One of the key things to look for when you're purchasing a bike box is its sturdiness and its overall ability to keep your bike out of harm on even the roughest of journeys.
In the above video, posted on YouTube by Richard Hamshaw, a BikeBoxAlan is dropped from a bridge alongside a Chinese copy to see which one fares best on impact with the ground.
Cycling Weekly hasn't tested any Chinese imitation bike boxes, so we're not at liberty to comment on their performance, but we did recently test a BikeBoxAlan and let's just say it was pretty ruddy tough.
Our reviewer even said the sturdiness of the box 'inspired confidence', which is supported by the video evidence above.
When dropped (pushed) from a great height the Chinese box (which comes with a one year guarantee) shattered on impact and you can only imagine the damage it would cause to your pride and joy if it was inside.
The BikeBoxAlan, however, barely even bounced as it stayed completely in one piece with minimal fuss. And this box comes with a seven-year guarantee!
A thorough review if ever we've seen one. So, when buying a bike box, accept no imitations.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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