Flying With Your Bike – A Case Study


It wasn’t much of a summer so far, so the temptation is to look for some sun when possible and affordable. And the opportunity to try out some of the roads and climbs that the pro teams train on is pretty tempting.

But this either means a long drive with your bike on top of or at the rear of your car, cutting down your fuel consumption, or a flight – which then poses the question: do you hire a bike or take your own?

If you have seen how cases can get handled at airports, you realise that a bike “bag” may not provide the protection that you would like for your bike. After all, if you were happy to ride just anything, you would probably be happy hiring just anything. The frame was selected to fit you and the saddle position is right.

So I was interested to see the bike cases and bike boxes offered by German company B&W at the Eurobike exhibition in Friedrichshafen last week. The cases are made with reinforced corners and have reinforced axles with some robust looking wheels, and come with tension belts to keep the frame secure inside the case. There’s space inside the case for your helmet, shoes, tools, and any saddle post bags, etc – though you need to make sure the overall weight is not more than 30kg.

B&W sell in the UK. Their German and English language website is at

B&W bike casein use


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