Bike box suggestions needed.

by usedtobefaster   November 12, 2013  

I'm looking to fly with my machine and am looking for a hard case to pack it in, but I may have a problem.

Most boxes that I know of require the seat post to be removed and packed separately, what's the problem there I hear you say - my bikes got an ISP so no seat post to remove (Scott Addict R4 2008).

Does anyone know of a bike box that would fit an ISP bike in?

Cheers
Paul

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Hmmm Thinking

I'd usually say a cardboard box from your LBS, but not sure if this frame would fit in one. Maybe a right big one. And maybe if you took your forks out. Just seems a bit of a waste of cash to me to buy a bike box when they're shipped in cardboard, so that must be OK?! Plenty of pipe lagging/bubble wrap/old towels/bike kit wrapped around it, duct tape it up and Robert's your mother's brother. If it it fits, that is.

Maybe other people can be more useful than me...

posted by jellysticks [63 posts]
12th November 2013 - 17:49

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What size is your frame ? I think the Polaris bike box takes most ISP frames

posted by sonicsol [6 posts]
12th November 2013 - 18:02

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Pretty sure that Bike Box Alan (http://bikeboxalan.co.uk) does a custom build if you’re struggling:

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That this Specialist service as a surcharge of £25. Please note in certain cases chain rings and rear me mech may have to removed if you have a very large integrated seat post frame. Do not hesitate to contact our technical department if you need help with the specification

posted by low-fi [29 posts]
12th November 2013 - 18:39

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Just seen this in the produce blurb (had to search, the page is terrible!):

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4. Integrated Seat Posts.

Bikebox is one of the few manufacturers that can cater for the 6ft 2in rider with integrated seat post. Straps are provided to accommodate the bike. Usually by removing the seat top section of the slide over post. Taller riders may have to remove the chain set.

I have a BBA, and it’s superb. Don’t be put off by the website.

posted by low-fi [29 posts]
12th November 2013 - 18:42

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I have transported my Giant Advanced SL with ISP - (size ML) both in a BikeBoxAlan hard case and in a cardboard box.
I took out the forks and chainset for it to fit into the cardboard box. I also put my wheels in their wheelbags for more protection.
Strangely enough, I was had more confidence in the cardboard box. Make sure you bring tape with you to seal the box for the return journey...

posted by Alan hall [14 posts]
12th November 2013 - 18:59

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Consider:
http://www.aircaddy.com/instructions-details.shtml
I don't know your frame size, but they give the dimensions on their page.
If it fits your bike, you should give it a try. We have used clamshell, TriAll3 wheeled cases, and LBS boxes, and the AirCaddy was the best - even better than the hardshell cases. Trusted it with $10K worth of carbon fiber on an international flights this summer and it worked great. Folded up nicely too which took care of a big hassle.

posted by janD [1 posts]
12th November 2013 - 20:58

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Yes, BikeBoxAlan is what you need!

posted by ianSWBB [4 posts]
13th November 2013 - 9:33

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The frame size is 56cm which in Scott land is a large.

Thanks for all the suggestions guy's and it looks like BikeBoxAlan is the way to go.

Cheers
Paul

posted by usedtobefaster [56 posts]
13th November 2013 - 10:16

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Hi Alan,

Why did the cardboard box give you more confidence then the BikeBoxAlan, sounds like the BBA more crushable than a cardboard box !!

Cheers
Paul

posted by usedtobefaster [56 posts]
13th November 2013 - 13:34

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usedtobefaster wrote:
Hi Alan,

Why did the cardboard box give you more confidence then the BikeBoxAlan, sounds like the BBA more crushable than a cardboard box !!

Cheers
Paul

The the anti-crush pole inspires a massive amount of confidence for me. Just ensure everything is padded, and you’re golden. Cardboard boxes can still be pierced – no chance of that with a BBA.

posted by low-fi [29 posts]
14th November 2013 - 15:43

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Hi Paul,

Depending on your frame size you should take a look at the B&W bike box - great bit of kit. A few people with ISP have used these excellent transport cases, some have just had to remove the saddle, which is simple enough.

The internal measurements are:

1080mm x 780/800mm x 250mm

http://bike-cases.co.uk/product-bike-box.php

They are available from many cycling shops, just go to the "Where to Buy" tab on the site.

B&W also make a larger case with an internal mounting anti-shock frame, this is the bike case:
http://bike-cases.co.uk/product-bike-case.php

Both of these come with padded wheel bags, internal straps and additional protective features.

I wouldn't trust a cardboard box to protect your bike, we've all heard some horror stories about the way all luggage is thrown about. Why take the risk?!

Cheers,

Andy

posted by andygreensmith1 [1 posts]
14th November 2013 - 17:25

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