Review: Review: Scicon Aerocomfort 2.0 bike bag
There’s almost certainly a reason the Scicon Aerocomfort 2.0 bike bag is favoured by most of the WorldTour Pro Teams, it’s size and relative lightweight, coupled with its ease of use make it a veritable joy to use, one of those items that is truly worth the expense!
Having taken the AeroComfort bag across the world by plane, and London via the underground, I am suitably smitten. Its cavernous size and ease of use make packing a breeze and travelling stress-free.
Riddle: When is a bike not a bike? When it’s inside the Aerocomfort 2.0 and it becomes luggage. No, with hindsight it’s not actually funny, but it makes travel via train an absolute doddle; no more stressing about booking bike spaces, simply wheel the over-sized case into the guard’s wagon and you are done!
The bag is sufficiently large that as well as your bike and its wheels you are able to add a few other items in the floor space to bulk it up, at 9kg plus the weight of a bike you may be getting close to the plane limits, so be careful with this one. If you cram too much stuff inside the case it can be a bit of a pain to transport, so it’s worth experimenting to find what works for you.
As long as the straps are tight the bike will stay put; it really is very securely fastened down, with five separate points of contact, and the whole case is kept tightly closed by an internal strap between the wheel slots.
All the fabrics are heavy-duty and have shown no signs of wear despite aircraft and coach holds. I have snapped one plastic D-hook, but that was easily replaced with a mini-carabiner. There’s a good chance it was caused by my impatience and tugging too hard to get through crowds.
It comes with a TSA-approved lock, ensuring it can be kept secure in transit with a simple four-digit code. (TSA approval means security staff can unlock and relock it again without breaking anything).
The castors make travel relatively easy, though if the ground is rough or bitty then there can be issues ” I have a one mile walk between train stations on my commute with it ” but in general they are pretty good.
At £475 (shop around, natch) it’s a big purchase, but if you are a frequent traveller then the ease of use is almost certainly worth it. I liken it to the cost of a lock. Would I spend that amount on a case for a £500 bike? Probably not, but for the best bike, or if you are away on a foreign sportive then it seems prudent.
Ok, so it’s pretty expensive, but it’s more than capable of doing its job; and with it travel becomes much easier, much less faff, and a whole lot more fun!