I'm heading overseas with my bike soon and want to get a hard bike case to take on the plane.
What have you found to be the best one? (For around £300)
Why don't you just hire one?
It's cost me 100 quid for 3 weeks hire o a bike box Allan for July
Bike Box Alan is your best bet hire or buy. http://bikeboxalan.co.uk/
But that's going to be more than £300 to buy.
If you are set on buying and not hiring. Inside the £300 you can get
Elite Vaison Bike Box £300
DHB Elsted Bike Box £180
B&W Bike Box £250
All of those offer the same sort of protection
I originally thought of a hard case but having considered the likely additional charges from the airline given the weight plus bike and the fact that many sights indicated that because the case was "hard engineered" baggage handlers were likely to see it as safer to stow luggage on top of in comparison to a "soft" case I went for an EVOC
with some pipe lagging to provide back up on the frame (not required but made me feel happier)- I was as happy travelling as I'm sure I would have been with a hard case PLUS storage at home and away is much easier
Managed to fly SavingAir to Italy paying for the 20 kg allowance and was well under both ways using this method
Bike Box Alans way the best box, you can hire them really cheaply as well, check out this site
Recommend the B&W International bike box. They are really well made with loads of padding inside to protect your bike and great value.
Also if it get handled roughly by the baggage handlers there are spares available.
Wheels, Catches and Handles.
Those B&W cases aren't bad, (we had 2 in our household at one point), but they're not a patch on the BikeBox Alan which has replaced one of them. The B&W's locks are plasticky and can be awkward to align, when the box is upright the bottom section between the wheels sags and drags on the floor when wheeling the case around the airport, that leads to the built-in Velcro strap wearing away, the internal straps to secure the bike are pretty poor, and the whole thing feels a bit rickety. On the plus side they're fairly light and compact, and most importantly feature an anti-crush pole to brace the two flat sides against each other. Plus you'll find one second hand on eBay for well under budget.
But in the event of nuclear war I'll be hiding in my BikeBox Alan!
+1 for the EVOC, very well designed and manufactured soft case that has the added bonus is easy to store when not in use. Was told if I was buying a case there would be no more room for any more bikes, so bought a soft roll up case and there is still plenty of space for more bikes...
You can make one for £20. Coupla sheets of tri-wall card, 2x1 and a few screws???
Take a look at the Velovault.
Totally British made and it is not a 5 year old design, so it fits 29er wheels too, if you're ever likely to travel with a MTB.
It's £450 new but we have a few ex hire boxes we can sell currently.