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How to pack a bike?(3 posts)

How to pack a bike?jfd141
May 9, 2003 5:20 AM
I've decided to burden my Mother with the task of bringing my bike overseas when she comes to visit me next week...

Any tips on how to pack it? I'm going to have my brother take off the wheels, turn the handlebar, deflate the tires but are there any other things I should be aware of? I've heard to put the chain on the outer chainring to protect the chain ring from getting damaged....also to shift the rear to the innermost cog as it keeps the deraileur closer to the bike. Does this make any difference? Does anybody use old rags or anything to wrap the deraileurs with? I'd appreciate any advice!

Cheers,

John
ride with a whole bunch of other peopleDougSloan
May 9, 2003 7:07 AM
Just kidding.

I put foam pipe insulation around parts needing protection. It's cheap and available at any hardware store.

No need to deflate the tires; a change of one atmosphere, even to zero psi, would not blow out a tire inflated to recommended pressure already, and the inflated tires might protect the rims a little.

Doug
re: How to pack a bike?PaulCL
May 9, 2003 7:28 AM
Like Doug said..foam pipe insulation on the frame - about $5 worth from Lowes or HD will do the trick.

To get my bike into my airline case, I have to remove the pedals too. Also, and very important, have your brother put a bolt or brace in your fork and rear dropouts. This will keep them from being squeezed during travel. Your brother may also have to remove the handlebar/stem and pull your seatpost out. For your sake, have him wrap some tape around the stem & seatpost to mark the max point of insertion so it will be easier to set up the bike.

I wrap everything in bubble wrap or rags - I figure an extra 5 minutes of packing can' hurt.