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Juliet Elliott loves bikes and when not editing female action sports magazine Coven Magazine she can be found riding anything with two wheels. The former pro-snowboarder and model now spends her time either on a bike (be that a fix gear, an MTB, BMX or simple track machine) or stood behind the tapes coaching the sport she loves. With a passion for travel she's no stranger to traveling with more than just a simple carry-on bag. Check out what she thought of the EVOC Bike Travel bag we sent her to test here.

Words // Juliet Elliott - Coven Magazine

Ah, the hassle of lugging a bike around. I can count on, well, one digit the number of times I've travelled without either a bike, a snowboard or a surfboard, and it's bloody easy I tell ya! Just chuck a few clothes in a wheelie suitcase and off you trot to the airport - simple. Still, I shouldn't complain - before I moved to Devon and bought a car, sometimes I had to get the tube to the airport with whatever sporting paraphernalia I was transporting. Nightmare in rush hour!

I've tried a few different ways of travelling with my bike, but all have their drawbacks, not least as I ride all different kinds of bikes and need something versatile. Luckily, Evoc have come to the rescue with a semi rigid bike bag that fits pretty much everything, but can also be folded and put away. It's basically a soft shell with a hard bottom and plenty of inserts that give it strength, and as such it weighs a few kilos less than a hard case. Rods slot in the front, at the rear and in the wheel bag pockets and keep the bag from flopping around. Inside are various Velcro straps that attach round your tubing, keeping your bike in position. I tried it using the extra road bike fork insert, which pads out the fork and made me less worried about it being squished and squeezed on the plane.

The material is really tough and robust. Wheels on the bottom of the bag make easier to wheel, though let's face it, if you can bung it on a trolley rather than drag it, that's always preferable. The wheels are stowed on each side in pockets, and these have a toughened board that lies over the axel. They're perfectly placed so that the axels don't poke the bike inside. Plenty of pockets are ideal for stowing your pedals, tools, and other bits and pieces. Plenty of handles make it easy to pick up from all angles.

The best thing about this bag is that it fits my road bike, my track bike and my mountain bike, which means I only need one solution for every bike trip I go on. Happy holidays!

 

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