Over on the facial book, there’s been mention of the possibility of a mass bike bag order. Getting a hundred people to agree on this is an unlikely prospect, but, well, here goes:
A robust bag for a large road bike with both its wheels detached, but its seatpost and stem both attached and its saddle protruding.
Robustness: Something really robust is going to weigh a lot; of course there has to be a compromise. I wouldn’t expect to be able to use the bag hundreds of times. I would expect to be able to use it dozens of times. I am not a weight weenie and care nothing about two hundred grams here or there.
Large road bike: The demos I’ve seen of ingenious Japanese people fitting their bikes into compact bags all seem to show <52 cm frames. Mine’s 60 cm and I was unable to ram the bike into an Ostrich bag I once tried to use. The bag I want would be stupidly big for most people. Thus the bag would probably have to be available in three sizes … perhaps rendering the whole project unfeasible.
Both wheels detached: Because although an only-one-wheel-off design appeals to my laziness, the resulting bag is too big for the more exotic trains.
Stem attached: Go ahead, call me lazy. . . .
Seatpost protruding: Currently most of my road bike fits into a very large bag. However, the seatpost, saddle, and large saddle-bag protrudes from this. In theory, rail employees could object; in practice they never do (and if they ever did then I could temporarily detach the saddle-bag and cover the saddle with a reji-bukuro). Not needing either to cover or to remove the saddle-bag means that the bike bag is smaller and lighter or that I have one hand free while staggering through the station.
The cheaper the better, of course; but I’d happily pay 5,000 or more for something that was just what I wanted.
Do we have 99 more requests?