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Old 10-19-12, 04:14 PM   #1
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DIY Cardbox for Checked-In Folded Bike?

Hi, after 1,5 days of trying to find an online guide for DIY cardbox setting up to pack a folded bike, I have yet found ...nothing.

If some of you have checked in your foldables during airline transfer and can give an advice, pls make some videos and upload on youtube or make a post here with pictures.

My bike is a china made, the brand in not clear, it says '2fast4you' ON ITS main bar,

It fold though as typical Brompton,

the pedals cannot fold.

Any advice how to pack it with cardboard much appreciated. I don't have a cardbox that is on right size to contain it, but I have a lot of smaller cardboxes I can straighten out and use them to create with tape a larger cardbox.
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Old 10-19-12, 04:55 PM   #2
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if i understand what you want to do, it should be very simple to fold the bike, then, insert cardboard between the folded parts to prevent scratching, followed by putting the folded bike in a suitably sized box. sometimes you can go to a local bike shop and ask them if they have any boxes. or you can check with a big shopping center, very often they will have many boxes behind the store, but you have ask them before they are compacted. i received a folding bike via UPS last year that had been placed inside a box that was designed for shipping a pack of two lawn chairs. the box was the perfect size.
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Yes the bike store boxes would be best but if not possible you can also protect the frame with the foam used to insulate plumbing pipes. You can get the stuff at Home Depot and cut them to size. I think they come in like 6 or 8 foot sections and they're cheap too, maybe a few bucks each.
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... It fold though as typical Brompton, ... the pedals cannot fold. ... Any advice how to pack it with cardboard much appreciated. I don't have a cardbox that is on right size to contain it, but I have a lot of smaller cardboxes I can straighten out and use them to create with tape a larger cardbox.
The picture looks like the bike folds like a typical Dahon rather than a typical Brompton. The current box for a Dahon Mariner D7 (aka Vitesse D7) is 12.25"x25.5"x33" (31cmx65cmx84cm). You will probably need to remove the right pedal. Where are you located?

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