|Bike Box Volunteer - Jim Roth
A bit about the cases
The cases are from TRICO. They accommodate most bike sizes (I have not heard of anyone who as of yet was not able to fit their bike in one).
How do you get your bike in one?
The cases require you to take off your wheels, seat, pedals, and either loosen and roll your handlebars or take them out all together). Tools are NOT included with the cases -- so be prepared to have a headset wrench and a pedal wrench along with your basic Allen wrenches. You will also need the plastic skewer things to put between the front and back forks. Your bike, shoes, helmet, wetsuit, water bottles, and few other items MAY also fit (depending on your bike size), but watch out for airline weight limits. If you get bike box and still have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Or, make arrangements in advance with your favorite bike shop.
Reminder: Be sure that the case isn't too heavy or they will ding you at the airport for being over the weight limit ($$$$$).
Bikes on Airplanes
All airlines charge a fee each way to take your bike -- the fee averages about $80, EACH WAY. This is a revenue generator for the airlines. Also, the cases have GOLDEN GATE TRIATHLON CLUB written all over them and most have race stickers on them so trying to lie about it not being a bike probably won't work. Most airports (SFO for one) require that you check your bike at the Odd Size baggage check in. The cases also fit into the trunk of a large American car (Buick Park Avenue, for example) and generally into the backseat of a 4-door car. Compact 2-doors generally won't work.
Bike cases sent via UPS or other shipping
Please do ~not~ ship the bike unless you are renting a case in the dead of winter or have my prior approval. During the season, the cases are generally fully booked and there have been issues with bike cases not arriving back in time for the next reservation and the next person who had already paid the rental fee was not able to use the case. This causes a lot of stress for the athlete and for the bike case coordinator. If you do this, you may lose your deposit and rental opportunities may be suspended.
Bike box rules:
How to reserve a GGTC bike box
- No refunds on the rental fee once reservations are made. Also don't make changes to your dates without getting approval from the Coordinator. There may be another rental that is dependent upon your return.
- Three week maximum rental during peak season (April 1 through September 30).
- $25 a day late fee, with possibility of losing future rental privileges depending on circumstances.
- Do NOT give the case to someone without coordinator's approval. During the season, the cases are generally fully booked.
GGTC owns five (5) bike cases to facilitate your triathlon travel needs. These cases are available to GGTC members only.
GGTC members can rent bike cases in seven day intervals. Members can make more than one reservation if the case is requested for more than 7 days.
Please try to have confirmed airplane reservations before making a reservation. For the most popular races, there most likely will be a very tight handoff to someone else.
Once a reservation has been made, please do not change your dates without checking with Jim Roth first.
If you later change dates, you may lose your reservation if it conflicts with someone else's reservation. For most big races, all of the cases are reserved well in advance and we have a waiting list.
Rental fees are $10.00 per case per week, checks preferred.
A deposit of $100.00 per case is required, a separate check from the rental fee and checks only.
Your deposit check will be returned upon the safe return of the bike case.
To make a reservation send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the following information in your email:
NamePhone numberEmail (if different from the one that you use to send the emailDates of your reservation request.I will then reply letting you know if a case is available and how to make arrangements for payment of the rental fee and the deposit.Once a check for the retal fee, a check for the deposit, and a signed rental form are received, I will profice you with the contract information for picking up the bike case.RENTALS ARE NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL I RECEIVE YOUR PAPERWORK AND CHECKS.
Please do not pass a case on to someone else unless you get an e-mail from Jim Roth indicating to do so
Unfortunately, if you pass on a case to someone without a reservation, you and the person that you gave it to will lose reservation rights for the rest of the season and for the following season. You will also forfeit your $100.00 deposit. We really do not want to have to enforce this rule.*
* The above rule was put in place since one bike case was and still is, "misplaced".