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I'm living off-campus next year will be riding my bike to school frequently. With my current case (stock case for YTS-62 tenor), that would not be possible. I tried using a BAM trekking case, but I'm not a very big guy, and that was really, really bulky.

Do any of you ride bikes with your horns? What cases do you use?

I'm ready to spend as much money as it takes to keep my instruments safe, but, obviously, would prefer not to have to pay an arm and a leg. I was looking at the BAM Softpack case, which seems protective and light and is, as a bonus, very stylish, but I wanted to try and see what other options I have.
 

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I ride to and from classes, If I've got one I need a horn for I have my horns in the contoured SKB cases.

They sit right on my lower back just like my bike messenger bag, and doesnt go anyplace unless I do something crazy

My Bari has done ok in the Contoured protec, but I was scared the whole time because it was so big. The SKBs I am very secure with my horns in them

I have a friend and he rides with his horn in a contoured Gator case, hasnt had any problems

Ive been riding like this for 3 years of college now, and no problems related to that.
 

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If you already have a contoured case for your tenor check out a case cover/bag. I used to do bicycle/motorcycle a lot. I have an old Selmer Flight Case for my tenors and picked up an Altieri case cover for it that has backpack straps. There's also a large zippered compartment for sheet music and accessories in the Altieri. Never had any problems... besides getting tired of carrying the weight on my back.
 

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On my old CBR600, used to strap a alto selmer flight case across my back and it fit perfectly and comfortably.

Later on got a GSXR1000 and used a walt johnson case which totally scratched up the fairing on the bike. the walt johnson seems less comfortable when strapping diagonally across the back.

I was always worried about the strap breaking on the highway.
 

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I've used hard shell case inside a decent rucksack on a motorbike. (Very stable and prob a lot cheaper than a "purpose made", high quality sax-backpack + no worries at all about straps breaking) Admittedly you look like a bit of an idiot when you get off the bike and waddle around like you just landed on the moon but hey.. I guess i'd use the same solution on a push bike if I really had to.
 

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The SKB seems like a good option, and it's reasonably priced, too. I've been trying to pick out a good contoured case for a little while, and it's been under consideration for a long time.

RootyTootoot, if I already had a contoured case without a strap, I would probably do something like that, or find a good case cover/gig bag to go over the case, but I think I need to ditch the Yamaha case anyway.
 

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In my horn-toting, biking days, I used an SKB contoured case with no mishaps whatsoever. I did get a very wide leather strap with carabiners custom made for it to throw it over my shoulder.

Today, I would not bike and carry my horn unless it was in a Hiscox...but for cost/safety, the SKB can work. I suggest a small belt around the middle of the case when you bike if you go the SKB route.
 

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Randall said:
In my horn-toting, biking days, I used an SKB contoured case with no mishaps whatsoever. I did get a very wide leather strap with carabiners custom made for it to throw it over my shoulder.

Today, I would not bike and carry my horn unless it was in a Hiscox...but for cost/safety, the SKB can work. I suggest a small belt around the middle of the case when you bike if you go the SKB route.
The second belt would be an excellent idea. Bike Messenger bags have the same thing. They have the shoulder strap, and another one that clips around the torso and keeps it in one place on your back
 

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I use a BAM classic case for my tenor and a contoured pro-tec for my alto. Bring these to and from school often on my back while biking. My commute is around 3 miles one way in a city though and this can get taxing very fast if done often so I tend to just keep my horns in a locker at school and practice there.
 

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I just got a new protec shaped case with the backpack straps,,it works great when im on my harley,,,never tried on a bicycle but im sure it would be OK...
 

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BigHunk said:
I just got a new protec shaped case with the backpack straps,,it works great when im on my harley,,,never tried on a bicycle but im sure it would be OK...
A Harley in Japan? I guess I shouldn't question since I have a Honda in America! :D
 

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I recently got a fiberglass winter shaped case for my tenor. It is very compact and comes with straps so you can carry it like a backpack.
 
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