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Classics Season Is Upon Us March 21 2017

After a thrilling Milan-San Remo last weekend we’re headed to the first cobbled classics of the season!

And by we I mean keep your eyes open for some Airport Ninjas that are headed to the classics with Pro-tour teams and some of your favorite cycling websites. Be sure to share your travels with us on Instagram @Orucase.

The first cobbled classic is E3-Harelbeke this Friday March 24th. Nicknamed ‘The Little Tour of Flanders’, I think the question on everybody's mind is whether Sagan will finish 1st or 2nd this season at every classic.

 

The Lowdown on E3 Harelbeke

Coming just a week before the Tour of Flanders, E3 is viewed as a great tune up as it features many of the same roads and climbs as its big brother. Steep climbs, narrow twisty roads, and wind make it a quintessential Flandrian race. Doing well here will put you on the list of favorites for the the Tour of Flanders.

The race is generally a touch over 200km, starting and finishing in Harelbeke. 10-20 short, cobbled climbs are spattered throughout the last 90km, and due to the shambolic nature of the roads local knowledge and experience riding them can make all the difference.

The Climbs

The Paterburg is one of the hardest climbs to grace E3. 400 meters in length, with an average gradient of 12.5% and topping out at 20% make it a decisive moment for both E3 and Tour of Flanders. Now a protected monument, the road was unpaved until 1986 when a local farmer placed the cobblestones because he wanted the Tour of Flanders to pass by his house!

Paterberg in de gelijknamige straat - België.jpg
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Oude Kwaremont is the other definitive berg en route. 2.2 kilometers long averages only 4.2%, but maxes out at 11% on a particularly narrow and uneven cobble section.

 

Trivia

First Edition: First held in 1958 it is one of youngest one day classics.

Fastest Edition: Dutchman Steven de Jong, won at an average speed of 45.9 km/h in 2003.

Most Wins: Tom ‘TommekeTommekeTommeke’ Boonen won 5 editions, with 4 in a row! 2004, 2005, 2006 2007, and 2012.

 

Be a ninja. An Airport Ninja.

We build every bike case to order in house, this allows us to accommodate every customer's unique needs, while building the highest quality product. We can build cases for everything from an XS to XXL road bike, cases for bikes with integrated seatposts, and even some mountain bikes. The best part is that compared to a traditional hardshell case design ours requires only one additional step in packing, the removal of the fork! The next time you get charged $150+ each way traveling with your bicycle, remember that the Airport Ninja Bike Case is the solution to stop paying bike fees!

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5 Musical Genres (And Songs) To Spice Up Your Cycling. March 13 2017

Did you know that listening to music can provide a small, but statistically significant boost in performance?

 Whether you're stuck on the rollers banging out hour of powers, or on the road doing sweet spot, threshold, or Vo2 a good song, can help you get in the groove. Research has shown that music can help you achieve flow state easier. Furthermore, it's been demonstrated that during submaximal exercise listening to music can reduced perceived exertion by up to 10%.

Here's a list of some of our favorite musical genres for training to and a selection of songs that we've listened to countless times during our cycling careers.

 1. Trance

Trance came into existence during the 90's. Characterized by a tempo of 125 to 150 beats per minute, repetitive melodic phrases, and drops. The name itself may refer to euphoria, chills, or uplifting rush that listeners can experience.

The longer track lengths, and ability to get lost in the song made trance our go to genre for longer threshold efforts and riding the rollers through the rough Vermont winters. 

 

 

 2. Drum and Bass

Another electronic genre that came into existence in the early 90's, known for fast tempo (160-180bpm), and it's heavy bass and sub-bass lines. Songs here are generally shorter, and the fast tempo make it more ideal for vo2 or anaerobic intervals when your cadence is high.

 

3. House

House music arose in Chicago during the 1980's. Known for its four on the floor beats (4/4) and synthesized basslines. House shares a lot in common with disco, as well as the soul and funk it samples, while being more electronic and minimal than those genres using the repetitive rhythm of the song to create the groove.

 

4. Footwork

Footwork is a direct descendant of chicago house music. A dance battle music, it utilizes super fast techy drums with heavy bass while sampling everything from soul, funk, and Hip-hop.

 

5. Techno

Techno is the last stop on our list and also a creation of the 1980's from Detroit. Techno is a generally repetitive electronic dance music, in the range of 120-150bpm that uses a 4/4 beat with a bass drum on every quarter note.

 

Well, that wraps up our look into 5 different genres of music and some examples of notable tracks that we've used to get us through many, many intervals, and even more miles of riding. Leave a comment here, on twitter @paynobikefees, or on Instagram @Orucase if you want us to explore a genre more in depth or a new one. Always happy to tell you our favorite songs for riding.

While you're listening be sure to check out our Airport Ninja bike case. It's the only bike travel case designed by cyclists to avoid excess baggage fees. It does this by being the only case that can be built under the 62 linear inch airline limit, and is also available in sizes to fit everything from an XS to an XXL. It's the smallest and lightest bike bag available!

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Bike Travel Cases Under 62 Linear Inches? March 07 2017

Well, you've found us... The only bicycle case designed by cyclists that comes in under the 62 linear inch airline limit.

Orucase Airport Ninja Bike Travel Case under 62 linear inches

 

As former bike racers, traveling with a hardshell case was a pain. Not only is it heavy and cumbersome, but the fees killed us.  That's why we used our experience and some tricks of the trade to design the Airport Ninja, the only bicycle travel case under 62 linear inches. 

We build every bike case to order in house, this allows us to accommodate every customer's unique needs, while building the highest quality product. We can build cases for everything from an XS to XXL road bike, cases for bikes with integrated seatposts, and even some mountain bikes. The best part is that compared to a traditional hardshell case design ours requires only one additional step in packing, the removal of the fork! The next time you get charged $150+ each way traveling with your bicycle, remember that the Airport Ninja Bike Case is the solution to stop paying bike fees!

 

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Our 5 Winter Cycling Gear Favorites. February 22 2017

Last week we wrote about some tricks of the trade we've picked up from cycling for a combined 20+ years, most of them in Vermont. Which, if you've never been there, is quite cold in the winter. Some might say Arctic.

ccb winter

Our love of cycling and design has lead us to continually refine our gear of choice, and due to those years in Vermont we've found some favorite winter cycling gear. Check out last week's blog on our tips and tricks to survive riding in cold weather, or scroll down to check out some of our favorite winter gear.

 

7 MORE COLD WEATHER RIDING TIPS AND TRICKS FROM PRO CYCLISTS.

Orucase's 5 Winter Cycling Gear Favorites.

  

1. It all starts with a base.

Having 3+ different weight baselayers can really help set the foundation for the rest of your clothing on that day. We’re a big fan of Craft baselayers and use a combination of those with our cycling kits depending on the weather forecast and type of riding we'll be doing.

orucase winter cycling gear favorites craft baselayers

2. Hats on hats.

Did you know that roughly 30% of your body’s heat is lost through the head? Combining a warm winter hat with a helmet can be tough. Although as soon as the merino wool Rapha Winter Hat came out I bought one. Still going strong after 12 years.

orucase winter cycling gear favorites rapha hat

3. Minimal Gore-Tex Shells.

Having a thin, stoppable shell can make all the difference on extremely cold days, and long descents.  Our favorite was Gore Bike Wear's. A minimal design, with one small pocket and no vents allows it to stuff easily into a jersey pocket.

Orucase winter cycling gear favorites Gore Bike wear gore-tex jacket

4. Insulated bottles.

The Camelbak Podium Big Chill 25oz Bottle was our favorite for long winter rides. It allowed us to keep a 2.5-3 standard bottles worth of warm drinks without having to stop and refill.

Orucase winter cycling gear favorites camelbak insulated bottles

5. Knog Lights.

With less daylight, and poorer visibility, being seen is important. At Orucase we want you to go unseen in the airport, not the road... Having a small rechargeable light can be helpful when you get that flat or bonk and are chasing the sunlight home. We've always liked the Knog lights, usb rechargeable, quick release, and small.

Orucase Winter cycling gear favorites Knog lights

We hope this gear helps you make it through the rest of winter. If you haven't, check out our last week's post on tips and tricks to keep you warm in the winter. If you want to start traveling with you bicycle more be sure to check out our Airport Ninja bicycle travel case. It's the only case that can be built under the 62 linear inch airline limit, and is also available in sizes to fit everything from an XS to an XXL.

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7 More Cold Weather Riding Tips and Tricks From Pro Cyclists. February 15 2017

SNOWY ROAD

Spring is right around the corner, and with multiple feet of snow being dumped all over, it’s time to buckle down and do the training. If you want to be fast, there's no more off days just because the weather isn’t ideal. 

We might make the best bicycle travel case, but YOU still have to do the riding! 

We spent our formative years living in Vermont and training through the winter. Known for brutally cold, gray winters, we once experienced an entire month below 10 degrees fahrenheit. Needless to say combining this with our racing careers has lead to extensive knowledge on how to ride in any conditions. This week check out Part 1 of our cold weather cycling tips and tricks. Scroll down for the lowdown on some of the lesser known tips and tricks learned from our years racing bikes professionally. Next week we'll cover some of our favorite cold weather cycling gear in Part 2.

Give us a like on Facebook (@Orucase), and share this article for a chance to win a 20% off coupon!

Winter cycling up App Gap Vermont

80 Miles Below Freezing

 

Pro Cold Weather Cycling Tips and Tricks

1. Two Pairs of gloves. 

An ice climbing trick (and probably the only way to survive ice climbing without getting frostbite) is to bring 2-3 pairs of gloves with you. A light set makes it nice to do intervals and have that solid grip with the bars that some heavier gloves leave to be desired. Once the intervals or group riding has chilled out you can throw on a heavier set to get you home.  Ideally you can stuff the gloves you’re not using under your armpits to keep them warm.

 

2. Vapor barrier liners. 

A trick from the extreme ends of climbing, and backpacking. A vapor barrier is an impermeable, non-breathable layer that essentially creates a microclimate inside of it. Once you start to sweat, and heat up said sweat, your body tones it down, and uses that thin layer as insulation. The trick is dressing just warm enough for the vapor barrier to work. The plus side is that you can stay warm in extreme cold with very thin layers on, the downside is once you stop moving and the layer of sweaty air cools, you will too!  The best example of this is using latex gloves under a thin set of riding gloves. Or using plastic bags over your socks and under your shoes. In extreme conditions or rapidly deteriorating conditions one can use plastic bags on the head, and torso to make it back in one piece.

 

3. Warm beverages.

Having a warm drink to sip on makes it more enjoyable riding, especially staying hydrated as cold weather dampens the desire to drink.  Keeping any combination of tea, drink mix, coffee in your bottles can make the difference! Skratch Labs makes a hot Apple and Cinnamon drink mix, although tea and honey is a tried and true mixture as well.

 

4. Pam.

For extra sloppy conditions a thin coating of Pam cooking spray on your drivetrain can keep the mud and grit off.

 

5. Lower your tire pressure.

Back in the day everyone seemed to run 120 PSI all the time, and I never quite understood why. I’ve been racing criteriums on 95 PSI for quite some time. The increased grip that it provides makes cornering and stopping much easier, and can even be faster. In sloppy conditions running 80 PSI can give you that extra grip you need to survive that iced over turn. An added bonus is that at even lower pressure you can get the same intensity at lower speeds, resulting in less wind chill!

 CCB WINTER RIDE

"...make sure to not over apply embrocation, or else it will feel like your legs are re-entering the atmosphere..."

6. Embrocation.

There are plenty of good embrocations out there. Just make sure to not over apply the first time around, or else it will feel like your legs are re-entering the atmosphere the rest of the day.  Embro will help on those wet days where any clothing you wear becomes waterlogged.  In a pinch homemade embro can be made using vaseline/oil and cayenne pepper.

 

7. Vaseline.

Applying a thin layer of vaseline or other similar oily tincture on your face can take the bite off of freezing wind. If you’ve ever experienced air so cold that your tears freeze and your nostrils stick together with each breathe you’ll know how much this can help.

 

We hope these tips and tricks help you make it through the rest of winter. Stay tuned next week to see a roundup of some of our favorite cold weather cycling gear. If you want to start traveling with you bicycle more be sure to check out our Airport Ninja bicycle travel case. It's the only case that can be built under the 62 linear inch airline limit, and is also available in sizes to fit everything from an XS to an XXL.

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Can You Believe How Much This Junior Cyclist Was Charged To Fly With His Bike? February 09 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached a new level of insanity when it comes to traveling with a bicycle. Bicycling Magazine posted this article this morning. check it out.

Bicycling bike fee article

 

First of all, Noah Simms, if you’re out there, please get in contact with us. If We want to help you become an airport ninja.

Bike racing is an inherently expensive sport.  We remember how stressful it can be to make ends meet as juniors, U23, and collegiate racers. As aspiring pros, bike fees were just another obstacle conspiring to keep us away from the important races we dreamt about. We invented the Airport Ninja so we could focus on crossing the finish line, not on getting to the start line. When a Junior cyclocross racer traveling to World Championships get charged $577 for excess baggage fees, we’re here to help.

Because of Noah’s experience we’re currently working on getting a program in place to be able to help juniors offset the initial cost of traveling with an Orucase Airport Ninja. Stay tuned for more!

 

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Tucson Bonus: Box Canyon January 25 2017

110 Miles, 20+ miles of Dirt: Box Canyon.

Probably our most epic day in Tucson. I think we ended up spending 8+ hours on the bike for a grand total of 110 miles, and chasing the sunlight home.  Box Canyon will take you on some familiar roads, and then connect them with a solid 20 miles of dirt roads in the canyon. The route finding will take a little longer, and the dirt/sand can make the first few miles a little tough, but this ride is totally worth it!

 

Box Canyon Strava

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If you like what you see here be sure to check out our previous post on our Cyclist's Guide To Tucson.

 

The Cyclist's Guide To: Tucson

The cyclists guide to tucson


The Cyclist's Guide To: Tucson January 09 2017

January can only mean one thing. It’s time to get down to Tucson and put in some miles.

 

Racing bikes has it's perks. The Orucase team has traveled and raced all over the world. This has given us a unique, on the ground (or in the saddle) view of all the major cycling destinations across the US. We'll be visiting a different city each month in our blog to showcase the top rides, top food, top bike shops, and other cool features of well known cycling cities.

For January we start with Tucson. Every winter, right after the holidays, we'd head down to Tucson to train the house down. We’ve done it all, from renting a 1 bedroom apartment for the three of us the day we moved there, to living in a condo complex that had real grass lawns!

Constant sun, a nice 80 degrees, dry, and moderate altitude make Tucson a great place to spend the winter riding. Not to mention Mt. Lemmon which has 21 miles of uninterrupted climbing at 5%, before a little dip down and another 7 miles up to a cookie store (we’ll touch back on that later). The city and its roads are spread out, but once you've read this you'll have no trouble finding your way around.

 

Where to Live

Tucson

When we moved to Tucson for the first time we didn't anticipate the size of the city. The street grid is massive, and can take a bit of time to ride across.  We lived in North Eastern Tucson the first year, near Mt. Lemmon, and this limited it our riding West of town.  From then on out we lived in the Catalina Foothills area.  This North central location allows easy access to rides on all sides of the city, is a bit quieter and has awesome views of Mt. Lemmon in your backyard.

Catalina Foothills

 

The Group Ride

The Shootout

What would Tucson be without The Shootout? Bring your A game for a fast and furious hammerfest heading south out of Tucson. Try and stay near the front, plus, you never know who might show up and drop you...

Danny Pate Shootout Tucson

What: A mega group ride, we're talking 1-200 riders, that rolls out of town slowly before hammering to the top of Shootout hill before regrouping and then hammering back into town.

When: Saturdays at 7:30, keeps moving earlier to 6:30 later in the winter.

Where: The Starbucks at University.

Shootout Strava

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Tip #1: Bring extra clothes for the ride to the start, it can be below freezing before the sun rises in Tucson.

Bonus #1: Get some extra miles by heading out with the big boys to climb Madera Canyon, a 13 mile climb before heading back to Tucson. A good way to get in 100-120 miles @ 23mph+.

 

The Rides

Old Spanish Trail

A great rolling road on the east end of town, perfect for filling in some extra miles on the way back from Mt. Lemmon.

OLD SPANISH TRAIL STRAVA

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Gates Pass + Big Square

A short steep climb with some cool views at the top before dropping down into "Old Tucson" sets you up for tackling Big Square, a big flat square on the north west edge of town. Head back into town on Picture Rock Road, but watch out for traffic!

 Gates pass + big square strava

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Kitt Peak

Supertraining defined. A ~120 mile out and back, on one road. But you'll be treated an 11 mile climb @ 6% up to an observatory with awesome 360 degree views of the desert before heading back to town.

Kitt Peak Strava

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Mt. Lemmon 

A total 29 miles to the summit. With the first 21 miles of continuous climbing at 5% grade. You’ll start at a modest 2,700ft and climb all the way up to 9,133ft passing through numerous climates and some awesome views. The climb starts at mile marker in the northeast corner of Tucson. The intersection of East Catalina Highway and East Snyder Road.

Mt. Lemmon Strava

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Bonus #1: Ride up to the summit and check out http://thecookiecabin.org/

Bonus #2: A good time from mile marker 0 to mile 5 is 20 minutes. Although certain other cookie aficionados have done it in under 18.

 

The Food

Tucson's got it all. From trendy spots downtown by the university, to real authentic Mexican food, to cafes. We used to use our recovery rides to go try a different mexican restaurant every time, however this might make it hard to ride uphill home.

 

El guero Canelo tucson

El Guero Canelo: Sonoran Hotdogs (You should google that if you've never seen one) and Mexican street food.

 

nicos tucson

Nico’s: Awesome lunch spot with Mexican street food.  Amazing Burritos, Carnitas was my go to.  Best of all they have multiple spots all over Tucson.

 

1702 tucson

1702 Pizza & Beer: The name says it all. They serve up mega sized slices of pizza with a extensive beer list.

 

le buzz tucson

Le Buzz Caffe: Cafe at the base of Mt. Lemmon. Perfect for easy days.

 

the cookie cabin

The Cookie Cabin: The aforementioned cabin that sells mega sized cookies on top of Mt. Lemmon.  

 

The Bike Shops

 

Fairwheel Bikes
The Shop to go to in Tucson. These are the same guys who routinely build sub 8 pound road bikes with all manner of bespoke carbon parts. Check 'em out. They have info on other group rides as well.



Arizona Cyclist

A high end shop at the base of the foothills. They've helped us out multiple times. A good place to stop for ride food and service.

 

Bonus

If you're feeling lucky check out The Desert Diamond Casino on Nogales Highway.

Jackpot

 

What's next for Orucase's Cyclist Guide?

Tune in next time as we tackle another favorite city of ours, or better yet sign up for our mailing list to be automatically entered to win an Orucase Airport Ninja Bike Case.

 

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2017: The Year of The Ninja. January 02 2017

Here's what you missed in 2016

2017 will be the year of the airport ninja! Here's a roundup of our best and most popular moments of 2016. We've included reviews from CyclingTips, and PezCyclingNews. Articles that mention us from Bicycling Magazine, and BikeRadar. Awards for Companies we work with from InterBike. As well as our most popular blog posts, a mix of knowledge we've picked up from racing over the years, and information to help you save even more money the next time you fly.

 

Ninja Blur

 

CyclingTips Review

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"...Just as Orucase says, the Airport Ninja drew little attention from airline gate agents. Not one asked what was inside the inconspicuous black case and on only one occasion did I pay a supplemental fee (for additional luggage, not a bike) — offsetting the purchase price of the case by more than threefold after just four round-trip journeys..."

Read the rest of the Review here

https://cyclingtips.com/news/orucase-airport-ninja-bike-travel-case-review/

 

Pez Cycling News Review

"...The Oru Airport Ninja travel case is light & sturdy, big enough to pack a full sized bicycle, but small enough to avoid those hefty fees the airlines love to charge to anyone travelling with a bike.  Matt McNamara flew his to Asia, and returned with this review..."

PezCyclingNews

 

Bicycling Magazine

5 Bike Cases That Evade the Airline Bike Fee

"...One of the coolest features of the case is that it’s built custom, so the size is perfectly matched to your bike..."

Bicycling Magazine

 

Bike Radar Holiday Cycling Gifts

We made Bike Radar's annual holiday gift guide, for the cyclist who has everything!

Bike Radar Gift Ideas

 

 

Interbike & CrossVegas
One highlight of our trip to Interbike was seeing NDVR Cycles win a best of award from Gear Patrol.  NDVR designed from the ground up the best breakaway styled bike utilizing designs and manufacturing made in the US from the like of Niner, Lynskey, and Orucase.  We're proud to say that we make in house 100% of the sub 62 inch travel cases that come with every bicycle purchased from NDVR.
NDVR Interbike
 
And we got to watch our boy from Vermont, Jamey Driscoll, throw down at CrossVegas.
Jamey
 
 

Our Top 3 Blog Posts

1. The clear winner.  A short list of tips and tricks we've learned from our combined 20+ years of bike racing.

5 Tricks Pro Bike Racers Don't Want You To Know About Riding In Cold, Wet Weather.

 5 TRICKS PRO BIKE RACERS DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT RIDING IN COLD, WET WEATHER.

 

2. Why being a sprinter kinda sucks...

The Plight Of The Sprinter

The Plight of the sprinter

 

3. Our guide to airline baggage policies.

The Airport Ninja's Guide To Airlines

THE AIRPORT NINJA'S GUIDE TO AIRLINES.

  

Here's to a year full of tailwinds.


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Bikes). 5 Ways To Travel With Your Airport Ninja. December 14 2016

We’ve already touted The Airport Ninja’s ability to fly for free. But what about the rest of the trip?

Flying is just one leg of your journey. You’ve got to get to the airport in the first place and depending on where you are and how many people you are traveling with you might have to accomplish this in a variety of ways.  The Airport Ninja stands out in all aspects of traveling with a bike.

Walking with The Airport Ninja

Walking: Our soft-shell construction and small size make our case the easiest to carry. Backpack straps allow you to free up your hands and use your strongest muscles.  Did we mention the case weighs only 9 pounds?

Cycling: A true Airport Ninja can ride to the airport with our case on their back and pack their bicycle right there, the only tools needed are a small multitool and pedal wrench.

Automobiles: Have you ever tried to fit multiple hard cases into a car? Due to our much smaller dimensions it is possible to fit up to twice as many Airport Ninja cases with bikes into the back of your car or a rental.  Perfect for team camps or vacation with friends.  Our soft-shell design also allows The Airport Ninja to be stored virtually flat, freeing up trunk space if you have access to a vehicle with a bike rack.

This space saving ability and lightweight make it much easier to travel by taxi or bus in faraway places. Remember, the US is the only place you’ll find a Big Rig Suburban XXL rental as the norm.

Trains: Clockwork like efficiency, used extensively in Europe and Asia. A little known fact. Our case is the only Cycling case on the market that meets the luggage size requirements in multiple European countries. Namely, France and Italy. Don’t be left behind on your next trip to two of the most popular countries for cycling.

Planes: 'Nuff Said.

 

Happy Holidays from Orucase. 2017 is the year to unleash your inner ninja.

 

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The Orucase Airport Ninja is the only airline travel case for bicycles designed by cyclists to minimize and eliminate excess baggage fees. Pack smart, pack stealth with the smallest cycling travel case on the market and become an Airport Ninja today.
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The Plight of The Sprinter December 06 2016

Or why being a sprinter is awesome, but kinda sucks most of the time.

As I start training on the bike again, I’m reminded of the very hardships sprinters face.  Sure, I can still bang out 1600+ watts and win a town line sprint, but for the other 3 hours, 59 minutes and 45 seconds of that ride I’ll be holding on for dear life, just hoping they don’t hammer up the next hill.

Although, I don’t suppose it was much different when I raced, sure I was faster, but I was still holding on to the only part of reality that made any sense when you’re digging that deep, the wheel in front of you.  I guess that’s the Yin and Yang of cycling though.  The strongmen have to get rid of the sprinters to win, and we just need to hold on.

Bike Race Suffer

And that’s what makes cycling awesome, the diverse physiology of riders. Where a specific skill set, make up of muscle fibers, fitness, and tactics can make the difference between which single racer will win out of 100.

I still say that just riding the sprinters have it harder and less enjoyable, maybe it’s time for a come back…

 

THE BEST BIKE CASE TO TRAVEL OR FLY WITH A BICYCLE

The Orucase Airport Ninja is the only airline travel case for bicycles designed by cyclists to minimize and eliminate excess baggage fees. Pack smart, pack stealth with the smallest cycling travel case on the market and become an Airport Ninja today.
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5 Tricks Pro Bike Racers Don’t Want You To Know About Riding In Cold, Wet Weather. November 22 2016

Cold weather is finally upon us. Here's some lesser known tricks for dealing with riding in cold or wet weather.

Flying with an Airport Ninja has its perks. You probably don’t pay any crazy baggage fees for you bike anymore, which means you can fly with it more. The downside is by traveling and flying with your bike more, you’re more likely to end up in cold and wet weather at one of your destinations.  If the weather goes south, and you didn’t pack any rain or cold weather clothes, don’t worry we’ve got you covered with some tips we’ve picked up over the years.

Orucase Airport Ninja's riding bikes in the snow

 

  1. Latex gloves. If you’ve ever rode in the rain you know that waterproof is the only way to go. Neoprene gloves are a must have, nothing else will keep you warm with spray from your tires and other riders. A cheap alternative is using a latex glove inside whatever gloves you have.  It acts as a vapor barrier liner and is very efficient at retaining heat/moisture (it's why your hands sweat using latex gloves in warm/hot conditions.
  2. Plastic bags. Booties always seem to be hit or miss.  Racing and training in Vermont we were always dealing with 40-50 deg rain and snow. One trick is to stock up on some plastic grocery bags.  Put on your wool socks, place the bags over them and insert them into your shoes. You can tuck the upper opening of the bags inside your legwarmers, as well as placing booties over your shoes for extra warmth.
  3. This is the trick you’ve all seen if you watch the Tour de France.  Place newspaper (or more plastic bags) over your chest beneath your jersey.
  4. If it’s too cold outside, you can keep your insides warm with hot tea or coffee. The insulated bottles out there are great for this.
  5. Homemade embro. The teammate who did this will remain nameless to protect his identity.  Back in the frozen north that is Vermont, at one of my first ever collegiate races a teammate pulled out a bottle of homemade embro.  It was vaseline/oil mixed with cayenne pepper. Use at your own discretion.

 

THE BEST BIKE CASE TO TRAVEL OR FLY WITH A BICYCLE

The Orucase Airport Ninja is the only airline travel case for bicycles designed by cyclists to minimize and eliminate excess baggage fees. Pack smart, pack stealth with the smallest cycling travel case on the market and become an Airport Ninja today.
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The Airport Ninja's Guide to Airlines. November 02 2016

Guide to Airline Bicycle Baggage Fees

Current bike case baggage fee policies for domestic airlines.

The Airport Ninja has many tricks up their sleeves.  One of which is knowing each airline's policy when it comes to flying with a bike.  Saving $20 on airline X's ticket isn't worth it when Airline X charges double, triple or quadruple what Airline Y does.  Knowing this beforehand can help aid in choosing the least expensive flight with your bike.

At the end of the day these are each airline's policies but experience has shown that they aren't hard and fast rules. Checking in early, or at a smaller airport, choosing the friendliest looking airport check-in person, being friendly to said airline employee, they all add up.

Below is a list of all the domestic airlines ordered from least expensive to most with regards to their bicycle fees. Scroll to the bottom to see links to their respective pages.

Be an Airport Ninja.

List of Airline Bicycle Baggage Fee Policies

 

Where we found our info:

Airline Name

Airline Page

Alaska Airlines

https://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/baggage/special-baggage/traveling-with-sporting-equipment.aspx

Allegiant Airlines

https://www.allegiantair.com/popup/optional-services-fees#baggage

American Airlines

https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/baggage/specialty-and-sports.jsp#bikes

Delta Airlines

http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/baggage/before-your-trip/special-items.html

Frontier Airlines

https://az832049.vo.msecnd.net/media/2829/specialitems_04_16.pdf

Hawaiian Airlines

http://hawaiianair.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/60

Jetblue

http://www.jetblue.com/travel/baggage/#sporting-equip-bike

Southwest Airlines

https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/special-luggage-pol.html

Spirit Airlines

https://customersupport.spirit.com/hc/en-us/articles/202096596-Can-I-bring-my-bicycle-on-my-trip-

United Airlines

https://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/baggage/sports.aspx

Virgin America

http://virginamerica.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/72/

 

THE BEST BIKE CASE TO TRAVEL OR FLY WITH A BICYCLE

The Orucase Airport Ninja is the only airline travel case for bicycles designed by cyclists to minimize and eliminate excess baggage fees. Pack smart, pack stealth with the smallest cycling travel case on the market and become an Airport Ninja today.
The Orucase Airport Ninja Bike Case for Air Travel

Zen and The Art of Travel October 20 2016

Stress, Bicycles, Training, and Travel.

As I sit in the airport at 4 am, I’m reminded of the first year I traveled to race full time. And it reminds me of how draining and stressful travel can be.  Even if its hopping in a van or plane with your best friends to go to a bike race. With only so much time in a single day, the hours we spend doing what is necessary; sleeping, eating, working… leave an even smaller portion of the day to do what we all love, ride a bike.

The added stress from these small things add up and need to be factored into how much we can train in a single day, week, month, or year. Getting stressed out from the additional red light or being late to miss a bus (or group ride) can add up to the straw that broke the camel's back. With some additional planning, and a different mindset, one of that the day to day is not something to escape from, but to plan and live in a way that needs no escaping from.

Even if we can only help with lugging around extra weight, and saving some money on each trip, our goal is to help streamline and de-stress-ify traveling with a bicycle so that we can all spend more time doing what we love. Riding.


Why You Should Choose Orucase The Next Time You Travel With Your Bike. September 21 2016

We all know what it's like to travel with a bike. Lug a 25 pound (empty of course… 40? 50 fully loaded?) plastic case to the airport. Now it's time to check in, how much are they going to charge you? It’s a continual guessing game as to the mood the airline worker is in on that given day. $50, $150, $200 dollars, each way. Will it fit in the rental car? The hotel room? Probably not, so now you’re regretting bringing your bike, or you didn’t because you’ve learnt this the hard way.

In any pursuit, whether it be cycling, backpacking, climbing… The mark of a skilled person is bringing exactly what you need and nothing more. The excess only slows you down or prohibits you from completing your goal. Traveling light is traveling right. The Airport Ninja by Orucase was designed by professional cyclists with ease of travel in mind.  With 100+ days of a travel a year we’ve got it down to a science. You constantly refine what is needed and what isn’t. Anything else is dead weight.

The Airport Ninja is almost a third the volume of a traditional hardcase, and less than half the weight. Yet requires only one additional step over how you’ve been packing your bike, the removal of the fork (And let’s remember the stems already removed! All you’ve got to do is slide the fork out). Throw your helmet and dirty kits inside the frame triangles and you might even be able to get rid of that extra checked bag. Now throw The Airport Ninja on your back with our backpack straps and you won’t be waiting an eternity for elevators at every step of your journey.

This optimization of how we travel can help you get the most out of your journeys around the world. We all love riding, and traveling, and have lost count of the amount of times we’ve left the bikes at home.  Not anymore, what once might have been a hassle, bordering on nightmare, can now be accomplished with ease and without the exorbitant excess baggage fees.

Field tested on multiple racing trips that were followed up by hopping in the rental car to go hike a 14er, camp, or fly fish in the backcountry. The Airport Ninja isn’t just for racers. It’s for anyone who travels with a bike. Racers, riders, business trippers, adventurers, and expeditioners. We’ve got you covered.

Further Reading

CyclingTips Orucase Airport Ninja Bike Case Review

PezCyclingNews Review

Bicycling Magazine 5 Bike Cases That Evade The Airline Bike Fee

 Interbike Orucase Airport Ninja

 

THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL OR FLY WITH A BICYCLE

The Orucase Airport Ninja is the only airline travel case for bicycles designed by cyclists to minimize and eliminate excess baggage fees. Pack smart, pack stealth with the smallest cycling travel case on the market and become an Airport Ninja today.

Orucase Airport Ninja


Traveling and Cycling Through Inner Mongolia September 02 2016

Mongolia Panorama

Cycling through Inner Mongolia with Orucase.

A short photo essay of traveling with a bicycle through Mongolia.

 

Flights between Shanghai and Hulunbuir in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia are about 3.5 hours nonstop. That is, if a typhoon coming in over Shanghai doesn’t delay all flights indefinitely. Such was the case when my girlfriend and I arrived at Pudong Airport just in time for the rain to start. We chose to travel to Inner Mongolia because it offers bucolic landscapes and fresh air - a welcome escape from the oppressive summer heat of Shanghai. But for a while, the only views we got were of the inside of Pudong’s domestic terminal, where China Eastern Airlines employees periodically received updated flight information via text message and transcribed it by hand to a white board. As with all travel nightmares this one eventually passed and we arrived in Hulunbuir, bikes and patience intact, in time to check into our hostel and rest up for the three hour bus ride to Enhe Russian Ethnic Township.

 

Airport Ninja Pudong Airport Baggage

Pudong Airport Delays

 

Enhe is a small town of a few thousand people situated in the grasslands in the northeast of Inner Mongolia. It lies 30 kilometers or so from the Erguna River, which forms the border between China and Russia. This border was completely open until China and the Soviet Union had a falling out in the 1950s, sealing off residents from trading partners and family members alike. The people of Enhe remain a living testament to the diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic roots of this region. 

 

Mongolia Horses

Traffic Jam

 

We stayed our first night at the Enhe International Youth Hostel, which was listed on a few popular booking websites. They had dozens of beds and both bunk rooms and private rooms, and a nice common area with a restaurant and free wifi. Fortunately my girlfriend and I got stuck in different bunk rooms, otherwise we never would have stumbled upon the beautiful bed and breakfast down the street, which is not listed online because of the difficulties of navigating English-language travel sites as a Chinese-speaking small business owner. The rolling hills of grass and wildflowers are amazing, but the highlight of my trip was definitely talking with matron of the local inn about her family in Russia and China, and her life there in Enhe. Oh yeah - and sampling her delicious home cooking, which showed elements of both Chinese and Russian traditions. My favorite dish was a breakfast pudding made from potato starch and wild blueberries. I also loved the flowers she kept out front.

 

Ehne Inner Mongolia House Flowers

Bed and Breakfast Mongolian Style 

 

The riding was some of the most beautiful I have ever done, but the number of route options was certainly limited. I’m glad I brought my bike so we could see the border with Russia, and also see what type of work was being done in the fields outside the town center. 

 

Eli Riding Mongolia Landscape

 Eli from Orucase on the Erguna River, The dividing line between China and Russia.

 

I love traveling in China because it has every sort of landscape and cityscape you could imagine, and still thousands more that you couldn’t possibly. I’ve perhaps seen more of China than I have of my own country because it is so inexpensive and easy to get around. Not only are flights convenient, there is an amazing infrastructure of high-speed and traditional railways, as well as buses. On our way back from Hulunbuir we took an overnight sleeper train to Harbin and then a high speed train back to Shanghai. Our Airport Ninjas fit right under our bunks and behind our seats, and we got to spend several hours looking out the window and talking to fellow travelers.

 

Mongolia Train China

Traditional, not-so-high-speed, Railways

 

I am so glad I travelled to far northeastern China because it reminded me that these borders, while meaningful, were drawn only recently. It’s so easy for me to think of them as indelible lines defining monolithic entities. But this is a simplified picture that often ignores those living at the intersection between vastly different languages and cultures. 

 

Wherever you decide to go, put yourself out there!

 

Mongolia Sunset Landscape Horse

Mongolian Sunsets

 

The best way to travel or fly with a bicycle

The Orucase Airport Ninja is the only airline travel case for bicycles designed by cyclists to minimize and eliminate excess baggage fees. Pack smart, pack stealth with the smallest cycling travel case on the market and become an Airport Ninja today.

Orucase Airport Ninja Airline Bicycle Travel Case


Orugins #2 August 12 2016

Oru (折る):
1. to bend, to fold
Our name, Orucase, was inspired by origami and the ability to take a single flat piece of material and turn it into so much more.  Both from our patterning and from turning a built bicycle into the smallest possible shape and volume.  

Orugins July 15 2016

We came up with The Airport Ninja in our University of Vermont dorm room because we thought that bike fees were an avoidable expense that was keeping us from chasing our dream of being pro cyclists.  Since then we've collectively spent more than a decade racing professionally, and as time passed we've learned that the need for an affordable method of travel with a bike is ever growing. The Airport Ninja has gone through a lot of changes since it's inception, but what started as a beefed up arts and crafts project has grown over the years to become Orucase.


Becoming an (Airport) Ninja. July 11 2016

"Ninja skills?" What is that you may ask? Ninja skills are tips and tricks from us at Orucase. Skills we’ve learned from traveling and racing road bikes both domestically and internationally.

Ninja Tutelage Lesson 1 - What's in the Bag June 18 2014

A lot of people think bike fees come from cases being oversized. You're not incorrect but that's only part of the picture. There are lots of special items that are over 62" that airlines allow to fly without extra charge, golf clubs and skis are easy examples.

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