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Bike Box looking to borrow or rent - August 25, 2009, 10:09 AM

Well I'm going back home for two weeks of leave to go mountain biking but am having a hard time boxing my bike and the airlines state that they may not accept cardboard if they deem it a liability. I would be willing to do a deposit and didn't know if $50 was fair to rent the box for two weeks the bike I'm taking with is a DH bike I am stationed here and would be willing to give you any info needed I would bring mine from Colorado but there is no room in a military dorm. I leave this weekend.
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August 25, 2009, 10:44 AM

Okay, this is caveated by I "Used to work" for the airlines.

Unless this has changed the airlines will sell you a box to put your bike in. (Yes it is cardboard, but they will take it.)

An excellent writeup on shipping a bicycle via one of those boxes is here:
http://www.cyclotour.com/boxingabike.htm

Most current baggage regulations for bicycles as luggage can be found in one place here:
http://www.ibike.org/encouragement/travel/bagregs.htm

In short, almost all of your domestic carriers will gouge you for shipping a bicycle. Your best bet may be to use one of your standard carriers (FedEX, UPS, etc.)
http://www.wikihow.com/Ship-a-Bicycle-Cheaply

Your advantage for shipping via a standard carrier is that you can actually insure your bike. Anything packed in a cardboard box and sent via the Airlines can't be insured because of the fun "Limited Liability Release" that you get to sign when shipping fragile or bulky items not in their original carton with the original packing material.

Hope that helps!
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August 25, 2009, 10:48 AM

Try and call some of your local bicycle shops. I believe some of them will rent them out.


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August 25, 2009, 11:05 AM

I actually have an AirCaddy bike box that I'd sell you for $50. It's approved by the airlines, but you also get discounted freight from FedEx. I only used it once so it's in great shape.

http://www.aircaddy.com/

I've gone on two major trips with my bike and checked it through once, shipped it the second time and I'll never check my bike again. Most hotels will let you ship it to them before you get there.

PM me if you're interested or want more info.

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