Rolling around Sea Otter, Post Carry founder Marc Mendoza was showing off his Transfer Case, a new bicycle travel case that fits in standard luggage dimensions but fits a full size, standard bicycle. Two sizes will be offered. The Small will hold bikes up to a 56, and the Large up to 62cm frames.
Fully packed with your bike, a few tools and bits, and a cycling kit, Marc says it’s under 40lb, well within the weight limits for airlines, too. It comes with internal padding pieces to wrap your frame, separate wheel compartments, and other organizational bits plus full instructions on how to pack your bike. When finished, zip it up, close the flap and it’s ready to roll to the airport or on the train. It’ll even fit in most vehicles’ trunks.
It’s a soft-sided case, but inside is a rigid corrugated plastic layer sandwiched between foam pads to provide protection much closer to what you’d get from a hard case. The benefit is weight savings (it’s under 6kg) and this let him make it collapsible. When not in use, it folds down to about the size of a large duffel bag, only flatter, and can still be worn on the back for easy transport while riding. Overall, we’re impressed with the design and look forward to trying one out on a future trip. Other than the time spent removing your bar, stem and a couple other bits, there seems to be no compromise to using this, only upside.
Another bonus? Retail price will be $399 plus shipping, which is on par or less than many other travel cases. And they’ll have a discounted pre-order deal for anyone that’s on their email list. Join that and check out more photos on their website.