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When the bike is traveling along, it is wise to ensure that the bike is well protected. A bicycle case or flexible bike bag offers good protection for the bicycle and its materials during the flight, car or train journey. But what else should you think about when renting a bicycle case?
THE CHOICE BETWEEN A SOFTCASE OR A HARD CASE CYCLE CASE
A softcase bicycle case is usually made of textile and feels like a kind of bag. A good softcase bicycle case is light and made of a thick and sturdy material. The EVOC bicycle case is a good example of this. The advantage of a softcase bicycle case is that the suitcase can be folded smaller and weighs a lot lighter than a normal suitcase. This is useful if, for example, it needs to fit into the trunk of the car. The disadvantage is that the softcase bicycle case offers less protection against possible damage to the bicycle, but there are few known cases of damage.
With a hardcase bicycle case, the entire exterior is hardened. This makes the bicycle case a lot heavier, but it also offers more protection to the bike. A good hardcase bicycle case is for example the Curv Bike Guard and the Elite Vaison. The Curv Bike Guard is the lightest suitcase on the market and suitable for both road bike, triathlon bike and 29 "mountain bike. The disadvantage is that the hardcase bicycle case takes up more space. The case can not be folded. This can be a disadvantage if the bicycle case has to fit in the car or in your hotel room. With the hardcase bicycle case, the bicycle frame is often fixedly mounted in the case and covered with foam to prevent any possible oppression.
THE ROAD BIKE MUST LIKE A PIECE OUT OF EACH OTHER
Often, in order to be able to transport your bicycle with a bicycle case, you have to disassemble the bicycle a bit. Often these are the wheels, the steering wheel and the pedals. The purpose of this is to be able to transport the bicycle more easily, without damaging it. It is therefore wise to take tools with you when traveling. This way the bike can be put back together again. Usually the bicycle case has a separate compartment to store your tools in it.
As a tool you have to think of an imbus key and a pedal key (often size 15).
TRAVELING WITH THE PLANE
Are you traveling by plane? Then it is wise to look carefully at the condition of the relevant airline company. For every society it can sometimes still differ how much the bicycle box can weigh and how much that will cost. The tires also often have to be empty. This is to prevent the tires from bursting into the airspace due to the large air pressure that is generated. Finally, it is advisable to check whether CO2 cartridges and pumps can enter the aircraft.
WHAT SHOULD YOU THINK MORE?
Most bicycle cases are equipped with convenient carrying handles and wheels on the bottom of the bicycle case. In this way, traveling with a bicycle suitcase is more pleasant and less intensive. Before you decide on a particular bicycle case, this is important to check. It can sometimes happen that a bicycle case does not have this or not both.
The suitcases rented by ASW all have handles and wheels.