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Old 07-30-16, 03:15 PM
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Shipping box/container advice for flying with our tandem

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I am looking for info on shipping boxes that will accommodate a Cannondale tandem for air travel. We are flying with our tandem to Salt Lake City in September to do the century ride in Moab. We haven't traveled by air with our tandem before and are looking at options for shipping boxes (if there are any). It seems like the Santana shipping carton would work best for us since we will be on larger jet aircraft and it doesn't require time wasting disassembly. We've read up on airline travel with noncollapsible tandems and it appears straightforward but any advice would be much appreciated!

https://santanatandem.com/Techno/TravelCaseMethods.html

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Old 07-30-16, 08:05 PM
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Don't think this is what you are after, but when I bought my tandem used the guy got two single bike boxes from a LBS, taped them together, and shipped with https://www.bikeflights.com. Worked great.
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Old 07-30-16, 09:20 PM
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Most bike shops will give you a couple old single bike boxes that you can splice together.
You'll still need to do a bit of disassembly (wheels, bars, pedals) to keep within the airline's box size requirements.
Good luck . . . and safe travels in Utah!
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The least expensive way, but probably requires a bit more work than having a dedicated bike box is, as others have said, to get two solo bike boxes from your LBS, cut one in half and tape it to the other to make one long box.Use pipe insulation to protect the frame. You will have to remove wheels, rear bars, saddles, pedals and turn the front bars; it's a good idea to detach the RD from the frame (leave the cable attached), wrap it in bubble wrap and tape it to the frame. Put the frame in the box and carefully pack the rest of the components around it. Put strapping around the box and, which helps to keep it all together and for carrying. It might also be a good idea to wrap the box in polythene if you are taking the box in an open truck to the airport and rain is possible, as was the case when we did this. We brought our tandem to the UK on BA some years ago and it only suffered one minor scratch, which was my fault. Good luck!
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Look at bikeflights.com they are crazy cheap compared to the other options.
You can get a quote on their website.
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For strapping the box ready to ship, we use old inner tubes to tie the thing together.
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