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How to Pack and Ship a Bicycle
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There are a lot of ways to pack and ship a bicycle.
Here is how we do it:
- Get two bike boxes from your local bike shop (one for shipping, one for packing materials)
- Remove the wheels, fenders, pedals, handlebars/stem, seat/seatpost.
- Cut the sides off of the donor box and place them in the bike box to give it double walls
- Do the same with the bottom of the box
- Loosen the handlebar binder bolt and wrap the handlebar assembly in cardboard.
- Put cardboard around the ends of the front fork
- put cardboard around the rear dropouts (where the rear wheel's axle attaches to the frame)
- Place the frame into the box, allowing the handlebar/stem assembly to hang in front of the fork.
- Cut a bunch of 6” cardboard squares, put a hole in the middle of each and push them on to the wheel axles until the axles are covered.
- Place the wheels in the box making sure you use enough cardboard to protect the frame.
- Loosen the seat binder bolt and fold the seat post down into the seat.
- Wrap the pedals in newspaper
- Wrap the pedals and seat assembly in newspaper and place them in a plastic bag along with any other bagged small parts
- Tie this bag to the frame.
- If the bike box does not have handles, cut 4 "U" shaped handles around the box and reinforce them with tape
- Ship via UPS, FedEx, DHL (I think DHL is stopping domestic shipping).
- Be sure your box is under the shipper’s “Oversize” rules.
- For derailler bicycles - shift the derailler to the largest cog - this will move the derailler closer-in - and will minimize opportunity for it to become damaged.
- Cut a piece of wood to fit between the fork ends and secure it with screws and washers