Some of my favorite times every year are my trips with friends out west or elsewhere. Those memories that I hold in special regard are made simpler with a bike bag to get my bike where we’re going. I’ve previous used a Pika Packworks bag and it’s worked, but after three or so years of traveling I started to look for a replacement that had some additional features. I recently bought a EVOC Bike Travel Bag, and I’m very happy with it. Rarely do I find this much happiness with a purchase, really, this bike bag is great. Let me explain why I like it so much.
The EVOC bag answered my biggest want over the Pika Packworks bag, wheels. I’m built like a wet noodle in terms of upper body strength, and this EVOC bag makes the travel experience much more enjoyable hauling it through airports. The convenience and ease of mobility make the EVOC purchase a positive experience alone, but I’ve found a lot of other things l really like about the bag after packing a bike in it and traveling recently.
Starting from the outside, the bag’s build quality and parts decisions are noticeably well thought out and high quality. The handles and zippers are beefy and work well without showing signs of being unhappy about doing their jobs. There are handles in every place you would want or need to reach for lifting or maneuvering.
The bike bag has this great ability to fold down to basically flat when not in use if you’re tight for space. It uses fiberglass rods and poles to hold the bag upright and add strength when it’s not folded flat.
The wheels and base that they are attached to are sturdy and are big enough to not complain when rolling over a rock or cracks.
The inside of the bag is where I went from liking the bag to loving it. It’s very well thought out. The entire inside is lined with a tough but slick surface that makes clean up of dirt or grease a breeze. There’s a positionable (or completely removable) padded foam block with reinforcement where the bottom bracket rests. There are lots of tie downs to hold the frame and things in place.
The straps offer a lot of forward-backward and up-down adjustability, making it seem like the perfect bag for packing a road bike, mountain bike, or anything in between. With the optional road bike stand, I think this bag will serve all of my bike travel needs for a long time.
The top tube and down tube are secured with a padded brace.
The instructions stated I could leave my rear derailleur on so I tried that with success. That means one less thing to do when packing the bike, which is awesome. I wanted the packing and unpacking process to be as quick and painless as possible, and this bag delivers in spades there.
The fork for a mountain bike is secured by a reinforced and padded area making the fork safe and adding to the overall solidness when the bag is packed. Things don’t seem to move, which is a great thing.
I’m a big fan of the interior and exterior storage zippered pockets, especially the clear pocket where I stashed instructions, reassemble notes, tools, and pedals. I stored brake rotors in an inside pocket on towards the back of the bike.
The wheels go into zippered pockets on both sides of the bag. There is padding to keep the frame safe and reinforcement where axles and cassettes rest. The wheels fit in the pockets without any trouble.
There’s a lot I like about the bag but one small area that could use some improvement are the personal info areas. They are a bit cramped for space, but they do work.
Overall, I’m really happy with it. Money well spent in my eyes. I think it will last me a long time and add a lot of convenience to my travels.