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There are many reasons why you may need to prepare your bike to be shipped to a distant location. Whether you are racing, moving, or touring abroad, properly packing your bike for travel in a quality bicycle shipping box will ensure it doesn’t suffer unnecessary damage.
In some of my bicycling tours (such as my recent Rhine River tour, our biking in Montenegro, cycling tours in Germany, our Cyprus biking trip and my bicycle tours Switzerland) I had to ship my bicycles by air. Each time I was not sure If would see my bicycles in one piece at the baggage-claim, but until now (knock on wood) I have only good experience in bicycle shipping.
First Step – Evaluate Your Needs
Depending on why you need to ship your bicycle, there are several options available.
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Spending $200 or more on an ultra light and flashy bicycle travel case may not be what you are looking for if you are only moving to the next city in a big truck. Similarly, a cardboard box might not give you the peace of mind you need when shipping an $8000 road bike overseas for the next big race.
With this in mind, evaluate your needs. Ask yourself a few simple questions to make sure you end up with the right bicycle shipping box:
- How will I be shipping my bike - truck, train, or boat?
- How far will I have to ship my bike?
- Will I need a bicycle travel case more than once?
- How important is weight and size?
Temporary Bicycle Shipping Box Solutions
Perhaps you are moving to a new house or apartment, and only need a temporary solution to get your bike there undamaged with the rest of your belongings. In this circumstance, there are a few good options.
If the bike absolutely needs to be packed in a box and you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, your best bet might be to bring it to a bike shop and have them do it for you! I have looked around at a few bike shops where I live, and many are willing to do the job for $50. There are no hassles, and you are ready to travel!
If you feel comfortable enough packing your bike for shipping, you will first need to find a bicycle shipping box that is sturdy, and will prevent your bike from getting damaged. Aside from purchasing such boxes at a local bike shop, there are also a number of websites that offer sturdy, bike-specific shipping options, ranging from very basic, inexpensive boxes, to other containers that will last through the years:
Take a look at these affordable shipping boxes:
More Elaborate Bicycle Shipping Boxs
If you will be using your bicycle shipping container many times, or are shipping a rather expensive bike, you may want to consider some other options.
Trico offers a bicycle travel case that is great for the cyclist who travels frequently for racing. Not only does the case offer 5 cm thick padding to protect your investment, the bike travel case is light enough that you can carry it strapped over your shoulder! This is the bike travel case you will want to consider if size and weight are a consideration.
Such hard shell travel case will withstand the wear and tear of airline travel, and ensure that your investment arrives at your destination damage-free. If you do plan on shipping your bicycle regularly over long distances, I would certainly recommend this option. Another great shipping box for bicycle is the Scicon Travel Plus Bicycle Case.
Where to Buy a Bicycle Shipping Box?
If you are interested in buying a bicycle shipping box you can buy it on one of these trusted online stores:
Buying a Bicycle Shipping Box on eBay
Quick Note About Bicycle Shipping
In order to fit your bike in most shipping containers, you will at least need to remove the bicycle pedals and the bicycle handlebars. If you do not know how to do this, or do not have the proper tools, your local bike shop will be happy to help you out. Alternately, some websites have some very helpful information on how to pack your bike for storage.