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Shipping my road bike(5 posts)

Shipping my road bikeSid the sloth
Aug 8, 2003 8:02 PM
Does anyone have any tips on shipping a road bike? I already have a cardboard bike box which I acquired from a local shop. I figure I'll remove the handlebars, pedals, and both wheels. That should allow it to fit in the box well enough. Should I bubble wrap the frame and or wheels? I'd like the bike to arrive at its destination with as few scratches as possible, and this is my first time shipping a bike.
Thanks!
re: Shipping my road bikewookieontherun
Aug 9, 2003 7:38 AM
If you have the cash around, do yourself a favor and buy yourself a trico ironcase- you will do much better at protecting your bike.
re: Shipping my road bikeDERICK
Aug 9, 2003 7:57 AM
Most bike shops will pack a bike for a nominal charge. Once you see how it's done you should be able to reuse the materials and repack it yourself. Generaly the rear wheel stays in place. The front wheel is removed and a piece is placed in the fork to support it. I forget what it's called but it is very important. Pedals and handlebar are removed and everything is bubble wrapped. It should arrive with no scratches or damage at all.
I would also recomend FedEx as the carrier. I've used them to ship bikes and have never had a problem. I've heard more horror stories about U.P.S. and bikes thea I can remember. Do a search of this site for U.P.S. and see what you get.
I think that it's all in the packing.Spoke Wrench
Aug 10, 2003 9:53 AM
When I owned my own shop, I received over 1,000 bikes shiped UPS with exactly zero damage claims. They had all been packaged at various factories.

Bike boxes come in sizes. You need the correct size box to fit your bike. Road bike boxes are bigger than mountain bike boxes. In addition to the plastic fork brace, you also need the plastic gizmos that cover the front and rear axles. The chain needs to be on the big cog in back. What you do with the handlebars depends on the bike. Few private packers, even bike shops, do this good of a packing job.
re: Shipping my road bikeAlpedhuez55
Aug 10, 2003 10:01 AM
When I boxed my bike for a tri to Europe. I bubble wrapped the frame but pipe insilation works better. It should fit in the box with the rear tire on. Tape the handlebars to the frame and tape or zip tie the front wheel to the frame. It should slide in nicely between the frame and the left side crank. Tape or zip tie the right side crank to the chain stay so that does not move around. Be sure to either put an old up or one of those plastic spacers that comes with frames on the front hub. It should not take that long.

If you are shipping UPS, open an account with them. I openned one on using PayPal. It will save money over just walking into one of their centers.

Mike Y.