The answer to this question will vary based on the airline you are flying, potential membership and status of any associated frequent flyer program, and other random factors such as the disposition of the person checking you in, or the fare basis of your ticket. The dimensions of a bicycle transport bag are normally larger than conventional* luggage, which classifies it as “special” baggage or equipment. For detailed information about traveling with your bicycle box or bag, please check with your airline carrier (have your bag dimensions handy) and familiarize yourself with their luggage policy.
*The standard size and weight of a conventional suitcase or bag are no larger than 62 dimensional inches (the sum of the length, width, and height) and under 50 pounds in weight.
Airlines will generally waive any special baggage fees for your bicycle travel case if it meets standard size and weight restrictions. However, this is unfortunately not always true. It may also depend upon the person checking you in and their perception of your bag and its dimensions.
Bicycles are generally accepted on a space-available-basis and there may be a limit as to how many you may check-in. It is a good idea to book a spot for your bicycle when purchasing the ticket. Costs for checking in a bag last minute at the airport may be more expensive as well. For detailed information about traveling with your bicycle box or bag, please check with your airline carrier (have your bag dimensions handy) and familiarize yourself with their luggage policy. Here are the common weight and size limits:
- Maximum weight: 32kg (70lb)
- Maximum linear dimensions (length + width + height): 292cm (115 in)
Removing a bicycles handlebars, and often the pedals too, is a standard requirement indicated in most airline carriers baggage policy terms and conditions.
An airplane’s cargo may not be pressurized. Is there any risk that the protective air bags that are part of the Biknd travel cases will burst?
No. There is absolutely zero risk of this happening. The included airbags are high-volume, which means that they cannot reach high pressure. (The same goes for bicycle tires) The inflatable air protective bladders for your wheels and bicycles inside the Biknd bicycle travel cases can easily withstand pressure changes during flight.
The new Helium V4
The Helium V4 is designed to carry road and triathlon bicycles. It can accommodate a mountain bike, but a few additional steps would be required. In most cases, the MTBs front fork will have to be removed and the suspension compressed for it to fit properly.
- There is space for two sets of wheels (training and race). The Biknd Helium V4 Bicycle Travel Case is the only one on the market with this unique feature.
- Four high-quality swivel wheels make it easy to maneuver.
- The rigid front cover has more interior space for a helmet, shoes, tools etc.
- The interior protective air bladders are larger.
- Protective covers for the fork arms, crank and stem are included.
The Jetpack is specifically designed for mountain bikes, but can easily carry road and gravel bikes or a tri-bike with an integrated seatpost.
- Protective hub covers are included.
- Thru-axle fork mounts are standard.
- It has room for one set of wheels only.
- It must be slightly lifted and pulled by the front handle as it has rear wheels only.
Helium Case = 9 kg (19.8 lbs)
Jetpack Case = 9 kg (19.8 lbs)
Oxygen case = 2.5kg (5.5lbs)
Helium V4Please click here for detailed Helium V4 Travel Case packing instructions.
Yes. To fit TT bars fixed on ''bull horn'' type handlebars, simply remove the handle bar, as shown in the packing instructions, and place them parallel to the frame. It is suggested that the TT bar be covered with some additional protective padding. Total removal may be required for certain models of TT bar extensions.
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The maximum seat tube height for road bicycles is 27 inches, from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube. Carrying longer post is possible, but the included protective block of bottom bracket foam will have to be cut. Make sure you measure ahead of time.
The maximum wheelbase is 45 inches for mountain bikes. For larger bicycles, the fork will have to be turned backward and compressed (remove any air).
When empty, the Helium V4 Travel Case weighs 9 kg (19.8 lbs).
Yes. The case is designed to accommodate both thru-axle and standard QRs. The following adapters are included with the Helium V4:
|9-10mm x 135mm||4|
|12mm x 110mm||2|
|12mm x 142/150mm||2|
|15mm x 100mm||2|
|20mm x 110mm||2|
The Helium V4 Travel Case is designed to carry road and triathlon bicycles. It can accommodate a mountain bike, but a few additional steps would be required. In most cases, the MTB’s front fork will have to be removed and the suspension compressed for it to fit properly.
I have an older generation Helium case, but my new bike has thru axles. Is there a way for me to convert its older QR mounts to accept thru-axles?
Many different adapters exist in today’s market that attach directly to the current mounts to solve this problem. Check with your favorite local bicycle shop or you may purchase them here on the Biknd on-line store.
Yes. You will, however, need to purchase extra Velcro straps to fit it correctly. These straps may be purchased here on the Biknd on-line store.
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No, it is not required, but we highly recommended you do to avoid any potentially harmful impacts.
The dimensions of the Helium V4 Travel Case will vary according to how many wheel sets are in the case, and just how much the protective air bladders are inflated. However, here are the Helium V4 Travel Cases approximate dimensions.
54 x 13 x15¨are the dimension of the box in which the Helium V4 is shipped (it its compact form)
What types of bikes can go in the Jetpack Travel Case?
The Jetpack Travel Case is specifically designed for mountain bikes, but can easily carry road and gravel bikes or a tri-bike with an integrated seatpost.
- It has room for one set of wheels.
- It must be slightly lifted and pulled by the front handle as it has two rear wheels only.
- Protective hub covers are included
- Thru-axle fork mounts are standard
The Jetpack Travel Case can carry a maximum wheelbase of 1270mm from the center of the front axle to the center of the rear axle. A Jetpack XL Travel Case can carry bicycles with a wheelbase up to 1350mm.
The following adapters are included with the Jetpack and Jetpack XL Travel Cases:
|9-10mm x 135mm||4|
|12mm x 142/150mm||2|
|15mm x 100mm||2|
|20mm x 110mm||2|
The following adapters, in addition to previous ones, will be included with the new 2018 model:
|12mm x 100mm||2|
|15mm x 110mm||2|
|12mm x 148mm||2|
|12mm x 157mm||2|
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My new bike has boost standard hubs. Do I need other spacers than the ones that are included in the purchase of the travel case?
Yes. Boost standard hubs will require either different spacers or an axle adapter kit. Both are available on the Biknd on-line store. Simply click your preferred method, spacer or axle adapter.
An empty Jetpack Travel Case weighs 9 kg (19.8 lbs).
The dimensions of the Jetpack Travel Case will vary according to the type of bicycle being transported, and how much the protective air bladders are inflated. However, here are the approximate dimensions for the Jetpack Travel Case.
OxygenPlease click here for detailed Oxygen Wheel Bag Travel Case packing instructions.
Yes, the Oxygen Wheel Bag is one size fits all. It can carry 700c, 29er, 650b, and 26er wheels, including those with boost standard hubs.
Yes, Biknd Oxygen Wheel Bag Travel Cases are engineered to connect seamlessly together into one piece of luggage thanks to their Velcro-and-Buckle system. A comfortable shoulder strap (provided) makes carrying easy while its improved Hubcap design and inner air bladders provide maximum protection.
When empty, the Oxygen Wheel Bag Travel Case weighs 2.5Kg (5.5 lbs).
The dimensions of the Oxygen Wheel Bag Travel Case will vary according to the type of wheels being carried and how much the protective air bladders are inflated. However, here are the approximate dimensions for an Oxygen Wheel Bag Travel Case.