|bike bags / cases||rudi|
Jul 19, 2001 5:13 PM
|I was hoping someone might know of a good, reasonably priced bike bag / case for taking my bag on the plane etc. I have seen one by Kona, (a bag) but am unsure just how sturdy this would be when they chucked my bike in the cargo hold! Am I better to buy a case? or are some bags well padded enough to take the sort of abuse thrown at them by luggage attendants?
Also what sort of price is reasonable, and should I expect to pay the airline for "bicycle transport", or can I just use the bike (packed up) as part of my luggage allowance?
Thanks for any thoughts / ideas on this.
|re: bike bags / cases||PaulCL|
Jul 19, 2001 5:41 PM
|I bought a hard case from Trico - $259 at Col. cyclist. Personally, I wouldn't trust a soft side case. You should be able to rent a case at you LBS - but it will be expensive. I rented one for a week that cost me $115! So, I bought one for the next trip.
As for expense...officially, you should be charged. Delta charges an extra $80 EACH way. Check the archives on this and the general board for ideas about how to 'get around' that charge.
P.S. Where are you going??
|agree that Trico is worthwhile||johnrg|
Jul 22, 2001 12:48 PM
|I rented a hard case once but had no straps and sides collapsed. I decided to purchase the Trico as with the security of the straps and plenty of foam my bike has always arrived in good shape. I send my bike cross country UPS for $50 each way including insurance. Case is very nice with integrated handles some cases do not have.|
|re: bike bags / cases||Mike Prince|
Jul 20, 2001 12:17 AM
|Having used a padded bike bag for most of the past year for trips between the US and Europe, I would recommend a hard case. My soft bag has worked well but on my last trip back to Europe I carried a brand new bike and the chainrings got bent. An easy fix and the first bit of damage to a bike with that case over 7 or 8 trips, but it made me sick to see my new bike damaged this way and I couldn't ride until I got to a shop to get new rings.
You should expect to pay the baggage fee and if you can get around it that is a bonus. Interestingly, on international flights I have never had to pay to check the bike through. My last trip had a connection in the US on the way back and they tried to get me to pay until I pointed out that I was going to Europe. That resulted in an apology from the gate agent and my bike went through. Interesting.
I think I paid about $140 for my soft case, I would expect to pay twice that for a hard-shell case unless you find a sale. I know Supergo had a deal recently on their house brand hard case and Performance sells them as well. If your bike is real big (>62 cm or so) you may have some problems fitting that into certain cases.