I have a Trico. I used to pack some bike clothes, shoes and tools with my bike and I had no problems. I never tried stowing a helmet in the case; I do not think that it would fit. HOWEVER, now that all luggage is being inspected by the TSA, I would suggest that you keep non-bike stuff in the case to a minimum. A Trico cannot fit through the x-ray equipment that is used to scan most luggage. Thus, the TSA has to hand-inspect a Trico. At most airports, the inspection occurs near the baggage check-in and you can watch it (but do not get near it or try to touch it even if the TSA person is having problems -- you may end up in the airport lockup). The first time I witnessed a hand inspection of my Trico, I had all of the usual stuff (clothes, shoes, etc) in there with my bike. Not only did the inspection take a long time, but my stuff was all over the inspection area and the TSA inspector was not in a good mood. Needless to say, the repacking of my bike made me cringe. Now that I keep the stuff in the Trico to a minimum, the inspections have gone much more quickly and the inspectors have been more respectful of my bike and more careful about repacking.Bacco said:I plan to buy a Trico or Performance bike travel case. I was wondering, besides your bike, what else can you safety stow in there - helmet, shoes, clothes, tools, etc.?
I just got back from a trip to New Zealand for which I bought the Sci-con bike case. It was super easy to use, just remove the handlebars and wheels and the bike is ready to be put into the case. The bag has a soft shell, but there seems to be plenty of padding. Total weight with bike, helmet, shoes, bike clothing, case of Power Bars was around forty pounds. And there is room for a lot more if one would want.The bag has a strap that can be easily thrown over your shoulder to carry it. it has casters and is fairly easy to manage, though you'll need an extra large trunk or wagon to get it to the airport.Bacco said:I plan to buy a Trico or Performance bike travel case. I was wondering, besides your bike, what else can you safety stow in there - helmet, shoes, clothes, tools, etc.?