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?SHIPPING a bike?(4 posts)

?SHIPPING a bike?utricle
Jul 3, 2002 9:15 AM
Can anyone out there give me some tips on packaging a bike? I am leaving for France in a couple days, planning on getting a box from my lbs, but have never boxed up a bike (only received boxed bikes). Thought any suggestions that would make it easier would be nice...
re: ?SHIPPING a bike?tronracer
Jul 3, 2002 9:30 AM
Leave the back wheel on, front wheel off with those plastic fork spacer thingies(bike shop will know what you mean). Try to make sure the bike the box formerly housed was about the same size, but I'm not sure exactly how important that is. Remove the handlebars at the stem if need be making reassembly easier. Stuff the box with newspapers. Put a barrier between any two materials that contact each other so as to avoid scrapes/scratches. That's how I do it anyway with any complaints.
Are you taking the bike with you or shipping it ahead?Dave Hickey
Jul 3, 2002 9:30 AM
I've shipped many bikes. Here are a couple of tips.

1. New frames come with plastic spacers between the dropouts and fork legs. Check with your LBS. If they don't have them, use a wood dowel with grooves cut the width of the dropouts. Your goal is to prevent the dropouts and fork legs from getting crushed
2. I use 2 x 4's cut slightly longer than the width of the box. You'll need about 8. Squeeze them in the front and back of the box on both the top and bottom. After your frame is in the box, wedge a couple more in the middle of the box. You're trying to prevent the box from crushing if someone stacks luggage or freight on top of your box.
re: ?SHIPPING a bike?Steve Bailey
Jul 3, 2002 10:44 AM
This site has all the info. you need.

http://www.gfonline.org/bikeaccess/default.htm

SB