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Lancaster & area bike box hire & sales

The Cycle Mechanic can hire or sell you the Velovault bike box to protect your bike in transit. The Velovault improves on the design of other boxes making it easier to pack and use. We can even pack it for you (charge applies).



Check availability and book your hire

You will enter your postcode and choose “Collect from Lancaster Hub” if you wish to collect the box from us. Hire period runs from day of collection to day of return. A £100 deposit is payable per individual box. You must ensure that you have adequate insurance to cover damage or loss of the bike box – and your bike! We recommend Yellow Jersey bike and travel insurance.

Why the Velovault?

The Cycle Mechanic has packed and unpacked bikes using various boxes but, up to now, hadn’t found the perfect box. The Velovault is the business – most times there’s no need to remove the seat, seat post or rear derailleur!

The Velovault is the result of 5 years of bike box rental experience and designer Sam Gardner’s experience of competing as an international triathlete for 10 years. Velovault gained a pretty good idea of which boxes on the market were up to the job and how they thought they could improve on existing designs in various ways.

The bike box is British made and we mean proper British made! The Plastic shells are produced near Birmingham, as are the Protex™ catches and the piano hinge, the webbing and foam are made either side of the Peak district, even the weight saving aluminium washers are made in England. Assembly is carried out in the UK at their factory in Birmingham.

Key features

Sensible handle position – By not having our main handle in-line with the seat post and saddle, we can accommodate the full chain-ring to saddle measurement. Put another way, many other boxes position a handle where the saddle would go, adding to the overall dimensions of the box but also reducing the internal space at the most important point.

Interlocking large diameter central support struts – Designed specifically for the purpose. One strut has a pointed ‘Male’ end which locates into an opposing ‘Female’ cone on the other strut providing great crush resistance so an adult can stand on the centre of the box. Best of all, as the struts are integrated into the box, they’ll always be in place even if customs open up your box.

Extra length – Our bike box is 50mm longer than our competitors which accommodates the longer wheel bases now found on modern 29ers and downhill bikes. To keep our overall dimensions (Length + Height + Width) the same as our competitors we have lost a few mm of width and height.

Quality fixings – A Bike box is only as strong as its weakest point. Why spend £400+ on a box to protect your £10,000 bike and accept cheap Chinese catches which don’t even have a strength rating, or a box using cheap piano hinge. We only use UK made Protex™ Catchbolts with a strength rating of 400kg per catch. If they’re good enough for Formula 1 teams they’re good enough for us.

Universal wheel fixings and larger wheel moulding – Velovault bike box is fitted for all conventional wheel sizes, including the new 650b and 29er mountain bike wheels. No need to fully deflate your 29er tyres just to fit in the bike box.

Innovative wheel mount design – two mounting holes mean your big 29er wheels can fit without the cassette from one wheel rubbing against the 2nd wheel.

Disk Brake rotor recesses – We have also built in protection for disc brake rotors so you no longer have to remove them when travelling.


Dimensions. Length 116cm, Height tallest 91cm, Width 30cm
Weight. 11.9kg

Small print

Box collected and dropped off at our workshop in Brookhouse, Lancaster – 10 minutes from j34 M6. We can be flexible on collection and drop off times.

NOTE – you must ensure that you have adequate insurance to cover damage or loss of the bike box – and your bike! We recommend Yellow Jersey bike and travel insurance.

The Cycle Mechanic acts as a bike box collection and drop off point for Bikebox Online. Your hire contract will be with Bikebox Online. A £100 deposit is payable per individual box.