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Best advice for shipping a set of wheels?(3 posts)

Best advice for shipping a set of wheels?The Human G-Nome
Oct 21, 2003 6:02 PM
I'm going to have to ship a set ob Pinarello Charisma carbon wheels after i've sold them via EBAY. Any advice on the best way to ship a set of wheels? Packaging, etc.? any hints will be helpful. thanks!
I just shipped a set....Steve_O
Oct 21, 2003 6:54 PM
I just shipped a set although they weren't quite as fancy as your Charisma wheels! My LBS provided me with a cardboard bike box which I cut in half. I used the excess cardboard to space between the wheels. The LBS also provided plastic protector caps which fit into the axles so they don't punch through the sidewall of the box. The final step was to add foam packing to keep the wheels from shifting while moving.

While this DIY approach took a little time the wheels arrived fine. They do make specific cardboard wheel boxes but chances are your LBS won't have them. A modified bike box is the next best thing...
The best (and cheapest) way I have found...TFerguson
Oct 21, 2003 7:22 PM
is to put protectors over the axle ends, small bubble wrap around the rim and put each wheel in its own special made box. About $6.50 each USPS Priority or UPS Ground. I use drilled out 2" square pieces of wood as protectors. The magic number for the boxes is 84 inches. That's the longest length plus all the way around the other direction. Any larger than 84" and it is oversized – costs way more (the next magic number is 110" – now your approaching $40 - $50). To get under the 84" the box is square in the long direction and diamond shaped where you measure all the way around.

See picture. Does it make sense?

Wish people would do this for wheels I buy so I wouldn't be paying $30+ to ship.