If you are travelling or shipping your bike, you may find this article helpful.
In case you need to re-pack your bike for travelling or shipping, follow this step-by-step guide to ensure it will reach its destination in great shape, by reducing the chances of damage in transit.
Hopefully you’ve kept all the packaging material you got when receiving your bike. We’ll be using those to re-pack it. If you happen not to have the original packaging, you may use different packing material, including some sort of impact absorbers for the contact points. You should be able to get a bike box from your local bike shop at no cost.
To safely transport a bike, we want to remove pedals, handlebars, seat post and front wheel and firmly attach all of those parts to the frame, caring for the contact points, creating one solid unit inside the box - as opposed to unsecured components that can jiggle around inside the box while being handled and transported.
When removing the pedals, keep in mind that the left pedal has a reverse thread, this means we need to unscrew it clockwise in order to remove it. Remove the handlebars by unscrewing the stem faceplate bolts and carefully hanging the bars by the control cables, after that you can reattach the faceplate so you don’t lose it. Remove the seat post by loosening the seat post clamp and finally the front wheel.
It is recommended to use all the provided plastic protective materials such as fork dropouts protector, rear derailleur protector and hub protectors. The Styrofoam block is used to protect your front disc rotor and should be installed prior to the plastic hub protector.
With all the componentry off the bike and properly protected, it is time to protect the frame and secure all the parts to it using the foam blocks and Velcro straps. The foam blocks (or a similar impact absorber material) should be placed between the bike frame and the components, protecting them from scratches or any kind of damage. Be super careful while doing this and make sure to secure the parts tightly with the Velcro straps or similar. If you’re attentive and patient while doing this you’ll have a solid unit by the end of this process and less chances of having the bike damaged in transit.
Now we can slide the bike in the box. Before taping it closed you have the chance to add any other parts or apparel you need to transport with the bike.
By now you should have a properly packed bike, ready to be transported! Feel free to contact us in case you have any questions or concerns and happy riding!