This is my first time using the Forum. Anyone know where I can buy a used bike box? I'm trying not to spend big $$$$ on a new one....
If you don't want to spend the money to buy one, you can always rent one. I know Capital Hill bikes will rent one to you for ~$40 for the weekend. I am sure Conte's and others might have bike boxes as well. You could also check craigslist. They often have bike boxes cheap. Good luck.
Here's everything I know on the topic.
I bought a used Trico Iron case on ebay. I cant remember exactly how much I paid - maybe around $200? Anyway, I like it, its basically a solid plastic box with three super thick layers of foam. It also has wheels for easy dragging around the airport. Its pretty easy to make your bike fit and once you know what parts to loosen it takes me only 15 minutes or so to do it. If you're flying, Southwest is the most bike friendly airline ($75).
I've shipped my bike UPS before - UPS will ensure it and deliver it to your destination - nice option if you can plan ahead. They are usually fairly reliable. Also, UPS will come pick it up at the other end and deliver it home. No lugging through airports and it is insured.
I'm 90% positive that The Bike Rack will rent one (and box it up for you) to any DC Tri Club member for cheap - they are really, really nice to us and I feel like I remember talking with Chuck about this at one point.
Thanks for all the advice. I think I may try to buy a used one because I anticipate using it frequently traveling out to Lake Tahoe. The hills out there are killer!
I'll look for Trico Iron case and I've heard Serta makes one...?