Aerus Biospeed Bike Travel Case Review

Here I want to share my experience traveling with the Aerus Biospeed bike travel soft-case (made by Blue Cycles).

For my last race in Myrtle Beach I was looking for a case. I reviewed a number of options, but decided on the Aerus Biospeed after reading positive comments on forums.

Aerus Biospeed Case

Overall, the case worked perfectly. It is light, but protected my bike well and I would recommend the case to others.

Airline Travel Fees
One claim made by many online is that the case will help you avoid oversize or bike charges. I found this to be completely untrue. My experience (on Delta) was that the agents were almost anxious to tell you they know it’s a bike. Maybe they are on commission for the $200 EACH WAY, that they dinged me for? Yes, you read that right — Delta Airlines charged me $200 each way to take a 32 lb bag that is only about 5 linear inches into their oversize category. I need to do a post comparing the fees of the airlines. [Dec 3rd Update : See my comparison of airline fees for bikes ]

Packing Process
I took a few shots of the packing process so you can see how it all comes together. Actually these are from the unpacking after we got back.

Your case will come with packing instructions. You can also find the packing instructions online here as well. Be sure to follow the instructions — they might have something I miss!

Step 1. Remove your pedals, and put them in a ziplock back — I put all the small parts into ziplock baggies first, and then place them in the bag’s internal side pockets. These pockets do not zip shut so it’s possible that some items may come out during travel. But, they are as deep as the full height of the case.

Step 2.. Remove your AeroBars/Handlebars, and make sure you screw the stem cap back onto the stem so you don’ t lose the bolts! Am I paranoid about this? Yes! You don’t need to disconnect any cables so this step is pretty straight-forward. And when you put the bike back together you won’t have to make any adjustments.

the aerobars just wrap back against the frame

3. Remove your seat post with the seat attached. Note: First mark your current seat position! The seatpost will also slip into one of the side pockets.

the seat with post fits on the side pocket

4. Remove the rear derailleur. This is the one step that might be confusing to most people. But the rear derailleur removes by simply unscrewing it from the frame with an allen wrench. Take a good look at how it is attached to the bike before you remove it — there is a little adjustment screw that fits against the frame. Once you’ve removed the derailleur put it in the provided grey back and strap it to the frame. I might have to make some kind of little closure strap for the bag — the derailleur fell out on the return trip.

derailieur in the bag

Again, don’t disconnect any cables, just wrap the whole thing into the bag.

5. Remove the skewers from your wheels (put them in a bag!) and put the wheels in the side pockets of the case. The wheels fit perfectly, and the little snap straps hold them in securely. I also liked that they put extra padding inside and out where the hubs rub against the case.

the wheels fit snugly in the side pockets

6. Use the provided blue top bar pad & strap to secure the aerobar to the frame. Several people mentioned that you could also buy foam piping insulation to protect other areas of your bike. That seems like a great idea, but I just used the one provided pad.

aerobars attached with top-bar pad

7. Fit the bike into the bag. The crank fits securely into a slot in the foam at the bottom of the bag. There’s a strap that attaches the bike and holds it in position. It was a little tight getting this strap to fit, but once in place the bike felt secure.

the crank fits into a groove in the foam

Once the bike is strapped in you’re pretty much done. Here’s how it looks when it’s all put together:

bike is all packed in the case

With the bike all packed up there is a extra little room for your tool bag. There is room to fit your helmet in there as well, but I wouldn’t recommend it. My Rocket Air came home with a big crack in the rear plastic housing.

Once packed up my case weighed in at 32.8 lbs.

A few recommendations.

  • Don’t pack your helmet in the bike case.
  • Be aware that the TSA will probably open the bag and things will be moved. My bag had a TSA inspection notice on both flights. So, make sure things aren’t too loose.
  • Make sure you don’t leave anything out, and remember to take the tools you used to dis-assemble the bike. I used little ziplock bags for all the small bits and put them in the side pockets right away.
  • Be sure to mark your seat post position – I think I rode the race a bit too high because I forgot to mark it well before I removed the seat.
  • Screw any bolts you remove from the bike back in position right away, the last thing you want is to get to the race location and realize you have no way to attach your seat!

All told, a great case. I like it, even if it didn’t save me those excess baggage fees.

And, now that I have it all together my morning running mate wants a little attention:

7 Responses to “Aerus Biospeed Bike Travel Case Review”

  1. Jeff November 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    If you are willing to pay over size bag fee, that is bike flying fee, you can fly your bike in a cheaper and easier to move your bike “case”. A box from your local bike shop and odds are it’s FREE. I’ve flown from Asia to the States; from the States to Europe, Across the states…and the box worked great. Boxes I used were around 90 linear inches. I did not have to do all the work to take the bike apart. Removed pedals, handle bars and front wheel, done. Used clothing articles to help pad and protect and other items so I didn’t have to check any other bags…weight must remain under 50 pounds with most airlines. Bubble wrap and tape works great for those not comfortable using your own clothing, etc… Just another option avail, and there are pros and cons with everything. Oh, if active duty military…talk to the airlines; some will let you fly your bike free.

  2. Subie December 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    Hi! This is Subie, your furry four-legged morning running mate. Thanks for taking me out on runs every morning.

    Can I fit in that bike case so I can go with you next time?
    Arf!

    • Chris December 3, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

      Hi Subie,
      You could ride in this bag but I’m afraid that would be too much of a shock for the TSA bag inspectors.
      Plus, you might bite them when they tried to check under your tail.
      We don’t need that.

  3. Steve Fleck November 19, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    Good review.

    I agree that some airlines are onto this and are absolutely ruthless when it comes to the Bike fees – Delta and UA, being perhaps the worst for this. The seem a bit-over-the-top with it. I would write to both airlines and tell them that their bike fees are ridiculous. Seriously. Does it not seem absurd that it costs more to check the bike in as luggage, than you sitting in a seat in thew plane!!

    There are other carriers that are a bit more loose with the application of the bike fees( maybe only charging for over-size say +$50), or have a set and reasonable fee for bikes. I know that for example, Air Canada charges $50 for bikes – that’s a reasonable fee. I get it that a bike may be slightly more awkward for the luggage people to handle, but $150 – $200 more awkward?

    Steve Fleck

    • Chris November 19, 2010 at 11:19 am #

      Thanks for the comment, I agree 100% with you on this. $50 = reasonable. $200 each way = crazy. Particularly when the case is as small and light as it is with this case.

      I did actually write to Delta after the Myrtle beach trip and pointed out that they are alienating a prime audience. People traveling with bikes I would presume have above average disposable income, and traveling to races is only growing in popularity. I pointed out that there are 130,000 members of USAT, and that they should get on board in supporting this sport! They sent me a $50 credit…

      It also bugs me that the policy would be so completely different for golf club cases — also oversize bags, much heavier, with at least as much potential liability — but the guy next to me on the return trip checked his for $25.

      Future blog post: comparison of airline bike fees.

  4. carol October 23, 2010 at 3:27 am #

    wow, that’s alot of work. I hope your next race that requires flying your bike is worthy of the investment, and the airline fees are cheaper!

    • Chris October 28, 2010 at 12:06 am #

      Yeah, me too! The topper was that my bag missed the connection on the way home. I thought for that price it would have traveled with it’s own concierge?

      Next time, I’ll probably still use the bag, but ship it. Or, fly an airline with more reasonable bike fees (like Southwest).

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