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Hard Shell Traveling Cases(9 posts)

Hard Shell Traveling Caseswookieontherun
Feb 10, 2003 8:30 AM
Hi all!

I'm looking at buying a hard shell case for my bike to fly with. I'm gonna be doing a lot of traveling by plane over the next 2 years and really want something that can hold up to the abuse of the airports. Can anyone give any suggestions? BTW- I ride a 56cm Trek 5200...Also, will i need an extra case of some sort to take an extra wheelset with me? In the past I've traveled by car mostly but I'm not driving to Costa Rica nor England...
Happy with my Trico Ironcase. . .js5280
Feb 10, 2003 8:38 AM
Seems to be one of the most popular cases. You do have to take the wheels, pedals, and handlebars (only, just off the stem) to use it though. If you're going to travel a bunch, maybe the Tri All 3 Custom Road Bike Case would work better for you, less disassembly. They also make a hard wheel case too. Here's a link to Excel's travel case section including the items mentioned above.
Couple of questionswookieontherun
Feb 10, 2003 8:50 AM
A few questions for you- first it looks really damn solid. Does the foam just press inbetween your spokes and stuff? Also, do you pack your tools in there with it? Finally, does it have wheels on the bottom? How do you drag that through the airport?


I have one too and would recommend...jtolleson
Feb 10, 2003 8:57 AM
Yep, there are wheels on the bottom and a strap on the other end to drag it behind you. Still a bit cumbersome, but you don't have to carry it off the ground. There's room for tools AND helmet with the bike (small tool set, hex wrenches, pedal wrench) but not room for a frame pump.

The foam just works its way into nooks and crannies and although the sides are hard plastic, you still want to reinforced the dropouts with either an old useless hub or, as will come with a new Iron Case, a bolt with wingnuts. It means that if tons of force were applied to the case, you won't tweak your rear triangle or your fork.

It is not big enough to hold a second wheelset. You'd need a separate case if that is an issue.
A Third For The Trico --Gregory Taylor
Feb 10, 2003 9:45 AM
I've used a Trico a couple of works like a champ. Yes, it is big and heavy, but it protects your bike very well. It has wheels on one end and a strap, so you can wheel it around pretty easily. It's also UPS-able, which is something I've never done but is worth thinking about.

Even with the hardshell case, I'm still a little paranoid. I'm very careful about how I pack the bike, making sure that stuff like the handle bars or stem are not rubbing on the frame. I've also invested in some lengths of foam pipe insulation to wrap around the frame tubes (seat tube, head tube, down tube) to keep any potential for paint scratches at a minumum. Finally, I usually remove the chain (a zip lock back works great) and unscrew the rear derailleur from the frame. Yes, it takes me a little longer to knock down and reassemble my bike, but so far I've had no tragedies in transit.
I hate Trico casesPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 10, 2003 8:57 AM
If I were to buy a case without a doubt I'd get a Bike Pro from I its partially from having to travel in a team with bikes and the annoyance of packing a Trico. So the Bikepro's are a padded case just slightly bigger than the outline of your frame. Then theres no straps to break/come apart just zippers so no baboon could accidentally rip it open. And since its padded any force squashing it won't squash your frame.

But alas until I can afford one I'm just going to pack my bikes well in bike boxes.

My 2 cents,
Packing is bit of a pain, but otherwise very sturdy. . .js5280
Feb 10, 2003 9:35 AM
There's 5 straps on the Ironcase and if two, maybe 3 or 4 broke, it would still protect the bike. The buckles are recessed so they typically don't get much impact damage, just scratches. Also nylon webbing and those buckles should be pretty cheap to replace if they did fail. Zippers can, and do fail, and are expensive to replace. I'm a little leary of soft side cases although I'm pretty sure the Bike Pro ones have a metal frame for added protection. I think you have to break down the bike just as much with a Bike Pro too. The obvious solution is this. . .
Pedal Packpeter in NVA
Feb 10, 2003 11:42 AM
Had it for years and have been happy with it - holds all clothes, helmets, camelbacks etc. Its still cumbersome lugging it around airports and it won't fit anywhere in a compact car. Hard to believe, but the airlines still managed to break off a latch, lose a wheel and really crush one of the corners - no bike damage. I think they drop it more because it is oversize. I don't travel with my bikes anymore because of the fees.
Good to hear - I've had all my experience the pro model thoughPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 10, 2003 9:52 PM
The pro model with the steel frame and all the other bells and whistels makes it the nicest case out there.

If the price is right I might purchase your old case by the way.