Old 03-12-20, 07:41 AM
Thrifty Bill
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+10 I have never been impressed with LBS packing either. Packing a complete bike in 30 minutes? The factories in China pack them to go into a shipping container, full load at a time. Little to no handling,

Realize shops often get their bikes via motor freight, sometimes strapped to a pallet. My single bike shipment gets a lot more abuse working through the Fed Ex system. The more times your box is touched, the greater the chance for damage.

Close to half my time packing a bike or frame is spent cutting down the box to optimize shipping.

Last bike I bought on this forum was packed without the front fork secured or the front wheel either. In transit, the fork rotated, and the skewer acted like a hacksaw, chewing the crap out of that fork. Fork was not fully wrapped in foam either. Box was not cut down in length either, allowing the entire bike to slide forward and backwards in the box, against that skewer. Lots of damage. Sad because it was a top of the line early Trek in my size.

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