Sunday, October 4, 2009 11.00am
By Dan Milner, What Mountain Bike
Dakine’s core business is bags and backpacks for the adventure sports crowd, so to find its unambiguously named Bike Bag in the range is no surprise.
The Bike Bag is smaller than many similar bike travel bags on the market, but even so it will easily swallow cross-country and even downhill rigs, just as long as you remove the wheels and bars.
The bag is semi-rigid on all sides except the zip-opening front panel. This helps give the bag some stability and reduces the chances of it toppling over at the airport.
The semi-rigid nature of the bag, together with some thick and durable padding, means it offers serious crush protection and has stood up to some cross-Europe travel abuse well so far, with only the general wear and tear you’d expect.
Featurewise, Dakine have given the Bike Bag some thought: the entire front section zips open allowing an easier method of entry for the bike and allows you to fill the inevitable small voids with other bits and pieces, so packing is a breeze, and a padded full-size divider helps protect the frame from wheels and vice versa.
Anyone who has found that their cassette has been busy rubbing away at a delicate down tube for a few hours will know the heartache of a badly packed bag.
Bike bags are also notoriously heavy once packed and too many of them don’t have wheels, but Dakine have that sorted too. Two roller wheels are located along the side rather than the bottom of the bag, and it’s towed via a telescopic main handle, giving topple-free stability.
Such unbridled protection comes at a major weight penalty though: a hefty 10kg for the bag alone, so take care to avoid excess baggage fees on ‘low budget’ European flights.
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