I want to ship my bike from UK to Australia. I have the Evoc bicycle travel bag but wondering if it's strong enough to travel via sea in a cargo container. I've had no issues with trains or planes but a bit concerned about shipping because it could be stacked at the bottom and these containers are huge! It's a soft case bag and so wondering if my bike will get squished.
Anyone had any experience with this? or recommend a good relocation/shipping company? I'm looking at Seven Seas Worldwide. They seem to know what they are talking about but have never used them before.
Welllllll. I worked for a moving company during my college daze. Loading a van or container is an art, some are really good at it, some aren't, and some don't give a carp. Those who are good load in tiers (vertical walls side to side and floor to ceiling) with items of same/similar depth and put strong and heavy items toward the bottom supporting lighter more fragile on the top, "floating" the lightest, most fragile, and irregularly shaped items at the very top. Everything is tightly loaded so it can't move or shift. If you have a good loader, you could give him the bike without a case. It would be wrapped in a number of moving blankets and carefully placed and secured at the very top. I loaded many many bikes like this without issue.
The best case scenario is they show up at your place and directly load the container with you there and yours is the only stuff going into it. Worst case is your stuff gets loaded on a van, transferred to a warehouse, loaded into a container with other people's stuff, shipped, unloaded into a warehouse and then loaded on a van for final delivery.
Personally, I'd spring for a hard case or box the bike as if it was going to be shipped.
I shipped my stuff from Canada to Australia in 2010.
Put your bicycles in boxes. Put all your stuff in boxes ... preferably very strong, uniformly sized boxes, or as uniform as you can get them.
And wrap everything very well and securely.
And don't even think about packing any of the banned items.
Here's how the process went for me. A moving truck went to the place where my stuff was stored (my parents' place), and they loaded everything into the truck. That was fine because my father was able to watch the process.
Then the truck took everything about 1500 km away to a warehouse in BC, where it sat waiting for a container for several weeks. I only had 300 cubic feet of stuff and that only takes up a portion of a container, so they had to wait for a spot for it.
Finally it got loaded into a container and onto a ship.
Weeks later, the ship docked in Sydney and everything was unloaded into a quarantine area, where again, it sat for a while. Sometime later they got around to looking at it, and somehow discovered that I had a tiny Christmas ornament with a trace of bark on it. Not good! A few of my boxes were torn apart, and re-boxed in the process. By "re-boxed", I mean that everything was tossed loosely into a box. I was also told that a couple of my boxes fell apart, and they were "re-boxed" as well.
Then my stuff sat in the warehouse in Sydney for over a month waiting for a truck to get it down to our area, north of Melbourne.
When it finally arrived at our place, it hadn't been particularly well packed in that truck, and I discovered that the word "Fragile" doesn't mean a whole lot.
Fortunately, despite the rough handling, I only lost about a box worth's of stuff due to breakage. I wish I had boxed all that a little bit better. But I was very glad I'd boxed my bicycles.
Hello, thanks for sharing your experiences. Initially I bought the bike bag so I could fly back home with it and would have been perfect for air travel. To be safe, I've now opted for Seven Seas to pack it for me in a cardboard box. Apparently they have professional packers. This way I hope that they will take responsibility if anything does happen to the bikes. Also I think it will be the worse case scenario (van > warehouse > shipping container > warehouse > van AND customs) so lots of places where it can go wrong.