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    Hard Case For Bike Travel....

    yes......hopefully going to Les Gets / Morzine in may with my new spot....just a few concerns on getting it there in one piece!
    Has anyone traveled using a soft bike bag and or a hard case and which would u whole heartedly recommend, dont worry about the money just which is the best option!!
    also if anyone has either that they want to sell....im all ears! im over in the uk by the way.
    cheers for your help guys!
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    Try these guy's http://www.roofbox.co.uk/
    They have half plastic versions in the bargains area as well
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    I use a Trico Iron case, I have to take the fork off my XL Spot to fit it in.
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    the trico's, serfas's and all the other plastic cases will do ya well and should fit a med spot/big fork without too much removal of bits. anything bigger may require forks to come off. i have to remove both calipers on my med flux to squeeze it in and still leave some air. my dad gave me his old performance case and its been great for many years between us both. he used it for world travel before gettin s&s fittings on his full custom titus touring bike i had built for him. theres some cases for "big" bikes out there too. ill do some diggin in the next few days and get back to ya.
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    Word of advice, you dont want a bike bag if you are flying. Even with an aluminum frame inside for support it just wont cut it. There will always be some place on a bike bag that will have only a couple layers of material between your bike and whatever the idiot baggage handlers can throw at it. I can gaurantee you dont want that.
    So that leaves a hard case - still, every time I look at the price of one of them I just cant see dishing out the cash for one. I have traveled back and forth across the Atlantic with three different bikes and each time I have just used typical bike boxes. I find one that fits inside the other for extra protection. Buy yourself 5 dollars worth of bubble wrap or scrounge up some foam and you have 95% of the protection at 5% of the cost. Unless you are going to start travelling by air with your bike on a regular basis you might want to give the DIY method a try.

    Maybe Im just cheap but I feel I can pack my bike better on my own. Having said that I am drooling over one of BnW Touring Sacks to take on the trains this summer.

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    It is a bit off topic but might be interesting for travelers.
    http://www.nicolai.net/order/helius-travel.html

    From the UK to Les Gets/Morzine is not that far.
    Maybe it is safer and cheaper not going by plane.

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    ill agree with the bag thing. more of a placebo than a cure. however im a long time bike shipper and a cardboard box is fine for ups but not a plane, even doubled up and wraped like fine china. maybe, maybe 50% of the offered protection of a hard case when done perfectly. ill also agree id rather do the packin myself but im anal as hell, fully capable and dont usually let another wrench fiddle with my bikes.

    heres a story. year before last a pal and i flew to az for a week of rideing and met another pal who drove. i used my case and moh used the boxes i packed his ells in. instead of flyin or shippin them home we gave the much needed cash to him. we ditched the box, put 2 bikes on the roof and mine in the case in the back seat. on the nm/co border, he got stuck in a white out and was subsiquently sandwhiched, crushing the trunk and the back seat and sendin the rack to the pavement. damage to my burner was limited to a bent hanger. nuff said.

    no offence tosser. i still love ya pal.
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    Z,
    I know its not a Turner and all but I find that Nicolai pretty sweet. Too bad it would never fit in that pretty little bag once you added a fork and wheels. Probably would allow you to pack a whole bike and stay within airline size regulations though...

    Cactus
    No offense taken, my only first hand experience with a hard case was one of the plastic Trico ones. The thing cost 250 bucks and the cover was not that much stronger than cardboard - it was flexible enough to flex back and forth several inches on the sides. The amount of foam inside was no where near enough to keep everything seperated. Not woth the cash IMHO

    Plus you have never seen one of my bike pack jobs The pic below is how the Burner looked after the top two layers of packing material had been removed.
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    Hey, your prabably best to suck it up and stump up for the hard case, they are soild and will definately outlast any bike, unless you are really trying.

    My dad has a nice road bike and we have taken it abroad quite a few times to France and spain. He has always used a hard case. I think it cost about £250-300 but is built like a tank.

    Only thing is though, it weighs about 50something lbs. We watched a baggage handler in a spanish airport (Alicante I think) he was launching peoples bags up and laughing with his co-workers about, having a ***. You know the sort. The bike box came along, he heaved and tried to throw it..................... pulled his back and shoulder. The box barely came off the ground. He went off whining and in pain, I think he is probably on Spanish disability benifit now. LOL, I am still laughing thinking about it. I was soooo funny. Anyway if you do get one you will probably have to pay extra because of the weight of the case. Jonathan
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    good point. my 25 lb flux weighed 61 lbs in the box with a extra set of larson tires and a extra thomson stem. big friggin burley ass box!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick rocket
    yes......hopefully going to Les Gets / Morzine in may with my new spot....just a few concerns on getting it there in one piece!
    Has anyone traveled using a soft bike bag and or a hard case and which would u whole heartedly recommend, dont worry about the money just which is the best option!!
    also if anyone has either that they want to sell....im all ears! im over in the uk by the way.
    cheers for your help guys!
    rick.
    I regularly travel and now use a Planet X bag. It's sturdy and reasonbly light. I previously had a Animal bag and it provided some serious protection and had wheels as well, but it was so damn heavy. Airports are getting tighter and tighter on how much you can carry now so I would certainly go for something fairly light and just protect the bike with as much bubble wrap as you can get around it.

    Everytime I travel, the bag picks up damage but I've only once had damage to the bike. I've heard many horror stories but thankfully never seen one.

    The worse worry about traveling is that your bike never turns up at the other end. I've seen this happen many times. I heard a story of a group that went out to Granada for a weeks riding and their kit only turned up on the last friday! What a nightmare.

    With airlines now saying they won't allow bikes with hydrolic fluid on the flight, I'm beginning to think that maybe driving to the alps is the way to go!

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    cheers guys...

    well what can i say cheers for the advice guys, very mixed bag!!
    i know , i know very lame joke!
    im thinking of going for an elite hard travel case i know its expensive, cheapest uk price £250 roughly $500 US, but considering my spot build came to £3400 its a snip to protect my pride n joy.
    ive uploaded a pic see if anyone has any experience with one of these, looks tidy and i'll deff use it in the car, as u can fix it to roof bars, so not a bad product all in all.
    i hear what u say cactus dude i deff dont fancy a bag over here they cost about £80 - £100 for a decent one but for another £100 i'd rather go solid.
    and is that a definate on NO HYDRAULIC FLUID on flights?
    what the hell!!
    any reports on the elite travel case appreciated, cheers guys!
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    dakine and bike pro

    Here's a couple of links to some soft bags. My buddy uses the Dakine and really likes it. I'm not sure about durability, but it is a nice bag, and its really big with rollers so its easy to handle and you can load everything in there. http://www.dakine.com/base.cfm (click on the bike tab to find the bag).

    The other is a Bike Pro. I've never used or even seen this product, just have the link bookmarked after reading a glowing review of the bag here on MTBR. https://www.bikeprousa.com/travel_ca...62724.9.145.94

    Good luck.

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    I traveled with my bike for the first time this past fall, and used one of those big grey hard plastic cases very similar to the kind Nashbar sells. Works great, heavy as all get-out.(~75 lbs fully loaded) I had to remove the fork on my large Spot to get to fit. It had 3 really thick layers of foam one for each side and one to divide the wheels from the frame.(the Nashbar site says their kind has only 2?) Since I don't travel often I rented the case from my LBS for $10/day not a bad deal at all.
    The case took up the entire back seat of the compact rental car, even covered the rear window.




    The Airport people acted like It was a coffin. Come to think of it I got a lot of stares just about everywhere I hauled it. One ticket guy was very helpful and let it slide thorugh as baggage but I had to help the baggage handler escort it to the inspection and loading area as they wouldn't take it at the counter. (They said it wouldn't fit on their conveyer) On the way home the ticket clerk wanted to charge me some redic-u-price and I had to haggle it down to $25 bucks. But they took it at the counter. I guess Salt Lake is better than handling bikes than Newark.

    Someone (TS?) posted mentioned used the double cardboard box methood. One of the handlers apparently dragged it across the tarmac and it chewed right through the boxes and into the dropouts on his fork. Prolly not a likely situation but something to consider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick rocket
    yes......hopefully going to Les Gets / Morzine in may with my new spot....just a few concerns on getting it there in one piece!
    Has anyone traveled using a soft bike bag and or a hard case and which would u whole heartedly recommend, dont worry about the money just which is the best option!!
    also if anyone has either that they want to sell....im all ears! im over in the uk by the way.
    cheers for your help guys!
    rick.
    i politely disagree with the knee-jerk reactions to soft cases. i have used, and loaned out, the pika eep for years with great success. it's really well thought out and constructed, light, easy to use, and it packs up a lot smaller than hard cases for storage. it is light enough to use the shoulder strap, even with all my bike gear (shoes, helmet, camelback, clothes, etc.) stuffed in. I usually take it to the sky cap with a ten spot visible in my hand and have no trouble getting it checked.

    http://www.pikapackworks.com/

    anyway, i'm super happy with mine and would go the same route again.

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    Well, I finally bit the bullet and bought a pair of Trico travel cases for me and Barny. We go to Utah once or twice a year and I was sort of sick of getting bike boxes from the LBS, because the only way I'd get one was by assembling the bike that was inside of it for the owner of the shop.

    Anyway, I picked them up cheap off ebay. Packing them is so freaking easy. The foam holds everything in place beautifully. Way easier than a cardboard bike box where I used piles of zip ties and pipe insulation to protect everything. We went out to the airport to check in and they didn't even charge oversize or overweight baggage fees despite the fact that they were obviously bikes and both weighed on the order of 70 pounds. Gotta love Alaska Airlines and flying out of a small town.
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    The Da Kine bag is Da Kine!

    The Turner tucks in there nice and neat, Theres no worries the whole way to your destination as long as you protect your bling bits from rubbing...

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    I have to 2nd (3rd, 4th,...?) the Trico Iron Cases. I bit the bullet a couple years ago and bought two, one for me and one for the wife. We use them a couple times a year.

    I, on the other hand, do not like to take the case to the airport. The thought of some TSA dude opening the case with my half-assembled 5 Spot in it makes me cringe. I prefer to ship the bike and case to my desination via UPS or Fedex ahead of time. If I have a friend or relative in the area, I'll ship my bike to their house. If not, I'll ship my bike to a friendly shop in the area. Works great, and less hassle at the airport.

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