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Bike Suitcase(5 posts)

Bike SuitcaseDannyBoy
Mar 9, 2002 4:05 PM
I will be travelling with my bike a fair bit, can anyone recommend a good hard case, that's practical, but not too fancy or expensive. Cheap but solid's what I'm after.

Any links would be great.
re: Bike Suitcasegtx
Mar 9, 2002 5:37 PM
these are worth a look. I have no experience with them, though.

http://www.crateworks.com/
re: Bike SuitcaseHoward2
Mar 10, 2002 9:51 AM
I used two of the suitcase style cases that Supergo sold last winter (2001) to bring a pair of bikes to Ecuador. They were fine and not as expensive as others I've seen ($200). Unfortunately, Supergo doesn't have them on the website now. I think they were called TC-1 or something similar.

I had to take the bikes apart more than I had hoped to keep from kinking cables. I also made some axle spacers for the fork and the rear dropouts. The final modification was to cut several pieces of 3/4" diameter PVC pipe about 10 or 11 inches long. I stood these vertically between the two sides of the cases (the foam holds them in place) to keep the cases from collapsing if they were laid on their sides and stood upon (anything is possible when your bike goes by plane, truck, plane, bus, barge, truck before you see it again...).

Bikes arrived in fine shape.

If I had to do it all over again, I'd probably try the Trico Sports Iron Case. More expensive, but considerably tougher. We originally went with the suitcase style because we thought we'd not claim them as bicycles to avoid the excess charges. It turns out that on American Airlines the excess charges for a bike in international travel are cheaper than in domestic travel, plus your regular baggage allowance can be used for the bikes.

Good luck.

Howard
BikePro the way to go....tuffnick
Mar 10, 2002 5:29 PM
I'd recommend the Bike Pro Race case. They aren't cheap... but they are awesome cases. I travel a lot and swear by them over the typical grey plastic cases and bike boxes. I've had bad luck with both on them. With the bike pro the bike always arrives in perfect shape... I'm heading to Trinidad Wednesday with one.

-Nick Corcoran
www.podiumbound.ca (podiumbound.ca/test/ for sneak peak)
Without a doubt,TJeanloz
Mar 11, 2002 7:31 AM
The bikePro is the best bike case built. Soft, so you can squeeze it into the trunk of a Renault, with steel reinforcements to protect the important bits (derailluers etc.). More than enough padding- I've never had a bike hurt by the airlines with mine.