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Ruster Hen House and Wheel Express Case

$495 (Hen House), $170 (Wheel Case),
The draw: Cost savings for the mechanically savvy

It takes a little more deconstruction, but if you can handle removing your fork and derailleurs, you could save a ton of cash with this airplane-fee-avoiding case (check policies before traveling—both American Airlines and Southwest allow you to travel without excess fees). An interior pocket holds your pedals, saddle and other small parts, and the accompanying carry-on protective wheel bag keeps your hubs and components securely stashed.

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