Ruster Sports Armored Hen House Bicycle Travel Case, Black/Red
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- The only bicycle travel case that meets the airline's 62 linear inch requirement for checked baggage
- Avoids bike fees and oversize charges
- Compatible with triathlon, road and mountain bike
- Wheels and a pull handle for ease of transportation
- Wheel bag attaches to frame bag allowing the user to transport both cases as one
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The Armored Hen House is the latest and greatest release from Ruster Sports. This hybrid hard case features high density polyethylene sewn into the walls for added protection. The Armored Hen House makes traveling with your bike even easier with the use of luggage wheels and a pull handle for ease of transportation. Best of all, your bike still flies for FREE. The Hen House is TJ Tollakson's personal invention to fly with his bicycle. As a professional triathlete, TJ travels with his bike anywhere from 10-16 times per year. He does the majority of his travel on United Airlines and if he were to travel with his bike in a traditional bike box (175 each way), just 10 trips would total whopping 3500 in bike fees alone. In response to these costly charges TJ developed the Hen House to fit within the 62 linear inch requirement for standard luggage on all major airlines. The weight is minimal, the packing is snug and to this day we have not had a single report of damage to a bicycle while flying in the Hen House. Both the frame and wheel bag offer a significant amount of excess space to pack in gear, clothing and other travel needs. TJ often eliminates the use an extra piece of luggage and packs the majority of his travel needs in the Hen House.
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However, it is not easy to pack- the bike has to be significantly disassembled; the 62cm bike only fit with the cranks off and even the 52 needed forks removed, bars lowered, etc. But, to save between $200 and $400 per bike per trip, the 1 hour process can be a fair trade off.
The bags have flown on Delta and United, no questions asked. The bags occasionally come out as ordinary baggage, not oversize, which is nice.
The bags also fit easily into car and taxi trunks.
I have only a few criticisms or concerns which I think can be corrected. With the restrictions on size the wheel base on the “frame bag” is very narrow for a bike frame that is inverted and now has its CG high. This leads to the case falling over frequently when you are not holding the handle (not a big deal). Also with the two bags packed to 48 lbs (frame bag) and 36 lbs (wheel bag) the wheels bowed in when the wheel bag was strapped to the top of the frame bag and having the CG now so high because of the heavy wheel bag and the narrow wheel base the assembly tipped uncontrollably when trying to be pulled by the bowed wheels. I ended up attaching a shoulder strap to the wheel bag and pulling the frame bag which worked very well, just cumbersome with my additional carry on. I’m not sure there is a good fix for this since the Airports have dimensional requirements so the wheel base cannot be made larger. I plan to add some pink construction foam to the bottom of the case with a cutout for the seat tube to help keep the frame centered and brace the wheels with something like a square stock of wood so they don’t bow. Simple fix’s.
Overall though I am very pleased. My bike and gear got there and back unscathed and I was not charged a “bike” fee. My criticisms are meant to be constructive, and should not deter potential buyers. It is a good product that will get your bike and gear there and back while giving you a chance to avoid the “bike” fees. A few more uses’ and it will pay for itself.
Fit and finish on the case is exceptional. Dissambling the bike to fit looks a bit challenging but that's the price of avoiding airline fees.
If you have any questions about the case I would suggest contacting Ruster Sports. They are based out of Des Moines, IA and I talked to them on the phone for about twenty minutes to clear up any questions I had about the case before buying.
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