Thule Transition: Traveling with the Good Bike

What Thule did is take a tray from their bike rack system, put it inside a hardshell case, and include tripod legs so it’s a stand. The bike is secured on the tray with a fork mount, just like the roof rack, and you remove it from the Transition with a quick release and drop it onto the stand. As I said in this video, I’ve dragged many cases across airports and the transition is by far the sexiest, rolls the best, and it’s meant for the good bike with two sets of wheels: training and racing.

Unless you use Jedi Mind tricks at the ticket counter, you’re paying to fly with this case: it’s huge and, as packed, weighed about 75 pounds. Beside the wheels and bikes, inside are Lezyne tools, a pump, shoes, helmet, and kit. Traveling with bikes will cost you one way or another, amortize an S&S case over a hundred trips, toss a folder into a case for urban riding and nothing too long, or bring the race bike and fast wheels. See my post in the archives about the various ways to travel with a bike.

A few first generation complaints include fussy straps that a TSA agent didn’t reconnect properly, padding between the half shells that delaminated, and the fork mount cylinder doesn’t latch in place (the system accommodates all fork leg types, so it’s modular). In hotels or vacation rental condos, you don’t want anything to fall out of anything else; especially, when jet lagged and in a hurry to ride.

towel rack

Thule impresses us with their products and the Transition is a brilliant combination of what cyclists need to travel. Keep that big, black, box out of the sun though, it could double as a solar distill. The bike stand inevitably turned into a towel drying rack after a day when I snorkeled, rode across a lava field, and body surfed.

Thanks Thule. You are very versatile.

Huggacast 158: Transition Case with a Tarmac Pro In It

Our 158th Huggacast is about the Thule Transition case, the Tarmac Pro in it, and Lezyne tools we took with us to Maui.

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The soundtrack is a sample from Ludacris’ Rollout rap and DJ Schmolli’s Smacking Up Papaoutai.


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Maui 13: Tarmacs and Tacos

Lanai Bikeshop

A Lanai bike shop with a Thule stand that’s inside the Transition case

The story was supposed to continue a season of riding Hydro with a trip to Maui, where we’d ride up and down a volcano, but you all know by now with the recall, that got cut. So Specialized and SRAM rushed out a Tarmac Pro with Force 22, Rovals and Zipp 303s. Traveled with the Tarmac in Thule’s new Transition case and after the flight, and arriving at the vacation condo, set up the Thule stand for a impromptu Lanai bike shop.

What in the world is in that CASE, what you got in that CASE?

I’ve dragged many cases and bikes across airports and the Thule is by far the sexiest, sexier even than new Mac Pro. With glances from fellow travelers, it was like the Ludacris Rollout rap, “What in the world is in that CASE, what you got in that CASE?” Well, it’s an SL4 and one that I’ve best described as like strumming a power chord. Pedal and it’s right here right now and with Rovals tracking true. For the flat and fast days, I’ll ride the Zipp 303s Firecrests and expect when I tilt them into the trade winds they’ll respond with lift and a rush of speed. Scrubbing that speed with rim brakes isn’t my preference now, but SRAM is working on the issue and we’re confidant in the fix. The Force 22 feels and performs just like the Red I’ve been riding too, but for a thousand dollars less.

Tarmacs and Tacos

Tacos and Tarmacs

Near Big Beach, we found this truck

After my long nap yesterday, we’ve got more riding to do, including today. For this annual trip, it’s Tarmacs and tacos. We ride till we get hungry, stop to eat tacos, and then ride some more. The photos I’ve taken so far are on G+.

See our collection of Maui posts, including maps, and more photos at the Maui tag.

Nap Time


Nap time

So this happened. Was gonna write about Maui miles, Tarmacs and tacos, what’s in that Thule case, but it can wait. Meanwhile, David reviewed a light and I’ll try again tomorrow.

Taz 1000 Palm-Sized Blinding Bike Light

There was a time when I used to ride almost every single night. My friend Glenn owns a local bike shop and doesn’t get out of work until dark, even in the summer. To squeeze in a some miles he goes out nightly for rides that are sometimes sprint-athons and sometimes epic climbs. He’s got this way of figuring out what kind of route I’m not currently in shape to handle and then leading that type of ride. It’s great for training.

For safety, Glenn goes the route of trying to look like a rolling carnival, while I opt for more surgical precision

Both of us though like to have as much light on the road as possible, especially front-facing lights. We’ve taken the same approach to lighting up the road ahead of us though with a bright light on our handlebars for wide-area coverage and a more focused light on our heads. The head-based lamp allows us to either provide more light to the road or point it at an oncoming car that might not otherwise notice us.

Taz 1000

A few years ago I bought the Light and Motion Taz 1200 Lumens Light and have used it on countless rides in everything from a warm summer breeze to a torrential downpour.

Light and Motion recently sent us the smaller (and slightly less expensive) Light and Motion Taz 1000 Light, an almost identical light that throws 200 fewer lumens of light for about $50 less.

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