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…
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.
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.
They also make handsome full sized cases and bags, too.
It’s heavy, but super convenient for medium risk environments.
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.
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?!?
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.
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.
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…
…but this was one of the best booth decorations I saw.
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.
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: