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bike travel cases, any suggestions?(8 posts)

bike travel cases, any suggestions?Johnny Stacchino
Jan 20, 2002 9:18 PM
I'm looking for a good quality travel case so I can take my bike on airplane trips. Does anyone know which cases are good to use? Any particular brands? I am looking at the Performance one for $240, any opinions on this one or others?

Cardboard BoxDWridesGT
Jan 21, 2002 4:18 AM
I traveled from the U.S. to Italy and put my roadbike in a Cannondale Cardboard box. It worked flawlessly. Not a single problem, and that was with three plane transfers. I picked the box up from my LBS for free. The Cannondale boxes are TOUGH and STRONG, that's how they ship them for cripes sake, think about it.
Cardboard BoxJohn-d
Jan 21, 2002 6:32 AM
Makers boxes are a good idea, also I have heard that industrial quantities of bubble wrap is good. With that you can carry it to the airport easier and it can be disposed of at the other end. Buy sufficient for the return trip and stash the wrap in an airport locker ready.

The main objection with bike bags is that apart from the cost they are treated like baggage, you know, thrown about, where something more obviously a bike should receive a bit more care.

I am sure you know this but don't forget to put spacers in the fork ends.
Cardboard Boxmixinbeatz
Jan 21, 2002 9:35 AM
I would recommend a hard case. When a bike shows up a shop damaged, they are insured and they order another. When a bike comes of the plane damaged, you are standing at the start line at a race across the country riding a rental bike. Try getting the full value of your bike back after some disgruntled baggage handler decides to jump on your cardboard box. If an true flight case is damaged, the airline will much more likely pick up the tab.
Jan 21, 2002 10:46 AM
I bet your box didn't sit out on the tarmac in the rain... I was on a trip and that happened to someone. Getting another box for trip home was a bit difficult. But hey it was free, right?
second itcyclopathic
Jan 21, 2002 3:56 PM
unless you travel often go with card box, pipe foam etc

Card boxes get much more attention as they look fragile. Cases on other hand being thrown around, sometimes they may put a bunch of heavy suitcases on top and crash bike (happened to friend of mine). The only appeal of hardcase was that sometimes you could talk luggage checkers “hey guys it’s not a bike” and avoid paying 50-75$. No can do after 9/11
Tri all 3 sportsLuis
Jan 21, 2002 3:56 PM
I've had very good luck with my TRI ALL 3 SPORTS UPS Velo Safe Pro case. It's the work of 10 minutes to pack or unpack my road bike, the bottom of the case nests into the top for storage, and it's tough. I like having the option of sending it UPS if I need or want to, and the people at the company have been great to deal with.

I've used it on about a dozen trips and it's holding up fine. It's also not obviously a bike box, so sometimes I don't get charged.
Performance casespmf1
Jan 22, 2002 7:48 AM
My wife and I have these and they work pretty well. I got them on sale for around $200 a few years ago. We've taken our bikes a 3 trips (one to Europe) without any problems. They'll fit pretty large bikes and our bikes were never harmed (not even a scratch). I even saw a guy yank it out of a plane cargo bay and drop it 5 feet onto the tarmac once. I see quite a few of them on tours we go to. All in all, I've been pleased.

I'd guess that the Trico boxes are nicer, but they're pricier too. Cardboard boxes work well also. If I were going that route, I'd just get one at a bike shop rather than pay $75 for one of the reusable cases made of cardboard. I see people use cardboard boxes all the time too. They have some drawbacks such as not having wheels and not being lockable. Probably not as tough either. If you have an expensive bike and are going to travel with it, a hard case is probably worth the money.

If you are a member of Team Performance (which costs $20), you get 10% on all Performance purchases for a year. I find their prices competitive -- especially with the Team thing.