Two years on the trot my bikes have been damaged in transit between London and Geneva! All thanks to those sloppy lazy baggage wrecking feckers - low pay is no excuse for trashing someone's belongings! What are they jealous or something? No, they just couldn't care less! My insurance did not cover the damage when i read the small print - bxxtxxds!
The bike was bubblewrapped, but not pipe lagged the first time, i didn't bother using lagging that time as the bike was getting old. What was frustrating is that each year prior to this it was totally protected. For years my mates have taken the mick out of me for being over careful. Of course they never bothered and they got away with it.
The bag had clearly been stacked under a pile of other bags and the sheer weight caused the hubs(minus spindles)to pierce their wheel bags and then the bag itself. The hubs then scratched up all the paintwork on the frame. I reckon there were 20 other bags thrown on top as the fabric of these bags is very durable and well padded.
The second time and with an almost immaculate newer frame, i used the pipe lagging once more, but it happened again!! WTF? GRRRRRRRR
I wasn't too bothered the first time as I was planning on a respray, but this time it's not convenient! The frame has a small dent (as per last time), but i will probably be able to partly sand it out so it will barely show.
I'm goint to buy a couple of those foam camping mats and cable tie them to the wrapped up bike next time (as well as making sure my insurance will cover it).
My next bike bag will be a hard cased type.