An increasing lust for adventure means more and more of us are loading our bikes onto planes and flying in search of suffering (or maybe just a new place to race or ride). Protecting our bikes from damage becomes elemental because we want our bikes to arrive in excellent, ride-ready condition. In a perfect world, our bikes would land in mint condition every time, but that pipe dream gets shattered the minute the tinkle of loose parts rings out from inside your bike carrying case.
Repairs become urgent, simply because a busted bike is cutting into your fun and you’re in need of a quick fix. To solve the issues of bike protection and on-the-spot repairs, Thule gives us a pair of new bike cases, the Round Trip Transition and the Round Trip Pro, both of which can be transformed into bike work stands.
Both cases feature integrated wheels and aluminum rail frames, which support and protect bikes in transit, but then serve as a base for a portable repair stand. Separate tripod legs attach to the frame to provide height and allow you to work on your bike without having to stoop or bend over.
The premium hard case Round Trip Transition is made from a combination of ABS, aluminum, and rugged nylon to protect the bike during transport. The Round Trip Pro’s lightweight, soft case is made from hyper durable nylon sides, which fold up for compact storage.
Both cases sell for $599.95
Side note: Thule has also weighed in on the fatbike trend by developing bike rack mounts sized for fatbike tires.