Protect your frame—and your frame of mind—by picking the appropriate case and learning how to pack your bike securely.

Protect your frame—and your frame of mind—by picking the appropriate case and learning how to pack your bike securely.

Hard-shell protector

Trico Sports Iron Case
(or Thule Round Trip)
$426, Tricosports.com
Firmly squeezing the bike between layers of foam within a hard-shell case keeps every part in place and protects your baby in transit.

Positive: Affordable, effectively protects.

Negative: Requires more disassembly than some alternatives.

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Mechanic’s choice

SciCon AeroComfort 2.0 TSA
$650, Sciconbags.com
Both sets of dropouts are secured to a metal frame inside the case, preventing any movement without requiring significant disassembly.

Positive: Requires limited mechanic work.

Negative: Expensive; case shell is soft.

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Fee-dodger

Rüster Sports Armored Hen House
$625, Rustersports.com
Avoid bike box fees by packing the wheels and frame into two separate bags. If you fly without paying for normal-size luggage, it’s a real money saver.

Positive: Avoid bike overage charges.

Negative: Requires more wrenching (including removing the fork) than most other options.


Airline Fees

Remember to factor the airline’s baggage fees before booking your ticket to an upcoming race—it can be a $400 swing. Here is what these major airlines charge to schlep a bike in a Trico Iron Case weighing less than 50 pounds, one way.

Frontier: Free (or $20, depending on ticket type)
Alaska: $50
Southwest: $75
United Airlines: $100
American Airlines: $150
Delta: $150
U.S. Airways: $200