If you’re travelling with your bike one of your biggest concerns will likely be making sure it arrives safely. The road.cc team has travelled hundreds of thousands of miles over the years with our bikes, using a variety of bike boxes, bike bags and flight cases, and below you'll find our selection of the best plus some handy bonus advice too.
Best bike box overall: Bike Box Alan Triathlon Aero Easyfit Bikebox
Best high-end bike box that is easy to move: Topeak Pakgo X
Best money-no-object bike case: Buxumbox Tourmalet bike box
Best compact bike box: Bike Box Alan Premium Bike Box
Best bike box for extra room: Bikebox Online VeloVault2
A high-tech, premium bike box: Scicon Aerotech Evolution bike hard case
Best bike box for durability: B&W Bike Guard Curv
Best bike bag overall: Evoc Bike Travel Bag Pro
Most affordable 'proper' bike bag: Merlin Cycles Elite Travel Bike Bag
Bets bike bag on a very limited budget: B’Twin Bike Transport Cover
Best mid-priced bike bag with high protection: Evoc Bike Travel Bag
Best bike bag with internal frame: Db Equipment The Djärv Bike Bag
Best high-tech bike bag with high protection: Scicon Aerocomfort Triathlon 3.0 TSA Bike Bag
The best bike bag, bike box or flight case would protect your bike from anything short of a direct artillery strike. It should require minimal faff to get your bike into it, can carry various bike genres and wheel sizes, and shouldn't make too big a dent in your luggage weight allowance. It should also cost a sensible amount of money, or if it's expensive, last you for many years.
There's some tension between all those requirements. Extremely protective cases tend to be heavy and expensive, while cheaper bike bags don't protect your bike as well. Nevertheless, if you plan to travel with your bike even once or twice a year then a bike box or bag is a very worthwhile investment. Nothing ruins a cycling trip more than your bike lying crushed on the Tarmac before you've even cleared customs!
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Even if you're not flying, a bike box, bike bag or flight case can be useful. Sure, you can just put your bike in your car, but if you want to get lots of other luggage in too, a bike bag will protect your bike from bumps and scratches.
Without further ado, here are our top picks with everything from cheaper padded options costing as little as £60, right up to indestructible hard cases costing over £800!