BIKE TRAVEL CASES

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION -

WHEN CERVÉLO WAS do­ing con­sumer sur­veys a few years ago, one of the is­sues that wor­ried triath­letes most was trav­el­ling with their bikes. It doesn’t need to be that much of a con­cern, though. There are nu­mer­ous bike cases on the mar­ket these days that are easy to pack and man­age. Once you’ve got your bike all packed up, though, there can still be some headaches along the way. Air­line bike fees can be in­sane – some air­lines will charge over US$200 to carry your bike. Bikes are of­ten left behind when lug­gage ar­eas fill up, too – vet­eran triath­letes are all too fa­mil­iar with the lost-lug­gage process.

That doesn’t mean you should ever be wary of trav­el­ling with your bike, though, es­pe­cially when you have cases like these to choose from. Some­times you have no choice – you don’t want to ride a rental when you’ve been train­ing for up­wards of a year for a big Iron­man event or a world cham­pi­onship. Rid­ing a rental at a train­ing camp or bike tour just never seems to be quite as sat­is­fy­ing as be­ing on your own bike.

Biknd He­lium V4

$700 ($900 FOR SPECIAL P5X VER­SION, SHOWN) Based in Chicoutimi, Que., Biknd has slowly be­come one of the top-end bike case man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world. Cervélo picked the com­pany to de­sign the unique case that is used with the P5X. And for good rea­son – when you pack your bike in a Biknd bag, you can be con­fi­dent it will get to its des­ti­na­tion in one piece. Weigh­ing 9 kg, you get lots of pro­tec­tion in a bag that won’t see you hit­ting the weight lim­its the next time you check in. Pack­ing your bike in the He­lium V4 is a breeze thanks to the gen­er­ous zip­pers around the bag that al­low the case to open up com­pletely. That said, there’s still some work to be done on your end – wheels, ped­als, han­dle­bars and seat post (if you have a larger frame) will have to come off to get the bike into the bag. There’s room for an ex­tra set of wheels, your hel­met, shoes and other es­sen­tials. Once you’re all done pack­ing the bike, you fill up spe­cially de­signed air pan­els to pro­vide more pro­tec­tion, too. There are four swivel wheels, so you can ne­go­ti­ate your way around an air­port or ho­tel with ease, and it’s rel­a­tively com­pact, so you shouldn’t strug­gle get­ting it into the back of your rental car once you ar­rive.

Sci­con Ae­ro­com­fort Triathlon 3.0 TSA Bike Travel Bag

$949 There’s a rea­son you’re see­ing more and more of these bags in air­ports and at races these days. Triath­letes hate pack­ing and un­pack­ing their bikes, and the Sci­con al­lows you to get to your des­ti­na­tion with the min­i­mum amount of pack­ing and un­pack­ing. Pack­ing the Sci­con is a dream – you re­move your wheels and clamp the bike into the frame. Be­cause you don’t have to touch your han­dle­bars (which get pro­tected with an ex­tra padded ny­lon cover), you don’t have to worry about do­ing any­thing to your elec­tronic shift­ing. The two sets of wheels al­low you to ne­go­ti­ate your way through the air­port and, once you’re at your des­ti­na­tion, you’ll be ready to go in just a few min­utes. Those with larger frames might find they do have to do some ad­just­ments to get their bikes into the Sci­con Ae­ro­com­fort bag, so it’s worth check­ing that out with your bike shop be­fore you make the in­vest­ment.

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