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Maaku 11-16-18 11:11 PM

My RoadMachine with hydraulic disc inside my Post Carry Co. case. No airline fees so far and it's fully protected.
www.postcarry.co

https://i.imgur.com/ZjZbDN3.jpg

deepakvrao 11-17-18 08:55 AM


Originally Posted by Maaku (Post 20666683)
My RoadMachine with hydraulic disc inside my Post Carry Co. case. No airline fees so far and it's fully protected.
www.postcarry.co

https://i.imgur.com/ZjZbDN3.jpg

Just saw the video on your website. That is a lovely design. Sad that we have 2 Pikas AND 2 Orucases already, though, I am tempted to sell the Orus and buy these.

Issue is that I live in India and getting stuff here is always a hassle.

Stebo81 04-03-19 12:18 AM

What case not to use
 
I'm looking for a new case as well for an up coming trip from Sydney to Melbourne. I know what case i could not use ever again and that is the soft case from scicon - scicon aerocomfort.
I took my pride and joy over to Munich last year and returned home with a cracked carbon frame, broken front derailleur and 2 months of going through the insurance claims.
The scicon appealed to me initially because of the convenience. All i had to do to pack the bike from take the wheels off and place them in the side pockets. But convenience comes at a price.

Hard cases all the way from now on. Thanks for the recommendations in this thread it really helped me choose my next case.

JohnJ80 04-03-19 06:41 AM


Originally Posted by Stebo81 (Post 20867223)
I'm looking for a new case as well for an up coming trip from Sydney to Melbourne. I know what case i could not use ever again and that is the soft case from scicon - scicon aerocomfort.
I took my pride and joy over to Munich last year and returned home with a cracked carbon frame, broken front derailleur and 2 months of going through the insurance claims.
The scicon appealed to me initially because of the convenience. All i had to do to pack the bike from take the wheels off and place them in the side pockets. But convenience comes at a price.

Hard cases all the way from now on. Thanks for the recommendations in this thread it really helped me choose my next case.

Hard cases are no foolproof protection or even more protection. With the power equipment used to transfer luggage, if it gets caught it will just as quickly lead to a
damaged bike. Bike manufacturers ship thousands upon thousands of bikes in nothing more than cardboard boxes.

With what the large hard cases cost to ship, doesnít take long to pay for a bike on most airlines either.

Solid heavy duty dropout protectors are key. As are cases where the forces are distributed. The more compact the case the less likely to get jammed in the luggage transport system. The more disassembled the bike is the better protected it will be.

Check our Orucase Airport Ninja.

Alao have your own quality insurance and donít depend on the airlines.

Generally airlines get it right. Itís far better now than it was even 10 years ago.

J.

Doge 04-03-19 07:47 PM

Sometime this last year the major airlines changed their oversize freebie for military (my kid, I pay). I am complaining about the change, not their right to do it.
Weird though. They went from std 62" to 80" is free for military. Every airline varies, so a lot of reading.
United - on orders - Up to 115.0 linear inches (292cm) L + W + H
Not on orders - 62"

"On orders" is also a tricky.

So now I got to find smaller bags the existing were fee free.
https://postcarry.co/products/transfer-case

JohnJ80 04-03-19 07:54 PM

Post Carry and the Orucase Airpoet Ninja are the two that I know of that successfully exploit the 62Ē rule. As well, because they arenít rectangular and both are slightly over the spec, baggage agents just pay attention to the weight (for workers comp injury reasons and fuel) and not so much the size.

J.

Stebo81 04-04-19 09:56 PM

Check our Orucase Airport Ninja. - thanks for the recommendation, i'll check this one out as well.

Alao have your own quality insurance and don’t depend on the airlines. - i couldn't agree with you more. Pay the extra premium for travel insurance and have the bike fully covered. It also helps to get a repair quote from your local bike shop. This i think made the difference for me. The insurance paid out the repair costs of my 6 year old bike which was equal to the purchase cost of the bike back in 2012.

bikeinxs 08-11-19 04:51 PM


Originally Posted by Stebo81 (Post 20870393)
Check our Orucase Airport Ninja. - thanks for the recommendation, i'll check this one out as well.

Alao have your own quality insurance and donít depend on the airlines. - i couldn't agree with you more. Pay the extra premium for travel insurance and have the bike fully covered. It also helps to get a repair quote from your local bike shop. This i think made the difference for me. The insurance paid out the repair costs of my 6 year old bike which was equal to the purchase cost of the bike back in 2012.

Can you please give me an example of what sort of travel insurance you purchased? Thanks.

jfranci3 02-27-20 08:40 PM

Anyone have the outer dimensions of the Airport Ninja case Large? This seems to be a big secret for some reason.

alo 02-27-20 09:22 PM

A lot of the other posters have expensive bikes. I travelled with a less expensive bike, with minor disassembly, and wrapping it in clear plastic. With the clear plastic, they can see what it is, and are more likely to be careful. It was not damaged.

JohnJ80 02-27-20 10:46 PM


Originally Posted by jfranci3 (Post 21346009)
Anyone have the outer dimensions of the Airport Ninja case Large? This seems to be a big secret for some reason.

Iíll measure mine tomorrow. which measurements?

jfranci3 02-27-20 11:09 PM


Originally Posted by JohnJ80 (Post 21346138)
Iíll measure mine tomorrow. which measurements?

basic outside. Trying to figure out size relative to the Post Carry and if itíll fit a Trek Checkpoint SL with the seat mast

UmneyDurak 02-28-20 12:10 AM

Took advantage of PBK sale and got Scion TSA 3.0. Will see how it works out for my trip to Europe this summer. Tried out on my bike, and RD protector is such a PITA to put on. I think for a flight I'll just take it off. It's etap, so pretty easy to remove it and put it back on.

One question for traveling what pump are people using? Now days I just have floor pump and co2 one for the road.

topflightpro 02-28-20 07:48 AM

The Silca Viaggio seems quite nice for traveling. I have a Lezyne travel pump. It has been less than impressive.

You can also hope to find one locally in Europe.

jfranci3 02-28-20 08:33 AM


Originally Posted by UmneyDurak (Post 21346192)

One question for traveling what pump are people using? Now days I just have floor pump and co2 one for the road.

The Silca is too expensive for a trunk/travel pump and too big/heavy. THis is something you probably want to loan out on occasion and maybe need to abandon.

I have the Birzman Tiny Tanker - same weight as the Lezyne Travel pump - https://amzn.to/2I9VpYp this is a 2lb 1/2size pump that could replace your normal floor pump. I didn't care for the pump head (the pump/twist jobby), but it's world better than the one on the Lezyne which my neighbor has. The Lezyne will remove the valve core even if you know it will try to. I put the normal lezyne pump head on mine. This size pump might be able to seat a very easy to seat tubleless tire.
At this size/weight, theres also the Topeak Transformer RX with the built in bike holder.

Smaller, there's the .5lb Topeak Road Morph https://amzn.to/3cgTDCY and the Bontrager version, the Lezyne Micro drive, and this one https://amzn.to/2VvN2OM This size pump is mostly OK for desperate situations and when you just want to add a bit more air.

Anything smaller and you'll hate life. Just ride a flat tire.

If you need to dissassemble your bike, I recommend one of these Caddy version ( https://amzn.to/2uEE7jh ) ; Buick ( https://amzn.to/2I2zsKO ); Scooter ( https://amzn.to/2PxiI2q )

JohnJ80 02-28-20 03:01 PM


Originally Posted by jfranci3 (Post 21346159)
basic outside. Trying to figure out size relative to the Post Carry and if itíll fit a Trek Checkpoint SL with the seat mast

Not sure the measurements would help with that.

The seat mast will likely be a problem. I would suggest you contact Orucase and ask them specifically about your frame - Theyíll know, they are active racers and developed theses bags specifically to handle their race bikes.

When I measure from the bottom of the bag internally to the top of the bag where I estimate the seat post top would be, itís about 25-26Ē. You can remove the crank easily which would give you a few more inches so if you measure from the bottom of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat mast, that should give you some idea.

The problem is that you kind of rotate the frame around the bottom bracket to get the head tube to fit in the bag which would push the seat tube up. I lay the fork over that area in the pocket that is there for it, but you could also lay that under the down tube. Anyhow, itís kind of a three dimensional problem so thatís why I recommend you talk to the guys at Orucase. They are quite knowledgeable and helpful. Too, the B2 might work just as well.

There is very little perceived difference between the large and the medium even when they are side by side. I had to mark them so I could tell them apart. I fit my 58cm gravel bikes in the large. My wifeís goes in the medium for her 54cm frame.

Love the bags though. Never had to pay an airline fee with them even though they are probably 5Ē over the airline spec and weíve flown with them quite a bit both domestically and internationally.

Now that a number of airlines donít charge for bikes anymore, I still wouldnít want one of those big bike boxes. Itís a giant pain to transport them at your destination. With the Airport Ninja, we move through the airport easily and unlike traditional bike cases, they fit with no fuss in busses and even taxis. Hotels will store them without complaint in their left baggage area. Most of the traditional bike boxes would not have worked in the European hotels weíve stayed in.

J.

jfranci3 02-28-20 03:53 PM

It looks like Orucase actually makes the larger cases to order anyway, so I'd need the specific bag. I was looking at a used one, but the owner gave me a wild number and the price didn't move where I needed it to. I ended ordering a Post Carry.

I've got a friend's unused case here the "Pro" / "Team" one sold under many names (see example below), which is actually quiet compact but looks large, feels large, has some sketchy design details, and is heavy. I wanted to see if I could get smaller than that. The PC will save 5" in length, 4" in height, 5" in width, and ~12lb - it wont feel like much though as the hard case slim down quite a bit at the top. The thing the small bags have going for them is mail-abilty - if you can get the box dimensions below 30" tall and 10" wide, the Fedex/USP charge drops from $100/ea way to $60/ea way. Those nip tucks also make possible to get the bag in a trunk (maybe) and to travel with the fam.

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5341778431.jpg


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...dc67e43f55.jpg


On the seat mast, the seat tube is only 58cm long, so it's only 2cm longer than where a traditional flat top tube geometry bike would be (eg CAAD13 58 = 56.5; Checkpoint = 58cm). It's still a wild card with the drop stay. I've got Emonda ALR that's a notch easier to pack, but the Checkpoint has more flexibility for the SD trip with gearing for the hills, fitting for slow crusing, and tires for the soft roading.

FoldingSpace 09-15-20 12:10 PM

I've been looking for an ideal case for both my Cannondale Quick Carbon 2 (ended up with a Thule from a Facebook sale) and my folding bike - a Tern Eclipse p20. I already have a rolling case from B&W for my full size Change Bikes folding rugged hybrid - and searched high and low for something big enough for the Tern - eventually settling on an Aophire 26 inch folding bike bag. It's decent and relatively low cost. Fits perfectly and with padding should be a no brainer for aircraft travel and never incur shipping unless I get a mean desk person.

https://www.amazon.com/Aophire-Foldi..._ap_asin_image


BUT... if like me you've looked for something tougher and big enough for a large folding bike or a disassembled regular bike - consider Car Cargo Roof Bags! I found several that are nearly perfect for the Tern's dimensions and still reasonably cheap. I had already bought the Aophire, but was shocked at how many fit my exact requirements at a reaosnable price.

This one for example could easily hold my full size and folding bikes and would simply need to be padded appropriately inside. If it had rolling wheels it would be ideal, and it might be possible to mcguyver some skate wheels onto it. I'll update if I do it.


https://www.amazon.com/MIDABAO-Water...%2C304&sr=1-39


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