A user-friendly bike carrier perfect for a winter getaway - £259.95
I reckon I've halved my fastest time for packing a bike thanks to Evoc's insightful design. Side opening is a good start - easy access, plus once dropped down it makes a great work area/kneeler. Evoc's supplied bike padding kit is, however, the key to its user friendliness.
In an idiot-proof manner, the padding is labelled, so you know where to put it. It takes just a few minutes to have your bike padded up. There are Velcro loops to secure removed items such as handlebars and seatposts, and everything has a place, which makes packing the bag so intuitive.
Another great feature is the way the front fork padding integrates with the internal structure of the bag so your bike simply slots home, securely located by a few straps. The rear of the bike is well guarded by a large block of solid foam, which crucially keeps the chainrings well off the floor, but we still felt the need to remove the rear mech and place a spacer between the rear dropouts for peace of mind.
The wheels slot into external compartments, which I had some initial reservations over, as it appeared to leave them vulnerable, but with over 10 flights already behind me and not so much as a scratch, I was worrying for nothing. Extra armour added to the outside of the bag over vulnerable spots like the top of the seat tube and stem area are the finishing touches that make this bag top of its class.
Silverfish UK, www.silverfish-uk.com