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 or £20 for 2 to 4 weeks is required to cover the running costs of the boxes. The maximum loan period for any loan is normally 4 weeks.

You can check out bike box availability 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 2 types of box:

  • The Probox.
  • Bonza

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 potentially causing damage. Use of pipe insulation (foam) is also an option for protecting frame tubing.

There is an absolute flight weight limit of 32kg for this type of item, however, your limit may be lower depending on your flight booking.

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

The Bonza Bike Box is a strong and rigid travel case made from High-density polyethylene (HDPE), designed to transport and protect your bike when traveling abroad.

Features include:

  • internal foam padding separating the wheel compartment, thus protecting your wheels, frame and other packed accessories.
  • anti-crush technology in the form of two support struts. These act as additional protection should the case sustain a large impact, helping to prevent the bike from being crushed should the HDPE outer casing fail.
  • velcro retention straps for your frame and accessories.
  • lockable closure catches.
  • Easy glide wheels.
  • Two integral handles for ease of carrying/moving the case around.

Accessories:

  • Large foam protector keeping the wheel compartment separate from the frame and other packed items.
  • Two anti-crush struts with hex-key skewers for front and rear wheels.

Dimensions:

  • External dimensions: 124 x 94 x 34cm.
  • Weight: 12kg including foam and packing accessories.
Packing the Bonza Bike Box

Please refer to the guidance sheet provided with the box, detailing the packing instructions. Should this not be available (e.g. lost by a previous user) you can download a copy directly from the Bonza web site under “How to pack a Bonza box” (near the bottom of each web page) via the following link: bonzabikebox.com

There are also two useful videos available at the aforementioned site demonstrating both the packing of a Bonza bike box and the fitting of the anti-crush struts.

Further packing guidance is also outlined below:

  • Remove or cover the cassette and chain to avoid contaminating the box and contents with oily dirt (wrapping in old newspaper and taping with masking tape does the job).
  • Remove (or cover as above) the rear mech’ and tape to the chain-stay (removal is optional but advised where the mech is vulnerable, i.e. close to the wall of the box for larger framed bikes).
  • It is advisable to pack your box with soft items (e.g. clothing in plastic bags) to help stop items moving around and potentially causing damage. Use of pipe insulation (foam) is also an option for protecting frame tubing.

There is an absolute flight weight limit of 32kg for this type of item, however, your limit may be lower depending on your flight booking.

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