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Tips on moving three bikes?(8 posts)

Tips on moving three bikes?sweetbuns
Sep 1, 2002 9:12 AM
We are moving 2100 miles at the end of the month. We have three babies, a recumbent, a road bike and a mountain bike. Any suggestions as to how to secure it inside the back of a 15' moving truck? I have no experience moving bikes across the country so any tips would be appreciated. Are there special boxes? Bungee cords or blankets? Thanks!

now won't it be more fun to sell them and buy new ones?nmC-mond
Sep 1, 2002 9:42 AM
easier yes, fun no :(sweetbuns
Sep 1, 2002 2:18 PM
Buying the first road bike was so stressful, you guys are so lucky to be normal height....I am so short that I have trouble setting off the door motion detectors in my building!
re: Tips on moving three bikes?zray61
Sep 1, 2002 10:33 AM
I would go to the LBS and inquire about boxes and ask their advice. It might cost $10.00 or $20.00 for the boxes but moving is such a hassle that attempting to eliminate as many problems as possible before hand can be a blessing.
Best of luck on the move
re: Tips on moving three bikes?gtx
Sep 1, 2002 10:51 AM
pack 'em like you're gonna ship them UPS. Get boxes and the various plastic bits from the LBS and ask them for tips on packing your bike. You'll also want zip ties. Another good thing to get is pipe insulation to protect all the tubes--you can get this at the hardware store. Basically, you don't want your bike to rattle around for 2000 miles and you don't want anything to be crushed (you want to take special care with the fork and rear der). Rambling off the top of my head: remove the pedals, stem/bars, seat/post and front wheel, turn the fork facing backward if possible (be careful about cables and cable stops), shift into your lowest gear and zip tie the left crank to the c-stay. Put padding around the rear qrs insert plastic protectors into fork, over rear der, and into seat tube. Deflate tires to about 30 psi. Once the tubes are protected you can zip tie the bars to the top tube. Remove qr from front wheel and put padding around the hub before zip tieing it securely against the bike. Getting this all to fit right in the box will be a challenge if you haven't done it before. If this seems to complicated I'd just let the LBS do it. Anyway, that's all I can think of now. Good luck.
Sep 1, 2002 10:53 AM
oops, meant zip tie the RIGHT (ie drive side) crank to the c-stay. And I'm sure I missed other stuff...
Here's an example picture. . .js5280
Sep 1, 2002 1:16 PM
js5280 "what's the proper way to pack/ship wheelsets? nm" 8/18/02 12:25pm
thanks everyone, you guys are dyno-mite! nmsweetbuns
Sep 1, 2002 2:10 PM