May 8, 2001 11:41 AM
|Are there any affordable travel cases out there that will take either an MTB or a Roadbike. I'm not even sure if they are made that specific for that matter... I've never looked at one before. |
I just need something that I can pop either of my bikes into and count on them getting to the other end of the flight in the same condition I packed them, without braking the bank.
Also, where would I buy one of these? My LBS definitely doesn't carry any.
Any suggestions ... thanks
|Take your pick||pmf|
May 8, 2001 12:56 PM
|Any of them carry a mtn or road bike. You don't "pop" the bike into the case though, it takes time to pack it carefully.
Last year I went to Italy cycling for my honeymoon. My wife and I looked at cases and decided on the one sold by Performance. I got them on sale for $190 each and then saved another 10% with the Team Performance thing I have. We considered the fancy cardboard boxes, but the Performance ones will last longer. They're not great cases, but they get the job done. They have wheels (a must that boxes don't have) and are lockable. Our bikes made it from the U.S. to Italy and back, no problem. Several others on the tour were using them and the guides told us they are popular.
Like all cases, they are bulky and heavy. The guy on the Perofrmance ad must me about 6'8'' since the case looks so small.
May 8, 2001 1:55 PM
|They've a bike case that looks just like a regular "suitcase" from outside. I doubt any airliner will ask you if there is a bike inside. And if they don't ask, you don't have to tell :) and save at least $50-60 in airline screw-money. The supergo case comes with wheelbags.
They are on "sale" for $200. The one performance sells is also good and meets the specifications of a check-in baggage (I actually called a couple of airlines with the baggage specs).
|Aviod Extra Charges||Bender|
May 8, 2001 4:55 PM
|My bike has flown for free on domestic flights many times by being checked as "trade show material". Don't tell the ticket agent you're checking a bike and don't plaster a bunch of Shimano stickers on the outside of the case. Also, markings on the case to match the trade show 'information' that was given to the ticket agent may help to throw off less then honest bagage handlers, they thrive on expensive bikes. There is not much of a resale market for hot trade show booths.
A little well placed deception goes a long ways (literally).
|got one and||cyclopathic|
May 8, 2001 8:42 PM
|it's really cheesy. Unless you reinforce it it wont survive Air France royal treat. Other thing big bike (more then 18") most likely won't fit. That's why it's on sale.
it does pass as regular suitcase. If they ask question "is it a bike" on control just blink and say "no, just assorted bike parts". Technically it's not a lie, you have to put it together to make a bike ;-)
|careful with the supergo box...||Largo|
May 9, 2001 6:51 PM
|A friend picked one up, and all the latches, except the main top one, popped open in transit.
If the main one went, could be a real disaster.
It seems like any torsional forces on that box would pop the latches.
Stick with the trico sports iron case.