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Bike Transport(8 posts)

Bike Transportpulver
Aug 27, 2001 10:47 AM
Can I solicit any feedback on experience that anyone has with bike transport cases/carriers. I am considering the Trico Iron case and a couple of others in determining what would serve me best. I have a 54cm road bike that I would prefer to just remove wheels, pedals and seatpost to pack the bike. I anticipate using it on airlines on occassion and some UPS shipping as well.

Thanks in advance to any feedback and comments.
Just rememberThioderek
Aug 27, 2001 10:53 AM
Just remember to deal with the rear derailleur by either removing it and attaching it to the frame with zip-ties, or makng very sure that you can leave the deraileur on without it bending the hanger in transit. I have had some serious issues with this. I now remove the rear "d" whenever I transport in my hard case.
One other thingThioderek
Aug 27, 2001 11:02 AM
Always remember to insure the bike. It doesnt cost very much and can save you a lot of headache in the future.

I speak from experience.
Be careful with UPSMB1
Aug 27, 2001 10:58 AM
A well packed cardboard works best for UPS. If you use a valuable case for shipping UPS you could have problems. They guarantee the contents not the package. I think this is true of most carriers.
Be careful with UPSSamDC
Aug 27, 2001 11:02 AM
Put a box around the carrier. Maybe?
I have a TricoPaulCL
Aug 27, 2001 12:02 PM
Pop off the wheels, seatpost, pedals..then tie the deraillieur against the chainstay. I use lots of old t-shirts/rags to rap any metal to metal contact. I put my pedals, skewers, etc into a plastic bag into the case. I also carry a framepump, extra tubes, and dirty clothes (on the return trip). The Trico comes with instructions on how to break down and pack you bike. Trico also supplies bolts for your dropouts.

FYI: my bike is a 58cm road bike. I have never shipped via UPS, but have flown with the bike several times. If you fly and get more insurance, you will have to pay the $80 per flight fee for a bike box. With UPS, I would insure it to the hilt. With the airlines, I believe that the bike is automatically insured to $2500 - but you may want to call an airline and check that first.
Insurance scamSamDC
Aug 27, 2001 12:09 PM
Have you ever heard of individuals puposely mailing a damaged bike so that they can claim the insurance? How would they (airline, UPS, etc.) know? It seems I can only use my mind for evil these days.
UPS sucksJohnG
Aug 27, 2001 7:02 PM
Those turds just lost my Alien seatpost.

Try to use Airborne or USPS if at all possible.

johnG