I bought this for transporting my bike going to/from Steamboat when flying. I found this company thanks to "Songfta". I looked at some hard cases and they are bulky and hard to use. Although a bit more money, there is no comparison between this bag and others. If you have an expensive bike and value the ease and simplicity, there's no other bag in this class. I e-mailed Mark and got a response right away, Pika is operated pretty much by Mark who builds these ingenious bomb-proof bike carriers. After speaking with Mark (the owner) we deternined the correct size. I didn't want to disassemble the bike more than I had to. I got the largest size bag that easily accomodated my 21" frame. I got the bag I watched this video on youtube and yep, 15 minutes or so to take the bike apart and put into the bag.
The bag is bombproof. Heavy denier fabric, big solid zippers. Nice straps and buckles. Very well constructed and attention to detail. Sweet leather reinforcement patches to protect the axles and a nice carrying strap that works very well..
Inside the bag is a very dense thick padding around the perimeter and at the bottom are even thicker blocks that are designed for the bottom bracket and rear stays, There's even a special padded bag to hold your derailleur. Handlebars are held next to the frame using another padded brace, I have a joplin seatpost and it's attached with a cable. I put a pipe insulator on the seat post and laid in the rear stays, is didn't even move!
Two sections on each side for the wheels and a couple of smaller bags for tools and such. I was able to fit my helmet, shoes, pedals, camelbak and a couple of other items in the bag and still only weighed in at 47 pounds.
Very easy to carry and and transport, no problems whatsoever. The bag is so easy to use, TSA didn't have to take apart like the hard cases do. Other than TSA losing my lock, I had no issues. The contents barely shifted.
I give this five sprockets! Worth every penny....
Edited by Finndog - 7/27/11 at 7:28am