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what's the proper way to pack/ship wheelsets? nm(4 posts)

what's the proper way to pack/ship wheelsets? nmopencl
Aug 18, 2002 11:00 AM
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One way (with entire bike). . .js5280
Aug 18, 2002 11:25 AM
This is how my Airborne came packaged. If it's just wheels, I'd recommend overlapping the wheels so the hubs are a few inches apart, one side of the hub between the spokes but ideally not touching them. Zip tie nice and tight. Make sure the ends of the hubs have protectors like the black plasictic ones pictured (LBS probably has a ton that they'd give you for free) or make some from cardboard. That way if/when they set something heavy on the box, they won't poke through. Also, get a good quality box that won't be crushed.
What NOT to dofiltersweep
Aug 18, 2002 12:01 PM
I purchased a set on ebay that I was able to return... it is a long story, but my first sign of trouble was seeing that they arrived in a bike box. That's right- the box was designed to ship an entire bike... so the wheels were flopping all over in the box.

The wheels were zip tied to each other, and of course they thoroughly scratched each other up. Not a pretty sight.

My Mavics arrived in Mavic wheel boxes- two boxes taped together- a perfect fit. They had caps over the hubs as pictured above, and came in bags. The skewers were packed separately in a bag taped to the inside of the box. They arrived in perfect condition.
What NOT to doRusty Coggs
Aug 18, 2002 12:35 PM
Wheels can certainly be shipped in a bike box.One just has to know how to do it right and use some common sense.Many don't have a clue and that is where the problem lies.