Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: western Washington
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In a post related to buying a "new" tandem, or having a 3rd party LBS ship a tandem, I said I had a picture of my tandem and its packing job, pretty much as I received it, to post. The picture is attached (presuming that I followed the BF directions properly ...)
A few highlights:
Box with seats, etc. in it was under the boom tube, and pretty much full width of the big box. This kept the captain's chainring up and away from the bottom of the big box.
Forks had a spacer between them.
Plastic cable ties were used liberally to hold things in place.
Tubes "wrapped" with pipe insulation.
Ends and edges of things like stem, cranks, etc. packaged / padded / buffered.
Not pictured, but helpful: a few pieces of foam and/or big bubble wrap taped to the inside of the big box, in places where bike might jostle against the big box.
I was very pleased with the condition in which the bike arrived after its trip halfway across the country via FedEx ground.