Want to spend more time at your destination riding and less time reassembling your bike? A man named Alan might have a solution. The maker of the eponymous bike boxes has come up with a new design that’s ideally suited to time-trial bikes as well as those with larger-than-average frames and anything using an integrated front end.
As more and more bikes come with hidden cabling, whipping the bars off to pop them into a travel case has gone from a two-minute job to something that can steal hours from your trip.
Among the worst offenders are TT and triathlon bikes, although regular road machines are becoming increasingly problematic, too. Normally allowing everything except wheels and pedals to remain in place, the Triathlon Aero Easyfit is the latest addition to the Bike box Alan range. Like an instrument hardcase but for your bike rather than your bassoon, they’re tough enough to stand up to even the most hamfisted of baggage chuckers.
With a tough, crack-resistant body, this is backed up by an anti-crush pole inside the case that means your delicate carbon bike will survive, even if it ends up at the bottom of the pile in an aircraft’s hold.
Used by more pros than Dr Michele Ferrari, they’re as close as you can get to guaranteeing your bike will make it to your destination unscathed. With a seven- year warranty, you can also personalize your box with a name and flag sticker, which looks pro and will stop you grabbing the wrong bike at baggage reclaim.