Whether you’re heading out of town for a weekend, to your next Grand Fondo or across the ocean for a bike trip, bringing your own bike can be top priority. A number of companies claim to have the best bike boxes and bike bags. We debunk the hype and discuss three of our favourite three carriers on the market for plane, train and automobile travel.
Besides looking like you belong on The Tour when rolling this bag around, the Scion AeroComfort 2.0 offers many features that make it one of our favourite bike bags. An important advantage to this bag is that you needn’t know how to take your bike apart to use it (like many other bike box and bike bag systems). The frame can remain entirely intact – seat post and handlebars included! You simply remove the wheels and the frame fits snuggly and safely into the inner stability system. There is a special pocket in place to protect your gears, a zippered space for your wheels, and as one of the local bike shop staff noted, “it’s foolproof”. Sounds good to us.
Arguably the most attractive looking bike bag (who doesn’t love choosing their bike bag colour?), the EVOC Bike Travel Bag broke onto the scene a few years ago to much acclaim and a multitude of awards. The mid-section of the bag easily holds your frame, and each side has a plentitude of pockets to hold all your extra gear and bike tools. The removable padding protects your steed and fold-open feature makes it a relative easy, quick pack. EVOCs size makes it ideal for not only your road bike, but a 29er Mountain Bike too. Bonus of the EVOC Bike Travel Bag? Customs loves it; the two zipper system makes it easy to open and display your bike and all of its pieces.
3. Biknd Helium
Biknd Helium Bike Bag features two inflatable/deflatable airbags to protect your bike. This bag has the capacity to carry 2 sets of wheels, a bonus if you’re considering bringing race wheels along with your daily wheels. There is a built-in ridged frame in the mid-section that holds the frame firmly in place with the wheels folding up around it. Tiny marked pockets show you where to stash your helmet, pedals and tools. The Biknd Helium rolls nicely through airports, with a set of industrial wheels underneath it ensuring easier travel, especially when you’re sprinting to catch your next plane.
All three of our reviewed bags feature an internal system of sorts that acts as a bike stand upon your arrival, making your tweaks and re-build a smooth and simple process.
What is your favourite bike bag?
None of these companies endorsed this post. We selected our favourites to review and educate our readers.
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