The Best Features to Look for in Bike Transport Bags
Whether you are planning to transport your bike in your car with luggage or on an aeroplane, a bike transport bag is a must. Its padded construction will help protect your frame and components, ensuring your bike arrives at the final destination without damage.
In this guide, we provide the important features you should consider when shopping for bike transport bags.
Light Duty vs Heavy Duty Bags
A light duty bag is a good option for transporting your bike in the car, train or where you can supervise the handling of your bike. They also offer the benefit of keeping the inside of your vehicle clean after a muddy or wet ride. Most light duty bike transport bags come with internal padded pockets to fit the wheels, but if the bag you are considering doesn't have them, I highly recommend you to purchase separate wheel bags.
Heavy duty bags are ideal for travelling long distances by aeroplane and is not able to supervise the handling of your bike. These bags feature a solid base platform that offers increased rigidity and protection for your bile. They also come with wheels to allow you to haul the bag through the airport with easy. Although you will have to spend a little more in these bags, they will provide you with the very best protection and storage for your bike.
Bags with this structure will protect your frame from vibrations, shocks and impacts. Some bags don't come with it but can be upgraded to have an internal framework to support your bike.
This feature is designed to fit most type of bike frames. The pad covers the upper part of your top- and down-tube to prevent potential impacts during transportation. Velcro straps are often available to help secure the pad to your frame.
Frame and Fork Spacers
Although soft bike bags are designed to withstand impacts and rough handling, frame and fork spacers ensure that your bike does not suffer any misalignment during travel.
Wheeled or Carry
Considering that even lightweight cases can weight 6-8 kilos, and with the bike and whatever else you pack inside this weight can easily double, it doesn't take long before you are pushing the limits of airline weight policies. Many bike cases come with wheels for easy transporting, but some bikers opt for a simpler and lighter self-carry style to save on weight.
How the Case Works
Different cases require a different approach to packing, but there are some common themes. Most of them require you to remove wheels, pedals and seat post. Know that a full-sized bike box will require nearly as much, but will often allow you to keep the rear wheel in place.
When packing your bike, make sure to strap everything together so that nothing can move around inside the case during transportation. Also, cover any sharp components and reinforce the dropouts with a plastic spacer or something similar.
Last edited: 16/01/2019
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