Pika Packworks EEP Standard Bike Bag $406.00
Don't let the romance of riding your bike over famous cobbles or classic cols be tainted with the terrifying thought of gorilla-trained baggage handlers or the burden of schlepping around a hardshell type bike case. Pika Packworks makes the EEP Standard Bicycle Travel Bag to safeguard your bike in transit, but easily store out of the way once you've reached your destination. It's made for road bikes up to 58cm and small to average size mountain bikes. It will accept up to a 44 inch wheelbase, though bikes at or near this limit will necessitate removal of the front brake caliper and rear derailleur and will require the fork to be turned around backwards.
The EEP is made in Salt Lake City, Utah from Black 1000 denier cordura with foam padded walls. It makes smart use of pockets to store the items that you remove from the bike for the storage setup; each wheel has its own padded pocket on either side of the bike, and smaller pockets will hold your seat/seatpost, skewers, etc. Your bike frame is supported by the bottom bracket on a custom crafted foam block arrangement on the bike cradle that nestles down into the bag. The interior is lined with contrasting yellow nylon. The bright color makes it easy to see down into its depths when you find yourself missing a skewer spring or seatpost binder bolt. Pika Packworks includes custom toptube/handlebar pads with built-in straps to secure your disassembled steering controls and a padded rear derailleur bag with a strap to secure it to the rear triangle should it need to be removed.
In keeping with the bombproof materials, the EEP has tough web straps sewn around its periphery in three dimensions, with buckles to make the closure redundant. After all, you wouldn't want your bike to have to rely on one zipper to protect it from harm would you? They also include a padded shoulder strap with a generous thickness and width. It makes carrying the EEP no big deal.
The Pika Packworks EEP Standard Bicycle Travel Bag measures 87" at its greatest unloaded length(49") + height(28") + width(10"), and you know the airline baggage counter folks will measure it out at it largest dimension. It lacks any logos or language that could indicate to your airlines that you're carrying a bike, so if you plan to travel with a "drum kit" or a "tuba" you'll perhaps be able to avoid specialty item fees. The pull handles on the burly YKK zipper can be locked together with a TSA approved travel lock for extra security for your toys.
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Does it fit a Medium sized tri bike? Is...
Does it fit a Medium sized tri bike? Is the protection good enough for carbon wheels?
This should fit a medium sized tri bike no problem, granted there is no additional crazy stuff like an integrated seat post. That can pose a problem for packing. Otherwise, you may just need to remove the aero bars since they tend to be a more awkward fit.
Carbon wheels also will pose no problem in here if package appropriately. They tend to be able to take bigger hits than frames do as well...in my experience.
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