I am currently en route to San Diego from Vancouver, and will need to fly our two bikes back to London mid November. Does anyone have any cardboard bike boxes we could collect, or have any advise for getting hold of some. I was going to try and contact some local bike shores in the week before we fly.
Any other suggestions?
I presume you are on the coastal route, one of the worlds best. I've just called cycle shops for a box (as you say , a week ahead) and they are more than happy to keep one aside. It saves them having to crush and pay to dispose of it.
I've cycled in San Diego and there are 2 cycle shops either end of the airport, Performance Cycle and S Diego bike shop. See https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1AOHY_enGB708GB708&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=cycle+shops+N+San+Diego
Good luck heading south
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As said by others, it's very easy to get a bike box in San Diego from just about any bike shop. If you want full disassembly/packing service at a reasonable price, one shop I highly recommend is Anywhere Bicycle Repair. We have used them to disassemble and pack up our bikes in the past, and they offer pickup and delivery service in San Diego and 24-hour turnaround time on many services. http://anywherebicyclerepair.com/
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