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Please Suggest a Bike Case(15 posts)

Please Suggest a Bike Casepeterkg
Sep 9, 2002 10:31 AM

I'm looking to buy a bike case, primarily for my road bike, but think it would be nice/safe to make sure that my dual suspension mountain bike would fit in there by itself with no problems either. This is primarily for air travel, so any that you know of that are within most airline size requirements, that would be great.

Trico IroncaseGregory Taylor
Sep 9, 2002 10:41 AM
I don't own one, but I've borrowed a friend's. Very nice, very secure.
Second the Trico Ironcase. . .js5280
Sep 9, 2002 10:57 AM
I own one and am very happy with it. Keeps the bike, wheels, etc. safe and secure from the baggage gorillas. It's a big SOB, but all the cases are for the most part. I can just barely stuff it in the back seat of my 95 Altima, just make sure your rental car is big enough too.
Try Crateworksjzinckgra
Sep 9, 2002 11:24 AM
If you want to save some $$$, try a Crateworks box ( i think). I have one and they are pretty darn sturdy. I've brought it on the plane and also had it shipped via FedEx. To add to the secureness of my bike, I through in a sleeping bag and some clothes into the box. For $100, you can't go wrong, but the Trico will obviously outlast and re-enforced cardboard box.
Second the CrateworksLen J
Sep 9, 2002 12:02 PM
If I was going to use the travel case more than 4 or so times per year I would go with a hard case but if I wanted something to use once or twice a year I'd go crateworks.

I bought the $89.00 cardboard reinforced with all the tie doen straps. I've shipped it twice on Airplanes and twice via UPS and It still has plenty of life in it.

Has anyone tried this?...Dave Hickey
Sep 9, 2002 12:38 PM

I'm in the airfreight business and this seems like a real good idea. The biggest problem with a square box is freight gets loaded on top and crushes it. This triangular box solves the heavy top stack problem.
Sep 9, 2002 3:27 PM
I've been happy with my UPS Velo Safe Pro-Series case. It's been pretty well knocked around, the bikes have never been damaged and the company is great about sending replacement parts when stuff gets broken. It also nests for storage--and isn't obviously a bike case, so the "display material" ploy works some of the time.
Performance Casetj90
Sep 9, 2002 4:26 PM
I bought the performance case b/c it was on sale for around $230. I like it and its protected my bike on 2 trips - one air trip to HI and other via FEDEX ground transportation to GA (both originating from CA).

I would recommend it however, buy some extra straps to reinforce the box in the long and short axis. You want the secondary straps (buy from home depot some luggage tie down straps) in case the regular clamps fail. FEDEX must have thought that my box was suspicious so they ripped off the padlocks on the case and broke the clamps. I had to repair the case, which was simple to do, even though I could have filed a claim. The extra clamps help baggage handlers lift the box since it can be awkward and heavy...
Second the Performance Casepmf1
Sep 10, 2002 4:21 AM
Its not as nice as some of the more expensive cases like Trico, but it gets the job done and will outlast a cardboard box. Why pay $100 for a cardboard box when you can get this for around $220? Its lockable and has wheels --that's worth an extra $100 right there. If I were travelling on a regular basis with my bike, I'd get a full blown $450 case like a tri-all or Trico. But for the occasional vacation, this works pretty well. I've taken it to Italy and across the U.S. from DC to Colorado.

The tie down strap idea is not a bad one. It would make it alot easier to put them on a luggage cart.

The other real cheap option is just to get a (free) bike shipping box from a LBS and pack it well. Packing it is as important as what you pack it in. If this is a one-time deal, you might consider this.
plus if you are a team performance memberColnagoFE
Sep 10, 2002 6:18 AM
you get another 10% back after buying it.
Or get it freepmf1
Sep 10, 2002 7:25 AM
If you're not, sign up and get 10% off which pays for the membership. I've saved a ton of money with this team performance thing. Once you factor the 10% off in, its very hard to beat their prices. Just don't expect to get any advice or great customer support. If you know what you want, its hard to beat them.
Performance CaseEricBH
Sep 10, 2002 4:39 AM
I've used the my Performance case on 5 x-country flights. No problems and it's been a good value for the occasional bike vacation.
re: Please Suggest a Bike CaseDERICK
Sep 9, 2002 8:58 PM
Trico Ironcasemmaggi
Sep 10, 2002 9:38 AM
Borrowed it from a club member for a trip to Italy. It was great. It packed well and locked up well. No problems whatsoever.

I wasn't charged for excess baggage on the way to Italy, but they got me for 83 Euros on the way back (Delta was the carrier) and all I had was the bike case, 1 luggage and 1 carry on. They didn't buy the "sporting equipment" excuse. They told me that regardless of what's in the case, the case is not a standard luggage size. Therefore I was charged.

May be different for domestic flights and it certainly may vary from carrier to carrier.
re: Please Suggest a Bike Casebikeridah
Sep 10, 2002 4:32 PM
Just found a classified for a Trico case used once selling for $150. Worth checking out.