I am trying to decide whether to use the boxes the bikes originally shipped in or the ones that the airline sells. We want to minimize assembly time but want the bikes to arrive intact. I would like to hear opinions on the options for flying with the bikes as baggage.

There are more details about our situation at:
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum...age=1&nested=0

If any one is interested, there is a journal of our upcoming trip at:
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/staehling2007