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Arrive without hiccups.
While we've been enjoying the burgeoning trend of bikepacking, there's still no replacement for packing a bike and flying around the world in order to experience life on two wheels in distant locales. Whether you're checking off a bucket list of ride destinations or want to experience the routes of cycling's marquee events, BIKND's Helium V4 Bike Travel Case will help your machine arrive without any hiccups. The Helium V4 is BIKND's ultimate travel case, combining a host of innovative features and thoughtful design elements that privilege frame protection and travelling convenience.
Of that roster, the Helium's standout feature is the inclusion of built-in air bags that swathe your bike in a protective sandwich. The airbags are made from a tough, 420-denier nylon and inflate with an included pump that enjoys its own compartment on the case's side when it's not in use. When it is in use, the airbags create a shock-absorbing, load-bearing cushion between your frameset and the depredations of travel. We've all seen what enthusiastic baggage handlers and un-attended conveyor belts can do to luggage, and the thought of sending a 16lb carbon fiber race machine into that thresher is easier to bear with the Helium's air padding.
The frameset itself is secured and protected by an internal series of sleeves and straps, a foam block for the bottom bracket, and a fork mount. The chainrings and chain get their own dedicated cover, the handlebar and stem strap to the fork, and BIKND includes a quick-release skewer with a dummy axle in order to brace the stays. There is capacity for two wheelsets, so you can spend a week in Northern France alternating between riding on cobblestones with box section alloy rims and the punchy climbs of the Ardennes on 50mm carbon tubulars. The wheels are secured with BIKND's hubcap system, which is compatible with quick-release and thru-axle systems.
The Helium V4 meets TSA regulations, and it's finished with external wheels to help you navigate crowded airport terminals and hotel lobbies. The bag also provides storage for accessories like a helmet and cycling shoes, helping to cut down on the additional luggage you'll be juggling as you hustle through the terminal. Please note that BIKND officially recommends the Helium for road or cyclocross bikes only.
- A road bike travel case that blends convenience and protection
- Incorporates airbag protection in side flaps
- Polyethylene reinforcement provides structure
- Internal series of straps and sleeves secure frame
- Two wheelset capacity for training and racing wheels
- Additional storage for a helmet, shoes, and accessories
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- Q & A
5 stars before any use!
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Bought this for my father who is going to Spain early next year and wants to bring his bike. He has only fitted the bike inside, not actually taken it anywhere, but he loves all the pockets for extra gear (helmet, shoes, pumps, etc) and is confident it will do its job for the flight overseas. If all turns out well, he'll bump this to 5 stars
Update: all went well, he thought he was missing some parts and contacted the company who offered to ship the missing items to his destination in Spain. Turned out he was just overlooking a pocket which stored the parts and all was well. Very fast and responsive from BIKND. Upgraded to 5 stars!