LifeLine EVA Bike Pod review - will a $220.00 / £199.99 do the job?

A budget priced bike box that does the job, but is not without issues

Image shows the LifeLine EVA Bike Pod
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The LifeLine EVA Bike Pod is a relatively inexpensive option to carry your bike and has the space to fit it without too much disassembly. It’s relatively lightweight too and reasonably manoeuvrable, although the carrying handle doesn’t allow you to wrap your hands through it. The sides are quite crushable too, so I’d want to add plenty of extra padding before letting an airline baggage handler loose on my bike.

Reasons to buy
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    Not expensive

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    Smaller bikes don’t need too much disassembly

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    Wheels are well protected

Reasons to avoid
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    Sides are quite crushable

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    Zip looks to be under strain

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    Feet may be vulnerable to damage

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The LifeLine EVA Bike Pod is, as its name says, made of EVA, which LifeLine says has high impact strength and good tear/abrasion resistance - both properties that are likely to prove useful when travelling with your bike.

The box isn’t enormous, so it’s relatively easy to move around, but still provides plenty of room for a part-disassembled road bike. It’s relatively lightweight at 6.5kg (as against LifeLine’s claimed 8kg).

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.