The Coffin – A Shipping Case for a LWB Recumbent
I have been searching for a shipping case for my Longbikes Slipstream. The issue is length, the Slipstream is a little longer than most tandems. I think I have the answer but won’t be sure until the bike is packed and ready to go.
The best option looks like the Bike Pro USA Tandem Case. Its inside dimensions are 28 X 69 X 11. Height and width are no problem. The seat comes off of the Slipstream and folds solving the eternal Ryan Vanguard problem. The steering bar is also easily removed so that the front fork can be reversed reducing overall length.
Here’s my logic on how to fit the Slipstream into 69″ length of the case.
1. Slipstream Length – 74″
2. with front fork reversed – 72 1/2 ”
3. remove disc brake – 70 ”
4. Remove rear triangle – 67″
Yes, this is a pain in the ass. I’d like to just take off the seat and bar and slip it into a case, but I haven’t been able to find a case that long so this is the best solution I’ve found so far.
I’ll update this with pictures after the bike is packed into the case.
Here’s wishing me luck … smile.
See follow on Post, “Filling The Coffin” for what happens.