For those of you who live in the colder part of the country, which this year is almost every where, this blog is for you. I have finally decided that I need to purchase a bike travel case so I can get my bike out in some warm weather this winter. As I am not very mechanically inclined, the prospect of packing a bike case gave me some trepidation. However, the severity of this winter has pushed me past this fear.
I have done much research on the Internet and now realize that it is relatively simple to pack a bike in the right case. Before I say which case I purchased I want to go through my analysis and research. There are three types of cases you can get. A regular cardboard box, a hardshell case, and a soft shell case. The only advantage of the cardboard box is that it is the cheapest, however it also offers the least protection. The hardshell case offers the most protection but does present a couple of problems. First, it is by far the heaviest and therefore may put you over the 50 pound limit for most airlines. Second and perhaps most important it will be obvious that you are traveling with a bicycle and you will pay the outrageous charges that airlines charge to bring a bicycle. In fact this can be anywhere from $75 to more than $150 one-way.
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Drum rolls please… so after my intensive research and reading my trusted blogger DC rainmaker I decided to purchase a soft case. The travel case I chose is manufactured in the United States (Utah) and is called Pika Packworks EEP standard (pikapackworks.com). This is a travel case that is handmade and has been trusted by professional cyclers for over 10 years. In addition, it gets rave reviews for protecting the bicycle. That is all great, but the primary reason I purchased this case is that you have a very good chance of avoiding the additional bicycle baggage fees. When asked at the counter what is inside the bag you simply say exercise equipment. The bag has no indications on the outside that it is a bicycle and most people that use it say they are able to avoid the outrageous bicycle charges about 85% of the time.
This alone makes this the cheapest travel case on the market. The back sells for $360 and ends up costing about $400 by the time it is delivered to me. I should be getting my bag this Friday I will soon thereafter travel with it. I will give an update at that time as to how the packing and traveling goes. If any of you use a travel case I would love any comments regarding your experiences.
Ride. Be Safe Have Fun.
Andrew L. Kass/ Bicycle accident lawyer