"To break one bike may be regarded as a misfortune; to break both looks like carelessness," to paraphrase Lady Bracknell...

Vittorio Brumotti, it's fair to say, is not too happy with Alitalia - or rather, the baggage handlers who load and unload luggage from its flights to the United States.

The Italian trials ace was in the States for some filming recently, and on arrival discovered that his bike had been destroyed on the way out there.

He posted a picture showing the damaged rear stay of his bike, saying: "I'm speechless. I travel with the national flag carrier Alitalia and they destroy my bike! Never again!"

Happily, he managed to obtain a replacement bike, and used it in this video of him taking on the Grand Canyon.

Brumotti Grand Canyon.JPG

Brumotti Grand Canyon.JPG

The only problem is, that bike got wrecked too at some point on his flight back from Los Angeles to Milan's Linate airport via Rome.

"You've pissed me off, Alitalia," he wrote. "You've destroyed my second bicycle too!"

Helpfully, a good few of the people commenting on a video posted by a less-than-happy Brumotti from the airport earlier this week suggested he use a hard-sided bike box in future, rather than the soft bag he had on this trip.

If he wants any suggestions, he could do worse than look at our Buyers Guide on the subject.

> 14 of the best best bike bags and boxes

We also have a guide to flying with your bike.

> road.cc's guide to how to fly with your bike

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.