September 19, 2016

How to find a cheap cardboard bike box for air travel or train travel

Taking your bike with you as part of your next air travel plans or train travel plans?

Here are two options to find yourself a cheap cardboard bike box (or a free cardboard bike box!) to pack your bike for the plane or train.

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Check with your local bike store

Many times your local bike store will have extra cardboard bike boxes that are waiting to be trashed… ahem, recycled. So they will be happy to give you one. It might be helpful to have shopped at your local bike store previously before going in and asking for one. But even if you haven’t, local bike stores are usually run by friendly folks, so most of the time they will be happy to help you out if they can. All in the name of spreading bike love! The cost depends on the individual bike store. Some may ask for a small fee for the cardboard bike box, but most will probably provide it to you for free. Walk in or call ahead to find out!

Even better would be to go in to your local bike store to go shopping for items you need anyway. Then while you’re there, you can be like, “Oh by the way, I’m in need of a cardboard bike box to pack my bike for the plane… Do you happen to have a spare bike box?” 🙂

Bike travel tip: If you're looking for a cheap cardboard bike box for air travel or train travel, check with your local bike store. They may have a spare cardboard bike box, and they may even give it to you for free!

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Check with your local Amtrak train station

Even if you’re looking for a cheap cardboard bike box for travel by plane, check with your local Amtrak station to see if they sell bike boxes. If your local train station is a staffed train station that offers the opportunity to check in baggage, they might sell bike boxes for $15.

Bike travel tip: If you're looking for a cheap cardboard bike box, even if it's for a plane and not the train, check your local Amtrak train station. They may sell cardboard bike boxes! (For a small fee.)

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