How to Pack a Bike for Shipment

I got my bike back from California this week. JDRF takes care of assembling, disassembling, and packing bikes for all of the riders. It’s a huge undertaking, and the folks from Third Coast Cycles do a great job. Whenever I pack my bike myself to fly or to ship to JDRF, I think “What would Mike Clark and his minions think of this?” I’ve learned a lot of tips.

My Grinnell Classmate and triathlon friend Robyn is shipping/flying with her bike to Florida next month, so I thought I would take pictures of the unboxing to show her (and also to remind myself) what a good packing job entails. Enjoy!

Box & Kitty

Wheels

Notice that the cassette is protected and the skewers have been removed.

Notice that the cassette is protected and the skewers have been removed.

Notice that the seat post and saddle are between the seat stays, and the handlebars have been removed from the stem, which has been rotated 90 degrees.

Notice that the seat post and saddle are between the seat stays, and the handlebars have been removed from the stem, which has been rotated 90 degrees.

Bottom bracket area detail

Notice that the handlebars are placed under the top tube, which has been protected with foam. You can't see it, but the brake levers have been zip-tied to keep the brake cables taut.

Notice that the handlebars are placed under the top tube, which has been protected with foam. You can’t see it, but the brake levers have been zip-tied to keep the brake cables taut.

Anything that isn't part of the frame is wrapped in self-adhesive bubble-wrap.

Anything that isn’t part of the frame is wrapped in self-adhesive bubble-wrap.

Notice that the handlebar is marked so that it's easy to position on reassembly.

Notice that the handlebar is marked so that it’s easy to position on reassembly.

Notice that the derailleur has been removed from the hanger. This is important!

Notice that the derailleur has been removed from the hanger. This is important!

You'll need a torque wrench and drivers (or 4mm and 5mm integrated wrenches), a pedal wrench, a set of hex wrenches (or just use the torque wrench), and a pedal wrench. You'll also need something to cut zip ties, and you might want something to clean your hands

You’ll need a torque wrench and drivers (or 4mm and 5mm integrated wrenches), a pedal wrench, a set of hex wrenches (or just use the torque wrench), and a pedal wrench. You’ll also need something to cut zip ties, and you might want something to clean your hands

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One Response to How to Pack a Bike for Shipment

  1. scully says:

    so much more brilliant than my “shove it all in a cardboard box and stuff some bubble wrap in the vacant spaces” way

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