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Our Guide To The Best Bike Boxes & Bags

WELCOME TO OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST BIKE BOXES AND BAGS

Are you planning a cycling holiday to escape the harsh winter weather? Then you’ll need either a durable bike box or quality bike bag to ensure your pride and joy is well protected and ready to ride once you reach your destination. If you’re not sure what to look for, don’t worry – we’ve assembled this guide which details what you’ll need to consider, along with some of our personal recommendations for the best bike boxes and bags. 

PBK Bike Travel Box

OUR LIST OF THE BEST BIKE BOXES, BAGS AND CASES (KEEP SCROLLING FOR A CLOSER LOOK) –

  1. Scicon AeroComfort Road 3.0 TSA Bike Bag  

  2. PBK Bike Travel Case 

  3. Scicon Aerotech Evolution X TSA Bike Case

  4. B&W Bike Case II 

  5. Evoc Bike Travel Bag 

  6. Thule RoundTrip Transition Bike Case

  7. Bonza Bike Box 2 

WHEN BUYING YOUR BIKE BOX OR BAG, YOU’LL NEED TO CONSIDER –

How strong is this bike box or bag? 

The strength of your bike box, bag or case is probably the most important consideration of all. Broadly speaking – 

  • Bags offer protection from knocks and bumps 
  • Semi-rigid boxes offer protection against most impacts 
  • Hardshell boxes protect against all impacts, including crushing

Is this bike box or bag heavy? 

Naturally, if your luggage is lighter, travelling is that much easier. Similarly, with a lighter bike box or bag, you can afford to be a little less mindful of any baggage weight restrictions. It’s essential to consider however, that a reduction of weight often comes at the cost of strength and security. 

How easy is it to pack this bike box or bag? 

Do you want to spend valuable ride time faffing around with allen keys and torque wrenches when you reach your destination? Neither do we. In our opinion, the ease with which you can pack up your bike is one of the most overlooked aspects of selecting your new box or bag, but will significantly reduce hassle at either end of your journey. 

Is this bike box or bag secure? 

Chances are, you’ve spent a fair amount of money on the contents of your box, not to mention all the time and effort taken to train for your trip. This considered, it’s essential to ensure your bike box or bag has a durable closing mechanism which locks. That way, you can be sure that your pride and joy is protected from prying hands. 

7 OF THE BEST BIKE BOXES AND BAGS  

  1. Scicon AeroComfort Road 3.0 TSA Bike Bag
    £349.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Scicon AeroComfort Road 3.0 TSA Bike Bag

    With a metal frame defender and padded outer panels, the Scicon AeroComfort Road 3.0 TSA Bike Bag holds your bike securely and provides much more protection than most other bike bags. It even comes equipped with a rear mech guard to protect this incredibly exposed component from being knocked out of place. Requiring only the removal of your wheels, it’s probably the easiest bike bag to pack too. Weighing just 8 kg, it keeps bulk to a minimum. On a related note, Scicon also has a version of the AeroComfort bike bag for triathlon bikes too.

    Reasons to buy it –    

    • It holds your bike securely in place
    • Packing is simple
    • It’s lightweight
    • With quality padding and construction, it provides more protection than other bike bags
    • It’s equipped with TSA locks

    Reasons to avoid it –   

    • It doesn’t provide as much protection as a hard case when lying flat.  
    Buy now with free delivery
  2. PBK Bike Travel Case
    £199.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    PBK Bike Travel Case

    By far the best value bike box on this list. Equipped with a 3mm thick plastic shell and a protective foam liner, this bike case keeps your bike protected both inside and out. With enough space for any size of road or time trial bike, you won’t have to worry about your bike fitting. While it’s certainly not the lightest bike box on this list, weighing 13 kg, it still gives you plenty of room to play with, until you reach the baggage weight limit of most airlines (generally 32 kg). 

    Reasons to buy it – 

    • It accepts any size road or TT bike 
    • With a composite construction, it protects against high impacts 
    • It has four individually lockable catches

    Reasons to avoid it –   

    • There are lighter alternatives 
    • It requires the removal of your handlebars to pack 
    Buy now with free delivery
  3. Scicon Aerotech Evolution X TSA Bike Case
    £395.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Scicon Aerotech Evolution X TSA Bike Case

    Thanks to the ABS composite outer shell, the Scicon Aerotech Evolution X TSA can absorb seriously high impacts and leaves little doubt that your bike will get to your destination safely. Requiring only the removal of your wheels, saddle and one pedal, it’s a breeze to pack compared to most other bike boxes. Being compatible with both quick-release and thru-axle frames, you can travel with both mountain bikes and road bikes. Despite all this protection, it weighs just 11 kg – making it one of the lightest bike boxes on this list. 

    Reasons to buy it –    

    • Packing is easy and quick
    • It’s stronger than standard-plastic boxes and bags 
    • Compatible with QR and thru-axle frames 
    • Weighs just 11 kg
    • Secure TSA-approved lock and catches

    Reasons to avoid it –   

    • There are cheaper alternatives
    Buy now with free delivery
  4. B&W Bike Case II
    £342.49 Buy now with Probikekit

    B&W Bike Case II

    Despite being the lightest bike box on this list, weighing 10.6kgs, thanks to the ABS shell construction the B&W Bike Box II protects against high impact and crushing. With six buckles, a reliable strap and fixtures for a TSA padlock, it’s incredibly secure too. Equipped with two carry handles, two pull handles and resting upon four robust castor wheels, moving this box around is a breeze. It’s easy to see why the B&W Bike Box II won a Germain Design Award in 2018. 

    Reasons to buy it –    

    • ABS construction makes it stronger than standard-plastic boxes
    • It’s the lightest box on this list
    • Carry handles and durable wheels make transportation easy
    • It’s equipped with TSA locks, and comes with a secure buckled strap

    Reasons to avoid it –   

    • Requires the removal of your handlebars to pack 
    Buy now with free delivery
  5. Evoc Bike Travel Bag
    £309.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Evoc Bike Travel Bag

    By combining rigid ends with more flexible padded sides, the Evoc Bike Travel Bag offers most of the protection of a rigid case, without the added weight penalty. It’s also collapsible, making it ideal for those with limited storage space. Importantly, however, because it comes with two wheels on the base, rather than four, wheeling this bag around can be a little difficult at times. Similarly, requiring the removal of your handlebars, it’s not as easy to pack as other bags on this list. 

    Reasons to buy it –  

    • Weighs just 8.6 kg
    • It’s fully collapsible 

    Reasons to avoid it –   

    • Requires the removal of your handlebars to pack 
    • With only two wheels on the bottom, wheeling this bag can be difficult
    Buy now with free delivery
  6. Thule RoundTrip Transition Bike Case
    £540.49 Buy now with Probikekit

    Thule RoundTrip Transition Bike Case

    Without a doubt the most protective bike box or bag on this list. While the ABS outer shell provides an incredible level of protection from external impacts, the fixtures at the bottom of the case secure the frame, removing internal rattling almost completely. What sets the Thule Roundtrip Transition Bike Case apart, is the integrated work stand allowing you to assemble your bike with ease when you get to your destination. Although it’s certainly no lightweight, weighing over 17 kg, it’s sure to protect your pride and joy from even the most heavy-handed baggage handlers. 

    Reasons to buy it –  

    • ABS construction makes it tougher than standard plastic boxes
    • It secures your bike firmly into place 
    • Fits most types and sizes of bike 
    • It comes with an integrated work stand 
    • Constructed with durable catches and locks 
    • Easy to manoeuvre  

    Reasons to avoid it –   

    • It’s the heaviest bike box on this list, weighing 17.6 kg 
    • Requires the removal of your handlebars to pack 
    Buy now with free delivery
  7. Bonza Bike Box 2
    £299.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Bonza Bike Box 2

    Because the outer shell of this Bike Box is constructed with HDPE plastic, which is more malleable than ABS – this bike box won’t crack even under highly concentrated pressures. It has also been built with two internal struts to reduce the chance of the contents being crushed. Thanks to four individually lockable catches, this case also keeps the contents incredibly secure from prying hands.  

    Reasons to buy it –    

    • It’s HDPE plastic shell can withstand high pressure and is resistant to cracking
    • Internal struts offer added protection against crushing
    • Each catch is individually lockable 
    • It fits all sizes of bikes (excluding tandems) 

    Reasons to avoid it –   

    • It requires more disassembly than some other bike boxes on this list
    Buy now with free delivery


Thomas Flynn

Thomas Flynn

Writer and expert

With almost a decade of riding under his belt, Tom has dabbled in almost every major cycling discipline. These days, he's usually found aboard his fixed-gear gravel bike tackling the best trails and towpaths around Manchester and the Peak District.