There are several steps to take to fully prepare your bike for transport. The best way to do this is by packing in a box, to avoid damage to the bike. However, if you can spare the space, wrapping the bike up in bubble wrap without disassembling could work for a short trip. Otherwise, follow the instructions below to learn how to ship a bicycle.
Collect Your Supplies
- Two bicycle boxes. If you check a few days in advance, you may be able to pick them up at little or no charge from a bike shop. Try to find two boxes where one is just a bit smaller than the other one.
- Extra strips of cardboard.
- Scrap wood.
- Duct tape or packing tape.
- Thin rope or twine.
Disassemble The Bike
In understanding how to ship a bike, you should also understand how to disassemble and reassemble the bike.
- Give slack to the cables by shifting gears.
- Let half of the air out of the tires.
- Remove the seat and post together.
- Detach the front wheel. Tape a block of wood between the front fork dropouts.
- Loosen the brake cables or remove the front brake and rotate the handlebars 180 degrees.
- Detach handlebars and stem together.
- Remove the pedals.
- Place a piece of cardboard against the right side of the frame, then place the front wheel on the other side of the cardboard. Tie the wheel and cardboard to the frame.
- Undo the rear derailleur and tape or tie it to the back wheel. Pad it with cardboard.
Pack The Box
- Carefully slide the bicycle into the smaller of the two boxes.
- Add pads of cardboard wherever sharp parts of the bike touch the box.
- Wrap the handlebars, seat, and pedals in cloth and secure them in the box.
- Place tools for reassembly in a bag and secure it in the box.
- Seal the box with tape.
- Slide the box inside the second box (You might need to adjust the box so that it fits).
- Seal the outer box really well with tape.
- Label the box with your name and return address, your destination and your flight number.