Pika Packworks EEP Stretch Bike Bag $433.00
Pika Packworks builds the EEP (Exercise Equipment Pack) Stretch Bicycle Travel Bag in Salt Lake City, Utah. It's designed first and foremost to protect your two-wheeled investment, and it certainly does that. Yet the packable foam and nylon structure is easy to transport and stow when you reach your travel destination. It's made for bigger bikes, though you can put small bikes in it. For small to average sized road and mountain bikes, the EEP Standard Bicycle Travel Bag would probably suffice. If you ride a 60cm or bigger road bike or large/X-Large mountain bike, this is the one you want. Be aware that this bag will normally accept bikes with wheelbases up to 45 inches, though packing bikes of this size will necessitate removal of the front brake caliper and rear derailleur and will require that the fork be turned around backwards.
The EEP is made from Black 1000 denier cordura nylon, 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 Stretch Bicycle Travel Bag measures 90" at its greatest unloaded length(50") + height(30") + 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.