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Follow these 11 essential steps to properly packing your bicycle for shipping.
Wrap each tube with dense foam padding and secure it into place to prevent scratches, dings and dents.
Protect them from contacting the side of the box.
Remove wheels and protect axles and cassette from damaging the box or other contents.
Install spacers between frame and fork dropouts to protect ends from damaging the box and to prevent frame and fork compression. Spacer options include the following:
Remove stem and/or handlebars as necessary and prevent them from contacting the sides of the box.
Keep disc brake pads separated while wheels are off.
Remove, pad with foam and secure to keep the seatpost to keep it from damaging the box or other contents.
Remove pedals and place in small parts bag. Reminder: Right pedal has a regular thread (counter-clockwise to loosen), while the left pedal is reverse threaded (clockwise to loosen).
Remove bottle cages, fenders and racks to protect them from contacting the side of the box or other contents and damaging themselves or the frame’s bosses. Stow all small pieces and hardware together in a sealed small parts bag.
Place bike and all contents into the box, close up the box and shake it. If you hear rattling or the clinging of loose items, re-open the box and pad accordingly. You are ready to ship when shaking the box is silent.
Affix and place three labels: 2 outside and 1 inside.
We can point you in the direction of bicycle and sport shops with specialized packing expertise. Professional mechanics will pack your bike as well as or better than a new bike coming from the manufacturer. Find a bicycle and triathlon shop to pack your bike.
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