The beauty of the Aerocomfort is in how easy it is to both pack and unpack the bag. When packed, the bag is big, measuring 118cm x 25cm x 90cm (approximately), though it folds down to 106cm x 29cm x 24 cm (again, that’s an estimate), so, while certainly not compact, it’s not a nightmare to store. However, while the bag (with a bike inside) will fit inside the back of a small hatchback with the seats folded down, you do need to consider how much room you’ll need for other luggage (and other people) if you’re traveling by car. Scicon say the Aerocomfort can hold a 65cm frame, though we only used a 56cm frame during testing.
Most importantly, how easy is it to pack your bike? Open the bag and there’s an aluminium frame inside. Remove the wheels of your bike and clamp the bike frame to the anti-shock bag frame, using the supplied Scicon skewers. Next up, fit the rear derailleur protector – a neat feature which saves you taking the derailleur off and protects it from being bashed from the side. The rear derailleur (or hanger) is one of the first things which can be damaged by an over-zealous baggage handler throwing a bike bag onto the carousel.
Then you need to further secure the bike using the internal straps, which run over the saddle (Scicon supply a neoprene saddle cover) and either side of the handlebar (again, Scicon provide padding to protect the handlebar), while there’s also a strap which clips together from either side of the frame to keep the bag tightly closed.
All that’s left to do is to fit the toptube protector, slip the wheels into the side compartments (remember to pack the quick release skewers, too – Scicon provide a small accessories bag), and do up the three-sided zip. The bag is significantly wider at the handlebar end, and while it can be a squeeze to get the zip over the shifters, everything fits without any problems.
It’s incredibly simple. I’ve used a number of bike bags over the years and the Scicon Aerocomfort is by far the easiest – it takes all the stress out of preparing your bike for travel. During a summer trip to Colorado, I arrived late at night due to a flight delay and, facing just a few hours sleep, was grateful that I could prepare my bike to ride the next morning in a matter of minutes. On the way home, I squeezed in a morning ride, knowing I could pack the bike and be in a taxi to the airport in ten minutes.