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we (turin) rent hard cases, but i've used regular cardboard boxes too.
boxes are free!


Anne said:
we (turin) rent hard cases, but i've used regular cardboard boxes too.
boxes are free!
Thanks for the info,do you know how much you guys charge?

I was thinking about going the cardboard route as well, is that pretty safe?
I have one of these:

that I'm willing to lend or sell.
http://www.pikapackworks.com/
well, they come from China in cardboard boxes ok ;)
honestly, i've used cardboard boxes a couple of times, the trick is to create a crossbar inside to prevent crushing from the side. you'll just have to walk it over to the 'oversize' counter at check in. check details with the airline though.
H3N3's case is pretty nice, so if you have a place to store the case at your destination it will be great.



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Anne said:
we (turin) rent hard cases, but i've used regular cardboard boxes too.
boxes are free!
Thanks for the info,do you know how much you guys charge?

I was thinking about going the cardboard route as well, is that pretty safe?
I haven't tried it, but I saw these at Lickton's in Oak Park. It's called Air Caddy. They're made out of cardboard, they're supposed to hold up for 4-6 round trips and they are shippable for much less than most airlines charge for oversized luggage these days. Would like to try it or hear of others' experience with them.
Not sure if you are concerned about costs, but if you are, you may want to look into Fedex. I did it this summer, and you can ship from door-to-door at rates lower than airlines are charging. Depending on where you go it may take a week or so to get there.
I concur with the fed ex route, ship it to your hotel, or make arrangements with a local bike shop. I have done so and have had my bike assembled and waiting for me. Fed ex ground is way cheaper then the 100-150 each way that airlines are charging.

Duppie said:
Not sure if you are concerned about costs, but if you are, you may want to look into Fedex. I did it this summer, and you can ship from door-to-door at rates lower than airlines are charging. Depending on where you go it may take a week or so to get there.
Some unhappy experience with Aircaddy and FedEx reported here.
Possibly just a freak, one-time occurrence . . .

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