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For me, the worst thing about traveling by plane to races is the worry that consumes me because I fear for the safety of my bike. You just never know, and with cardboard boxes taped tightly, there's still room for your axles to poke through the sides, the box can rip, and if it's raining, well, just hope the box doesn't disintegrate. After the Dixieland Nationals this year, I was at the Atlanta airport arguing with the check-in agent because she said my bike wasn't packed properly. Meanwhile, I see Alan Foster pulling what looked like a big suitcase up to his agent, plops the case onto the scale, checks in and is gone. Huh??

I asked Alan who made his bike case. He told me "Bike Pro USA." Well, the next day I was on the phone. I had to test this case out for myself. I have used mountain bike cases before but they are huge and cumbersome. This case seemed ideal. And it is.

I was planning on using the Bike Pro case to fly my bike to North Carolina for the ABA Gold Cup East Championships. Hurricane Floyd would prevent this. With all the flight cancellations and delays, I didn't want to risk sending my bike or Bike Pro's case into uncertainty. Good thing I didn't. My morning flight was canceled, so I spent the day waiting for an evening flight while my bags sat in the Atlanta baggage claim.

So anyway, I got home and decided to test this bag out myself as if I were an airline baggage handler. After my bike was packed tightly and surrounded with some bubble wrap (I always to that) I picked the case up over my head and dropped it to the ground. Repeatedly. I then dropped it from some lower heights, tossed it across the room, shaked it vigorously, let it sit, and then repeated the process. (Good workout by the way.)

After my tryouts for Continental's ace baggage team, I unzipped the case to reveal my bike: peaceful, unnerved, and intact. Like I said above, I always use bubble wrap mainly to make sure the handle bars and other loose parts don't bang around into each other. Plus it adds extra protection. Anyway, if you travel with your bike, I give my highest recommendation to the Bike Pro USA traveling case. This model is the only BMX-specific case on the market. I never want to travel without one again. It has both a shoulder strap for carrying and wheels on the base if you prefer to drag it along. Check out the inserts below for more info on how the case works.
Quick Release. Inside the Bike Pro case is a quick release mechanism that keeps the forks locked in and your bike secure.
Locked and Loaded. My Dingo is an XL and a pretty long bike. I turned my forks backwards before securing them and the bike fit just fine.
Rear End. The rear end of the Bike Pro case is rounded to fit the shape of your back tire.
Rear Wheel Fastened. Bike Pro included a nylon adjustable strap to make sure that your back wheel won't shift or flop around during transit.
Pouch. Bike Pro didn't miss any details. Check out the cool pouch that you can store your front wheel in, as well as pedals and other miscellaneous parts.
All in the Packing. I like to keep my brakes all assembled when I travel, so I just take my bars off and zip them up against my tope tube. Simple and efficient. Don't forget the bubble wrap!

Bike Pro USA's other products include seat bags, hydration systems, frame and rack packs, handlebar bags, panniers, and other commuter gear. For more information, visit The Bike Pro USA Web Site.


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