Bike Box Alan Easy Fit
by Larisa Chinces, Executive Editor (Reviews)
by Larisa Chinces, Executive Editor (Reviews)
Robert Thorpe – Editor in Chief
The more technical that modern bikes become, the better our riding experience. However, this all comes at a price, and not simply the actual cost of the bike. Looking after the bike and travelling safely with it can be problematic. For example, the drive towards integrated handlebars and stems for high performance bikes, and aero seat posts mean that it’s not always simple to remove these items for travelling. Cables are set to a certain level, and there’s very little room for movement.
Thankfully, Alan and his Yorkshire based team at Bike Box Alan work with the best cyclists around the world, and through this knowledge and experience, they’ve developed the ultra secure and strong Easy Fit bike box. It’s probably the most widely usable bike box in the world, fitting every known bike and it’s certainly among the strongest of boxes. We wanted to take a detailed look at the Easy Fit, especially post-pandemic, now that we’ll be travelling more once again. I’ve been looking awkwardly at the Easy Fit, wanting to use it for some time, and so it was nice to finally get into the workshop and look at it in some detail finally. Then of course, it was down to my colleague, Larisa to take it on her travels and test it out on the airlines.
The only items that you need to remove for the integrated handlebars or TT bars are the pedals and wheels, and there’s ample room in the box to store these. Even the saddle and seatpost can remain in place, and if your saddle height is average, you won’t even need to lower it. The Easy Fit box comes with two layers of high quality foam padding, each with laser cut out areas to allow straps attached to the box to be fitted around the bike frame, holding it secure.
Once you’ve fastened the bike into the preformed areas of the Easy Fit, it’s then simply a case of fastening it up and wheeling it along, using the handles and strap provided. As an empty unit, the Bike Box Alan Easy Fit weighs only 13 kg, meaning that there’s ample weight left for your bike, as most airlines allow for 32 kg. Alan and the team also provide great name badges and flag stickers, to personalise the box for you. We had ours set up for Larisa, with awesome Romania flag stickers and her name emblazoned on the Easy Fit. Time then to hand it over to to our Transylvania traveller for a few adventures… 🙂
Larisa Chinces – Executive Editor (reviews)
Knowing that Robert has taken a detailed look at the Easy Fit, I was ready to take a look myself and to see how it worked for me on my own travels. My immediate thoughts on seeing the Easy Fit was to confirm from the first moment that the BikeBoxAlan looked strong and solid, and to my surprise it’s also a lot lighter than I expected. The last thing that you need as a woman, is a huge and heavy bike box. No, the Easy Fit is light and has grab handles on the sides too. So, it’s a perfect protective shell for my lovely RedChilli new bike <3
It’s super easy to pack the bike, just remove the wheels and pedals put the wheels behind the pads and secure them with straps, put over the frame between the two pads and secure it with the straps and Voila! Inside you can put the pedals, axles and some tools in a small bag. There is still enough room for other stuff like: helmet, cycling kit+ accesories, shoes etc.
I appreciate the hard shell of this case, as it assures me that the bike has maximum protection and like Robert said previously, I agree with it’s most imoortant asset: the bike fits already whithout the need to tilt the handlebars. With integrated handlebars, it’s crucial to have this with your bike box, as cables and settings can be problematic to adjust. Beside all of this, the box has wheels underneath, to make travelling super easy and safe. It also has the grab handles I mentioned above, on each side and a strap which you can pull the box along with easily. And, when you close the box up, it’s secured with metal clips along the sides and top, to which I was able to easily fit padlocks – matching of course 😉 .
All that was left was a ride to the airport. The Easy Fit is light enough to lift into a car boot, and fits in most large hatchbacks with the seats down, and easily into an estate car or SUV. And, if packed correctly, you’ll fit two Easy Fit boxes, meaning that you and your partner can travel knowing that Bike Box Alan is looking after things for you. Collecting the Easy Fit at the other end, yes my beautiful carbon Red Chilli was a happy bike, safe and secure and undamaged, despite the attempts of airport baggage handlers. Even the numerous banging together with other cases on the conveyor belt hadn’t affected the Easy Fit, and once home, all I had to do was smile and fit the wheels and pedals!
If you love traveling and cycling like me, this box is a must have item. It makes traveling so easy peasy lemon sqeezy! I’ll be using the BikeBoxAlan Easy Fit as my chosen travel companion from now on, and I’m super pleased to announce that I’ll be a brand ambassador. If you’re after a recomendation, that’s about as good as it gets – a bike box that’s strong, light and ‘easy peasy lemon squeezy!’ 🙂