The functionality of your bass drum pedal is vital to your performance. You will be completely attuned to its action and response, to the point where the slightest incremental change to any of its variables will be noticeable and usually quite off-putting.
Due to their slightly awkward shape and size, many drummers transport their bass drum pedals loose and without protection. Others find ways to wedge their pedals into their hard cases with the rest of their hardware. To these methods, we say NO NO NO NO NO!!! Just…. NO!
Your bass drum pedal should be treated with love and respect, so do the honourable thing and buy a lovely protective case to ensure it stays in perfectly playable condition and remains monogamous.