What makes Transfer Case so much better than other carrying solutions for your bike? We’ve talked about the features and details in the Transfer Case product page, but let’s talk about its benefits that can’t be explained in single sentences. These benefits make our bike case truly unique and make travel so much easier to move around at your destination - so you can get on with what's important: riding.
1. Transfer Case is smaller than other bike cases.
Have you ever traveled with a bike case or bike bag and felt frustrated needing to find a larger van just to get it somewhere? Or from having to separate from your group in order to fit your bikes? Have you ever traveled with a cardboard bike box and dragged the box across concrete ground as you move around a transit hall? Transfer Case - both 135L and 150L sizes - was meant to eliminate those problems, even for riders with bike frames up to 62cm. Its fits a bike, when packed in its minimum viable footprint, to make the Case extremely compact, versatile and agile while getting around.
It fits inside car trunks - so you don’t compromise seating in a taxi or car. It rolls through tight spaces, like transit gates. You can tilt the Case on its external rolling wheels, so it stands upright - useful inside a crowded train.
On airline flights, its small size can save you money. Although most U.S. airlines have a 62” linear dimension limit for standard size luggage - which Transfer Case is slightly above - it’s up to the airline counter agent at the airport to assess your Case and decide to charge you. Transfer Case has avoided oversized fees in many instances. We don't make any guarantees of its ability to skirt an oversized fee - only that it provides the best chance at avoiding fees.
Some airlines are lenient with luggage slightly above their standard size limit, depending on what you say is inside. It's up to you if you claim it's a bike or want to sneak it though as something else. Check with your airline on their bicycle allowance policy as some airlines are more friendly than others toward bike travelers. Our recommendation is to make travel arrangements with bike-friendlier airlines (a blog post on this topic coming soon.) There are more savings while flying that can come with Transfer Case - see the point below.
2. It’s easy to carry and lightweight.
With the Case weighing under 6kg alone, moving around during travel is no longer a hassle. Going up stairs to your room is easier thanks to the Case’s handle positioning (two handles on the top for lifting, two on the side for pulling). It even has shoulder straps so you can carry it up stairs like a backpack, if the staircase is wide enough.
Transfer Case’s lightweight benefits come through, again, in airline flying. Many airlines around the world charge luggage by weight, not dimension. It’s a fee that cannot be avoided but reduced with Transfer Case. A Case packed with a 7kg road bike can weigh under 16kg even with tools, shoes, and clothing packed inside. Larger cases can run over 20kg with the same gear and luggage fees only increase as your weight gets heavier.
15.3kg = 33.7lbs
3. It packs tightly for moving around and storage.
The perimeter of Transfer Case is lined with rigid panels that are protective, yet easily repositionable - which means the Case can fold in one-thirds. In its folded state the Case can be easily stored or carried between places. This is particularly useful if you switch hotels or a destinations during a trip. Just carry the Case on your back, and you're good to go.
4. It protects your bike well.
Unlike cases with a metal structure that fixes your bike's front and rear dropouts, Transfer Case allows your frame to shift in case of an impact from the outside. In other words, your bike has room to "give" during impact, instead of it being affixed to a structure and having your delicate bike frame taking the impact. Your bike might not survive a 20 meter drop, but then again most cases won't protect against that, either. Transfer Case is meant to withstand normal use from airline attendants to moving around transit terminals.
Keep this in mind: you can fill any empty space inside the voids of your frame with kits, cycling shoes, souvenirs, or whatever you might bring on a trip. This can provide additional padding to your bike while still having the case under the weight limit. This could even reduce the number of bags you need while traveling!
5. It doesn't take long to pack your bike.
Using Transfer Case requires disassembly of the bike - namely removing the fork. Most intermediate bike wrenchers know this is a simple task with some practice and the right tools. All cables and hoses can stay connected. The benefits of traveling with Transfer Case greatly outweigh the extra few minutes it might take to pack the bike.
After some practice (do a test pack and build simulation before your first trip if it's your first time) most cyclists will find that it's not difficult. Have a drink by your side, music in the background, or take in the sounds of your new destination - it's all part of the ritual of travel. That moment when you arrive and have the chance to work on your bike: Enjoy it.
See Packing Information for videos on how to pack Transfer Case.
6. With Transfer Case, you make no compromises with the bike you bring.
A major benefit to Transfer Case is being able to bring your own full-size bike. No need for special couplings on your frame or components to take apart your bike. No need for a special “travel bike” that only gets utilized on trips. Just bring your regular road or gravel bike.
As we’ve said before, nothing beats having your bike wherever you travel, whether it's to a race or for exploring new terrain. Our goal at Post is to empower travelers by providing gear to enables this - and having your bike makes your cycling trip even better. Bring your bike places you never would before. Bring it to every adventure.