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Old 06-03-11, 06:34 AM   #1
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Shipping tires

I bought a pair of 700 x 28 Continental Gatorskins a couple of weeks ago & while they are great tires, 28's are just too narrow for my commuter, so I'm looking to put them on ebay or something. I tried Criagslist, but didn't get any takers. my question is, does anyone know how to ship them? They are wire-beaded, so they don't fold. Do you just get a really big box, or is there some way to compress them safely to fit into a smaller box? Thanks,
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Old 06-03-11, 06:38 AM   #2
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I would think a large skinny box or two thicker flat pieces of cardboard with the tires sandwiched in between would work, just thoughts. I have never shipped tires, but that is the route I would go.
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There is a technique for "folding" wire-bead tires. I personally don't know how to do it because I always buy folders, but you could probably google it and find out how.
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Tarwheel-Thanks for the idea. I"ll google that to see if I can find how to fold them.

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They can be folded sort of like this: http://www.advantamarketing.co.uk/ac.../Fling_300.jpg I've done it before when taking tires home from the bike shop.

EDIT: Found a good step-by-step of how to fold with little risk of kinking them: http://home.comcast.net/~mandmlj/tirefolding/index.html
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As usual, Sheldon Brown to the rescue (video).
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Sweet, thanks for the links guys. That will make shipping them a lot easier.
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As usual, Sheldon Brown to the rescue (video).
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Juha, sorry about that.
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same way as folding a bandsaw blade

except most of us don't need the gloves, long sleeve shirt and face shield
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Bittersweet to see Sheldon in video, RIP.

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LOL. Now I have a use for those toe-straps I never use. Wait none of them are red...
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