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EB14: Randoms – Sweet Travel Cases, Locks, Folders, Racks, Trailers & More

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Polaris showed off what happens inside their Bike Pod Pro, a hard shell version of the EVA Bike Pod. It locks everything down so it won’t rub, jostle or shift. Fortunately, retail versions are solid green, red or black, so TSA will actually have to open it to see if you’re bike’s worth losing.

Supposing you travel with something that folds, B&W have something smaller that might escape baggage fees below. Click through for more things that fold, jolt and amuse…

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The new B&W Foldon family of travel cases are designed specifically for folding bikes, but we suspect you could also get a Ritchey Breakaway in them, too. And the size and weight should help you fly a little cheaper, avoiding the preposterous fees charged to bring a bike on a plane.

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Three models are available: A hardshell case, the corrugated plastic box shown directly above, and a soft sided bag. The latter’s probably best reserved for sticking the bike in the boot.

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They also make handsome full sized cases and bags, too.

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If your folding bike needs a lock, the Seatylock keeps the theme going. After spending quite a while in development, we posted about their fund raising campaign recently, but here it is in action.

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It’s heavy, but super convenient for medium risk environments.

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Once you’ve locked things up, it’s time to relax with a cold beverage…which might as well serve as a conversation starter. Thanks to Melon helmets for keeping me hydrated with something that tasted slightly better than f–king hell.

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Outside our rented home for the week was this amazing vending machine. An impressive variety of fresh fruit and eggs were readily available. Where are these stateside?!?

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The Andersen Shopper bike trailers have the standard, low mounted variety, but the one we liked was the golf bag caddy style roller that attached to the back of a standard rack. It could tow behind the bike, but also easily roll with you through the grocery store.

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Yepp’s shown us their top tube mounted child bicycle seat before, but these new front baskets were cool. They mount through the front brake hole in the fork’s crown, supported by two struts running down to the axle. That allows them to turn with the front wheel. Three versions are available, two with fabric baskets and one with the vented plastic shown in black.

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Racktime makes a massive variety of rear bicycle racks, with specific designs to fit various drivetrains from Shimano, Bosch and Bionx, plus models for folding bikes and more. Some are lighter duty for commuting, and the dark gray ones in the foreground are for heavier touring.

Their HVAC-vent-to-lighted-display-stand was admirable…

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…but this was one of the best booth decorations I saw.

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Sometimes you wanna protect your bike outside of a case. When oven mitts just won’t do, there’s the Bike Buddie covers, from Roofbox. I’m thinking they’re more useful when the bike’s being stuffed inside the car, but European hitch racks seem to fit everything a bit closer, so this would avoid one bike from rubbing the other the wrong way.

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They fit around the pedals and zip up to stay tight on the crank arms. Similar methods attach it around the fork legs and seatstays. It’d work well for putting your bike in something like this:

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Canyon’s lifted Mercedes Sprinter van was pretty hot. Unfortunately, we could only test drive and ogle their bikes. But it’s still not as cool as the modified Sprinter we saw last year.

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Rustydog
Rustydog
8 years ago

Hey! Clear is a good idea. I’d buy one. I find that when the chimps open the box to inspect is when things go haywire. They never pack it correctly.

Velo
Velo
8 years ago

> but we suspect you could also get a Ritchey Breakaway in them, too.

No! Unfortunately their “foldon” hard case is just a little bit too small to fit a 700c wheel. The case dimensions are here:
http://www.b-w-international.com/index.php/en/bike-cases/produktfinder

I haven’t found an alternative to the ridiculously-priced S&S case yet.

Terry
Terry
8 years ago

clear actually makes sense. does this mean the baggage handlers won’t have to open it?

Rico
Rico
8 years ago

BikeBoxAlan Y’all.

MS
MS
8 years ago

I like the Polaris box, but I think all of them should be made fully rectangular. Irregular shapes like that are a PITA. I’m looking at you chainsaw cases.

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
8 years ago

The rack in the Bikebuddie pic looks a bit like the pop out rack that was on the Opel Antara a few years ago.
Now that was a cool idea, a foldaway 2 bike rack that stored in a drawer behind the license plate. Too bad Saturn didn’t offer that on their version of the Antara.

Dewber
Dewber
8 years ago

+1 @Rustydog. I’ve seen more damage done by TSA…

SteveWorcester
SteveWorcester
8 years ago

TSA will have to open it anyway. Bike boxes are too big to fit through the X-ray so they are all hand inspected.

Sammy
7 years ago

I like the look of that Mercedes Sprinter van!

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