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Bike Travel Cases: Soft or Hard?(5 posts)

Bike Travel Cases: Soft or Hard?I_See_Fred_People
Jan 12, 2003 6:45 PM
I know their are two types of travel cases. The hard shell type and some that have a frame and padded sides. Is the soft side ones safe for a trans-Atlantic flight? Any advice?
Bike pro is the way to goPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 12, 2003 8:57 PM
I have friends who swear by the soft shell Bike Pro when travelling about a half dozen times a year. I've always relied on bike boxes or being able to borrow a hard shell but I have a way harder time packing stuff that my friends on trips so I'm going to get a bike pro sometime soon.

re: Bike Travel Cases: Soft or Hard?StewK
Jan 13, 2003 7:21 AM
I've never used a soft shell case so can't comment. I've had a Crateworks case (corrugated plastic) for the last couple of years and have been happy with it. The case itself is a little beat up, but it still protects the bike well. It's less expensive than a lot of other cases and I think it's considerably lighter. It's travelled by airplane, UPS and FedEx, but never overseas.
I've got theTrico ironcasetriple shot espresso
Jan 13, 2003 7:58 AM
It's a hard shell, I just got it before xmas. I used it to fly to Phoenix and was pretty happy with how easy it was to pack my bike.

I did notice something disturbing, when I checked the case, the ticket guy called over a bag guy that put my case on a flat bed cart. Out of nowhere all this oversize luggage shows up and the bag guy puts it all on top of my case. Some of the bags were skis, others were golf clubs and he was just chucking them on to the top. With each additional bag chucked on top I saw my case squish down a little. This stack of luggage was about 5 feet high with my poor baby on the bottom. I don't know if he would have stacked all that crap on top of a soft case. In the end, the case held up and my bike was fine, if it was a soft case I don't think my carbon levers would have survived. I bet that's the kind of abuse our luggage always gets and we just don't see it.
It must be strong as iron...KeeponTrekkin
Jan 13, 2003 9:27 AM
At least the cardboard boxes have big UP arrows to tell the baggage gorillas how to pack & stack 'em.

Sometime, I'll tell you the one about the time I saw a dog carrier spring open due to stupid baggage handling at LaGuardia. A huge, scared dog fell out and started sprinting accross the concrete. It took the airline 10 minutes to page the owner from the plane (he did not reboard; that dog may still be on the loose.)

If it can happen to your luggage or package; it will. Prepare accordingly.