Bike Cases

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Bruiser
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by Bruiser

I need to take my bike on an airline next month.
Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced bike case?

I can't see myself getting alot of use out of it, but I'd hate for my bike to be damaged in transit.

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by Enda Marron

I have some experience of bike boxes... Firstly padded bags are no foil against luggage handling apes - you need a hard shell case. I have an Elite case - same company who do the Tacx bottles and Elite turbo trainers which is good but not perfect and is expensive. A friend has the unbranded one available from ProBikeKit which is cheap and good. Best of all is the Scicon one which is very expensive and the most bombproof and worth the money. I have had experience of bags and boxes failing at the the hands of the luggage apes - particularly UK budget airlines - and futile insurance claims - so do your homework before you travel , read the small print and get anything the airlines say in writing

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by PNuT

you can always go to your LBS & get a cardboard box that a bike came in.....

i know it sounds a bit daft & doesnt look very good.... but millions of bikes are transported this way every year :D
21 for road 27 for mtb :D

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PNuT wrote:you can always go to your LBS & get a cardboard box that a bike came in.....but millions of bikes are transported this way every year :D


Indeed they are, but I've lost count of the number of times I have actually seen pieces of bike sitting on top or outside these boxes at the bulky baggage collection point :shock:

Some more suggestions here Bruiser.

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by kman

PNuT wrote:you can always go to your LBS & get a cardboard box that a bike came in.....

i know it sounds a bit daft & doesnt look very good.... but millions of bikes are transported this way every year :D


True, but most of them are professionally packed at a factory and then stacked and tied onto pallets in groups of 12 or so - see what happens to the cardboard box when they start throwing around a single bike/box.... :faint:

I'm moving from Sydney to London for a while next year, and if I was going to take my baby I would definitely go for a hard case.
(I plan to buy a cheapie over there, btw).
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by RTW

LJ wrote:
PNuT wrote:you can always go to your LBS & get a cardboard box that a bike came in.....but millions of bikes are transported this way every year :D


Indeed they are, but I've lost count of the number of times I have actually seen pieces of bike sitting on top or outside these boxes at the bulky baggage collection point :shock:

Some more suggestions here Bruiser.


Really? I have transported bikes 8 times using this packaging method. Never any damage to them (or the boxes). Don't just chuck them in the box though. Use pipe lagging (from your local hardware store) to pad the frame. Also get a couple of the plastic braces (free, cos they'll throw em out) from your LBS. These fit between the drop outs. Lastly put a load of clothes in with the bike. You're a WW so the bagage handlers are used to much heavier bikes. Saves on excess baggage!

It isn't fool proof, but then if the bagage handlers want to break it, they will. :(

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by PNuT

that is only when the leave the factory on the first part of the journey.... all the bikes ive seen delivered over the years to bike shops have been seperate
21 for road 27 for mtb :D

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by Enda Marron

I've used cardboard boxes once myself and got away with it but that was in 2001, since then two friends used cardboard and both bikes needed new front wheels, Its a bit like the ad for Bell cycle helmets.... You spend $100's on their trainers but buttons on their helmets!!!

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by Knut

In 2004 I flew to the Canary Islands with 18 bikes (road and MTB) packed two by two in large Cannondale cardboard boxes. The individual bikes were broken down like when delivered from the factory, wrapped in bubblewrap and the boxes were stuffed with clothing, bottles and whatnot. None of the bikes were damaged.

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by Rich_W

I own two cases: One hard, one soft. The hard case is a Trico Iron case... I've had it for over 10 years. But this thing requires a lot of disassembly and its tight to disassemble/reassemble. I've also suffered damage when it was opened/inspected somewhere between Newark airport and Geneva. Very hard to get it packed correctly.

So, I don't reccomend that case, unless you are shipping a bike.

The second case is a BikeProUSA Race Case. The first time I saw one was back at the 99 USPRO on Philly when I met Salivatore Commesso, and the other Saeco riders at our hotel. I figured if the Euros use it to travel abroad without a spare bike... its gotta be decent. They had 5 or 6 of them in tow.

Anyway... whats great about it is:
• Stands up on wheels on its own
• It had super-thick 2-3" foam on all sides
• Ballistic nylon construction
• The frame clamps to a internal frame
• The case will hold one bike, plus two sets of wheels.
• They can be custom made for oversize bikes.

I've taken the thing to Europe 5 times since without a hitch. Plus, you can remove the internal frame with 4 bolts, and roll the thing up (I carry a bag of those blue Thule cinch straps - never now what you're gonna need to strap down to a rental car...) and strap it into a 4' x 1' roll. Two of them fit into a small trunk.

Anyway... take a look at this website:

http://www.bikeprousa.com

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by zakeen

I always use a softcase everytime. Ive owned hard cases and they have came back with the wheels punched through and its cracked. I think they see the huge hard case and throw it around. Also it weighs a tone, so it adds up to excess bagages.

But my soft case has delivered my bike without any troubles at all, I think its easier for the guys to put it on the plane. I think the way its packed also helps. :wink: Plus I always take my LWs on the plane with me :D

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by ajh

Get a hard Case I have a soft and a hard and my last trip they would only add insurance on the hard case. If you do not get insurance on the bike it may only be covered for $2700 US or less in some cases.

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by snips

decathalon soft bags are great. have been to oz via japan and europe a few time and (touch wood) havent had a hitch.
the only way to really have piece of mind is to pay for extra insurance, in the uk that was about £100 for two months abroad...but peanuts compared to a 3.5k bike.

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by popawheelie

I have two bikes. I bought the cheaper one just for stuff like this. The first time i traveled with it in a soft case they dented the frame. No big deal. I don't worry about the rain or if it gets stolen. Apes are apes. I don't really blame the people on the ground. They don't like awkward things.
If I traveled with my good bike i would get a hard case. Which one I don't know. I just don't do it.

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by Rich_W

popawheelie wrote:They don't like awkward things.


this is why I vote for the BikeProUSA race case... Technically its a soft case... but really its not. There is no way your frame can get dented... unless you left something loose in the bag. Plus, it has lots of handles and wheels (rolls on its own) that make it easy to maneuver.

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