How to Fly With Your Bike

09/30/2019

PRO's Bike Travel Case Mega Makes It Easy

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Photography Ethan Glading / @thepenultimatestage

 

You dedicate hundreds of hours in training to prepare for your main race of the season. Often, these events are located far away from home and require travel, which means flying with your bike. Ensuring your bike arrives safely and in one piece is vital for a successful race. That makes packing and traveling with this essential piece of equipment nerve-wracking, to say the least. Fortunately, the PRO Bike Travel Case Mega is a versatile option which gives you exactly what you need to travel to your next big event confidently.  

 

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Protecting your bike while traveling is crucial; however, the challenge is in protecting the bike while also keeping the case lightweight and easy to lift, roll, and transport. Awkward, heavy, unwieldy cases will often be mistreated at the airport when luggage is loaded and unloaded from the plane. The PRO Mega bag solves this problem by incorporating a lightweight frame into the case, giving it the protection of a hard case but the maneuverability of a soft case. Five handles and four rolling casters allow the case to be easily lifted and transported even while you have other luggage to maneuver. 

 

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When packing your bike, you’ll want to secure any loose parts and components to keep them from bouncing around inside your case. The PRO Mega Case features a lightweight and adjustable alloy frame that attaches to your bike at the dropouts. This holds the bike in place and keeps it from knocking around with other parts during travel. The case also includes a handlebar sleeve that cradles the bars flat against the bike frame so they won’t swing around within the case. This sleeve is especially important for triathletes in order to keep the bike’s aerobars and extensions from being damaged. The PRO case also has a convenient, zipper pocket where you can stash small accessories or tools to keep them safely tucked away from your frame. 

 

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Protecting your drivetrain and derailleurs is another essential but challenging part of packing your bike for travel. Showing up to your event with your shifting out of alignment is not the way you want to start the race weekend. Thankfully, the PRO Mega Case is designed to protect your drivetrain, and unlike other cases, it allows you to leave the rear derailleur attached to your bike during travel. When secured to the case’s alloy frame, your bike’s chain is held in place with a resin guide that prevents it from damaging your frame. Also, a lightweight, protective sleeve covers the drivetrain from the crank to the rear derailleur, which keeps your case clean and grease-free.  

 

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Properly padding your bike is another vital layer of protection against damage. The PRO travel bag comes with adjustable foam pads that Velcro to the inside of the case, protecting key parts of your frame. You can move these pads around, arranging them in specific locations where your bike may need extra padding. Additional protection for your bike is always a good idea and many athletes will wrap each tube of the bike frame as well. Plumbing insulation from your local hardware store is an excellent solution. 

 

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After securing your frame, cockpit, and drivetrain inside the case, use the two large zippered pockets on the outside to hold your bike’s wheels. These pockets open wide so your wheels easily slide in and they zip up to hold everything snugly in place. They also offer extra padding to protect all the parts inside your case while guarding the rest of your gear against grease. 

 

Traveling with your bike should be fun, not tedious. The PRO Bike Travel Case Mega makes packing your bike easy so it no longer feels like a jigsaw puzzle of cramming parts and pieces together. Instead, specially designed pockets, frame mounts, and padding hold each part of your bike in place. Now, you can travel with confidence, knowing your bike will get to your destination safely and you’ll be ready to race in no time.