tom2517 wrote:Hi all, I am looking for a good, durable bike case but what should I get? Hard or soft case?
Scicon is very expensive but is it worth it? Or will Trico and Serfas do just fine?
Thanks you for any replies.
If you're in the U.S., performance and supergo make a good cheap hard case that got good reviews in velonews. Around $200 bucks .. I've seen them on sale as low as $140 bucks.
You can also always just put some S&S couplers on the bike and it will fit into a regular suitcase. I'd only do that on a steel frame myself though! I'm actually planning on eventually doing that but for now will spend my money on WW stuff.
I would never consider shipping my bike or taking it on a plane with a soft side case. I've never had a problem with my hardshell and I've shipped it 5 or six times now (both by plane and by UPS).
To anyone thinking of using a soft case on a plane, you're better off with a cardboard box....seriously.
Hard Case is the "real deal" for when going overseas - They can be on the heavy side, and also space is needed.
Generally, hard case can be used everywhere if you have something worth protecting! Which we all do...
You can hire hard cases from good bike shops or if you plan to do more than 2 air trips then you should go and buy a case; I'd reccommend the viking case (procycling.com website at £189.00 +p&p, or the more expensive Elite travel case at £300.00) . I'm upgrading to the Elite from the Viking today actually as it has better inbuilt padding and strapping.
Tip of the day: go out and buy a bike size very very very thick piece of foam and with a black marker draw the outline of your bike (chainset side down) then "gouge out" the bike shape an d presto you have a custom built travel glove for your beloved bike
Only problem is going overseas now. You have to open the box (sometimes) and if you have put a lot of stuff around your bike and "sat" on it to close it, it's a pain to close again in the airport.
As such I have taken to putting less in the case on international flights and taking a larger suitcase with all my crap in it
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