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I recently bought one of these-  very happy with it for road and rail travel-  so easy to pack/ unpack the bike, not having to move bars or saddle.

 

But.... very nervous about flying first time-  there seems so little protection for bars and shifters in particular, if it is being tossed about by grumpy baggage handlers.  Will my baby be ok??

 

Also, in the real world, do folk remove pedals for air travel or not?

 

TIA

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beezus fufoon [973 posts] 5 months ago
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yeah, pedals off - I also taped stuff in place to stop it grinding together, including the chain to also stop it getting knotted round itself

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tallerthantherain [5 posts] 5 months ago
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My hyper paranoid prep for the one trip I've taken so far:

  • pedals off
  • saddle lowered
  • pipe insulation on frame & fork
  • handlebars off and tied to stem and top tube (shifters are certainly vulnerable to knocks)
  • rear derailleur removed and tied between stays (again, better safe than sorry)
  • extra pipe insulation around dropouts (front and rear)
  • remove bottle cage on down tube (to avoid possible crushing between wheel hubs)
  • give bag a hug before checking in

The extra faff might seem to defeat the purpose of the Scicon's design but, for air travel, when you don't know how the bag is going to be handled/carried/thrown/dropped/crushed, minimising all vulnerable points has got to be worth it!

For the record, all was well with the bike, flying Glasgow-Malaga-Glasgow, although one of the Scicon's wheels fell off at baggage reclaim in Malaga.  On checking, the nylock nut had come undone (and the other three needed tightening).

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alexn [42 posts] 5 months ago
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Have never removed pedals on my bike when it is packed into a Scicon Aerocomfort 2.0 or now 3.0 bag. Doesn't need to with it, and it is designed space wise that you don't need to!

 

The only thing I do is is Pipe insulation on the frame for additional protection and I tend to take of the rear-derailer and wrap it in in a towel and then tape it against the frame. Bottle cage removal is a little pointless as I put the bottles in it for travel!

 

And the list above is for other travel bike bags/box. I highly recommend you dont remove the handlebars, or lower the saddle unless it doesnt fit! As the bike can just move around more in the bag otherwise. I have flown for past 6 years with the Scicon Aerocomfort and have never broken anything!

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rjfrussell [438 posts] 5 months ago
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thanks guys-  clearly very different approaches!

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simonmb [575 posts] 5 months ago
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Pedals off - for sure. It takes seconds and removes two obvious pressure points. There's no setting up required when putting them back on, so why wouldn't you? Other than that, I leave everything else in place. Use the padding that's provided - and wrap something around the chain because that's going to rattle around the chain-stay otherwise.

Of course, there's no guarantee that things won't get broken. It's a joy to travel with domestically, but I kind of wish I'd gone for a hard case for flights.

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Lesa J. churchill [2 posts] 5 months ago
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About SCICON Aero Comfort 2.0 Travel Case The AeroComfort TSA 2.0 is the perfect solution for cyclists wishing to protect their precious load when traveling.

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Lesa J. churchill [2 posts] 4 months ago
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The Aerocomfort is light. Even fully loaded, most of us have probably owned bikes that were heavier. The internal base frame cradles the bike perfectly, protects against shocks and once the straps are all in place, holds everything securely.