Bicycle Mechanics - Bike Box Demensions?? (yes I tried to search)
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11-02-12, 01:27 PM
Hello everybody. I tried searching here and other places but I can't seem to find the demensions for a biket box. I need to try and figure out shipping to Japan (most likely airfreight) but I don't have a box to measure. I was going to drive a shop and see if I could measure one but most of the traffic lights here are still out and it is just plane dangerous driving here. Also the one shop I did get to was still closed.
I also tried to wag it but you know how screwed up ebay is. thanks a bunch
11-02-12, 01:34 PM
It varies according to frame size and manufacturer. I would think you could call any bike shop but a Google search for "bike box dimensions yields this in the 1st result: A typical box will have dimension similar to 51x7x31. Oddly enough the source is this forum. Several results under that one as well bring up a good point - best to keep dimensions under 130" combined length and girth (girth = (h+w) x 2. A box of the example would come just under that.
What's most important is to determine what will be needed for your bike that is sufficiently compact but also protects the bike. I would remove the front wheel and with the fork ends on the floor measure from the most forward part of the bike to the back edge of the rear tire and add a couple inches for box and padding. Do the same for top of seat tube to floor. 8" is usually plenty for width. If you can increase sligthly without increasing cost so much the better for protection.
Once you have those dimensions call around to see who might have a box the right size. Keep in mind you can always cut down the height easily. In one occasion I had to cut down the length but best not to do so unless you can secure the altered box so that it will not come apart.
And here's a place that sells various bicycle shipping boxes (the site,of course, gives the box dimensions):
11-02-12, 01:45 PM
Used bike box size like you might pick up free at a nice bike shop will depend on the kind of bike coming out of it... also the kind of bike going into it. Small downhill bike box will not work for your 62cm tri bike...
11-02-12, 01:55 PM
OK Thanks for the help.
I would never buy a bike box to ship one.
Yes I know I could get one from a shop and I have done that, but between no traffic lights and the one shop near me here in NJ I am a bit stuck trying to get a quoat for international shipping.
51x7x31. This is rough enough to work with, I could have wagged the width and height but the lenght had me stumped, maybe just not thinking inside the box enough.
Can we close this now?
11-02-12, 05:23 PM
A flat screen TV box for 40" or larger works too.
11-02-12, 06:37 PM
I highly recommend
The dimensions are
11x30x45.5 " Outer
They are easily twice the size of an oem box. Both wheels are off and are packed on a separate layer from the frame. An oem box only takes off the front wheel; so the box would be longer and wider (about the radius of the wheel). Your SWAG of 51x7x31 is right on.
Not sure if you're paying for this, but shipping a box this size and weight from the US to Japan can, of course, be very expensive (i.e. well over $500USD). Here's a link to a Bike Forums thread that might help you reduce the cost a bit: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/684988-Cheapest-way-to-send-complete-bike-from-US-to-Japan.
11-03-12, 09:35 AM
Size = weight, in airfreight, I found, no matter what the actual weight is.
Imports are of course mostly on the sea.
accompanied Luggage is cheaper ..
so want to Visit Japan for a few Days?
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