I had planned to take my new Eldridge Grade (a thing of steel beauty and an Avid/Shimano joy forever!) to new heights- ~35,00 feet on UAL 1691 from Boston to Denver.
But I too quickly bought online a soft Rome bike case (~$100) (http://www.bikebags.com/products.html/).
Then I found a site, http://www.bikeaccess.net/Bikeboxs_db.cfm that gave good reviews of the pricey ($250-$300 + shipping) Trico Iron Case. A good case may be made for Trico ;-) but they should send some product to their dealers. No Trico Iron Cases in MA! Plus Trico is vague about how much disassembly (and of course, re-assembly) is required and leaves it to the buyer to figure out how to fit a big hybrid like my San Anselmo or even the fabulous 17-inch Eldridge Grade into their box without stowing the frame in one compartment, wheels with deflated tires in other compartments, and all components in nested boxes!
Since no way could I get work on Marin's assembly line (if such exists?) this is clearly not going to work ;-( Basically, I will reluctantly remove only the pedals (because I happen to have a 25mm wrench ;-). I'll even keep the gel prothesis snugly fitted to the elegant WTB saddle ;-) (Not all hardtails are hardtails!)
I'd like to hear from anyone with experience-good or bad- flying with either travel bags or travel cases containing mountain bikes or hybrids.
Thanks- maybe I'll see some of you in Durango! And the way things are flying- maybe not.....