I just read +Bike Hugger
post about flying bicycles for free. I wish that could work for me, but sadly NO. :S
Because of the crazy-excessive numbers of miles that I ride, I owe myself the pleasure and ergonomic benefits of riding a real
bike, not a folding/travel bike. So I pay $150 each way to fly my own bike. It turns out that's still cheaper than renting a high-end bike for 7-10 days, but there is a huge amount of inconvenience and time spent packing and unpacking the bike -- twice.
On this past holiday trip I could not find any professional-grade bikes for rent in my size, so I opted to fly my own bike, instead. I already own a really great corrugated plastic travel crate that I have used to fly the MTB a dozen+ times, but this was the first time flying my Trek Madone 7 in it.
See the original post (shared), and the follow-up posts:https://plus.google.com/109792156715755708589/posts/NxeVPtxr2Pv
and the return trip:https://plus.google.com/109792156715755708589/posts/ESrxySmPffW
So here is the reason I am writing... I had more than one comment on the prior posts from people telling me that if I had used brand "XYZ" case/bag, then I wouldn't not have had to remove the crankset to compensate for the Madone "seat mast" -- sounds great, but I became skeptical because of the size of my bike and the fact that the commenters all had much smaller bikes with conventional seat-posts (fully-removable).
So are there any Trek Madone 6 or 7 owners who have a 62cm frame with a Dura-Ace 9000 crank size 55-42T size who can recommend first-hand
a hard case or re-inforced travel bag that can fit my bike without removing the crank set?
Maybe someone at +Trek Bicycle
could offer some first-hand advice as well?