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Old 10-16-11, 10:27 AM
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How to source a cardboard box after an overseas tour?

So if you've just done a tour and need to box a bike up for the plane trip back, what do you do? The only thing I can think of would be to have it boxed at a shop and then take a taxi or bus or whatever. Is there another option, or are you pretty much stuck with this plan?
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Lv via AMS, Shiphol, I bought a box from KLM and packed it up in the airport.



It was a while ago, pricing was in Guilders at the time.

you can also take Amtrack . though maybe not t to Amsterdam

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Depends on the country, airport and whether I am flying in and out.

I've bought boxes from bike shops in Malaysia, Russia and China.

I've come back with my same box in Australia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and India. While doing this I would make reservations at same hotel for first and last night and ask them to hold the box.

I've gotten boxes in the airport in Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands. I've also flown with a plastic bag from the Netherlands. I've also flown without any box or bag on Lufthansa (this was outbound but I would also consider the same on return).

There isn't one single "overseas" and I've varied based on situation and the trip.

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I host overseas visitors thru. Warmshowers and live near the international airport.

In my experience guests either arrive in with their bike still boxed, unpack and leave the box with me to be used on the way out or if, say, they are at the end of a European trip they stay 1 or 2 nights, get a box from a LBS, pack and taxi to the airport.
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american airlines are so far behind the rest of the world.
i remember lufthansa , klm and olympic had plastic boxes. and ALL the euro-based airlines had plastic tubs for backpacks. one large size fit all.
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only america would the most advanced country in the world and be absolute last in customer service. 'service' varies from indifferent to hostile.
olympic, klm and lufthansa had plastic boxes for bikes and plastic tubs for backpacks (one large size fit all). no charge for their use.
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels
So if you've just done a tour and need to box a bike up for the plane trip back, what do you do? The only thing I can think of would be to have it boxed at a shop and then take a taxi or bus or whatever. Is there another option, or are you pretty much stuck with this plan?
Book a departure hotel near a bike shop and airport. Go get the box at the shop, drag it to the hotel and take the hotel shuttle to the airport.

Or just buy a box at the airport. Lots of airlines carry them.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
Book a departure hotel near a bike shop and airport. Go get the box at the shop, drag it to the hotel and take the hotel shuttle to the airport.

Or just buy a box at the airport. Lots of airlines carry them.
The trouble with buying a box at the airport, is that on many occasions, you'll phone ahead to find out you can buy a box from the airline in question, only to arrive at the airport and be told that they don't have any right now. That's happened to me on three occasions, which is well over 50% of the times I've tried that option. These days I just don't rely on it. I'll source the box at a bike shop nearby, and make other arrangements to travel to the airport with the bike already boxed, depending on what the city in question has available.
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The logistics of box, bike, luggage are trickier than you could imagine.
On the last day of my tour, I sourced a bike box from a shop in town, as close to the bus station as possible. I had checked previously that one was available.
I bought enough duck tape and chord + some strong builders style polythene sheet (you can often get this from building site skips).
I made a shoulder strap for the box from some webbing.
I walked the bike+ pannier, shouldering the box, about 500m to the station.
Found a large empty space without through traffic with some rubbish bins
Spent about 1/2hr disassembling the bike and and cutting and taping the box to fit. You may need to remove the front rack.
I put all my panniers together into one package, wrapped in polythene, ducktapped and wrapped in chord for carrying. You need to take care when packing your packing materials and esp your knife. You cant put it in carry-on luggage. The airport may ask you to repack the bike to fit their particular x-ray conveyor belt machine. Be sure to have the bike accepted by security before you check in your luggage with the packing materials and tools.

I took 2 trips to haul the packed bike and the package of panniers from station waiting room to bus but I was able to put them both on a trolly at the airport. 2-stage hauling may be a security issue in some locations but not in a provincial Norwegian town. If you need a trolly, find that before you pack. I kept my barbag with shoulder strap and a small duffel style day pack on me at all times.
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