Last year, I did a lot of traveling and never left home without my bike. My main weapon for hauling my bike around was a Sunlite Hard Bike Case. This particular case did exactly what it was meant to do, but there were a few downslides. Hard cases are generally heavy and vulnerable to extreme manhandling by baggage handlers. Since most hard cases have exterior plastic composite parts… finding your wheel casters or locking mechanisms broken off is no surprise. So I was toying around with the idea of trying out a soft case and Cykling came through by presenting me one of their Premium bike cases.
The first step in setting up the case was to assemble the “U” shaped backbone that defines the shape of the case. Some soft cases don’t utilize a backbone which can cause the case to slope or lean to one side. The backbone consisting of polyfoam and polycarbonate was quite easy to assemble. Polycarbonate is impact resistant and were commonly used in the production of the 1st generation iMac’s and Powermac G3/G4.
Once the backboned was assembled, it was very easy to insert both pieces into the top section of the case which is accessible with the provided zippers. Immediately, you can see the case taking its form below.
The interior walls of the case feature two integrated zippered wheel bags with protective axle barriers. These barriers prevent your axles from laying damage to your frame during transport. Without these barriers… constant vibrations during flight time can cause the axles to puncture through the wheel bag and tear up your paint.
Once everything is placed in their proper locations… you can see how spacious and simple it will be to slide in your frameset and strap it in. The padded tool boxes also serve as platforms to properly stage your frameset within the case… which is a nice bonus!
The only components I had to remove… other than the obvious was the seatpost/saddle and stem/handlebars. Once these items were removed and the frameset was placed into the case… it was time to strap it in.
As you can see… everything is buttoned up nice and secure. Take notice on how much room is left over after packing your bike. You might as well pack your clothes while your’e at it. I know I would. Closing the case and zipping it up… minus any hiccups was a win-win. The weight of the case with its contents was comfortably nice. Definitely not heavy enough to pay for that overweight fee at the airlines.
The exterior is made from 600D nylon and water repellent. For extra protection… the case is lined with 16mm polyfoam padding. The rear wheels are recessed which prevents the wheels from being damaged or hung up on foreign objects.
The beefy handle is a perfect fit your for hand and properly positioned for easy upright transport. Just lift with good posture and roll! No hunching over and backaches! Just above the handle… you will find a clear vinyl pocket to stow your personal information.
A lot of thought went into designing this superb Premium Bike Case by Cykling. It was like a giant toy and I had tons of fun with it. If you’re in the market for a soft bike case… I HIGHLY recommend checking out the cases provided by Cykling.
Huge thanks to Ian for providing the case and props to Jason Finn for snapping photos.