Sometimes you need to box a bike. It might be that you sold it to someone across the country or maybe you want to ship it to a dream location. Why would you want to ride a rental bike when you travel to somewhere like that?
Boxing a bike is part science, part art. You want the bike to arrive in the same condition you started with.
You have a few options. You could buy a dedicated bike travel carrier, they are expensive and so that doesn’t make much sense for a single use. The other option would be to box it just like the way the factory did when they originally shipped your bike.
If you are going to box your bike there’s a few pro tips you need to know.
- You’ll need to remove the seat, seat post, and pedals
- You’ll want to give all the cables a bit of slack
- You’ll want to remove the front brake if it’s a side pull
- Remove the front wheel
- Remove the handlebar
Once you have all that done you’ll want to pad the various parts and tie them all together in a way that fits nicely into a box. But what size box? Once you have the box, how do you ship it?
Here’s another Pro Tip. Get a professional to do it all for you!
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