If you travel for triathlons, it’s essential that your bicycle stays safe on the road or plane. With that in mind, today we’ll be reviewing options for the best bike travel case for triathletes.
Your bike travel case should be easy to use, protective and durable. It should also meet all the requirements of flights or be easy to fit into a vehicle if you’re traveling by road.
The Evoc Road Bike Bag Pro is our first choice, as it has a hard shell top with a padded interior. It comes with internal pockets and features a built-in combination lock for extra safety.
Here are our top nine bike travel cases for triathletes looking for a safe way to transport their bike.
Top 3 Best and Favorite
EVOC ROAD BIKE BAG PRO
Thule RoundTrip Pro XT
Trico Iron Case
1. EVOC ROAD BIKE BAG PRO
This bike travel case offers a big bonus—minimal disassembly of your bike is required to use it. That means less time taking your bike apart and putting it back together before your triathlon.
It’s a combination of hard and soft shell, with the outside being a hardshell case and the inside being softly padded. The top and base are made of harder material, while the sides are a softer fabric and supported by plastic rods running up the side.
This offers the best protection for your bike by protecting it from the outside elements, bumps, and knocks and keeping the parts inside safe and softly cushioned. It weighs approximately 25 pounds.
A zipper runs the entire length of the case, so when it’s fully open it splits into two halves. Once open, you’ll find a frame made of plastic and metal, which you’ll bolt your bike to. It can fit wheelbases up to 41.7 inches, and there are a number of plastic adaptors for different axles. There are a few different holes for various size chainrings and derailleur cages.
You do need to remove the wheels in order to bolt the bike to the frame. If your handlebars measure more than 50cm, you may have to remove them too; otherwise, they can stay in place. Your saddle can also remain at its regular height provided that’s below 833.8 inches from the floor.
We recommend removing your pedals too, as it will prevent them from potentially damaging the wheels when the bike is fully packed onto the frame. You can tape them together and place them into the interior pocket for safekeeping.
Place your wheels into the provided wheel bags and add the padded cover to your handlebars to keep them safe. Once your bike’s frame has been bolted to the bag’s frame, you can slide one wheel in on either side of the frame. Everything can be strapped in securely for extra safekeeping.
The built-in combination lock is an excellent feature that puts your mind at ease. It will make would-be thieves think twice about nosing through your bag.
One possible downside is the price of this bike travel case. Depending on where you buy, it can cost anywhere from $600 to $1000. For some, this may be a worthwhile investment to protect an even more expensive bicycle. But for others, it may be too pricey to consider.
- Extra-wide wheel chassis
- Hardshell top with padded interior
- In-built combination code lock
- Internal pocket
- This bike travel case is an expensive option
2. EVOC BIKE TRAVEL BAG PRO
Our runner-up is another Evoc product, specifically designed for travel purposes.
It features a ripstop material on the outside, which is extremely resistant to abrasion and tearing, as well as being water-repellent. It’s also lightweight, making this bag the perfect combination of light and yet durable.
The molded bottom base features an extra-wide wheel chassis and aluminum side rails. It has a wider-than-usual undercarriage which prevents tilting and keeps the bag stable and secure when you’re traveling with it.
Inside, you’ll find a reinforced fork mount to which you mount your bike. There are separate wheel compartments that ensure your wheels never come into contact with your bike frame, preventing any scratching or damages. Plastic plates inside prevent the axles from poking through the material.
Bikes up to 29 inches in size can fit comfortably into this travel case. There are a number of strategically placed handles on this bag that make it very easy to carry and store.
- Reinforced fork mount
- Separated wheel pockets
- Multiple handles
- Long wheelbase
- Slightly less secure than the top option
3. Thule RoundTrip Pro XT
If you travel a lot and you’re looking for an extremely durable bike travel case, we recommend this one.
It’s made from a soft nylon ripstop shell, which covers hard polyurethane side panels and an aluminum ClickRail base. This combination provides effective protection for your bike while it’s being transported.
It also has integrated wheels for easy movement and integrated handles to make it easy to lift and store wherever and whenever necessary.
Removing the side panels makes this travel case easy to store when your bike isn’t inside it. It’s ideal for frequent travelers. The integrated bike stand can double up as a bike holder when necessary and also a handy work stand for when you need to do repairs.
The large nylon wheel bags can store wheels up to 29 inches, and they keep the wheel separate from the frame to ensure that nothing gets damaged.
Inside the main part of the bag, it can fit bicycles with a wheelbase of up to 46 inches. Also includes thru-axle adaptors for 15mm and 20mm.
- Ripstop-nylon shell with hard polyethylene side panels
- Integrated bike stand
- Includes thru-axle adapters
- Oversize wheel bags
- May be slightly difficult to set up the first few times until you’re used to it
4. Dakine Bike Roller Bag
This travel case is made from 600D polyester, making it durable enough that you can have some peace of mind during your traveling.
It can fit a bike up to 29 inches in size and it’s easy to transport, with five easy-grab handles and sturdy bomber wheels.
It’s not as sturdy as some others, but it’s an excellent choice and will still keep your bicycle safe inside. The polyester shell is abrasion- and tear-resistant, and pads the bicycle well while it’s inside.
The bag frame and anchoring system are connected, to maintain structural integrity and keep your bike as safe as possible. EVA padding is strategically placed to protect your discs and other crucial items.
There are five separate padded sleeves inside, so there’s space for everything. When you buy this travel case, it comes with wheel and fork bags and a handy roll-up tool bag.
There’s also a limited lifetime warranty on this travel case.
- Wheel and fork bags
- Five internal padded sleeves
- Roll-up tool bag
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Some may feel that it’s not padded enough for their liking
5. Trico Iron Case
Your bike will be ultra-safe in this polycarbonate triconium travel case. It may look heavy, but this material has one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios so it will protect your gear extremely well.
There are seven heavy-duty straps across the case to prevent accidental opening and an adjustable-length locking mechanism for extra peace of mind.
Inside the tough shell are three layers of plush, protective, dent-absorbing foam to cushion your bike and prevent it from taking any knocks inside the case. One layer goes on each side of the case, and the third goes between the frame and the wheels to make sure that nothing gets damaged.
The only downside is that there are no pockets inside the case to store smaller items like pedals. You may need to make a plan to keep them together inside the box.
It’s also easy to transport, weighing just 31 pounds empty and with a pull-strap, four molded handles, and recessed wheels. It’s also UPS and FedEx-approved.
- Triconium clamshell case
- Dent-absorbing foam
- Heavy-duty straps with buckles
- Adjustable-length locking clasp
- No pockets inside for storing smaller items like pedals
Fastest Packing Design
6. Scicon AeroComfort Road 3.0 TSA
Time is of the essence. If you want the bike travel case that saves you the most time packing and unpacking, this one would be it.
You pack your bike into this case almost fully assembled. If the bike fits properly, you don’t have to take off your pedals, handlebars, change your seat position or unhook wires. This is the simplest case to pack, and it can save you hours of time.
A soft padded outer shell provides adequate protection from the elements, although some may feel it’s not sturdy enough to protect their bike from bumps. It features an integrated frame stand that works with both thru-axle and quick-release systems. The Frame Defender keeps your bike still and stable and doubles as a bike stand. There are also internal wheel pockets.
A smart belt system keeps your bike in place and protective shields add an extra layer of security to the most delicate parts of your bike. Thanks to the positioning of your bike and the zipper on this bag, security personnel can examine your bicycle without having to remove it from the bag.
It weighs just 17.6 pounds—empty—well within airline allowances. With 8, 360-degree rotational precision ball bearings, it rolls smoothly and easily.
- Integrated frame stand
- Individual internal wheel pockets
- Multi-axle system
- Minimal disassembly
- Some people may feel that it’s not padded enough
Best For Extra Large Bikes
7. EVOC BIKE TRAVEL BAG XL
Extra-large bikes won’t always fit into just any travel case.
But this case is designed specifically for large bikes, with two-wheel compartments fitting 29-inch wheels. They can comfortably hold fat wheels as well as regular ones.
Your bike will be well-protected by polycarbonate covers, EVA shell cases, PE rods plus boards and strategic areas of foam padding. Plastic sheets prevent the wheel axles from damaging the fabric. You’ll mount your bike to the reinforced fork mount on the bike block within, which has separate handlebar protection.
It’s durable, made of heavy-duty ripstop polyurethane with padding of 10mm inside. The bag is water-repellent and tear-resistant. Widely-spaced rear wheels and multiple handles make it easy to move around and load.
- Separate wheel compartments
- Variable frame fixation equipment
- For fat and plus-size bikes
- Molded EVA shell cases
- Slightly heavier than some others
Top Wheelie Bag
8. Elite Borson Bike Bag
Trolly wheels on this bag make it easy to transport and they’re large and durable. The nylon outer fabric is resistant to water and abrasion, keeping your gear safe and sound.
You can unfold this bag completely to pack your bicycle into it. Packing is easy, as you don’t have to fully disassemble your bike for it to fit. All you need to do is remove the pedals and the wheels. The handlebar can stay intact as long as it is no longer than 18 inches wide, and the seat can stay in its position if it’s lower than 33 inches.
Your wheels will be stored in separate wheel bags, and there are three internal and one external pocket for smaller items such as your pedals and tools. There’s plenty of internal padding to protect all of your bike’s components.
As well as being able to wheel this bag where you need to go, it also features a shoulder strap which is unique and handy.
There is no second/back-up securing device for the bike, such as a strap or tether, other than the bottom bracket. If it happens to loosen or slip, your bike could be damaged.
- Trolly wheels
- No need to disassemble the frame
- Includes wheel carrying bags
- 3 large internal pockets
- No second securing device other than the bottom bracket
Best With Internal Pockets
9. Douchebags The Savage Bike Bag
Internal pockets are important for smaller items like tools and pedals to be stored safely where they can’t get lost or damage other things in the bag. This bike travel case features internal pockets for wheels and pedals as well as other goods.
It uses a patented DB Roll Cage which effectively protects what’s inside, using an aluminum frame, rigid sideboards, and ABS rods to keep the shape of the bag and protect your gear. Even though it’s a soft-case bag, it offers more than adequate protection and saves you weight.
The integrated wheel compartments can take wheels from 26 to 29 inches, and can also accommodate fat tires. It can fit bike frames up to 51 inches.
- Aluminum roll cage
- Integrated wheel compartments
- Detachable fork protector
- Internal stash pocket
- It’s quite heavy
Things to consider when buying a bike travel case
There are a few things to take into consideration before you get a bike travel case.
First, make sure that you know the wheelbase length and tire size of your bike. The length of the wheelbase and the tire size will determine what size bike case you’ll need.
If you’re going to be traveling then you’ll want to decide if you want a hard case vs a soft case.
A soft case will shave some weight off of the case. But a hardshell case will provide robust protection for your bike when you’re traveling. A hardshell case also won’t be as flexible and it won’t be as packable as a softshell case.
Softshell cases generally have a rigid internal frame which still provides structure and protection for the bike.
You’ll want to make sure that you can pack everything you’ll need comfortably into the case. Make sure it has additional storage pockets for tools, patch kit, valve extenders, inner tubes, or a tire boot.
The bag should have internal padding to protect the frame and should be made from durable material so that bike parts won’t scratch against each other. Look for bags that have integrated wheel bags and storage with padding for your pedals.
Once your bike is packed, you’ll need to consider the weight of the bike case and if it’s within the weight category of the flight that you’re taking.
The bike case should have durable wheels and handles as this will let you easily move the case. The last thing that you want is broken handles or wheels, as this will make it harder to move the bike case from point A to B.
One of the biggest factors to take into consideration is the ease of use of the bike case. If you have to disassemble your bike—remove the seat, stems, handlebars, pedals, etc—this could actually compromise the safety of your bike.
It’s best to go with a bike case that allows you to remove the wheels and possibly just drop the seat height. Not only will this save you time, but it will also leave plenty of space in the bag for you to add your tools and spare parts.
Quick guide on how to pack a bike into a travel case
Most bike cases now come with fork and rear-end spaces, but it’s always worth checking the specs before you get your bike case.
To start packing your bike, you’ll want to remove the wheels. If you’re going to be flying you can deflate the tires slightly. Remove the quick-release skewers and if you have an internal storage pocket, put them in there. If there’s no internal bag, then you can tape the quick-release skewers to the spokes.
Then remove your pedals and place them in the storage pocket. For added protection, you can tape the pedals together and then put them in the pocket. Then place the bike into the fork and rear end spacers and turn the handlebars to one side. You can also turn your stem sideways so that the handlebars are downwards and under the top tube.
Depending on the size of the bag, you may have to remove the seat post and saddle or you can lower it to its minimum height. Then either lightly tighten the clamp or store it in the storage pocket.
Now you’ll remove the rear derailleur and rear hanger, but be sure to tighten the hanger bolt so you won’t lose it in the case while the bike is in transit.
Then turn the cranks and chainrings into position—the cranks should be parallel. You can also add some foam padding or a rag to pad the bottom of the chainring, as this will prevent them from being scratched or damaged while in transit.
Place the wheels in the padded wheel bags and then place a wheel on either side of your bike frame.
Before closing the bike case, check to see if there are any loose items floating around that could possibly damage the bike. If your storage pockets are full, then wrap these loose pieces up in bubble wrap and tape them.