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How to pack a bike(3 posts)

How to pack a bikeFlat Lander
Jun 11, 2003 7:11 PM
I'm heading out to Denver for the first time soon. I am planning on shipping my bike to myself via FedEx ground. Already picked up a box from my LBS. Other than removing the wheels, handle bars, etc...does anyone have any suggestions about packing my frame. I expect to pack my wheels separately and check them as one piece of luggage.
re: How to pack a bikeDave Hickey
Jun 12, 2003 3:47 AM
A couple of suggestions:

1. Go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy some foam pipe insulation. Wrap all the tubes with insulation

2. Cut a 2 x 4 into pieces that are the width of the box
Most of the damage to bikes is caused by the box being
crushed. Use the 2 x 4's as spacers in the box. Another
method is to go to your LBS and get the old packing
material from a frame. Instead of 2 x 4's manufacturers
use cardboard boxes that are the width of the bike box.
A few small details, in case you hadn't thought about them:Alexx
Jun 12, 2003 3:58 AM
1) loosen the stem so that the forks are reversed, and the stem is at 90 degrees to the top tube.

2) rotate the bars downward

3) remove pedals, wrap them in foam wrap, tape up

4) remove chain, place in bag

5) remove derailleurs, wrap in faom wrap, tape up

6) securely tape all components to box inside the main triangle

7) make some plastic piping spacers for the fork and dropouts-hold them on the bike with QR skewers (prevents crushing)