Monday, June 14, 2010
Yes, that's two Amtrak bike boxes (cost: Free) stitched together, a bunch of packing tape, a leatherman, and some allen wrenches. My experience is that while the cardboard boxes look flimsy and feel flimsy, they are so bulky that airline baggage handlers have no choice but to push or hand carry them. Packing bikes into smaller packages invite them to be tossed, which is how damage happens. The cargo hold of an airplane is actually a pretty benign environment: people ship pets in them, so they're even pressurized, hence the old bugaboo about depressuring tires before putting them on an airplane does not apply!