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Shipping a Bike
How to Pack a Bike for Shipping
Packing a bicycle for air or sea travel sounds complicated but is actually easy if basic steps are followed. Follow some simple step by step instructions to ensure no damage occurs in transit.
What to ship a bicycle in
Bike manufacturers ship thousands of bikes every week in strong cardboard boxes. Whilst these can also be used for holiday travel, many people now use bike specific boxes made of either soft fabric or hard casing. Whichever box is used, the method of packing a bike is similar with the key priority being to safeguard all components from damage in transit.
Step by Step Instructions
Tips for packing a bike
Cable ties are very useful to attach loose bike components and for securing packaging materials on the frame.
Pack additional rolls of tape and packs of ties for the return journey.
The seat post and saddle can be packed alongside the wheels if space in the box is tight - simply ensure that it is securely fixed to some part of the frame.
Ensure that all tools necessary to reassemble the bike are also placed in the bike box.
Bike clothing and footwear can also be carried in the box to reduce the amount of hand luggage required.
SummaryFollow some simple steps when packing a bike for shipping and avoid any damage in transit.
Also of interest to you may be:
How to pack a bike for air travel. Gives some tips on how to do it safely and well.
How to choose the best Bicycle travel bag. The article discusses the types of bike bags and boxes available.
Best bicycle box for air travel. This article looks specifically at hard boxes; the most secure way to keep your bike safe in transit.
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