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Travel Bags / boxes(4 posts)

Travel Bags / boxesEdSned
Jul 29, 2003 6:58 AM
sorry if this has been done to death almost as much as Campag vs Shimano, but how does anyone fly short & long haul with a nice bike?

I've always flown short-haul around Europe (I'm uk based) un-boxed/bagged (with tubes well padded), but airlines are slowly getting unhappier to do this. Also damage incidents are gradually increasing. Hence what's the best way?

I'm tempted by a hard case, but apart from the expense, they take up so much of your weight allowance before you've even added the bike. Do soft padded bags really offer enough protection, especially for long haul? Is there anything imbetween?

all recommendations gratefully received. I've heard BikePro cases are good, but can you get these in europe?
BikePro is the best - I assume you can get one in Europe (nm)TJeanloz
Jul 29, 2003 7:12 AM
Boxes...Dave Hickey
Jul 29, 2003 7:18 AM
As transportation industry veteran, I wouldn't trust soft cases. Hard case is the best option but, as you said, it adds to the total weight and they're expensive. Have you seen the Air Caddy? This looks like a great alternative to a hard box. I really like the shape. Not only does it protect the bike but it's shape prevents heavy objects from being stacked on top. The shape also makes sure the bike remains upright. Most damage is cause by stacking a heavy object on top of a light object. Bikes by nature are bulky so they are usually loaded on the bottom.
Jul 29, 2003 12:35 PM
Have you tried Crateworks? They use corrugated plastic, not anywhere near as heavy as the ABS plastic. I've used one for a couple of years without incident.