Club Bike Boxes

Bike box hire

Any Chester Tri Club member can hire a club bike box.  A small charge of £10 for up to 2 weeks is required to cover the running costs of the boxes (charge introduced for all loan requests made after 1st April 2016).

You can check out bike box availabilty here.

To book a box or make an enquiry, please email bikebox@nullchestertri.org.uk detailing the loan period required (start and end dates, allowing 2 days either side for hand overs).

We currently have 3 types of box in use:

  • The Probox (BBs 4 and 6).
  • Deluxe Bike Case (BBs 1 and 3). This is a slightly larger case, capable of accommodating larger bike frames. Check out it’s external dimensions in the details below before reserving to ensure it will fit in the car you plan to use
  • B&W (BB 2 only).

Bike box care

Please look after the bike box both for the benefit of your use and that of future members by following the guidelines below:

Inventory Check

Make sure all items are present on collection and return to the club. Items in addition to the box are detailed later with their respective bike box:

Damage Checks

  • Check the case, hinges and latches for any damage before leaving baggage control at the airport on both out and return flights. If any damage is observed, report it to the airport baggage desk immediately. If you do not do this, the airport will not accept liability for damage due to their handling. As a condition of the loan, you will be expected to make a claim on your travel insurance in the event of any damage incurred during your loan period.
  • At the same time, check your bike is okay for the same reason.

Cleanliness

We wish to keep the bike boxes clean both for your use and that of future users. Please do your bit by:

  • Clean your bike before travelling out and before returning from your trip.
  • Either, remove your chain and cassette and store in a suitable bag/box before packing with your bike.
  • Or, wrap your cassette/chain-set to eliminate contaminating the box with oily chain dirt. Simply wrapping in newspaper and taping in place should be fine.

More specific details relating to each type of bike box are given separately below:

ProboxA rugged, wheeled hard case for safely transporting your bike on flights and extended tours. The Probox is made from tough PCABS a high impact resisting material the same stuff that is used to make car bumpers and high end luggage. The case has an anti-crush feature which will help provide robust protection wherever you travel.

Accessories included with this case are:

  • Two large die cut foam protectors
  • 2 x Elasticated wheel covers
  • Anti-crush skewers (front and rear) with springs/spacers
  • Pedal (accessories) bag
  • 3 x Foam tube protectors

It fits easily into most saloon or hatchback cars:

  • External dimensions: 115 (base) x 87 (max height) x 29.5 (depth), cm
  • Weight: 10.3kg including foam and packing accessories.

There are two integral handles for ease of carrying/moving the case around. There is a single worldwide approved Customs combination lock (any customs officer can open it without having to break the lock) as well as an Industrial strength zip closure, as used in high end luggage.

Packing the Probox

packed Probox

  • Ensure the large foam protector is fitted to the base of the box.
  • Remove the pedals and place in the accessories bag provided.
  • Fully deflate the wheels, remove the wheel skewers and fit the wheels covers.
  • Attach the wheels to the wheel lid using the anti-crush skewers provided. Use the spacers provided to ensure the skewer axels don’t protrude too far on the outside of the box.
  • Place the second large foam protector in the lid over the wheels ensuring the anti-crush extensions pass through the pre-cut holes in the foam.
  • Remove or cover the cassette and chain to avoid contaminating the box with oily dirt (wrapping in old newspaper/taping does the job).
  • Remove the rear mech’ and tape to chain-stay (optional but advised).
  • Remove the seat together with seat post.
  • Remove handlebar with stem.
  • Secure the frame in the box using the three straps integrated in the box. Adjust the positions so the anti-crush skewers are clear of the frame when the lid is closed.
  • Place the foam chain-ring guard between the chain ring and box.

It is advisable to pack your box with soft items (e.g. clothing in plastic bags) to help stop items moving around and causing damage. Use of pipe insulation (foam) is also advised for protecting frame tubing. Check the maximum weight allowance and ensure you do not exceed this.

A lockable bike carrying case are made from tough ABS plastic with a corrugated foam inner. It has two key locks, a combination lock, four side clamps and a velcro strap. It has four wheels and a handle.

This is a slightly larger case, capable of accomodating larger bike frames. Check out it’s external dimensions below before reserving to ensure it will fit in the car you plan to use.

Accessories included with this case are:

  • 2 x Wheel bags
  • Zipped pedal (accessories) bag
  • 2 foam blocks for extra padding where needed

Dimensions:

  • External dimensions: 115 base (101 at top) x 81 height x 30 depth, cm
  • Internal dimensions: 112 base (99 at top) x 75 height x 29 depth, cm
  • Weight: 13.5kg.
Packing the Deluxe Bike Case

Deluxe Bike Case - packing

  • Remove the pedals and place in the accessories bag provided.
  • Fully deflate the wheels, remove the wheel skewers and put the skewers in the accessories bag and the wheels in the wheel bags.
  • Remove or cover the cassette and chain to avoid contaminating the box with oily dirt (wrapping in old newspaper/taping does the job).
  • Remove the rear mech’ wrap in paper and tape to chain-stay (optional but advised).
  • Wrap the front chain set with old newspaper (or simialar) to protect the box from grime and potential damage from the chainring teeth.
  • Remove the seat together with seat post.
  • Remove handlebar with stem.
  • Secure the frame in the box using the straps integrated in the box.

It is advisable to pack your box with soft items (e.g. clothing in plastic bags) to help stop items moving around and causing damage. Use of pipe insulation (foam) is also advised for protecting frame tubing.

Check the maximum weight allowance and ensure you do not exceed this.

The B&W bike boxes are being phased out and will be replaced when suitable alternatives are available. One remains in limited use (BB2).

A rugged, wheeled hard case for safely transporting your bike on flights and extended tours. The B&W bike box features a tough ABS shell, padded wheel bags and an aluminium frame for robust protection wherever you travel.

Accessories included with this case are:

  • 2 padded wheel bags with internal pockets
  • Bike fork spacers
  • Tough foam chain-ring guard
  • Reinforced security strap with attached luggage label

Fits easily into most saloon or hatchback cars

  • External dimensions: 1150 (base), 850 (top) x 870 x 295mm
  • Internal dimensions: 1080 (base) 780 (top) x 800 x 250mm
  • Weight: 12.3kg including wheel bags and packing accessories.

The bike box is made from strike-proof ABS moulded around an aluminium frame. The internal walls have thick foam padding and 4 quick release straps to hold your bike frame and wheels in place. The shell is double thickness around the 4 wheels on the bottom corners for added strength. The wheels are free running with reinforced axles. There are 4 locks which are flush fitting as well as a fixed Velcro strap for added security and 3 strengthened hinges. There is a carry handle on the top and a spring loaded pilot handle on the side, which make the case very easy to move around. Should you need to, the wheels are easily replaceable; this is an added feature of the B&W bike cases. They can just be un-screwed and replaced, a lot of other cases are fully moulded, and if the wheels are damaged, the case needs replacing. The bike box suits all frame sizes, although beyond 24″ (61cm) you’ll probably need to remove the seat post.

Take care when fastening the box lid

To avoid damage to the box rim, please lie the box on a flat surface to ensure best alignment of the rim when closing the box and fastening the locks.

Packing the B&W bike box

  • Remove the pedals, fully deflate the wheels and remove the wheel skewers.
  • Remove or cover the cassette to avoid contaminating the box with oily dirt. Fit the wheels into the wheels bags provided placing the skewers in the internal pockets of the wheel bags.
  • Remove or cover the chain to avoid contaminating the box with oily dirt.
  • Remove the rear mech’ and tape to chain-stay (optional but advised).
  • Remove the seat together with seat post.
  • Remove handlebar with stem.
  • Secure the frame, seat/seat post and handlebars into the box ensuring the chain set is facing up and adjacent to the box hinged base.
  • Place the foam chain-ring guard between the chain ring and box.

It is advisable to pack your box with soft items (e.g. clothing in plastic bags) to help stop items moving around and causing damage. Use of pipe insulation (foam) is also advised for protecting frame tubing. Check the maximum weight allowance and ensure you do not exceed this.