Soft vs Hard Bike Case

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Soft vs Hard Bike Case for Air Travel

Soft Case
19
32%
Hard Case
37
62%
Cardboard Box
2
3%
I ship my bike
0
No votes
Depends on the situation
0
No votes
Something else
2
3%
 
Total votes: 60

stevesbike
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by stevesbike

Sander7721 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2024 12:29 pm
stevesbike wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2024 10:37 pm
If you want to travel with a gravel bike, some cases that do not remove handlebars like the Scicon aerocomfort will likely not work. Flared drops are too wide. So, for my gravel bike I use a Scicon Aerotech Evolution X TSA Case. Note that integrated handlebars require removal at least enough to twist them down. It's a good case but has some puzzling features. The slot to loop an airline ticket through doesn't work - it loops through both sides so wouldn't allow the case to be opened to be inspected without ripping the ticket (solution was to use a heavy zip tie for the ticket). The slots for wheels also doesn't work for larger size tires so takes some work but otherwise is a sturdy case.

I used a pikaworks soft case for years - many international trips and never had a problem. Was useful more in the days when airlines would charge huge fees for a bike as it wasn't oversized. Plus also is its super easy to haul around and put in a rental car.

Whatever case you use I highly suggested putting an airtag in it to track its location.
Hey Steve good advice in regard to the Airtag will have a look at this or an alternative such as samsung. It will ntresting to see how accurate they are so will see if there are any videos on YT.
The box i have ordered says yiu can get GPS tracking so have asked for more info on thes from manufacturer
The airtag has been eerily accurate - I watched my bike box move around the terminal in Zurich last year and when it showed it near the plane I was getting on, I looked out the window and saw it being loaded onto the plane!

qwertzuiop
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by qwertzuiop

AirTags are using Apples Find My Network. Switzerland has a high density of iPhones >50%. Therefore it works well. In places with less iOS devices an AirTag will work less reliably. So what works best depends on where you travel to. You can always put an AirTag in the front and a Tile or similar in the back of the case. Better save than sorry.

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Ronin416
Posts: 432
Joined: Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:46 pm

by Ronin416

stevesbike wrote:If you want to travel with a gravel bike, some cases that do not remove handlebars like the Scicon aerocomfort will likely not work. Flared drops are too wide. So, for my gravel bike I use a Scicon Aerotech Evolution X TSA Case. Note that integrated handlebars require removal at least enough to twist them down. It's a good case but has some puzzling features. The slot to loop an airline ticket through doesn't work - it loops through both sides so wouldn't allow the case to be opened to be inspected without ripping the ticket (solution was to use a heavy zip tie for the ticket). The slots for wheels also doesn't work for larger size tires so takes some work but otherwise is a sturdy case.

I used a pikaworks soft case for years - many international trips and never had a problem. Was useful more in the days when airlines would charge huge fees for a bike as it wasn't oversized. Plus also is its super easy to haul around and put in a rental car.

Whatever case you use I highly suggested putting an airtag in it to track its location.
I have the 1st Generation Evolution. As for putting on the baggage tag,

I unlatch the sides and crack it open at the ticket counter and have the attendant thread the baggage tag through. You usually have time to do this when they’re looking up your ticket.


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