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Bicycle Travel Cases

Your dream bicycle tour is in Europe and your bicycle is not. What about bicycle travel cases? The airline says just use one of their travel containers. Your buddy says to go down to your local bike shop and get a used bicycle box. Neither one is my recommendation. Fortunately, you have many options when it comes to secure bicycle cases.

Bicycle Travel Cases
For The Ultimate Protection

Available Travel Cases

  • Thule 699 Round Trip Bike Case ($380) – A very tough bike case for all types of traveling either on airplanes, trains, or just shipping by UPS or FedEx. Durable polyethylene construction with foam protection inside and integrated wheels for easy transport. A lock can be added to secure the case. Weighs about 30 pounds. 47″ x 30½” x 10½” (outer), 45″ x 28½” x 10″ (inner).
  • Crateworks Pro 1
    and Pro XLC ($120 to $180). Basically a stout double-walled cardboard box, with tie downs and plastic frame plate. The XLC is waterproof. They offer recumbent and tandem boxes. Good value and ease of use and can be used multiple times.
  • BikePro’s Race Case ($550). A heavily-padded, soft-shell case with steel mounting frame and impact side panels. Good protection and easier to move around in cars and trains.
  • Bike Pro USA Folding Bike Travel Case – Shippable by UPS/Fed Ex with bike in it (except tandem). “Egg crate” style convoluted foam interiors to nestle the bike securely. Molded rigid exterior designed to withstand the toughest of punishments.
  • Trico Iron Case ($380) – This ultra-light case combines three layers of plush foam, heavy duty straps, and Triconium shells to make this an easy to pacd and secure case for travel. The Iron Case is UPS ready. With its wheels, small strap, and light weight, it is very easy to maneuver through an airport. Hand grips are molded into the case for maneuverability in more constricted areas. Excellent protection.
  • Serfas SBC Bike Armor Case ($350) – Meets UPS Size Requirements. Bulletproof polyethylene shell, heavy duty casters for mobility, and three outer straps for secure closure. 45″ x 28″ x 10″ (outer), 43.5″ x 26.5″ x 9.25″ (inner) 31 lbs.
  • Tri All 3 Sports Velo Safe Pro ($600) – Made of high molecular weight polyethylene. Built-in casters for easy handling. Includes high-density foam padding. Excellent protection. 51″ x 16″ x 38″ and weighs 38lbs.
  • Air Caddy ($100). A triangular corrugated box that folds up when not in use. Has internal metal supports. Optional wheels and protective cover are available. Excellent protection for traveling with a full size bicycle with minimum disassembly.
  • BTC Hard and Backpack Cases. The BTC is a precision machined lug that is installed in a bicycle frame and allows the bicycle to be packed for easy transportation. The broke-down bicycle will fit in a 26″ x 26″ x 10″ hard-shell or backpack-style case. Excellent choice for the cyclist who travels with their bicycle.

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About John Stultz

John Stultz is the owner of Bear Paw Tents. He's been bicycle touring for over 30 years and is excited for sharing his insight on cycling. He considers himself an ultralight backpacker and ultralight bicycle tourer. John is the original founder of Bicycle-Touring-Guide.com. He started the website to share his passion for touring and to help people plan for their own bicycle tour.

Comments

  1. Will McCrary says:

    John, thanks for the info. Do you have any experience actually using these boxes? How does a touring bike fit in these cases? Do any of them accomodate racks/fenders/extra room for panniers/etc?

    I’m looking to fly with my Salsa Vaya this summer and these cases are so expensive I definitly want to make the right choice!

    Thanks,

    Will McCrary

    • Hi Will,

      Unfortunately John doesn’t write for us anymore. But I know he DOES have experience using those boxes. He used them for a lot of tours.

      Not sure if they accommodate panniers though and your additional baggage. My hunch is no.

      Cheers,

      Perry

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