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NRS Boat Bag Bicycle Travel Alternative

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Bikes that feature coupler systems for breakdown and easy air or bus travel are continuing to gain in popularity, with a number of different ways to make the actual coupling happen. I’ve been riding one for years, and have travelled all over the country with it using a variety of methods — a cardboard box, a hard shell case from S and S Machine, and finally a custom made bike bag that I commissioned from Blaq Design. I’ve never been that fond of most commercially available cases as they tend to be overly expensive and lacking in the features I’d like to see, hence the custom bag I’ve been using. Given the price of bags on the market or a custom one, it’s no surprise people have been searching for alternatives such as hockey bags, or this NRS bag, meant for stowing an inflatable boat. Pictured is the smallest size, available for a mere $70 that fits a roughly 56 cm bike with 26″ wheels just fine, though it may not fit 700c wheels. An airline legal size, the bag is lightweight allowing you to stuff the empty spaces with vital travelling needs like shoes and a megaphone without going over the weight limit, and rather than opening in half has a shallow top shell to allow for TSA agents to inspect the contents without having to know how to repack your bicycle. Shown here reinforced with cardboard for added rigidity, the bag may not survive dozens of trips like much more expensive bags can, but by the same token is easily replaced if the airline gorillas decide to punch or tear a giant hole in it. The mesh sides are meant for preventing a boat from mildewing and are perhaps the biggest downfall, requiring small parts and bolts to be secured against falling out. Worth a look if you’re looking for an alternative to $250+ travel bags, see more at www.nrsweb.com

2 Comments

  1. ScooterMay 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Great idea. I plan to get some corrugated plastic to use on the sides and top for better protection than cardboard. you can buy a large sheet for around $20.

  2. bergerandfriesMay 2, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Scooter, if you wait for election season, you don’t have to pay $20 at all! Just wait until the polls close and go pick a sign. Here’s my version: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/879289-Commuting-from-John-Wayne-Airport-to-Disneyland-on-a-Marlboro-Folding-Bike?p=15418912#post15418912

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