you buy the trico.  Ive taken a couple shoulder straps from other luggage and attached to the carry loop so that I can carry baggage and tow the bike case with my shoulders. Esp useful if traveling alone.

Youll love Pays Basque KRE.  I simply was floored at the beauty of the enitre region. Dont forget to drink the Txacoli and splurge eating the Gateaux Basque...youll see...

hw
Juggernaut

Sorry to bump this thread, but the time has come to get myself a bike box too. I'm looking at the box you have Bartali - have you used it much yet? Any positive/negative feedback?
paperman

From Bartalis talk of it and looking at his bike, Have you seen his bike????? go look at it.

Anyway from what he says I ordered one myself its on the way now!!!!!. It will house a Cervelo soloist.
Bartali

I used it only last week travelling too and from Sardinia.

On the down side it is BIG, but that doesn't seem to be a problem with the airlines.

On the plus side it is BIG - which means it is easy to pack with the minimum of fuss.  Simply take off the wheels, clip front and back into the supplied metal stand.  Turn the handlebars and the jobs done.  I go OTT with pipe lagging and bubble wrap, but I'm a bit anal.

I've used it quite a bit on international flights and my bike has arrived safe and sound each time.
Juggernaut

Sounds good - my concern was the size as well. Not just for the airlines - I have to store it myself when it's not in use, and I can't stuff it in the attic like I do with my other junk. And in reality I need two of them (the wife needs one as well). Are other bike boxes significantly smaller? I don't mind having to remove pedals/seats/handlebars if needed - it's not like it will get used that often.
Bartali

Juggernaut - I forgot to say that you have to remove the pedals as well!

Some of the other bike boxes are quite a bit smaller and it can be a struggle to work out how it all fits together - but clearly not a big problem for clever blokes like us.

I've think I've seen this one around the airports and it looks a bit smaller

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDe...erotech%20Evolution%20Bike%20Case
headwind

holy shit batman 800 USD!!! OUCH.

All I can say is the Trico is a lot cheaper, and disassembly/reassembly is about 10 minutes for most people. I say most because with my seatmast instead of a seat post I have to take a few more minutes to take of the chain rings to get it in.

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/default.asp?pg=fullstory&id=2345

http://deltacases.stores.yahoo.net/tricobikecase1.html
Juggernaut

Cheers for the links Headwind - I decided in the end to buy a couple of the Trico cases. The price was a big factor Smile

Thanks everyone for your advice
headwind

No sweat, happy to help with any beta you might need. Its a lot cheaper in price, but a totally bomber box.  Ive taken my baby all over with it and never an issue. It does fit in the TVG if you are interested!

Just be sure if a desitnation includes the USA not to lock it unless you use a TSA lock.  They just will cut it off.  I stopped locking it, and never had an issue anywhere.

Get some foam pipe wrap for the main tubes at the local home store.

hw
kellyrocheearly

I'm very happy with my trico case, safe as houses. It even survived being opened by security on the flight over
Juggernaut

That's good to hear Kellyrocheearly. I ordered them on the Trico website (they have a 'Europe' option), and when I received the tracking number I was surprised to find that they are sending them from California. They're couriering me two empty boxes from the States! They are going to have a bigger carbon footprint than a Tesco's store by the time they arrive!
paperman

Just packed my bike away, the box is excellent and it all fits in nicely.......BUT ten mins to  disassemble/reassemble might be a bit optimistic!!! AND I had to take off the bars, not a big deal but I didn't want to really!!!!! With the bars simply turned there was no way that box was going to close.!!!!!! Other than that it all seems fine just have to deal with the paranoia of something happening to my bike in transit!!!!!!
headwind

ok...15-20 mins is more likely...

I just take off my stem face plate and rotate the handlebars so its not really a difficult removal.  WORD UP: Be sure to wrap your Rear D with a wahscloth or soemthing to keep it from hitting anything.  I usually tape it in place too.
paperman

No dig , just that my set up means I ain't gonna do it in 10 mins 20 is more like it.

I taped the chain in place to stop it movin around and alot of the frame is wrapped up. The rear D is face down in a piece of foam. The seat post is wrapped up too and taped in place. I'm happy enough with the security of the bike now. I was just a little nervous using it for the first time and as said removing the bars no biggy just an extra few mins later on but ther'll be no rush I guess.
Juggernaut

My boxes have just arrived! Now I have to work out how to get them home from the office. Maybe one either side of my pannier rack...
headwind

paperman wrote:
No dig , just that my set up means I ain't gonna do it in 10 mins 20 is more like it.

I taped the chain in place to stop it movin around and alot of the frame is wrapped up. The rear D is face down in a piece of foam. The seat post is wrapped up too and taped in place. I'm happy enough with the security of the bike now. I was just a little nervous using it for the first time and as said removing the bars no biggy just an extra few mins later on but ther'll be no rush I guess.


no worries...ive been known to exaggerate a little Wink

Also, be sure to pack your helmet and riding clothes etc...that really closes up the dead space so nothing moves. I get pretty much everything cycling in the case and it keeps stray movement to a minimum.

be sure to use fork and rear wheel hanger minders!

hw

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