What They're Saying About
Crate Works Travel Boxes
This group took 30 Crate Works
Bicycle Travel Boxes 1/2
way around the world - and BACK! Not one bike was damaged and ALL the
boxes returned in near perfect condition..."
Wandering Wheels Tours
"As you know, 30 members of our New Zealand Tour Group used Crate Works
Pro XL-C Bicycle Travel Boxes on our recent trip. I am happy to say
that not one bike was damaged and the boxes all came through with
flying colors. A few of the group used cardboard boxes and had real
problems. Not so with Crate Works! In fact we like the box so well that
we will be using it again for our next New Zealand trip in the Fall."
Crossroads Cycling Adventures
What a box!
I am truly astounded by the ingenious design and attention to detail!
Well done! You have a great web site but it doesn't do justice to the
quality box you sell.
I have shipped 3 bikes by container in Crateworks XL-C
2 times over the past 5 months. Both times the boxes were on the bottom
of the container with all the other household items stacked above them
and wedged to the ceiling. The bikes were totally unaffected by the
shipping. I recommend the boxes. Keep in mind I did not have the boxes
laid flat, but I really don't think it would have mattered.
Thanks to your crates,our bikes arrived in land's end
excellent condition. We rode them all the way to john o'groats. Thank
you..For supplying such a great product and such great service!
I have already spread the word of praise for your
just accompanied me to the 'escape from alcatraz' triathlon without any
problems. I actually sent the box sealed in your shipping carton. I cut
a hole in the top and attached a nylon carrying handle that bridged the
two straps. The shipping carton made it through four flights without
much damage. And the pro-xl container itself still looks new! Thanks
for a great product!
Hello folks at Crateworks!
We've been meaning to call forever. We bought boxes from you around
x-mas time and went on a GREAT bike trip through Death Valley Natl
Park. Just wanted to say" Thanks!". We love your boxes! We didn't get
charged on either flight & it was super easy to load/unload our
bikes! I've traveled before with bikes in traditional boxes, or gone
somewhere cool without my bike then rented one & we're never
do that again! cheers!
Thanks so much for such a simple cheap but great
recently took a trip and ordered one of your ProXL-C boxes. I was a bit
hesitent about bike travel in general for this was my first trip with
my bike. Your box performed admirably with only a few surface scuffs.
The amazing thing is how easy it was to pull around the airport on a
standard luggage cart. The only other problem I had was that once the
bike was in the box and I started loading all the gear inside I had
grater than 70lbs (airline limit) and I had to take out alot of stuff!
Big Ring Cyclery
"I am writing to tell you how happy everybody is with their Crate Works
Pro I bike carriers. The group I went with consists of serious racers
whose obsession with their bike's condition (mechanical and aesthetic)
is legendary. Our trip was the Dolomites section of the 1998 Giro
d'Italia with Breaking Away Bicycle Tours.
"In short, everybody who used your carriers (and those who did not)
were very impressed. The bikes arrived safe and sound, we were not
charged for extra baggage on our flights, and the assembly was easy.
The carriers got wet and were fine. Other people in our group of 33 had
problems with other carriers including oversize charges, too big for
transport in taxi, banged up frames and unwieldiness on airport luggage
carts. Greg and Terry Hogan, owners of Breaking Away Bicycle Tours and
veteran Eurocyclists said they thought Crate Works boxes were the best
I thought I would drop you guys a line and let you know
well your product worked. A few weeks ago, I bought a recumbent case
and used it last week for its initial trip. Everything worked out fine.
The case was easy to assemble and pack. My vision R40 fit fine (except
the seat of course) and I had plenty of room for everything but the
kitchen sink. The bike and case made the round trip from Louisville to
Albuquerque and back without a hitch. Thanks!
Seven Cycles Intl.
"We love the Crate Works box. The people who have seen
greatly impressed with it. I have used it to transport and ship one of
our prototypes all around Europe and it has come through with flying
About 5 months ago I bought 3 of your Pro XL-C boxes to transport our
bikes overseas. I would like to tell you that never have my bikes
traveled so securely and safely. The design is ingenious, the boxes
resistant to anything that shippers and baggage handlers tried to do to
them and the price fantastic. What more could I want from a bike box?
It would be nice if after use it folded flat and...Wait a minute, it
does that, tool! You have indeed thought of everything. Thank you again
for a great product.
"THE CRATE WORKS PRO XL-C looks like a glorified corrugated box but is
actually much more. Called CORR-X, it's a 6mm high-density polyethylene
unit that is totally waterproof and strong, with 5 pieces of
compression foam inside and lots of tiedowns. Also available as an
option is a wheel/caddy kit complete with attached caster wheels and
pull strap. The box's two hinged, cup-fit halves are secured by over
340 sq." of hook/loop fastener. For those in a financial pinch,the
CRATE WORKS PROXL-C is the most cost effective bike box of the bunch
(TRIATHLETE/2000 BIKE TRAVEL GEAR REVIEW.) It also folds down like a
cardboard box, so storing it isn't the space eating problem that other
cases tend to be. "
"I tried to destroy it, but I just couldn't. I did my
annihilate your CRATE WORKS bike box. Three trips to Europe, with the
return legs full with gifts, wine, olive oil..and I just COULDN'T wreck
the thing. I punctured a five liter tin of oil, let it slide down
stairs, pulled it along cobblestones(without a cart or
wheels!)and-nothing. The thing still works. It ain't pretty, believe
me. But my bike's safe and sound everywhere I go.
"And GO I do. The first five Mountain Bike WOrld Cups this year, Spain
Wrld Championships..and pretty soon, the TOUR DE FRANCE!
"Hell, I'd buy another one ...if I needed it."
-Rob Coppolillo, Conductor of Infotainment, BIKE.COM
"I used my new PROXL-C to get my bike to/from Atlanta
BRAG Ride. The only problem I encountered was when I attempted to
reassemble my bike upon arrival. What should have taken 10-15 minutes
took over an hour, due to the large number of inquiries I received
about the box. "Where can I get one?..etc."It never failed; I would
start to install something then someone else would pass by and the
ritual would start all over again! Finally I just kept pointing to your
web address that is stencilled on the bottom right corner of the cover.
"One guy came over and, upon hearing the price, said he'could make it
for less'. I said,'Really?" He proceeded to work out the costs
involved, finally concluding that he had been wrong. He was actually
amazed that you can sell the boxes so cheaply! Several people with
custom hard cases also were shocked at how inexpensive the PROXL-C was'.
"We mounted it on the roof of one of the BRAG SAG vehicles(a 97 Voyager
Minivan)using the H-Strap to secure it to the factory roof rack. It fit
like a glove, and held up perfectly in the 100+degree Georgia heat. The
thing that really convinced people that they neeeded a CRATE WORKS box
was when we arrived in Savannah at the end of the ride. Several people
had brought cardboard boxes, and these were reduced to deformed piles
of paper by the heat and humidity at the end of the tour. My PROXL-C
still looked brand new!"
"I am a GB international Triathlete and bought my Pro XL-C bicycle box way back in 2001. I travel to races all over the World with my box and in the last couple of years have raced abroad up to 12 times in a year, even as far as Australia. My bike has always arrived in perfect condition due to the durability and protection of my Crate Works box."
- Andrea Whitcombe. (ITU world cup Female Triathlete)
"Your crate is the greatest and a gem of engineering
strong enough to do the job and light enough to carry under my arm.
Since it fit under the airline ticket counter and was also under 41
pounds with bike, there was no extra charge. No one even asked what was
in it. The person next to me with one of those big, heavy, solid cases
was not so lucky.
"Thanks for your engineering genius and for making my trip to the
DeathRide so economical."
needed to take my Mt.Bike (PROFLEX 857) to the Indian Himalayas for a
400 mile trip through Lahual, Spiti and Kinnaur. I tried all the boxes
(Perf., Jronmn, etc.) but my bike didn't fit in them. I called CRATE
WORKS and ordered the PROXL-C. The bike went in with room to spare. I
was able to throw in an extra set of Knobbies as well as some of my
The bike (in case) arrived in Delhi and was immediately strapped to the
roof of a car for what turned out to be a 20 hour endurance ride on
brutal mountain roads. 10 hours into the drive I wondered if there was
going to be anything leftof
my bike, strapped to a loose roof rack...the next day was the first
chance that I had to open the case, to inspect and assembe the bike. It
was just as I had packed it! 400 miles later I packed it back up and
was even able to include a couple of 6'X3' antique carpets! The bike
re-turned home unscathed and it and the case are ready for my next trip
whatever that may be. Thanks, Crate Works!"
"When I arrived in Mongolia, my baggage (CRATE WORKS
duffle bag) were no where to be found. The airlines didn't know where
my baggage was. It was very lost! I was outfitted on a rental bike from
Ulaan Baatar and clothes bought at the open market. While we proceeded
on the planned trip the airlines searched high and low..finally Seoul
admitted to having my stuff. It took five days for it to catch up with
me on the biKe route. The airline flew it to Alaan Baatar, it was put
on a small prop plane to northern Mongolia where it was met by a
Russian jeep and transported nearly 300 km overland in a snowstorm.
When I got out of my tent on the morning of the fifth day, in the snow,
I was overjoyed to see my dusty-but very healthy CRATE WORKS box! After
assembling my own bike, I packed the rental bike into the box and sent
it off to back track to Ulaan Baatar.
At the conclusion of the trip I was asked to help the clients pack
their bikes into their boxes. They had all kinds of box variations. The
CRATE WORKS boxes were definitely the easiest. Now mine sits in my
garage waiting for next year's trip to Mongolia."
-M.C. JENNI, Boojum Expeditions
"As an engineer I am very impressed with the amount of
thought that went into the design of the PROXL-C. The instructions are
easy to understand and the appearance and quality of the product are
-K.J. De Angelis EP, CA
"While living and working in Paris as a bicycle
my son covered the Tour de France. With that assignment he naturally
made contacts and acquired an Eddy Merckx team bike. Given that it was
used during the season and needed some work, the bike came home to
California for repairs and adjustments. I think more damage occurred
during transport to CA than in the cycling season, thanks to UPS and
the traditional cardboard carton.
As his next assignment was in New York, there was reluctance to
re-transport via the same carrier and method, not to mention the high
price of the soft case.
I found your ad in "Adventure Cycling", placed my order for a PROXL-C
and within a week it arrived. Fantastic design and quality! A fair
price for those of us still mere mortals and-most important-bike and
crate were immuneto damage from TWA baggage
handlers..not even a scratch!
Thanks for your great product and prompt service."
-R. Taber, CA
"I made it back for my trip to Nepal and Tibet..your bike box really did
the job as it survived numerous airports and a rugged ride in a Chinese
army truck for over a month. Thanks again for producing such a great
-T. Kent, CA
The Recumbent Box
"It was fascinating to observe the development process in acton, and to
see the care that went into what I feel is an almost optimum design for
safely and economically transporting the Bike E. As a recumbents-only
dealer, it's great to see our small, but rapidly growing segment of the
market given the attention it deserves. Rest assured that the new Bike
E Transport System from Crateworks will be a featured offering at 21st
-Bob Froom , 21st Century Bikes
Velo News "I appreciated the PRO
XL's light weight during
a month of travel in Italy. Carrying the box was a breeze on the way to
the airport, with only my bike, helmet, and minimal loose gear stowed
within. My 56 cm. road bike fit inside the box easily and securely in
the exact diagram configuration the Crate Works diagram indicates. The
hook and loop straps held everything down flawlessly for the duration
of the trip. "The exterior straps kept the unit closed firmly and the
CORR-X remained bulletproof. On two intercontinental flights, at least
a dozen train trips and several car transfers, the box remained
structurally sound and protected my bike. The PRO XL held ample amounts
of extra gear accumulated during my trip. I had few complaints and
preferred the PRO XL to several systems I've used over the years for
it's light weight, durability, serviceability and intelligent design."
are easy to use bike cases
you can ship again and again. The Pro I is a double-wall corrugated box
with a rigid polyethylene frame plate fastened inside, while the
PROXL-C is made of extruded polyethylene, so it's more durable, water
resistant, (and two pounds heavier) than the 19 pound Pro I... these
cases are cheaper, lighter alternatives to full-on hard cases, and
offer far more protection than standard cardboard boxes."
A little over a moth ago, I ordered a PRO XL-C bike box with the intent
of transporting a handcycle (crank the bike with your arms instead of
legs - primarily used by disabled guys like me). You sent me the box as
well as some free extra pieces of foam to use to protect the extra
wheel of the bike.
Everything worked very well and I thought you might be interested in a
product review I posted on a handcycling community website. You can
find the review at the following url:
Thank you for the super service on the Crateworks Shipping Systems that
I ordered. My wife's Bike E is winging it's way to Florida as I type.
My daughters' mountain bikes are packed and ready to ship in February
and, you may like to know, that my Linear Folding Long Wheel Base
Recumbent fit in the same size box as the Bike E. I removed the tires
and seat and folded the back of the bike up under the main beam.
Without the seat, the handle bars folded parallel to the main frame and
I did not have to remove them. I can disassemble and pack the Linear in
about 15 minutes. Thanks for a great product.
When I fly to the big races, such as the 24 Hours of Adrenalin World Championships, it is critical that my bikes arrive safely. Packed in my Crateworks travel case, my valuable cargo has never been damaged, including trips to New Zealand, Mexico, Italy, Canada, Costa Rica, and all over the US. There is plenty of room in the box for my lights, spare parts, and other gear, yet the box folds flat and out of the way when we get there. I am known for being very selective with my equipment. That's why I choose Crateworks.
- Chris Eatough
3-Time 24 Hours Solo Mountain Bike World Champion.