- I second the Scicon bag for the reasons below; use it for the road bike w hydro discs, non-removal of handlebars. Stuff it with a couple pillows too. Rolling around on the wheels is really easy. Kind of awkward to pick up, don’t really trust trying to take it on an escalator.
- for anything other than the hydro disc road bike, the EVOC case is my absolute go-to for anything. Have had it 7+? years, probably dozens of flights, including 3 international and never an issue. Can take it on an escalator. Internal supports can be removed easily to mush down a bit and make room in the rental car. Can’t recommend highly enough.
- my original bike case was a Trico Iron Case for its protection…it’s basically a coffin. However, TSA has to open it and with the plastic buckle closures and clamshell design, it took 3 tries of TSA botching closing it back up to move to the EVOC….they can manage zippers. Still use it for shipping though.
Regardless of case, I’ve found the Orucase frame protection set to be worthwhile. However, prior to that made my own cut-to-size set from foam pipe insulation which worked just as well (maybe better) at a fraction of the $.
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I use a Scion soft bag for my Domane, hydraulic brakes, the handle bar remains in place, wheels are removed and placed in side pockets. Four wheels ease travel through the terminal. Delta did not charge extra for a recent trip to Florida. Pre pandemic trips to Europe on Delta had an extra charge for the bike, although British Air and KLM (side and return trips) did not charge extra. On all trips the bagged bike had to be retrieved from the oversize baggage counter. So far, no damage to the. bike has occurred.