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C&V frameset meets pool noodles for first time

Old 10-19-17, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Are you expecting your mail truck to be hit by a nuclear bomb?

I'd think you'd have less chance of damage by turning the fork blades parallel to the frame, but it probably isn't a big deal.

I got a frame today, a little disappointed. Not one piece of insulation. I think it did get some clearcoat damage on the fork, but the paint was in worse shape than I had originally anticipated, so I suppose I'll be able to deal with it.
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Old 10-19-17, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by malcala622
Marin was given to me by a neighbor that was moving away. I've read somewhere that it glows in the dark.

@Nordo I'm completing it tonight after work. 14 hour workdays are making it a bit tough but I'm aiming for a Friday morning drop off to the post office.
Thanks for your effort and care of packing it well. And I'm sure I'll find some use for those pink noodles!

Tell those guys to be gentle with my "new" bike!

Now I just have to decide how I'll build it up.
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Old 10-19-17, 06:41 PM
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The fork is the most prone to damage while shipping, if left mounted to frame. If you can't or won't remove it, then at least be sure that it's turned around backwards, with lots of padding between it and box corners. The shipping guys are gorillas, and no mistake. You can youtube videos of the intentional damage inflicted on large packages. It's a class warfare thing, maybe, but it definitely exists.
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Old 10-22-17, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by malcala622
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Dont fall in love with it



I'm a sucker for these crazy paint jobs. If one of these ever come up in my size I'm snatching it up. Thanks for the pictures!
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Old 10-23-17, 07:42 AM
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Two horror stories from shipping, one took a builder an hour on a frame alignment table and the other $100 to replace the Campy DS rear drop out, paint still not repaired. I always block the fork end and dropout as CliffordK said with a large wood block for the dropout that covers the RD hanger as well. Weight is never an issue so a chunk of 2x4 with drywall screws an washers can save claims.
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"Are you expecting your mail truck to be hit by a nuclear bomb?"

With the Postal Service, who knows? Once received a well packed, but crushed, wheel sporting a diagonal, muddy tire print. Their response? "Postal Shrug" Only the hub survived to roll again. Don
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Old 10-23-17, 06:48 PM
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I actually really like this idea, I can get pool noodles for cheap at the dollar store.. I'll have to compare linear foot prices with pipe insulation though.
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Old 10-23-17, 08:13 PM
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Pool noodle came out to 2.99...pipe insulation was 1.19 or so for the same length. Good idea to buy at least one pool noodle for the parts I wrapped it with. BB shell, rear, fork ends, seat tube opening and heattube.
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Woo Hoo! The package with that pretty blue Trek frame protected by the exquisite pink pool noodle arrived today! The bike is in perfect condition.

Thanks to [MENTION=391445]malcala622[/MENTION] for the accurate description of the bike in the ad, and for packing it so it arrived unscathed. The box did show evidence of being banged around some during transit, but the pink noodles did their job.

Photographic evidence...









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Pink noodles for the win!!!

Keep us updated with the build.
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Another noodled frameset ready to ship. This time i couldn't find colored pool noodles to have some contrast.



Also reviving the thread to update [MENTION=416086]Jadesfire[/MENTION] on shipping progress. Just need to find a box tomorrow.
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Old 10-02-18, 05:37 PM
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MUMMIFIED!!!

Reviving this thread to show the fork inside frame method suggested from last time and to update [MENTION=45088]nlerner[/MENTION] shipping update.

Love working with insulation noodles

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Old 10-02-18, 09:44 PM
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That's as good a packing job as one will ever see, a real "master's class"! At that point the box is there to protect the insulation.

Originally Posted by wrk101
Its very hard to get the box under the 108 inch limit without removing fork. I have used pool noodles in the past, pick them up at garage sales or similar, where they are cheaper than pipe insulation. Otherwise, pipe insulation is easier to use.

Here's a 25 inch frame in a 108 or under box. 1965 PX10 sent to another forum member. I always put my math on the outside of the box, in part to discourage Fed Ex from enlarging the box during shipment. I've had them back charge me on a box, despite having my measurements verified when I dropped it off at a Fed Ex terminal.

The cardboard at the contact points are in the inside width of the box, attached to the frame to keep the frame centered in the box. For this I charge $10, which basically covers the cost of insulation, zip ties, and tape....

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Packing 25 inch frame in a 108 inch box by wrk101, on Flickr


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25 inch frame packing it fits by wrk101, on Flickr
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I used pool noodles to ship a complete 25"-frame Miyata 1000 to a fellow BF member earlier this year...


Yes, dropouts were blocked with PVC pipe and wheel skewers.

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Old 10-04-18, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Dfrost
I used pipe insulation like this to protect our bikes as checked and unboxed luggage to/from France in 1998, with British Airways permission. We were flying in to Geneva, out from Nice, with bikes as our only transportation (even rode home from the Seattle airport), so bike boxes wouldn’t have been useful. I mailed the tubes in a duffel bag from Geneva to Nice, and carried them briefly on a rear rack from airport to post office then home.

Not sure if that would still work in these post-911 travel days.
I carry frame sets to Mexico like this. No issues at all.
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Old 03-05-19, 04:19 PM
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One more going out to [MENTION=207730]3speedslow[/MENTION] (PM me the shipping address once again please...i misplaced the paper note with the addy)

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Old 03-06-19, 08:27 AM
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Much much better, and with WRK101 boxing recommendations you have done what can be done to avoid disappointment short of a wood crate. I have had boxes from UPS and International shippers that looked like they used it for a loading ramp. One Montello Team bike was a total loss and a lovely Ciocc that may never be quite right.
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Old 10-07-21, 10:31 PM
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Thanks for recommending this thread, malcala622 . I'm quite comfortable to have you ship my junky bike.
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I am a total believer in foam and zip ties, plus removing fork and adding spacers in fork ends and DOs (I use scrap wood, washers and screws).

I usually use two diameters of boring gray ("Mom, why are our pool noodles always this color?") pipe insulation, just easier to find in my 'hood (guess we don't have many private swimming pools in SF) and they are pre-slit so made to be wrapped around tubing (or gas pipe).

Layers of cardboard (ala wrk101) can also be used to great effect: cheap, plentiful and adaptive, just add shipping tape!

In my book you can almost never over-do it as long as you get it in a box that meets the size target. parcel handlers (of ANY of the shipping services) cannot be trusted to be gentle or respectful, and getting "satisfaction" on a claim after the damage has been done is no picnic.
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My RAGBRAI team uses pipe insulation and zip ties extensively when loading up the bikes. That way, you can tie multiple bikes together (or to the railings on top of the bus) for support without chafing anything.
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