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C&V frameset meets pool noodles for first time

Old 10-18-17, 08:09 PM
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C&V frameset meets pool noodles for first time

Just thought I'd share my first experience with shipping a bicycle frameset packed in pool noodles. I must say its pretty neat and fun doing this. Gives me added assurance compared to just cardboard that the frame will make it safely to its buyer.





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Old 10-18-17, 08:11 PM
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ship it to me?

Just a suggestion
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Originally Posted by bikemig
ship it to me?

Just a suggestion

Sorry someone beat you to it
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Dowels for the fork and rear dropout? Slotted (tabs) if possible.

I frequently see forks removed and tie-wrapped to the frame somewhere (with adequate protection, of course).

If you have any loose parts, put them in a bag, and tape to the frame somewhere too.
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No loose parts and I'd hate to remove the fork.

Ill have to extra noodle the fork then

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Originally Posted by malcala622
No loose patts and I'd hate to remove the fork.

Ill have to extra noodle the fork then
Remove the fork and tie it to the downtube. One less thing to get tweaked. Put headset parts in a bag.
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Ill put noodle bits behind the headtube and BB shell before I plastic wrap it.

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Neat!
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The last two or three frames I shipped I removed fork and noodled. In contrast, the last frame I received it had no protection of any kind and forks still attached. Frame in a box and Not a scratch.

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Originally Posted by texaspandj
The last two or three frames I shipped I removed fork and noodled. In contrast, the last frame I received it had no protection of any kind and forks still attached. Not a scratch.
I too have received framesets with minimum protection and no damage...but id rather spend an extra $5 to make sure its protected.

Ill be pissed if postal service damages this somehow.

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Nice work! Can't wait to unwrap it!
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Note to self: Buy a frame from malcala622
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I recieved a frame and wheels in a box. Bent fork and the cluster broke the FD off the downtube. It's built up now for the lovely GF who had a spill on it coming home from work last night. She said the drop bars may be bent... we shall see...
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I had bars bent in shipping. Last bike I bought whole, the bar end shifter was sticking thru the box. Aside from some scuffing/abrasions on the rubber- it was OK.

I'd much rather have had [MENTION=391445]malcala622[/MENTION] pack my bike!
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Originally Posted by malcala622
Ill put noodle bits behind the headtube and BB shell before I plastic wrap it.

That is a really nice wrapping job. And is that Mario Bros. or Sonic the Hedgehog on the projection?
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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....

[IMG]Packing 25 inch frame in a 108 inch box by wrk101, on Flickr[/IMG]


[IMG]25 inch frame packing it fits by wrk101, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Originally Posted by Jadesfire
That is a really nice wrapping job. And is that Mario Bros. or Sonic the Hedgehog on the projection?
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[MENTION=109949]wrk101[/MENTION] insulation noodles from Home Depot were 1.19 for a 6 foot noodle...$6 covered the frame whole.

Nice frame wrap...next time ill try the fork removal method.

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Old 10-19-17, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by malcala622
Ill put noodle bits behind the headtube and BB shell before I plastic wrap it.


I like what you did there with the accent colors. The symmetry is lovely.

Seriously though, I'd be thrilled if I opened a box to find my purchase that carefully packaged.
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Originally Posted by wrk101

[IMG]Packing 25 inch frame in a 108 inch box by wrk101, on Flickr[/IMG]


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This. Really, no better way. After the frame and fork are mummified, the box is there to protect the insulation. A key takeaway is how @wkr101 places the fork in the frame and ties them together. If I'm shipping some other bits with a frame, such as a front rack, I'll put it inside the frame volume as well.

Cut the box down so it fits exactly, nothing rattling around, nothing poking through the box. Using a bigger box doesn't make it safer for the frame or bike. The just right size box does.
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I noticed the fork too tucked away along the downtube and seat tube.smart
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I received a frame like this and felt like it had been really well packed. I reused those packing materials to ship a frame of my own, and the buyer's feedback included a compliment on the packing. All pluses!

Like others above, I used some PVC pipe between the dropouts and fork ends to add rigidity, and I affixed the fork, inverted, on the seatstays. I cinched it all together with plastic cling wrap. Small bits (headset pieces, brake arms, cable guides) were in a bag in the middle of the box.
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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.
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Those noodles are the wrong colors.
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Post pictures of that Marin with the ridiculous paint job.

That bike looks like it's ready to play goalie in the NHL. (The noodled one)
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Originally Posted by Wordwreckin
Post pictures of that Marin with the ridiculous paint job.

That bike looks like it's ready to play goalie in the NHL. (The noodled one)

Marin was given to me by a neighbor that was moving away. I've read somewhere that it glows in the dark.

[MENTION=360395]Nordo[/MENTION] 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.
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