For some reason I have found this article hard to start writing about. There is nothing super exciting about a bike bag except for the fact that if you are putting your pride and joy into it your obviously heading away on an epic cycling holiday or journey. Now that is where the bike bag becomes exciting. It’s a tool. It’s an investment. You can and most likely will pay a lot of money to protect your bike and precious gear but its well worth it.
I have been around the traps a while now and I have seen bike bags and boxes evolve so much. From the good old cardboard bike box from your local bike shop to the new ever evolving hard case, soft case and even the simple new eco friendly twin plastic board type bike boxes. It’s all a personal consideration and I understand that. Everyone has budgets and what they can afford. Bike bags have come a long way now and what you personally choose to protect you precious cargo is something worth considering on how much you travel, where you travel and what your budget can afford.
These days with all different axle types such as quick release, through axles and boost hubs bike bag companies have had to catch up and run with the industry to make sure they are saleable items for their clients.
Now let’s get to it.
Sci-cons Aero Comfort 3 - Soft case bag, 4 wheels and internal bike frame
Evoc's Pro bag, Compact design, well thought out and loads of protection for a soft case.
Another important factor to consider is the protection for your pride and joy. Nothing worse than getting to your destination finding out that your ride is now obsolete. This can put a huge dampener on your trip and turn things sour pretty quickly. We have seen inflatable type padding, but the most common is the foam padding. The design of the bag or box protecting your prized possession as well. How the designers have constructed the bag to make sure either the wheels or extra (thicker) padding take up the slack to protect your frame. Another thing to point out is the lock down straps that most cases have nowadays. they are important as they hold your frame firm in the bag and don't allow anything in your bag to move around.
Enviro Bike Box is an Australian designed bike box, very simple and functional design.
With security high on everyone’s minds these days protecting your bike and gear is paramount. Make sure you check how the bike box or bag is secured to make sure theft of your belongings isn’t a concern.
Handles and straps.
Product designers are always making sure products are exactly what a client would want. Things like making sure you can handle the box or bag quite easily. Handles and straps are usually in spots where you need them most and are ergonomic for the user. If you do have the opportunity to try before you buy, then make sure you take the box or bag for a little stroll to make sure it handles ok and that it’s not difficult to manoeuvre. Be sure to check wheel placment and keep in mind how the bag or box trails behind you.
Buxumbox cases, Very durable, well thought out bike box keeping your bike safe and sound.
After hours storage is important, when you’re not using your bike bag or box. If you live in a small apartment then you may want to consider a soft case bag. Being able to roll up your soft case bag and pack it away neatly is one advantage as it’s stored up out of the way. Having a huge hard case bike box lying around may take up some room.
Wheels, wheels, wheels. When considering a bike bag or box, do make sure the casters are good quality. I have had airline companies break the wheels off my bike bag and I have had to replace them. Not something you want to be doing after every trip. A few brands these days are now recessing the wheels into the bag or box so this problem is avoided. Brands such as Evoc have the handle at one end and two sturdy wheels at the other end. Making handling super simple as it just follows behind you effortlessly. Bags with four wheels at the bottom can sometimes get tricky as one or two wheels may want to go in one direction and the other two wheels are happy to follow. This can be a pain as you are always fighting the bag to keep it going straight. Regular checks of the wheels before you travel are advised as well. Making sure they are all working perfectly before you head off on your fun filled cycling holiday.
A typical hardcase bike box. Totally secure and strong. Great for the regular traveller.
What are your thoughts? Be sure to take the time to write down what, where and how you will use the bike bag or box. If you own a roadie and a mountain bike and a TT bike and will that bag or box fit all of them in. Take all these points into consideration and anything further I have discussed above in the article. If you have any further to add please leave a comment or feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.